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Solemn Vows

X-Ray BrainJesus Christ lives in me! What is true of the Virgin Mary, who knew the Son of God physically in her womb, is true spiritually of every Christian saint. God's son is born into me through the direct act of God. Personal Christian names indicate the characteristic of Jesus' presence in a person.✞

Christ's Hands are Yours

Teresa of AvilaTeresa of Avila (1515-1582) was a prominent Spanish Mystic and theologian who wrote many years ago, "Christ has no body now on earth but yours, no hands but yours, no feet but yours. Yours are the eyes through which he is to look with compassion on the world. Yours are the feet with which he is to go about doing good, and yours the hands with which he is to bless us now." She wrote these words in her "El Castillo Interior" or "Interior Castle." Dr F. B. Meyer, (1847-1929) a Baptist pastor in England wrote,✞

"In all, He is present.
In some, He is not only present but prominent.
In others (all too few) He is not only present and prominent, He is pre-eminent."

Present, Prominent Or Pre-eminent?

A horse and CartBecoming a Christian is like getting married. Being a Christian is like being married. At the wedding, the bride and groom make solemn vows that they will love and care for each other, "till death parts us." Over the months and years of a developing union, their relationship is better summed up not by a marriage certificate signed years before but in their day-to-day love. So it is with the relationship of the Christian and Christ. Christian names are the "wedding bands" that indicate this sacred union.✞

"Personal Christian Names"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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