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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 you and me through the direct act of God. Personal Christian names indicated 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 book called "El Castillo Interior" or "Interior Castle" or "the Mansions." 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 was like getting married. Being a Christian was like being married. At the wedding, the bride and groom made solemn vows that they would love and care for each other, "till death parts us." Over the months and years of a developing union, their relationship was better summed up not by a marriage certificate signed years before but in their day-to-day love. So it was with the relationship of the Christian and Christ. Christian names were the "wedding bands" that indicated this sacred union.

"Personal Christian Names"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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