Be not afraid to build upon the rock of Christ, as if thy holy imagination might build too high and heavy for that rock, and it must give way and crumble beneath the weight of thy divine idea. Let no one persuade thee that there is in him a little darkness, because of something he has said which his creature interprets into darkness. The interpretation is the work of the enemy—a handful of tares of darkness sown in the light. Neither let thy cowardly conscience receive any word as light because another calls it light, while it looks to thee dark. Say either the thing is not what it seems, or God never said or did it. But, of all evils, to misinterpret what God does, and then say the thing as interpreted must be right because God does it, is of the devil. Do not try to believe anything that affects thee as darkness. Even if thou mistake and refuse something true thereby, thou wilt do less wrong to Christ by such a refusal than thou wouldst by accepting as his what thou canst see only as darkness. It is impossible thou art seeing a true, a real thing—seeing it as it is, I mean—if it looks to thee darkness. But let thy words be few, lest thou say with thy tongue what thou wilt afterward repent with thy heart. Above all things, believe in the light, that it is what thou callest light, though the darkness in thee may give thee cause at a time to doubt whether thou art verily seeing the light.
Built Upon Christ
by Stephen Carney
“Be not afraid to build upon the rock of Christ,” writes MacDonald. I believe he means that that the revelation of God in Christ Jesus is such a sure solid thing that we can begin to see the Father with greater clarity through his Son. Jesus said, “If you have seen me, you have seen the Father.” Truth is not a clever saying or quote, but the personage of God revealed to man. Jesus did not say, “I know a truth,” but rather, “I am the Truth.” Revelation is the pulling back of the curtain that allows the Light of God to give us glimpses into his personality and life.
Christ is therefore as the writer of Hebrews says, “...the radiance of His [God's] glory and the exact representation of His nature..” (Heb. 1:3a) If this be so, then we can trust the revelation of God in Christ. If he is the exact representation of his nature, then in seeing him, we have seen the Father. Christ is the crescendo of humanity, both fully God and fully man. He is the man without sin, and, as a result, we can see God clearly in him. Madam Guyon said, “Everything is given to us through Jesus Christ for it is only by Him can anything be given.” By this she means, as John meant, “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. And all things were made by Him and without Him was not anything made that was made.” Or as Paul wrote to the Colossians, “In Him all things are held together..” If Christ be the Word made flesh, then it follows that the Word that made the universe, the Word that knit us in our mother’s wombs, and the Word that sustains the creation is the same Word through which God would naturally reveal himself. You can build upon the rock that is Christ, for the revelation is sure and true.
We must hold Jesus before us as one would hold a rare gem, turning it every which way to see how the light shines through it. Our eyes, being dim, do not see the clarity of the gem always, but by looking unto him we can begin to see the Light of God shine forth, and come to know truth by knowing the personality of God in Christ. We then must hold him before our own souls and capture the revelation within us. As we see more and more of who he is, we come to deeper revelations of ourselves and of the Father. Truth is not learned apart from the personality of God. Jesus said, “It is expedient that I go away, that the Spirit of Truth might come and when He comes He will lead you and guide you into all truth.” The Spirit of God himself is our guide into the revelation of the Father’s heart, and we see clearer how our prodigal hearts must come home nearer to that heart and learn to obey it. For when we act upon what he reveals for us to do, then we shall know how true his words and revelation are concerning the Father.
Christ does not disappoint. You can cast your lot with him. Mean have tried to wish him away, explain him away, and drive him out from history. But it cannot be done, he remains still and shall remain always, for he is the Christ, the Son of the living God and his revelation is sure. What isn’t truth, must pass away. Political correctness, scientific discovery, and philosophies will either stand the test of time or be shown to be nothing more than the fad of the age in which they were espoused. If you doubt this, then a quick perusal of the textbooks that most of us had in school compared to the more recent textbooks should tell us quickly that what was once believed, no longer is. Everything from history books to science books change, and, as new discoveries are made, old discoveries fall into disrepute. But not so Christ. His revelation remains the same, and even though men have tried to change the interpretation of him and his life, still he remains unchanged. He waits for us to discard our silly notions of him and to take him at his Word and endeavor to do what he has asked of us, and to see if what he has said is so.