THIRD MEDITATION. THE SACRAMENT OF UNION WITH CHRIST

Union with Thee, Lord Jesus, who art the
true life of the soul! This I desire more
than life itself; therefore with joy I hear
Thy words: He that eateth my flesh, and
drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in
him.

By nature I am dead in trespasses and in
sin, and alienated from the life of God; and
except I eat the flesh of the Son of man, and
drink His blood, I have no life in me. But
blessed words I hear from Thee, Christ,
my life: I am the living bread which
came down from heaven: if any man eat of
this bread, he shall live forever; and the
bread that I will give is my flesh, which I
will give for the life of the world. Whoso
eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath
eternal life, and I will raise him up at the
last day.

This is the record, that God hath given to
us eternal life; and this life is in His Son.
He that hath the Son, hath life; and he that
hath not the Son of God, hath not life. I
must be united with Thee, Thou source of
life eternal. It is Thy will that I should be
so united to Thee; for this Thou didst die,
for this Thou dost live, and for this Thou
dost pray. Pray Thou still, my Inter-
cessor and Advocate with the Father! I will
be silent, but pray Thou for me: All mine
are thine, and thine are mine; and I am
glorified in them; I in them, and Thou in me.

Thou art the true vine, and we are the
branches. Thou art the Head of Thy body,
the Church; and we are the members. Thou
art the living temple, and we are the living
stones, built up a spiritual house, an holy
priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices,
acceptable to God. Thou art formed in us
the hope of glory. I am crucified with
Christ; nevertheless, I live; yet not I, but
Christ liveth in me; and the life which I
now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of
the Son of God, who loved me, and gave
Himself for me.

Dwell Thou, O Christ, in my heart by
faith; that being rooted and grounded in
love to Thee, I may be able to comprehend
with all saints what is the breadth, and
length, and depth, and height; and to know
Thy love, which passeth knowledge, and be
filled with all the fulness of God.

Thanks be to God for His unspeakable
gift! We have an unction from the Holy
One; and this is the promise that He hath
promised us, even eternal life. Hereby
know we that we dwell in Him, and He in
us, because He hath given us of His Spirit.
But Thy Spirit, Lord Jesus, shall not speak
of Himself; He shall glorify Thee; for He
shall receive of Thine and show it unto us.
What richer blessing, my soul, does the
Spirit receive of Christ for Thee, than this
bread which cometh down from heaven, that
a man may eat thereof, and not die!

Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the
Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in
God. This I confess with a believing heart.
I believe, and am sure, that Thou art that
Christ, the Son of the living God. This I
will confess at the altar, in receiving Thy
body and blood; and thus receiving, I, with
all saints, will become more and more united
to Thy sacred body by the Holy Ghost, who
dwells both in Christ and in us; so that we,
although Christ is in heaven and we on
earth, are notwithstanding flesh of His flesh,
and bone of His bone: so that we live, and
are governed forever by one Spirit, as mem-
bers of the same body are by one soul.

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