We have been looking together at this “mystery hid from ages and generations, but now made manifest which is Christ in you”; but we have said nothing, except by implication, of the one way, the one Bible way, of experiencing this union with Him. Nothing could be simpler, of course it could not, because we were created to live like that, but the exercise of the one simplest of all human functions. It is the faculty of reception, called in the bible faith. “To as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His Name”; for believing is receiving.
“Received ye the Spirit by the words of the law, or by the hearing of faith?”
We have pointed out all along that the one capacity with which human beings are endowed is that of receiving. The Creator gives, the creature receives. And obviously nothing is easier or more automatic than its constant exercise. Food, air, knowledge, the stored riches of this world, nothing is ours except by receiving it.
“what hast thou that thou hast not received?” asked the apostle of the Corinthians.
The Deep Things of God; by Norman P. Grubb