“Remember God must win us. We are his vehicles. He cannot lose us. He must overcome creaturely defect and obstinacy. He must reign till he hath put all enemies under his feet. Divine love is the spirit of evolution effecting the moral perfection of man. To resist divine love is like resisting the law of gravitation; the resistance may seem successful for a time, but the law wins in the end.
The mystic Christ will win us here or hereafter. To find him within us now, to let him conquer us now, to recognise him as Emmanuel God with us, God for us, God in us, is the secret and soul of spiritual progress. To pass through the painful puzzle of this life’s education calmly certain that, in all circumstances and conditions, an omnipotent all-wise Friend is ever desiring to rule our life, this it is to be vitalised, empowered, elevated.”
– unattributed quotation, The Hollow of His Hand, by Ralph Waldo Trine, 1919.
It was the feast of the Dedication at Jerusalem;
it was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple, in the portico of Solomon.
(He responded to a question:)
“…The works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness to me;
My sheep hear my voice,
and I know them,
and they follow me;
and I give them eternal life,
and they shall never perish,
and no one shall snatch them out of my hand.
My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all,
and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand.
I and the Father are one.”
John 10: 22-23, 24b, 27 – 30
The Bible, Revised Standard Version