DIVINE REALITY

Faith is no mere passive, receptive state. It is the soul’s grasp of divine reality, and therefore it implies both vision and obedience to it. In a word, it is dynamic–it is the movement of the whole self toward the goal which it sees. It is the ground of all spiritual activity, and each test of truth, each experience of spiritual validity, each victory of faith, increases the power of faith. … spiritual perception becomes the achievement of a truer and larger personal life through faith.

The soul which has learned to recognise the Spirit’s voice will not underprize what He has spoken through some higher, diviner soul; on the contrary it will feel the power of inspiration as an artist feels the power and authority of an old master …

Faith becomes the test of things not seen, and the realities of conscience, love and faith become not less, but more sure to us than the things we touch and see …

The basis of religion is, therefore, to be sought in the primary fact that God Himself is love–a self-revealing and self-giving Being, and that man, by the very constitution of his being, is capable of receiving Him, of responding to Him, of uniting with Him and of being taken up into the divine life. The soul no more needs a proof of His love and His presence than the eye does of the existence of the sunlight which it sees. Deep calls into deep; the deep in God calls to the deep in man, and they know each other.

 – Rufus Jones, A Dynamic Faith, 1901


There is no inner life that is not also an outer life.

Nobody can do without being and nobody can be without doing.

 – Rufus Jones, The Inner Life, 1922


Cause me to hear thy lovingkindness in the morning;
for in thee do I trust:
cause me to know the way wherein I should walk;
for I lift up my soul unto thee.

Psalm 143:8

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