The wise men of the ages are in impressive agreement on this point. God in His transcendency is the immutable ground of all life, power, intelligence; He is one in type, character, will, purpose; constant in all creative attributes, the master of eternity, not the product of time; and the divine energies are not exhausted, nor are they increased by creation. God in action as Spirit, immanent, all-imbuing, is the same immutable Being yesterday, to-day, and for ever. … The eternal truths of the ages need no further proof. Love will always be the greatest gift. Out of God’s permanency all life perennially comes, it is the divine “over-element” which beautifies all things in this world of time and gives them their value.
We need both the new, fresh revelation of the eternal values, and the confirmations gathered by a study of the ages. We need both the precise, scientific conceptions which ever more persistently seek to co-ordinate all the facts and laws of the great cosmos, and the poetic values which supplement these by yielding visions of the surpassing whole.
The Spirit from above individuates, quickens, guides; man from within receives love and wisdom as if the life were his own, and proceeds to do his work. In this union God and man are made complete, as if each existed alone; since nothing interferes with the divine purposes, and yet man is free both to produce or to wander into the by-paths of experience.
The conclusion naturally is, Let each who is gifted ascend the mount of the Spirit, adoring in reverence and receptivity, seeking the universal Essence which men express in various ways; let each revere his gift, making himself proficient that he may portray or symbolise the Spirit as befits his vision; let all produce who can, realising that expression or service in all its forms will be furthered by the productions of those who are creative; let those who interpret do it reverently, … let all others follow according to their light. … Then no one need ask what the Spirit is apart from its manifestations, for it will be seen that the Spirit is in truth what all these gifted ones reveal.
– excerpts, Horatio W. Dresser, “The Indwelling Spirit,”
The Religion of the Spirit in Modern Life, 1914
thou hast been our dwelling place in all generations.
Before the mountains were brought forth,
or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world,
even from everlasting to everlasting,
thou art God.
Psalm 90: 1-2