The Eternal Continium, by A.W. Tozer

 *"For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said 'I will dwell
in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be My
people"* 2 Cor 6:16

* The Eternal Continuum, by A.W.Tozer*

"It was this (the sense of Someone there) that filled with abinding wonder
the first members of the Church of Christ.
The solemn delight which those early disciples knew sprang straight from
the conviction that there is *One in the midst of them*. They *knew *that
the Majesty in the heavens were confronting them on earth: They were in the
*very Presence of God.* And the power of that conviction to arrest attention
and hold it for a lifetime, to elevate, to transform, to fill with
uncontrollable moral happiness, to send men singing to prison and to death,
has been one of the wonders in history and a marvel of the world.......

Some insist upon"naked" faith as the only way to know spiritual things. By
this they mean a conviction of the trustworthiness of the Word of God (a
conviction, it may be noted, which the devils share with them). But the man
who has been taught even slightly by the Spirit of Truth will rebel at this
perversion. His language will be ,"I have heard Him and observed Him. What
have I to do anymore with idols?" For he cannot love a God who is no more
than a deduction from a text. He will crave to know God with a *vital
awareness* that goes beyond words and to live in the intimacy of *personal
communion.* To seek our divinty merely in books and writings is to seek the
living among the dead........

Nothing can take the place of the touch of God in the soul, and the sense of
*Someone there. *Real faith, indeed, brings such *realization*, for real
faith is never the operation of reason upon texts. Where true faith is , the
knowledge of God will be given as a *fact of consciousness*, altogether
apart from the conclusions of logic.....

Whatever else it embraces, true Christian experience must always
include a *genuine
encounter with God*. Without this, religion is but a shadow, a reflection of
reality, a cheap copy of the original once enjoyed by someone else of whom
we have heard. It cannot but be a major tragedy in the life of any man to
live in a church from chilhood to old age and know nothing more real than
some synthetic god compounded of theology and logic, but having no eyes to
see, no ears to hear and no heart to love.

The spiritual giants of old were men who at some time became acutley
conscious of the* Presence of God*......"

(From "The Pusuit of man" by A.W.Tozer)