God Is the Deeper Life

Let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the Lord. —Jeremiah 9:24

The deeper life has…been called the “victorious life,” but I do not like that term. It appears to me that it focuses attention exclusively upon one feature of the Christian life, that of personal victory over sin, when actually this is just one aspect of the deeper life—an important one, to be sure, but only one.

That life in the Spirit that is denoted by the term “deeper life” is far wider and richer than mere victory over sin, however vital that victory may be. It also includes the thought of the indwelling of Christ, acute God-consciousness, rapturous worship, separation from the world, the joyous surrender of everything to God, internal union with the Trinity, the practice of the presence of God, the communion of saints and prayer without ceasing. TWP120

[N]o one seems to want to know and love God for Himself! God is the deeper life! Jesus Christ Himself is the deeper life….This means that there is less of me and more of Godthus my spiritual life deepens, and I am strengthened in the knowledge of His will. ITB017

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