A SPECIAL MANIFESTATION OF CHRIST
I speak with the experience of many saints, and I hope according to the Scripture, if I say there is a communication of the Spirit of God, which is sometimes let out to some of His people; that is somewhat besides, if not beyond, that witnessing of a sonship spoken of before.
It is a glorious divine manifestation of God to the soul, shedding abroad God’s love in the heart. It is a thing better felt, than spoken of. It is no audible voice, but it is a flash of glory filling the soul with God, as He is life, light, love and liberty; countervailing that audible voice!
“O man, greatly beloved.” Putting a man in a transport with this on his heart; “It is good to be here”.
It is that which went out from Christ to Mary, when He but mentioned her name; “Jesus said unto her, Mary! She turned herself, and saith unto Him, Rabboni, which is to say. Master!” He had spoken some words to her before, and she understood not that it was He; but when He uttereth this one word, “Mary”! there was some admirable divine conveyance and manifestation made out to her heart, by which she was so satisfyingly filled that there was no place for arguing or disputing whether or no that was Christ and if she had any interest in Him.
That manifestation wrought faith to itself, and did purchase credit and trust to itself, and was equivalent to “Thus saith the Lord”.
This is such a glance of glory, that it may, in the highest sense, be calledÂ—”the earnest” or first-fruits “of the inheritance”; for it is a felt manifestation of the Holy God, almost wholly conforming the man unto His likeness, so swallowing him up that he forgetteth all things except the present manifestation.
O how glorious is this manifestation of the Spirit! Faith here riseth to so full an assurance that it resolves wholly into the sensible presence of God. This is the thing which doth best deserve the title of “sensible presence” and, it is probable, is not given equally to all believers, some whereof are all their days under bondage and in fear.
But here love, almost perfect, casteth out fear. This is so absolutely let out upon the Master’s pleasure, and so transient or passing or quickly gone, when it is, that no man may bring his gracious state into debate for want of it.
(The Christian’s Great Interest) by William Guthrie. 1620-1665.