Featured Article from Living Water Magazine


Everything truly great and glorious is seen in Christ, joined with a lowliness which made Him the servant of all.  God has taken us in hand so that we may get, through our affections being engaged with Christ, an entirely new thought of greatness.  The will of man always works along the line of masking something of himself, or pleasing himself, but “the Christ did not please himself” (Romans 15:3).

Gabriel said of Him to Mary, “He shall be great” but it was the greatness of One who was to lie in a manger, and not to have where to lay His head.  If we are truly great it will put us in the lowliest place here.

When the disciples wanted to learn who was the greatest in the kingdom of the heavens, Jesus called a little child to Him and said, “Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, he is the greatest in the kingdom of the heavens”(Matthew 181-4).

When Peter and those who were with Him on the holy mount fully woke up they saw His glory, but it was the glory that shone in a praying Man, who received all from God the Father in absolute dependence, and took no glory from Satan or from men.  He is the One who says, “Come to me...learn from me...for I am meek and lowly in heart” (Matthew 11:28-30).

If I am truly a little child in the arms of Jesus, I shall not readily take offence, and when offended I shall be very ready to forgive.

All the excellent bearing, distinction and humility of Jesus were devoted to the will and glory of God in death, but God has approved them all in resurrection.  There was nothing morally in Christ which could remain in death or be held there.  Every moral feature that was seen in Him has come out of death to appear and be perpetuated in those that believe as having the Spirit of Christ.  Then too, it will appear in a healed and purified Israel in a future day and will give character to the moral universe, purifying it from every taint of creature will.

C. A. Coates (1862 – 1945)

Extracted from LW149