The Christ Life

By A. B. Simpson

    Christianity may mean nothing more than a religious system. Christian life may mean nothing more than an earnest and honest attempt to follow and imitate Christ.

    Christ life is more than these, and expresses our actual union with the Lord Jesus Christ.  It means that He is undoubtedly in us as the life and source of all our experience and work.

    This conception of the highest Christian life is at once simpler and sublime than any other. We do not teach that the purpose of Christ’s redemption is to restore us to Adamic perfection, for if we had it, we should lose it tomorrow; but rather to unite us with the second Adam, and lift us up to a higher plane than our first parents ever knew.

    This is the only thing that can reconcile the warring elements of diverse schools of teaching with respect to Christian life.

    We were called once to meet a large number of friends, many of whom held different and almost opposite theories of Christian experience. The Spirit of God showed us that we were to have no controversy respecting these various theories, but simply hold out to them the person and life of Jesus Christ Himself, and the privilege of being united to Him, and living in constant dependence upon His keeping power and grace.

    We were delighted to find, at the close of the services, that all parties could unite in this testimony and around this common center. This was the teaching of the Master Himself in His last message to the disciples in the fourteenth and fifteenth chapters of John.  The very essence of the highest holiness is, “Abide in Me, and I in you…for without Me ye can do nothing.”

    The very purpose of the Holy Ghost whom He promised to reveal that at “that day, ye shall know that I am in My Father, and ye in Me, and I in you,” and the closing echo of His intercessory prayer was embraced in these words, “I in them.”

    – Used with permission from Alliance Life.