“A God at hand, says the Lord.” (Jeremiah 23:23)  “He is a God at hand in the person of Christ. The Lord Jesus brings God very near to us. He is not only the revealed One of God, but He is in His own person really and absolutely God. The Scripture says,‘He who has seen Me, has seen the Father.’ Could a mere creature, a man only, say this? Impossible, with any truth, and without blasphemy. Oh, how near to us has Jesus brought the Father! Come to Jesus, look at Jesus, listen to Jesus, and realize that in so doing you approach to, gaze upon, and hear the voice of God your Father in heaven.”

“Oh, live as in His presence! Be your life a life of communion, doing and enduring, toiling and suffering, as beholding Him who is invisible. In a little while we shall pass from our partial and imperfect realizations of His presence when on earth, to enjoy His full, unclouded, and eternal presence in heaven! Then shall our eyes see the King in His full unveiled beauty, not as now, through a glass darkly, but then face to face. And, oh transporting thought! We shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.”

By Octavius Winslow, “Words of Divine Comfort”, 1872,www.gracegems.org/The Nearness of God.

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