The Divine Seed

Note:  This is the third in a series of posts featuring excerpts from The Spirit of Prayer, by William Law.

Christ In YouSeek for [Christ] in thy Heart, and thou wilt never seek in vain, for there He dwelleth, there is the Seat of his Light and Holy Spirit.  [Pryr-1.2-9] For this turning to the Light and Spirit of God within Thee, is thy only true turning unto God, there is no other Way of finding Him, but in that Place where he dwelleth in Thee. For though God be everywhere present, yet He is only present to Thee in the deepest, and most central Part of thy Soul. Thy natural Senses cannot possess God, or unite Thee to Him, nay thy inward Faculties of Understanding, Will, and Memory, can only reach after God, but cannot be the Place of his Habitation in Thee. But there is a Root, or Depth in Thee, from whence all these Faculties come forth, as Lines from a Centre, or as Branches from the Body of the Tree. This Depth is called the Centre, the Fund or Bottom of the Soul. This Depth is the Unity, the Eternity, I had almost said, the Infinity of thy Soul; for it is so infinite, that nothing can satisfy it, or give it any Rest, but the infinity of God. In this Depth of the Soul, the Holy Trinity brought forth its own living Image in the first created Man, bearing in Himself a living Representation of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, and this was his Dwelling in God and God in him. In the day that you eat thereof you shall surely die...This was the Kingdom of God within Him, and made Paradise without Him. But the Day that Adam did eat of the forbidden earthly Tree, in that Day he absolutely died to this Kingdom of God within Him. This Depth or Centre of his Soul having lost its God, was shut up in Death and Darkness, and became a Prisoner in an Take up your cross -- the kingdom of heaven is at hand!earthly Animal, that only excelled its Brethren, the Beasts, in an upright Form, and serpentine Subtlety. Thus ended the Fall of Man. But from that Moment that the God of Mercy inspoke into Adam the Bruiser of the Serpent, from that Moment all the Riches and Treasures of the Divine Nature came again into Man, as a Seed of Salvation sown into the Centre of the Soul, and only lies hidden there in every Man, till he desires to rise from his fallen State, and to be born again from above.

Summary:

  • The heart is the dwelling place of Christ — the seat of Light and the Holy Spirit.
  • Turning to this Light and Spirit of God within is the only true turning to God.
  • God is not found through our natural senses or inward faculties  of understanding, willing, or memory.
  • We find unity with God in the depth or center of the soul (it’s ‘bottom’ or ‘fundament’)
  • Prior to Adam’s sin, the image of God in us constituted the kingdom within and a paradise without.
  • After Adam’s sin, the seed of salvation was sown in the center of our hearts and lies hidden there until we desire to rise above our fallen state.

–>  A Myth is a Story

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