Henry Scougal (1650-1678) wrote a book entitled, The Life of God in the Soul of Man, and it was reading this book that brought about a deep conversion in George Whitefield. At the beginning, Scougal defines religion and those that practice it as follows:

They know by experience that true religion is a union of the soul with God, a real participation of the divine nature, the very image of God drawn upon the soul, or, in the apostle’s phrase, “It is Christ formed within us.” . . . .

. . . . religion being a resemblance of the divine perfections, the image of the Almighty shining in the soul of man: nay, it is a real participation of his nature, it is a beam of the eternal light, a drop of that infinite ocean of goodness; and they who are endowed with it may be said to have “God dwelling in their souls, and Christ formed within them.” (39, 44)

I found this quote majestic and extremely challenging. What defines religion in your life–in your church? How does it compare to Scougal’s conception?

All the best for the Journey, Gavin.

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