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Christians are not God’s volunteers but God’s bondmen. That puts a completely different complexion on service.

The "I" who said "before Abraham was, I am" (John 8: 58) was also the "I" in Hebrews 2: 13: "I will trust in him". There are not two different I’s, but one.

It is silly to take only our big things to God in prayer. In His sight, all our requests are little.

Innovation in the things of God is always wrong—there are never any extenuating circumstances.

Without God, there is no right and wrong—morality can be whatever men want to make it.

Christians walk in the light (see 1 John 1: 7) because that is the Christian position but we are also to "walk as children of light" (Eph. 5: 8, my emphasis).

The first doxology in Revelation is glory and might, the next, glory, honour and power, then blessing, honour, glory and might, and, finally, blessing, glory, wisdom, thanksgiving, honour, power and strength (see Rev. 1: 6; 4: 11; 5: 13; 7: 12).

Vitality

I see many people—true Christians—pretty much content with a pious life down here, and correctness of doctrine. They are zealous in regard to doctrine—and it is often a mark of people who have departed from vitality that they are zealous as to doctrine. You see this in Ephesus: they were zealous in regard to doctrine but they had left their first love—they had departed from vitality (see Rev. 2: 2–4). I believe the true way to get at doctrine is vitality. Pursue vitality for if you get into that, you obtain more correct thoughts in regard to doctrine. You learn the letter from the spirit, not the spirit from the letter. No one ever got the spirit of the truth from the letter, but by getting what is vital you come to understand the letter. It is extremely likely that there will be a great deal of blundering along the way, but you will arrive at doctrine in a sounder and better way than if one simply pursued the doctrine itself. I would venture to urge on everyone the pursuit of what is vital and not simply to go in for correctness of doctrine and walk. "Lay hold of [what is] really life" (1 Tim. 6: 19).