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  • Man - The Dwelling Place of God by

    A. W. Tozer

    Table of Contents

    1. Man: The Dwelling Place of God

    2. The Call of Christ

    3. What We Think of Ourselves Is Important

    4. The Once-born and the Twice-born

    5. On the Origin and Nature of Things

    6. Why People Find the Bible Difficult

    7. Faith: The Misunderstood Doctrine

    8. True Religion Is Not Feeling but Willing

    9. How to Make Spiritual Progress

    10. The Old Cross and the New

    11. There Is No Wisdom in Sin

    12. Three Degrees of Religious Knowledge

    13. The Sanctification of the Secular

    14. God Must Be Loved for Himself

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  • 15. True Faith Is Active. Not Passive

    16. On Taking Too Much for Granted

    17. The Cure for a Fretful Spirit

    18. Boasting or Belittling

    19. The Communion of Saints

    20. Temperament in the Christian Life

    21. Does God Always Answer Prayer?

    22. Self-deception and How to Avoid It

    23. On Breeding Spotted Mice

    24. The Unknown Saints

    25. Three Faithful Wounds

    26. The Wrath of God: What Is It?

    27. In Praise of Dogmatism

    28. What Men Live By

    29. How to Try the Spirits

    30. Religious Boredom

    31. The Church Cannot Die

    32. The Lordship of the Man Jesus Is Basic

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  • 33. A Do-It-Yourself Education Better Than None

    34. Some Thoughts on Books and Reading

    35. The Decline of Apocalyptic Expectation

    36. Choices Reveal - and Make - Character

    37. The Importance of Sound Doctrine

    38. Some Things Are Not Negotiable

    39. The Saint Must Walk Alone

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  • MAN: THE DWELLING PLACE OF GOD

    Introduction

    THE SUPREME INTEREST in the life of A. W. Tozer was God: He who spoke and brought

    the world into being, Who justly rules over men and nations, yet deigns to make man His

    dwelling place. He believed that all that really matters is for man to be in right relationship

    with God, that his first duty-and privilege-is "to glorify God and enjoy Him forever." For this

    reason he delighted to speak to men of God's majesty and wonder and grace and he ever

    sought to instruct and exhort Christians to let this be the purpose of their lives. He grieved

    that they should be content with less.

    Nothing he preached or wrote was merely academic or theoretical. What he said about God

    came out of many hours spent in His presence and with His Word. What he wrote about men

    was what he knew of his own heart and observed in others. With the Spirit's anointing came

    discernment; perception and clarity issued out of a disciplined mind. A broad knowledge

    averted dullness, and a lively wit brought freshness.

    The chapters in this book deal with many aspects of one subject: the relationship of God and

    man. They are above all practical and all who read them will profit.

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  • Man: The Dwelling Place of God

    DEEP INSIDE EVERY MAN there is a private sanctum where dwells the mysterious essence

    of his being. This far-in reality is that in the man which is what it is of itself without reference

    to any other part of the man's complex nature. It is the man's "I Am," a gift from the I AM

    who created him.

    The I AM which is God is underived and self existent; the "I Am" which is man is derived

    from God and dependent every moment upon His creative fiat for its continued existence.

    One is the Creator, high over all, ancient of days, dwelling in light unapproachable. The other

    is a creature and, though privileged beyond all others, is still but a creature, a pensioner on

    God's bounty and a suppliant before His throne.

    The deep-in human entity of which we speak is called in the Scriptures the spirit of man. "For

    what man knoweth the things of man, save the spirit of man which is in him? Even so the

    things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God" (I Cor. 2:11). As God's self-knowledge

    lies in the eternal Spirit, so man's self knowledge is by his own spirit, and his knowledge of

    God is by the direct impression of the Spirit of God upon the spirit of man.

    The importance of all this cannot be overestimated as we think and study and pray. It reveals

    the essential spirituality of mankind. It denies that man is a creature having a spirit and

    declares that he is a spirit having a body. That which makes him a human being is not his

    body but his spirit, in which the image of God originally lay.

    One of the most liberating declarations in the New Testament is this: "The true worshippers

    shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God

    is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth" (John 4:23, 24).

    Here the nature of worship is shown to be wholly spiritual. True religion is removed from diet

    and days, from garments and ceremonies, and placed where it belongs - in the union of the

    spirit of man with the Spirit of God.

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  • From man's standpoint the most tragic loss suffered in the Fall was the vacating of this inner

    sanctum by the Spirit of God. At the far-in hidden center of man's being is a bush fitted to be

    the dwelling place of the Triune God. There God planned to rest and glow with moral and

    spiritual fire. Man by his sin forfeited this indescribably wonderful privilege and must now

    dwell there alone. For so intimately private is the place that no creature can intrude; no one

    can enter but Christ; and He will enter only by the invitation of faith. "Behold, I stand at the

    door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will

    sup with him, and he with me" (Rev. 3:20).

    By the mysterious operation of the Spirit in the new birth, that which is called by Peter "the

    divine nature" enters the deep-in core of the believer's heart and establishes residence there.

    "If any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his," for "the Spirit itself beareth

    witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God" (Rom. 8:9, 16). Such a one is a true

    Christian, and only such. Baptism, confirmation, the receiving of the sacraments, church

    membership-these mean nothing unless the supreme act of God in regeneration also takes

    place. Religious externals may have a meaning for the God-inhabited soul; for any others

    they are not only useless but may actually become snares, deceiving them into a false and

    perilous sense of security.

    "Keep thy heart with all diligence" is more than a wise saying; it is a solemn charge laid upon

    us by the One who cares most about us. To it we should give the most careful heed lest at any

    time we should let it slip.

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  • The Call of Christ

    TO BE CALLED TO FOLLOW CHRIST is a high honor;