“Boyish rapture in the Highland hills”

Describing the book of Ephesians, former Princeton Theological Seminary president John Mackay said, “To this book I owe my life.” He went on to explain how in July 1903 as a lad of fourteen he experienced through reading Ephesians a ‘boyish rapture in the highland hills’ and made ‘a passionate protestation to Jesus Christ among the rocks in the starlight.” Here is his account of what happened to him: “I saw a new world … Everything was new … I had a new outlook, new experiences, new attitudes to other people. I loved God. Jesus Christ became the center of everything … I had been ‘quickened’; I was really alive.”

John R.W. Stott, The Message of Ephesians, p.15

Have you ever experienced ‘rapture’ as you encountered the truth of God’s word? How did that experience affect your life?

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