A painted bauble

(Letters of J. C. Philpot)

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new
creation; the old has gone, the new has come!"
     2 Corinthians 5:17

What a wonderful revolution is effected by
divine teaching and heavenly visitations!

The soul is brought to live in a new world
and breathe a new element. Old things pass
away, and behold, all things become new.

New desires, feelings, hopes, fears, and
exercises arise, and the soul becomes a new
creature. The world appears in its true colors,
as a painted bauble, and as its pleasures are
valued at their due worth, so its good opinion
is little cared for or desired.

What is this poor vain world with all its gilded clay,
deceptive honors and respectability, and soap-bubble
charms--compared to one smile from our loving Savior?

"And this world is fading away, along with
 everything it craves." 1 John 2:17