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The Path of Glory.

The Path of Glory.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE

THE Lord of Glory gives us this as
the last revelation of himself: " I am
the root and the offspring of David,
the bright and Morning Star." How
full of meaning ! How deeply in-
structive ! In the Apocalypse our Lord has
given us an epitome of the history of his
church's course through this evil and rebel-
lious world, from the times of his immediate
followers " till the day of redemption," when
" the holy city, New Jerusalem, descends
from heaven," illumined by " the glory of
God,"

THE Lord of Glory gives us this as
the last revelation of himself: " I am
the root and the offspring of David,
the bright and Morning Star." How
full of meaning ! How deeply in-
structive ! In the Apocalypse our Lord has
given us an epitome of the history of his
church's course through this evil and rebel-
lious world, from the times of his immediate
followers " till the day of redemption," when
" the holy city, New Jerusalem, descends
from heaven," illumined by " the glory of
God,"

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THE PATH OF GLORY.BY REV. WILLIAM REID,THE Lord of Glory gives us this asthe last revelation of himself: " I amthe root and the offspring of David,the bright and Morning Star." Howfull of meaning ! How deeply in-structive ! In the Apocalypse our Lord hasgiven us an epitome of the history of hischurch's course through this evil and rebel-lious world, from the times of his immediatefollowers " till the day of redemption," when" the holy city, ew Jerusalem, descendsfrom lieaA^en," illumined by " the glory of God," and when " the nations of them thatare saved shall walk in the light of it, andtlie kings of the earth shall bring their glory122THE PATH OF GLORY. 123and honor into it." Here, as we have al-ready said, the attentive reader will iindthat the church's path lies directly throughthe midst " of the darkness of this world ;"and in such circumstances she needed tohave her thoughts directed to the comingglory and the Morning Star. But whyshould David be mentioned ? Why shouldthe exalted Jesus say, " I am the root andthe offspring of David," at the same timethat he says, " I am the bright and MorningStar ? " The two references are most ap-
 
propriate to the circumstances. The LordJesus speaks as the anointed, rightful, butrejected King, giving his faithful followersintimation both of danger and deliverance.He is David's Lord and David's son, — andhe has a right to sit on " the throne of hisfather David," swaying the scepter of right-eousness " from sea to sea, and from theriver to the ends of the earth." But theworld has rejected him, and " the god of 124 TEE PATHS OF THE LORD.this world hath blinded the minds of themwho believe not, lest the light of the gospelof the glory of Christ should shine untothem." David's experience is typical of the experience of David's Lord.There never was a man so tried and per-secuted as was the anointed David, save"the man Christ Jesus." He was hunted"like a partridge upon the mountains"by Saul, the God-rejected and condemnedprince, simply because he was God's ap-proved and anointed king. His path to theglory of royal and actual dominion wasoften dark and crooked, but his God fulfilledhis gracious promise in his experience, and"made darkness light before him, and crook-ed things straight ; " and, after living foryears the life of a compulsory outlaw in thekingdom God had given him, and even afterbeino; forced to retire from it altoo;ether, andto reside for a time elseAvhere, he was event-ually seated upon the throne of Jehovah as
 
THE PATH OF GLORY. 125ruler over liis people. In the deepest sor-rows of persecution and rejection, he couldstill trust in his God, because he knew thathe was his chosen Kino;, — his anointedSovereign ; and he could even then ad-dress his enemies in the language of tri-umphant expostulation, — "O ye sons of men, how long will ye turn my glory intoshame ? how long will ye love vanity, andseek after leasing ? But know that the Lordhath set apart hiin that is godly for himself ;the Lord will hear when I call unto him."Jesus, " the King of glory," was madeflesh and dwelt among us, full of grace andtruth, and his disciples beheld his glory, theglory as of the only-begotten of the Father.They saw his glory on the mount of trans-figuration, when Moses and Elias — repre-sentatives of his risen and translated church — appeared with him, and his awe-struck followers fell down before him, and heardhim approved of God, as his beloved Son,126 THE PATHS OF THE LOUD.in whom he is well pleased, and wlioin hehad set over his holy hill of Zion. But" he came unto his own, and his own re-ceived him not." " He is despised and re- jected of men." Thej would not have himto reign over them ; but, at the instigationof " the prince of this world," " their fatherthe devil," they took him by wicked handsand crucified him, — thus showing at once

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