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i Am Come That They Might Have Life

i Am Come That They Might Have Life

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BY THE HON. AND REV. FRANCIS E. C. BYNG, M.A.,

CHAPLAIN IN ORDINARY TO THE QUEEN

AND TO THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE O COMMONS.


St. John x. io. — Iam come thai they might have life, and that
they might have it more abundantly,*^
BY THE HON. AND REV. FRANCIS E. C. BYNG, M.A.,

CHAPLAIN IN ORDINARY TO THE QUEEN

AND TO THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE O COMMONS.


St. John x. io. — Iam come thai they might have life, and that
they might have it more abundantly,*^

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I AM COME THAT THEY MIGHT HAVE LIFEBY THE HON. AND REV. FRANCIS E. C. BYNG, M.A.,CHAPLAIN IN ORDINARY TO THE QUEENAND TO THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE O COMMONS.St. John x. io. — Iam come thai they might have life, and thatthey might have it more abundantly,*^If Christ came to give life to all the world — forI do not read in the words of His Gospel anylimitation to class of the benefits He intended toconfer on mankind by the manifestation of Himself — He came assuredly to give life to each and all themembers who make up the community. And Iwould ask you to consider with me, how He hasshown Himself as the Giver of life to that portionknown to us as the educated, in contradistinctionto the uneducated classes. Has He any warningor word of advice for them ? There is a veryable paper in a work entitled "Faith and FreeThought," which shows how Christianity is suitedto all forms of civilization. For it first proves fromfacts known to, and collected by the writer, thatthere is a certain gradual dwindling of mind, body,and soul, wherever civilization does not interveneto counteract the tendency.Digitized by VjOOQIC1 66 JFcitnM anb JFoeft of %tfiu$ (S^%uIf, then, civilization be necessary to repair thelosses which a state of barbarism will invariablybring about in the end, and if it be successfulin its attempts, and if Christianity be the crownand glory of civilization, d fortiori Christianityis suited to all forms of civilization, and has itsmessage and its lesson for the highest as wellas the lowest in the class of civilized persons.And in addressing a congregation such as isgathered within the walls of most of our churchesin cities and important towns, we are supposed toaddress men and women whose position, for averageintelligence and independent means, places themin the list of superior persons, compared with theirinferior, untaught, and unlearned brethren.Now, do they, or do they not, require Christ asmuch as others ?
 
If it be a truth, and a blessed truth, that *' thepoor have the Gospel preached to them," surely theexposition of the truths of that Gospel to one classdoes not preclude its proclamation to another, elseis my text meaningless.All Christians agree at least in this, that thereligion they profess is applicable alike to learnedand unlearned men, to the untutored savage andto the civilized philosopher. And if it be true thatDigitized by VjOOQICJfiAtv^ anil Jfot^ of 3if]$tt^ &ixhit 167where, even in foreign countries, Christianity hasbeen preached to every stage of civilization, fromthe naked savages of the wildest forests to thesemi-civilized Fetish worshippers who are mixedup with the settled inhabitants of the country,the result has been, that by the acceptance of Christianity the whole tone, morally and socially,of those accepting it has been raised. Why shouldit be thought a thing incredible that Christianityshould be able to lift even the educated higher andhigher in their moral and social position, if they,the educated, would only condescend to be taughtby it and learn its precepts ?But we see the sad reverse of this. For want of this humble, childlike obedience to the high com-mands laid upon us, we, men and women of birth,education, and advantages of no mean order, causethat Holy Name by which we are called to be evilspoken of, and we disgrace, by lives of practicalinfidelity and impiety, the profession we haveassumed of being Christ's disciples.You keep the commandments outwardly, buthow many break them in spirit ?Is the tone of modern society more healthy andmore consistent with the very ostensible showmade in religious ceremonies and services ? Is aDigitized by VjOOQIC1 68 iftkm mill Jfota of ^n$ 0]Msst
 
generation growing up, to follow on when this hasgone, which will more powerfully illustrate thespirit of Christianity than we have ever done ? is aquestion to which those who are parents among us,and instructors of youth, must strive to provide ananswer. For all we can say is, that the fault, if faultthere be, and the deficiency, if such also there be,lies not in the weakness of the Great Teacher,,or the incompleteness of His mission, but inthe dulness and deadness of heart of those uponwhose ears His voice falls with no effect " I amcome that they might have life, and have it moreabundantly." And modern society requires life,revival, renewing, whether it be the society of purelyfashion, or of wealth, or of intellect ; and we declarethat Christ has (and He alone) this life to give, andHe gives it without stint or reserve, unconditionally(except the requirement of faith in Him) to allwho desire and seek it.Let us look, then, at one aspect of modern life— society, so called — and see if the element of Christianity might not raise and sanctify it Is itnot capable of expansion and extension there } Foris it not in its power, or at any rate in its desire, of doing good somewhat restricted and confined ; fordo we find, as we have a right to expect from aDigitized by VjOOQICJfident}% anD Jfozfi of ^ua &ixi%t 169large body of Christian men and women, such adecided expression of the feelings which shouldcharacterize Christian brotherhood ? Is their con-versation such as becometh Christians ? Are notmany of the stories about our neighbours repeatedfrom lip to lip, and from door to door, with a:motive and intention very far from the spirit of Christ?Putting aside the question of the much foolish jesting, which obviously is not convenient, are therenot too often occasions when levity degenerates-almost into profanity, and a so-called good storyis repeated at the sacrifice of modesty, perhaps of truth?Are we ashamed or are we afraid to take Christfor our companion in life's walks ? Is our companysuch that He could not join us? Are our festivitiesand pleasures of such a character, so frivolous andso foolish, that His presence would be a constantcheck and rebuke ?

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