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The Manifested Presence

The Manifested Presence

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BY SAMUEL WILBERFORCE


ST. JOHN xiv. 21.

"HE THAT HATH MY COMMANDMENTS, AND KREPETH THEM,
HE IT IS THAT LOVETH ME : AND HE THAT LOVETH ME
SHALL BE LOVED OF MY FATHER, ASD I WILL LOVE HIM,
AND WILL MANIFEST MYSELF UNTO HlM.
BY SAMUEL WILBERFORCE


ST. JOHN xiv. 21.

"HE THAT HATH MY COMMANDMENTS, AND KREPETH THEM,
HE IT IS THAT LOVETH ME : AND HE THAT LOVETH ME
SHALL BE LOVED OF MY FATHER, ASD I WILL LOVE HIM,
AND WILL MANIFEST MYSELF UNTO HlM.

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THE MAIFESTED PRESECE
BY SAMUEL WILBERFORCE
ST. JOH xiv. 21."HE THAT HATH MY COMMADMETS, AD KREPETHTHEM,HE IT IS THAT LOVETH ME : AD HE THAT LOVETH MESHALL BE LOVED OF MY FATHER, ASD I WILL LOVE HIM,AD WILL MAIFEST MYSELF UTO HlM.WE read these words this morning, brethren, fromo-ur blessed Lord s last conversation with Hisdisciples. Even as the time of His departure drewnearer, His tones were fuller of tenderness, andof the mysteries of His kingdom ; and so theselast chapters of St. John are, even above other partsof God s Word, full of instruction for us. In thesewords there is a double characteristic of the Christian life ; a condition, and a consequence. The condition, a loving obedience ; the consequence, Christmanifested to the soul. Let us endeavour to followout the great subject which this opens to us, andto gain, if possible, some clearer thoughts upon it.First, then, let us see more in detail what isthis characteristic gift of the new life, where it isreally true and strong within redeemed man. " Iwill manifest Myself unto him :" this is our Lord ssure and unfailing promise. It is plainly a decla-Carfax, ov. 22, 1846.SEEM, vir.] The Manifested Presence. 69ration that He will in this world before the daycomes when shadows pass away, and we shall see
 
eye to eye that even here He will reveal Himself to the soul of him whose character He heredescribes. In this gracious promise, then, of therevelation of Himself, we may note these points.1st. It is a spiritual revelation. He does not meanthat He will shew Himself to their bodily eyes :He does not mean that He will in visions shewHimself to them as He did to the beloved Apostlein the Apocalypse. The time will come when if weare faithful, we shall see Him even thus; and thelooking on to that day, and the reaching forth for it,may well hold up our weary hearts at many a turnof our earthly pilgrimage. " Our eyes shall see theKing in His beauty: we. shall behold the land thatis very far off b ." The pierced side glowing withthe uncreated light, the eye which wept over Jerusalem, the brow the thorns have scarred, and whichshineth as the sun in his strength, we shall see this,if through His great grace we persevere.But it is not of this vision He speaks here. Tolook for such manifestations would only lead us todisappointment or delusion. The revelation promisedhere is a spiritual revelation : a revelation to thy soul ;a making known to thy soul that He is there beside thee ; that in thy secret prayer thou art notalone ; that in thy weary smiting on thy breast andon thy thigh there is One present who is indeedcleansing by His Almighty power the poor heart thoub Isaiah xxxiii. 17.70 The Manifested Presence. [SERM.so feebly offerest up unto Him. This revelation isa consciousness spread over thy soul as the morningupon the mountains, as the breath of perfume, as
 
the sound of music wrapping thee round ; close asthe air, bright as the light of heaven, near thee asthyself, making thee feel and know that He is nearafter whom thou hast sought ; for whom thy weary,guilty, stained soul has panted, faint yet pursuing ;that He is near thee ; that His love and care, andpiercing insight, and healing hand, and unboundedsympathy, and cleansing power, that these are nearthee, in the very Person of the everlasting Son, whofor thee was born, and crucified, and buried, andraised up again from death, and who sitteth on theeternal Throne.Thus it is that He will manifest Himself untothee in a spiritual revelation. But then note, next,though in a spiritual, yet in a real revelation willHe do this. There is in very many minds a mostfalse opposition between that which is spiritual andthat which is real ; as if that only which could beperceived by the senses was real. But this is mostuntrue : there are dwelling within us even here, inthis our imperfect state, far deeper and truer perceptions than any which the senses can ministerunto us. All things, indeed, witness to the imperfection of the conclusions to which the mere sensesbring us over and over again : even now we haveto correct by a higher law of internal consciousnessthe deceitful intimations which reach us throughtLese gates of the body. Sights mock our eyes ;Vii.] The Manifested Presence. 71and sounds distract our ears ; and touch misleads us ;and we have to tell ourselves that the show, andthe din, and the seeming presence around us areunreal, and apparent, and a fraud. So that in thisworld even we have continually to set the sensesright by the higher laws of consciousness and reason.

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