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The Two Lives.

The Two Lives.

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BY HENRY ROBERT REYNOLDS, D.D.



RoM. VI. 2 and 11.

H(m shall we, tJiat are dead to sm, line any longer therein ? . . . .
Reckon ye also yourselves to he dead indeed unto sm, but alive unto
God through Jestts Christ our Lord.
BY HENRY ROBERT REYNOLDS, D.D.



RoM. VI. 2 and 11.

H(m shall we, tJiat are dead to sm, line any longer therein ? . . . .
Reckon ye also yourselves to he dead indeed unto sm, but alive unto
God through Jestts Christ our Lord.

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THE TWO LIVES.BY HERY ROBERT REYOLDS, D.D.RoM. VI. 2 and 11.H(m shall we, tJiat are dead to sm, line any longer therein ? . . . .Reckon ye also yourselves to he dead indeed unto sm, but alive untoGod through Jestts Christ our Lord.The life of the holy is the life of God ; and thereforeit is one life, wherever and in whomsoever it ismanifested. Every spirit of living man is begottenof the great Father of Spirits ; yet so wide are theapparent differences in. the manifestation and cloth-ing of such spirits, that many presumptuously say,"^This, and this, cannot he offspring of the Father.'Such presumptions are the work of shallow philo-sophy and partial knowledge of both man and God.It is true that certain philosophers, looking at aBosjesman or an Esquimaux, exclaim, "This is lessthan man ; this is not the spirit-child of the EternalFather :' and we need not be surprised that whenpartially-informed Christians see certain forms of divine life crushed with infinite burdens, trying toexpress that life through distasteful ceremonial ;2 SEBMO I.stiiving to realize some impossible ideal ; living uponpartial truth, mere crumbs of the great verity; dis-honouring, according to the standards of such critics,even the name of the Master and the glory of God,that they should say, ' This is the life of the devil,and not the life of God in the soul/The signs of a divine life and a divine sonshipare very difficult to define or limit. In attemptingto enumerate some of them, I do not for a momentsuppose that I shall exhaust the theme. In statingmany signs of the divine life in the soul, in a deter-minate order, I do not imply that the order of thisprogress can be dogmatically determined. The life
 
of God will develop itself in entirely different modes,according to temperament, circumstances, and duties.Some men are called to work for their Lord, othersto wait patiently for the coming of the Bridegroom.There is the Greek and the Jew, the male and thefemale, the bond and the free, the wise and theunwise, but they are all one in Christ Jesus. Whenthe representative of a gorgeous traditional Churchcelebrates the sacrifice of the eucharist with all thepomp of worship and ceremonial, which seem to himnecessary to express the sacrament of the body andblood of the God-man, what sympathy can he havewith that group of humble worshippers of the unseenMaster, who strive by simply sitting round a table,eating bread and drinking wine in His ame, to realizethe mystery of Incarnate Love ? Alas, these brothersdo not understand, cannot believe that they are alikeTHE TWO LIVES. 3the children of the Most High ! ' Idolater' and ' infi-del' are the hard words which they hurl at one another.Yet it is not impossible that the Lord who gaveHis image to the Anglo-Saxon and the Bedouin,to the Caucasian and the egro, may have giventhe life of His Spirit to the Catholic and the Pres-byterian. The beginning of the divine life is veryvaried. Different states of feeling and entirely dis-similar emotions may mark the first presence withinthe soul of the supernatural and heavenly fire, mayindicate the commencement of the ''good work"which will be carried on by the Spirit of the Fatherand of the Son until the day of the Lord Jesus. If the begin^dngs are so varied, the further manifesta-tions of the Spirit of life will surely refuse to followvery definitely any uniform succession. The divinelife often begins with a discovery of the soul, witha consciousness of immortality, with the realizationof the presence, nearness, nature, and glory of God,or with a crushing sense of sin and alienation of heart from God, or with himger after righteousness,or with a desire and readiness to see in Christ Jesusour Lord all that the human spirit needs, or witha great willingness and anxiety to do the will of God and be engaged in His service. I am anxious
 
to lead you to some considerations concerning theway taken by the soul of man and the Spirit of Godin some of the further stages of the divine life.I wish to shew you that the sense of God may ripeninto communion with God, into hoping, dehghting,B 34 SERMO I.and resting in the living God. I think it may-appear that the sense of sin deepens into " deathto sinj" that "fellowship with Christ" becomes sym-pathy with Him in His agony and bloody sweat,and a crucifixion with Him by our living faith;that "hungering after righteousness" may issue inholy living, and that the desire for Christian work may expand into holy zeal, and will respond to everysummons to holy work; and finally, that this life,though beset by many hindrances and often para-lyzed by personal weaknesses, can never rest norgrow weary, and must be "faithful unto death."Let it not be supposed that Holy Scripture impliesthat every soul must make progress in. the samedepartment of Christian life in the same order of divine emotions. The danger lest there should bethis misconception arising from the general orderof our thought, induces me to indicate the deepreasons for these divergencies in the Christian life.I shall endeavour to shew almost at the outset thatthe sceptical and speculative tendencies of humanthought must and always will be different from theconservative, dogmatic, and believing tendencies, andthat each of these will always be present in the Churchof Christ as well as beyond its pale. The meditativeand the practical souls will severally develop accord-ing to their own measure the meditative and practicaltendencies awakened and guided by the Holy Ghost.Consecration to God may talce the form of quietrest and patient submission, or it may take the formTHE TWO LIVES. 5

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