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Christ and His Members United by the Holy Spirit.

Christ and His Members United by the Holy Spirit.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE

UPPER CANADA TRACT SOCIETY



And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four living beings, and
in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and
seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth. REV. v. 6.

UPPER CANADA TRACT SOCIETY



And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four living beings, and
in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and
seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth. REV. v. 6.

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Christ and His Members United by the Holy Spirit.UPPER CAADA TRACT SOCIETYAnd I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four living beings, andin the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns andseven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth. REV. v.6.THE union of Christ with His people, and of them with Him,is a thing which may be described, in the light of the ewTestament, as not only a great truth of spiritual life, but the truthof truths. It is related to all other kindred doctrines as that whichcombines, harmonises, and explains them. It appears as the end,where they appear as means. Hither they gather and converge. Isit repentance ? Is it faith ? Is it regeneration ? Is it justification of the person ? Is it tanctification of the nature, the will, the affections,the life, the self? All stands related to this holy union.The sacred mediation of the heavenly Spirit, the conveyancethrough Him of every blessing of the vital union, appears everywhere in the subject. In the parable of the Vine and Branches, indeed, He is not explicitly mentioned. But the context of the wholediscourse is so full of Him that He is assuredly implied as the life-bond, the life-secret that flows and is poured from the hidden rootinto the happy branches, their blossoms and their clusters. In theimagery of the Bridal it is to a life * in the newness of the Spiritthat the Spouse of Christ is called. In the imagery of the Buildingit is in the Spirit that the saints, compacted into their Corner-Stone, are * being builded together to be the habitation of God.The Sevenfold One is sent forth into all the earth, as the Eyes, asthe Presence, of the exalted Lamb of the Sacrifice. It is by Him,and by Him alone, that that presence is in the Church, and is in theChristian.II. * Sent forth into all the earth : from the presence of theBlessed, from the Heaven of Heavens, into all the earth ; from theheart of God to the heart of man ; from amidst the song of theheavenly elders to you and to me, to the circumstances of our lifeto-day, to the stones and dust, the thorns and mire of our path, tothe snares and the illusions, to the crowds and to the solitude of earth. Yes, He is sent forth into the present, the visible, the temporal. He is intended, He intends Himself, to be no dreamy abstraction above our heads and hearts, but to be the inmost friend, the
 
living strength, the infinitely ready and versatile resource andexpedient of the hour of your temptation and of mine. He is ableto set us at liberty in Christ, and yet by the same act to bind us intothe bondage of Him whom to serve is to reign. He is able to make26OUTLIES O THE LESSOSall the flying hours of inestimable and never-returning time sacred tous, and yet to take out of them all anxiety ; to fill the heart with thethings eternal, and yet to open to it as no other touch can do all thatis truly rich and beautiful in the things of this life. He is able, in aword, having united us to Christ, to make that union * a living, brightreality, a possession that we use as well as have, in the whole of life.All these things worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividingto every man severally as He will. And, meanwhile, He workeththus as the Eyes, as the Presence, of the Lamb. All is drawnfrom, all is related to Christ, still to Christ, Christ glorified, Christcrucified.* The righteousness wherein we must be found, if we will be justified, says Richard Hooker, in his great Discourse of Justification, t isnot our own; therefore we cannot be justified by any inherentquality. Christ has merited righteousness for as many as are foundin Him. In Him God findeth us, if we be faithful ; for by faith weare incorporated into Christ. . . . Let it be counted folly, or frenzy,or fury (perhaps, had he lived in our time, he would have added, orfiction, or mythology ), whatsoever, it is our comfort, and ourwisdom. We care for no knowledge in the world but this, that manhath sinned and God hath suffered ; that God hath made Himself the sin of man, and that men are made the righteousness of God.I feel, writes Thomas Chalmers, in his diary and he was nodreamer in the path of this life I feel that looking up for the Spiritthrough Jesus Christ is the only effectual attitude for obtaining loveto God and filial confidence in Him. H. C. G. MOULE.The Egyptians Dead upon the Seashore.And Israel saw the Egyptians dead upon the seashore. EXODUS xiv. 30.I. / "T~*HIS is a picture, I think, of the way in which experiences in
 
J. this world become finished, and men pass on to other experiences which lie beyond. In some moods it seems to us as if nothing finally got done. When we are in the thick of an experiencewe find it hard to believe or to imagine that the time will ever come,when that experience shall be wholly a thing of the past and we shallhave gone out beyond it into other fields. When we open our eyesmorning after morning and find the old struggle on which we closed oureyes last night awaiting us ; when we open our door each day only tofind our old enemy upon the doorstep; when all our habits and thoughtsand associations have become entwined and coloured with sometyrannical necessity, which, however it may change the form of its27EASTER DAYtyranny, will never let us go, it grows so hard as almost to appearimpossible for us to anticipate that that dominion ever is to disappear, that we shall ever shake free our wings and leave behind theearth to which we have been chained so long. On the long sea-voyage the green earth becomes inconceivable. To the traveller inthe mountains or the desert it becomes very difficult to believe thathe shall some day reach the beach and sail upon the sea. But theday comes, nevertheless. Some morning we go out to meet the oldstruggle, and it is not there. Some day we listen for the old voice of our old tyrant, and the air is still. At last the day does come whenour Egyptian, our old master, who has held our life in his hard hands,lies dead upon the seashore, and looking into his cold face we knowthat our life with him is over, and turn our eyes and our feet eastward to a journey in which he shall have no part. Things do getdone, and when they do, when anything is really finished, then comeserious and thoughtful moments in which we ask ourselves whetherwe have let that which we shall know no longer do for us all that ithad the power to do, whether we are carrying out of the finishedexperience that which it has all along been trying to give to ourcharacters and souls.II. othing is more remarkable than the way in which, both inpublic and personal life, men accept the permanence of conditionswhich are certainly some day to disappear. The whole historywhich teaches us that mankind does conquer its enemies and see itstyrants by-and-by lying dead on the seashore, often appears to haveno influence with the minds of men, all absorbed as they are in whatseems a hopeless struggle. But look around! Where are theEgyptians which used to hold the human body and the human soul

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