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Spiritual Reparation.

Spiritual Reparation.

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MARK 1:9-46

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SPIRITUAL REPARATIO.BY JOSEPH PARKER MARK 1:9-46[An Analysis.]9. And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from azareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan.(i) f OH'S dispensation was thus shown to be of divineI appointment otice the beauty of John's work in rela-tion both to the past and to the future : it was a baptismunto repentance ; a baptism, and so connected with the ceremonialpast ; — a baptism unto repentance, and so introductory to a newand more intensely spiritual state of things.(2) But why should Jesus Christ identify himself with abaptism which was unto repentance ? His identification withthat baptism was not for the purpose of personal confession, butfor the purpose of official absorption. He took up the dispensa-tion, and ended it by the introduction of a better. So, when hetook upon himself the nature of mankind, he did not degrade andenfeeble God, he elevated and glorified man.10. And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavensopened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him.11. And there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my belovedSon, in whom I am well pleased.Whatever is done in the divine name and for the divine gloryis succeeded by increasing evidence of divine favour. What Jesussaw on coming out of the water, we should all see on returningfrom every act of homage and obedience, (i) The Spirit is aheavenly gifl, not a natural grace. (2) Sonship is not generic ;it is specific — thou. (3) Sonship is not left a mystery; it isdeclared and confirmed to the individual heart12. And immediately the Spirit driveth him into the wilderness.13. And he was there in the wilderness forty daya^ tempted of Satan ;and was with the wild beasts ; and the angels ministered unto him.12
MarkL 14. IS] SPIRITUAL REPARAllO, 13(i) Sonship does not exempt from temptation. (2) Tempta-tion does not invalidate sonship. (3) Temptation, rightlyanswered, makes sonship a life and power. We are not to becontent with nominal sonship. We are to be proved men.G)ntrast Matthew's account of the Temptation with Mark's. Theone is minute and elaborate ; the other is compendious. Whathistory may be put into a sentence I There are experienceswhich cannot be put into words — they can only be hinted at.Some men have not the power of spiritual analysis ; they cannotfollow a temptation through its changing assaults and attitudes.Mark was probably not equal to Matthew in this particular. Aswith temptation, so with conversion. Some men can only saythat they are converted ; explanation and discussion are beyondtheir power. "And the angels ministered unto him." Thedarkest temptation has some light to relieve it. When we feelthe devil we should look for the angels.14. ow after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee,preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God.15. And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is athand : repent ye, and believe the gospel.• (i) The imprisonment of the servant does not hinder the pro-gress of the Master. (2) Ill-treatment of the messenger mayactually help the divinity of the message : (a) it tests sincerity, (h)it tests the sustaining power of the doctrine that is preached.The 15th verse shows Jesus Christ in three aspects : (i) as theinterpreter of time ; (2) as the revealer of the divine kingdom ;(3) as a spiritual regenerator. Under these heads note — Time : The preparative process ; the development of oppor-tunity ; the moral import of special times.Kingdom : ot a transient erection ; not a subordinate arrange-ment; not a human ambition — the kingdom of God.Regeneration : Vital ; progressive ; spiritual. Vital — Repent,destroy the past, humble yourselves on account of sin. Pro-gressive — after humiliation is to come trust, the broken heart is tobe the believing heart. Spiritual — not a change of mere attitudesand relations, but a change of life.
It is to be specially noted that Jesus Christ preached thekingdom of God as a gospel : rightly understood, it is not a14 THE PEOPLE'S BIBLE, [Markl 16-24.despotism, it is not a terror ; it is the supremacy of light, of truth,of love.16. ow as he walked by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrewhis brother casting a net into the sea : for they were fishers.17. And Jesus said unto them. Come ye after me, and I will make you tobecome fishers of men.18. And straightway they forsook their nets, and followed him.19. And when he had gone a little farther thence, he saw James the sonof Zebedee, and John his brother, who also were in the ship mending theirnets.20. And straightway he called them : and they left their father Zebedeein the ship with the hired servants, and went after him.(z) Christ is the preparer of his servants — ''I will makeyou": how much was involved in that promise I (a) Authority;(6) qualification. (2) Small beginnings compatible with sublimeresults. (3) The claims of God over-ride all other claims — ^thesons lefl their father. (4) The discharge of common duties thebest preparation for higher calls — two were casting the net intothe sea, and two were mending their nets. The transition fromone duty to another need not be abrupt The humblest dutymay be very near the highest honour. (5) The place of theservant is after the Master — "Come ye after me": they are notinvited to equal terms — they must walk in the King's shadow.Some hearts respond to Christ instantly — some linger long,and yield, as it w^re, with reluctance." They left their father Zebedee in the ship " : fathers shouldnever keep back their sons from Christ's service.21. And they went into Capernaum: and straightway on the sabbath dayhe entered into the synagogue, and taught

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