and by His resurrection : as it is written ; " If when we were enemies we were reconciled toGod by the death of His Son, much more, beingreconciled, we shall be saved by His life." ThenHe shewed to His disciples His hands and Hisfeet, pierced with the nails which had beendriven through them on the cross ; and thus Hegave them all full and unquestionable proofs thatHe was no i)hantom and no spirit, but the livingJesus, in His own body, crucified once, but nowalive, and to live for evermore. Then Jesus saidto them again ; " Peace be unto you." Then Heordained and appointed them to go forth, and ac-complish His w^ork, as witnesses for Him, and inthe strength of His mighty and adorable name ;"As my Father hath sent Me, even so send Iyou." Then He breathed on them, and endowedthem with their high and most glorious commis-sion : " Receive ye the Holy Ghost. WhosesoeverAS HIS GOD. 319sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them ; andwhosesoever sins ye retain, they are retained."Of which the explanation is, I believe, this : " TheHoly Spirit is yours, by whom you have theGospel, which you are to preach and to proclaim.And I will sanction your word. I will be itswarrant. It shall hold good, so that your declara-tion on the remission or forgiveness of sins untoevery believer shall come to pass ; and your de-claration on the continuance of sin and wrathabiding on every one who neglects the messageof grace and salvation, through My name, shallcome to pass also.'' Such was Christ's appear-ance at that time. Such were the proofs whichHe gave of His own living personality, seen oncemore and looked upon by the eyes of His dis-ciples. And such was the commission which Hisservants received to go forth and preach theGospel, with aU assurance that not one of theirwords should fail of all sanction and fulfilmenteven from God Hunself, so that their work shouldbe God's work also.