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Jesus Confessed by Thomas as His God.

Jesus Confessed by Thomas as His God.

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BY FRANCIS TRENCH,


John xx. 28.

And Thomas answered and said unto Him^ My Lord

and my God.

BY FRANCIS TRENCH,


John xx. 28.

And Thomas answered and said unto Him^ My Lord

and my God.

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JESUS COFESSED BY THOMAS AS HIS GOD.BY FRACIS TRECH,John xx. 28.And Thomas answered and said unto Him^ My Lordand my God.After our Lord Jesus Christ had been cruci-fied, and had risen from the dead, He shewedHimself to chosen witnesses, appeared on fre-quent occasions to His people, and gave themmany "infallible proofs" of His resurrection," being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God."He appeared to Mary Magdalene and others onthe very morning of His resurrection ; and " to-ward evening" He communed with the two dis-ciples on their way to Emmaus, and sat downwith them, and took bread, and blessed, andbrake it, and gave to them; and having madeHimself known to them in this very act. He va-nished out of their sight; and in the coiu^se of that same evening He appeared to His disciplesat Jerusalem, in a manner which I now must:i\H Jtsrs roFKSHKD BY THOMAS(lescTiU' inoiv particularly', because without sodoing wc rainiot outer into the f\ill apprehensionof our text.*' The same day at evening, beings the first dayof tlie week, when the doors were shut where thediseipli's were assembled for fear of the Jews,eame Jesus and stood in the midst, and saiththem, Peace he unto you." He proclaimed untothem — 3'ea, much more — He bestowed upon themthat peace and reconciliation with God, of whichHe had spoken l>efore, as His legacy and gift toHis church, and which He had now acquired andwon for it by His sufferings even unto death,
 
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.
 
We next hear in St. John's narrative, (whichalone tells us these things,) that one of thetwelve was absent on that memorable night." Thomas, one of the twelve, was not with themwhen Jesus came." We are not informed whatthe reason was. Perhaps his faith may have sofailed for a season, after Jesus had been put todeath, as to make him indifferent, and thereforetardy in keeping the appointed time. Perhapshe had allowed some slight and unbefitting causen-JtlJKSI S «*urKSSKI> BY TIIuMASto (lotaiii liiin thiiii looming' as soon as the other(lis(*ipl('s. At nil events lie was not there whenJesus cnine : and if he was to be blamed for hisahscMi<'(\ (whirl 1 seems very probable,) then, in theensuin}; narrative, we have another proof how(iod out of evil continuallj brings good, andthrough the sins or omissions of men intro-dures II is most f^aeious words and most lovingdeeds; just as the three most precious parablesal>out (lod's willingness to put away sin, and toreceive the i)enitent sinner into the bosom of Hislove, (viz. the lost sheep, the missing piece of money, and the prodigal son,) all arise out of thehitter niunnur of the Pharisees against the LordJesus Clirist for receiving sinners, and for eatingwith them*. So here, through the absence of Thomas, for which most probably he was toblame; and through his incredulity when toldby his fellows-disciples about the appearance of the Lord, for which he was certainly to blame,Jesus condescended to give the most convincingproof of I lis ow^n identity as our crucified, but alsorisen Lord.Proceeding with the narrative, we find thatThomas joined his brethren after Jesus had de-

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