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The Blind Man Sees

The Blind Man Sees

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BY REV. N. P. KNAPP


"Go, -wash in th pool of Siloam." — Jonx ix. 7.
BY REV. N. P. KNAPP


"Go, -wash in th pool of Siloam." — Jonx ix. 7.

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THE BLID MA SEESBY REV. . P. KAPP"Go, -wash in th pool of Siloam." — Jonx ix. 7.The subject of the chapter from which our text is takeu isthe miraculous giving of sight to a man blind from his birth bjour Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus had just come from the temple¦where he had so openly claimed a proper divinity that the Jewshad begun to stone him for blasphemy. Having set himself above their father Abraham, and thereby provoked the chargeof being possessed by a demon, he declared his original appoint-ment as a Mediator, whose coming Abraham prophetically be-held; and when they were staggered by this claim, he assertedhis pre-existence in terms which if the claim were not a real one,would indeed have been blasphemy of the highest order. " Be-fore Abraham was I am " — was the positive declaration of Jesus.And this is not common language. He does not say beforeAbraham was I was. But he uses the words ''I am ; " a term onlyused in Holy Writ by Jehovah himself, signifying eternalbeing, " the same yesterday, to-day and forever." Let this bewell pondered, before we pass to the miracle and its accom-panying circumstances of impressive teaching. For in thesedays of wide-spreading heresy, we mean that "the trumpet"within these walls "shall give no uncertain sound." "We knownot how to refute the charge of the Jews, that Jesus was ablasphemer, if he was not what the church holds him to be, trulyGod.We may now see how Jesus, claiming to be God, exercised hisdivine power. Seeing a blind man by the way-side, as he escapedfrom the temple, he declared to his disciples that he was " thelight of the world," and then proceeded to give light to him whohad been all his lifetime in darkness. Wettin"- a little clav with84 SERMO IX.
 
the moisture of his own mouth, he anointed the eyes of the blindman, "And said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloara — hewent his way, therefore, and washed, and came seeing." Themeans used by our Lord were very simple, and he could havegiven sight to the blind without using any external appliances,had he willed so to do. But Divine Wisdom chose to displaydivine power in this particular way, by means of second causes,and to record these things for our instruction, that we maylearn to trust to the efl&cacy of divine appointments, howeversimple they may seem. The instrumentality nsed by our Lordwas very simple, but it was positive. There was no choice leftto the man who needed Christ's help. There was but one way," Go, wash in the pool of Siloam." Jesus might have led theblind man to the water and washed him, — or might have sent forwater to wash off the clay, or wiped it off without water. Thesemeans used did not add poAver to him who employed them.They only tried the faith of the subject of Christ's tender careand compassion. Christ demanded faith in his power, and sub-mission to his will, even in the most simple of his positive appoint-ments. You will readily perceive therefore, my brethren, the mainpoints of our text in its bearing upon the spiritually blind, to whomChrist alone can give sight. He is " the light of the world lyingin darkness and sin." Mankind are all blind from their birth toall heavenly things. Christ gives light to all to whom he comes;he reveals the sinfulness of our hearts and the way to be cleansedfrom it; he discloses guilt, and offers pardon to the guilty. Andwhile he unfolds to our opened eyes the glory and the bliss of aheavenly inheritance, he gives means of grace by which we maybe trained through life for the state beyond the grave, of eternaldwelling near the throne of light.In order to have the benefit of those means, and hence of thediscipline for, and foretaste of the bliss of the ransomed, we musthave faith in the power and willingness of the offered Saviour,and show submission to his will even in his positive, and to usseemingly unessential ordinances. Has "the entrance of God'sword, which giveth light to the simple," shown you the darknessof your sinful state and the need of God's mercy through anappointed Mediator? Have you realized your condition of peril
 
through wickedness, and turned your ear to the truth madeknown in the gospel, that " Christ is the propitiation for all sin?"SERMO IX. 85Have yoiT heard the precious assurance, " God so loved the worldthat he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever helieveth onhim should not perish, but might have everlasting life?" " He thatheareth my word and believeth on him that sent me hath ever-lasting life, and shall not come into condemnation." Have youheard the tender invitation of the Saviour, " Come unto me, allye that are heavy-laden, and I will give you rest" — and the surepromise, "Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out?"And do you believe that Christ has power to save, that he willgive you spiritual sight and spiritual clearness? Then will yoube ready to listen to his positive command, "Go, wash in thepool of Siloam;" go, wash in the water of baptism; there receivethe sign of regeneration, the token of your new birth into a lifeof light and righteousness. There, too, give the sign and pledgeof your acceptance of Christ's mercy and of your acknowledgedduty to keep all his commandments. Will you rebel against thisrequirement of your Lord? Like the Syrian leper, who indig-nantly spurned the simple but appointed washing in the riverJordan, will you cast away a divine ordinance, deeming it un-meaning and ineffectual ? Think you that the leper would everhave been cleansed, or the blind man ever have received sight,had the simple but commanded rite, in either case, not been ob-served? We leave these questions to be answered to yourselvesin all fairness. With these examples of physical healing by di-vine power with the use of means positively ordained, fairly setbefore us, we might strongly argue in favour of a like submissionto simple ordinances in religious matters, in moral and spiritualhealing, although we had no authoritative teaching on the suliject.But when we read the word of Christ, " He that believeth andis baptized shall be saved," and this commission to his apostles tomake disciples of all nations, " baptizing them in the name of theFather, and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost." When we hear theapostle's answer to the cry of the convicted, " What shall we do

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