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Notwithstanding, The Lord.

Notwithstanding, The Lord.

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BY H.CG.MOULE.D.D



PREACHED IN THE CHAPEL OF Si. CATHARINE S COLLEGE,
CAMBRIDGE,
May, 1901.

"Notwithstanding, the Lord." 2 TIM. iv. 17.
BY H.CG.MOULE.D.D



PREACHED IN THE CHAPEL OF Si. CATHARINE S COLLEGE,
CAMBRIDGE,
May, 1901.

"Notwithstanding, the Lord." 2 TIM. iv. 17.

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 NOTWITHSTANDING, THE LORD.BY H.CG.MOULE.D.DPREACHED IN THE CHAPEL OF Si. CATHARINE S COLLEGE,CAMBRIDGE,May, 1901."Notwithstanding, the Lord." 2 TIM. iv. 17.THESE words are broken out of the record of the last known incident in the life of St. Paul.He is writing to his beloved Timotheus, fromthe Roman prison which was now soon, heknew, to give him up to death. He hasmuch to say things of the Church, of theGospel, of the eternal hope, things also of the human heart. The shallow and yet jxmderous criticism which can persuade itself to deny the Pauline genuineness of thisEpistle has first to ignore the fact that theEpistle comes to us almost wet with humantears, yea, almost throbbing with the emotions9394 NOTWITHSTANDING, THE LORDof a loving soul pierced by many sorrows toits depths things which did not lie muchin the line of the fabricators of documents inthe second century. Now last amidst these many things, or almost last among them, St. Paul lets in thelight for a moment on the incidents of his
 
trial at the imperial bar ; and we gather that the letter was written between twostages of the process. There had been afirst answer, and then, apparently, therewas an ampliatio, an adjournment, after which the second answer was to come. Of that second we know nothing, except throughthe eloquence of the grave. But of the firstwe know that it was seized by the Accusedas a supreme occasion for one more proclamation of his Lord, so delivered that allthe hall could hear. " By me the preachingwas fully known, so that all the Gentilesheard ; and I was rescued out of the lion smouth."Would that we might know how he struck  NOTWITHSTANDING, THE LORD 95that theme, and how he unfolded its divinefulness ! Never at Athens, never at Csesarea,surely, was Paul more magnificently himself.But then, he was himself against tremendousodds : " At my first hearing no man stood by me, but all men forsook me ; I pray Godit may not be laid to their charge." No ;in the terror of that time, when to be aChristian was to be at least, in public opinion,an atheist and an anarchist, none dared holda brief for the leader of that abominated sect;he had to plead alone. Ah, but not alone.He tells us that then once more that Presencehe had known of old came and mysteriouslyovershadowed him. " Notwithstanding, theLord stood by me, and strengthened me ;notivithstanding , the Lord"
 
The great Martyr s experience has repeateditself through all the ages ; for the Personagewho caused it is the same yesterday and alsoto-day, as well as, blessed be His name, for ever. But yesterday a friend, once an officer in the Guards, now a missionary in the remote96 NOTWITHSTANDING, THE LORDdepths of China, was telling me of theclosing scenes of the great massacre of lastsummer at Tai-yuan, in the province of Shansi. There a whole family, Mr. andMrs. Pigott and their dear children, carriedto the provincial capital in chains, wereone after another led outside the gatesand slain in public with the sword. Tothe very last Mr. Pigott proclaimed hisLord s name to the heathen ; " What ? " theycried in unfeigned amazement ; "do you preachthat now, when you are just going to die for it ? " His secret was the secret of St. Paul ;" Notwithstanding, the Lord."In that same awful summer, in another scene of terror, an American lady, Mrs.Atwater, loving her work, her native neigh bours, loving her scholars, loving her husband,found herself face to face with death. Shewrote scraps of letters, and gave them one by one to Chinese friends, who ultimately,after her martyrdom, got them down somehow to the coast. I have copied for you NOTWITHSTANDING, THE LORD 97

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