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The Influence of the Unseen.

The Influence of the Unseen.

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BY HENRY J. BEVIS.


" Or ever I was aware, my soul made me like the chariots of
Ammi'ttadiby—SONG OF Solomon, vi. 12.
BY HENRY J. BEVIS.


" Or ever I was aware, my soul made me like the chariots of
Ammi'ttadiby—SONG OF Solomon, vi. 12.

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THE IFLUECE OF THE USEE.BY HERY J. BEVIS." Or ever I was aware, my soul made me like the chariots of Ammi'ttadiby—SOG OF Solomon, vi. 12.The world passeth away and the lusts thereof. Thespiritual alone is permanent. Some men acquirenotoriety in their day, their name passes into a pro-verb, and yet, singular to say, in after times, we findtheir names recorded, but we are at a loss to knowwhat their deeds were which made them so famous.If there be true fame, a man's works will follow. If fame be the result of adventitious circumstances, itwill be as evanescent as the glory of the grass, or thebeauty of the flower. I have read out a text inwhich a man's name occurs about whom we knownothing. I have read it, because as a proverbialsaying, it may be regarded as an illustration of thespontaneity and intuition of the heart. The affec-tions under the guidance of the will becoming achariot, in which the man is borne away.I. spiritual spontaneity.It will be well at the beginning to explain terms.Spontaneity signifies that which is voluntary andunconstrained, free and instantaneous action. The28 The Influence of the Unseen.central point of consciousness, that which makeseach man what he is, in distinction from every other,is the will. The will is power — spontaneity is thecapacity of acting independently, and for ourselves.Without spontaneity our lives would sink to the dull,
 
dead level of things, we should be mere links in thegreat chain of cause and effect. Without spontaneitywe should be things, not men. This power, thispure activity is necessary to our personality. Weare about to speak of the spontaneity of life — that is,spiritual life.This spiritual life is God's gift. " The gift of Godis eternal life." " He that hath the Son hath life." Itis life " hid with Christ in God." It is Divine life. Lifecoming from God and going to God ; light ascendingto light; purity going up to purity; love seekingfellowship with love. Where this life exists, thereis true unity, for the life is, so to speak, a common life,it is the life of God in the soul of man. The soulclaims God as its own, and God claims the soul asHis. In this Song the Bride is represented as saying,'* I am my beloved's and my beloved is mine." Aspiritual man like Paul still loses his own identity inChrist, and says, " I live, yet not I, but Christliveth in me."By the spontaneity of this life, we mean that itsimpulses, sensibilities, and affections are not theresult of a painful and protracted effort, but springfrom life as its natural manifestation and development.The Influence of the Unseen. 29There is naturalness in all the forms of life. We areoften struck with the unnatural character of somemen's religion. It seems like something that be-longs to the man, a mere accident or appendage ;he can put it on as a garment^ but he can divesthimself of it at any moment. It is without a man,and not within; it is the mere occasional, spas-modic effort, reminding us of the action of galvanismon the limbs of a dead body ; it lives in the atmo-
 
sphere of the sanctuary, or the sanctity of the Sabbath,and dies out with the day ; it is not life ; it does notthink, feel, speak, and act ; it does not go with aman to the field, the market-place, and the shop ; itis forced and strained in its occasional, actings.What naturalness there is in life, in the modest,quiet beauty of the flower, that opens itself to drink in the dew and the sunlight, and gives its perfume toevery breath that passes by, and does this spon-taneously, for it is the law of its life. Look at thetree with its verdure, its blossom, its fruitfulness,these are the natural manifestations and organicproducts of life. Spiritual life is beautifully natural ;the man lives in the Spirit, he walks in the Spirit, heis led by the Spirit, he minds the things of theSpirit; he thinks spiritual thoughts, feels spiritualfeelings, does spiritual deeds, he does all thisnaturally, without prolonged effort — it is life reveal-ing itself.Some few illustrations of the spontaneity of life30 The Influence of the Unseen.may make our meaning more apparent. When thephysical organisation is perfect, when there is healthas well as life, the body performs many of its func-tions without effort and unconsciously. The manruns without weariness, and walks without fainting.Life is like a stream sparkling in the sunshine,making its own music as it flows on, sustained andnourished by the fountain that gave it birth. It isthe sick man who frequently places his finger on thepulse. It is the man out of health who has thestudy of his own nature forced upon him, and whois constantly seeking to reproduce and restoreharmony. The will ought to have complete control

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