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Life Through the Name of the Son of God.

Life Through the Name of the Son of God.

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" But these are written, that ye might helieve that Jesus is the
Christ, the Son of God; and that believing, ye might have life
through His name." — John xx. 31.

" But these are written, that ye might helieve that Jesus is the
Christ, the Son of God; and that believing, ye might have life
through His name." — John xx. 31.

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Published by: glennpease on Aug 28, 2013
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LIFE THROUGH THE AME OF THE SO OF GOD.BY THE REV. W. WILLIAMS, SWASEA." But these are written, that ye might helieve that Jesus is theChrist, the Son of God; and that believing, ye might have lifethrough His name." — John xx. 31.The Word of God teems with life, and it is that thatgives it one of the designations by which it is known — the Word of Life. There is not a word that is moreimportant to lis in the whole Bible than life, and thereare not many words which we more frequently find in it.Of all our wants, the greatest and most urgent is ourwant of life. It is this that is at the source of everyother want ; but the Scriptures throughout assure us thatabundant provision to meet this want is made in theGospel of the grace of God.Sin came into the world, and sin is death. On theday that man sinned he died, and death passed upon allmen, for that all have sinned.Salvation has come into the world, and salvation islife. Ezekiel saw waters spring from under the thresholdof the house of God, and becoming deeper and mightieras they moved along. They flowed towards the east,where living things had died ; but wherever they cameDigitized by VjOOQIC174 LIFE THROUGH THE AME OFthey brought life with them. They ran into the DeadSea, and immediately it became a sea of life. There is a" pure river of the water of life, clear as crystal, proceed-
ing out of the throne of God and the Lamb." It hasflowed in our direction, and has reached this world, whichhad become the dominion of death. The Apostle Paulspeaks of the reign of death, — not of death strugglingfor existence, striving might and main to secure foritself a footing in the world, but reigning — having it allits own way. We know what things do and becomeunder the reign of death. We know how that which wasonce beautiful decomposes and hastens towards corrup-tion from the moment when it becomes subject to the callof death; and that is but a faint picture of the evilswrought by sin upon all who are under its dominion.But salvation is a river of life. Wheresoever its watersflow they check the progress of death. The enemy meetsmore than its master. There is greater power here thanit is able to cope with. The river of life turns back thedeadly tide, and death is swallowed up in victory.The text brings us good tidings — that we may havelife, and teaches us how we may avail ourselves of them — " that believing ye may have life through His name."I. The LIFE that we receive — " That ye may have life."I. What is it ? What does it mean ? One thing thatit means is the permission to live. A complete release,granted by the just God, as Judge and Euler of all, fromthe obligation to die that lies upon us as sinners. Whena man under sentence of death petitions her Majesty forhis life, that which he asks for is permission to live.Digitized by VjOOQICTHE SO OF GOD. 175He asks her to be so merciful as to send to the properofficials her royal commands not to put him to death.
His life is not worth much, with the ruined and disgracedcharacter which he must bear as long as he lives, but hefeels it to be the greatest favour that it is possible forhim to have to be permitted to keep it as it is.- Thatwas the petition of Ben-hadad to Ahab, " I pray thee, letme live;" be so merciful as not to put me to death.God has said that the sinner must die. It is one of thestanding rules of His kingdom, a rule based upon theprinciple which is the foundation of His everlastingthrone, that "the soul that sinneth shall die." Thatmeans more than the death of the body. It involves thedeath of the soul, or as it is expressed by our Lord Jesus,the casting of the soul and body into hell. That is thefate to which we have exposed ourselves by our sins, afate which has already overtaken many — we know nothow many — who were once in the same circumstanceswith ourselves. When we ask for our life, we pray Grodto spare us that terrible doom. And in mercy that maybe done, and done in a righteous way. The commandwhich has gone forth to bind us hand and foot and castus into outer darkness, may be countermanded without thecontradiction of anything that is true or the violation of anything that is right. God is able, in perfect harmonywith every principle of His government, to spare the lifeof the greatest sinner, and to say unto the ministers of His justice — " Deliver him from going down to the pit ;I have found a ransom."2. And this is all the idea of life which some are ableto grasp — ^a mere escape from the penal side of the con-Digitized by VjOOQIC176 LIFE THROUGH THE AME OFsequences of sin. But our state is such that this by

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