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The Testimony of the Works.

The Testimony of the Works.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY ALPHEUS W. WILSON, D.D.,



"The -words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but
the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. Believe me
that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me
for the very works' sake." John xiv. 10, II.
BY ALPHEUS W. WILSON, D.D.,



"The -words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but
the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. Believe me
that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me
for the very works' sake." John xiv. 10, II.

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THE TESTIMONY OF THE WORKS.BY ALPHEUS W. WILSON, D.D.,"The -words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: butthe Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. Believe methat I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe mefor the very works' sake." John xiv. 10, II.THE conjoint testimony of Father and Son givenout of the heavens and on the side of theethical and spiritual life has formal expression inand is corroborated by the works of Jesus. Theend that he proposes is the same in both. He aimsto establish faith in himself not merely as the ex-ponent and interpreter of the truth of God and ex-pression of the power of God, but as the embodi-ment and final and complete revelation of God tothe world. He refuses to be considered apartfrom the Father, in the energies and activities of his life as well as in his being and self- conscious-ness. "I speak not of myself:" "the Fatherthat dwelleth in me, he doeth the works." Onthe one side, the medium of expression and chan-nel of conveyance of the divine power is the hu-man personality of Jesus Christ, and the sphere of operation is that to which the life of man belongs(87)88 THE WITNESSES TO CHRIST.and is limited ; on the other, the works are suchand such only as become him for whom are allthings and by whom are all things. They are tobe recognized as the doing of the Father, andbecause of the works themselves he is to be be-
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lieved.i. The term that he uses, including his teachingsas well as his actions, indicates that he viewedthem not as exceptional and extraordinary, but asthe natural and fitting expression of his character.To others they seemed to be wonders, miracles,mighty works; to himself there was no wonder,nothing that was not in perfect harmony with hisown nature working under the conditions to whichhe had subjected himself. They bore the same re-lation to his person, as the life and speech of anyman to the quality and faculties of his nature. If there was any miracle, it was in himself and hispresence in the midst of this human environment,and not in li his works."2. At times, viewing his life in its entirety asplanned and ordered of his Father, he uses theword in the singular number. " My meat is . . .to finish his work." " I have finished the work thou gavest me to do." All the single and distinctexercises of his power were only so many parts of a complete purpose which he was to accomplish.THE TESTIMONY OF THE WORKS. 893. His work and his works were such and suchonly as the Father gave him to do. They did notoriginate with the occasions that called them forth;rather, the occasions were prepared for the work-ing. " Neither hath this man sinned, nor his par-ents, that he was born blind; but that the worksof God should be made manifest in him/' Nordid they take their impulse from the affections of his human nature or the solicitations of humanneed. The affections themselves were but theoutcome — the translation into human forms of ex-pression — of divine qualities, divine love and right-eousness, directed upon the subjects of the eternal
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thought of the Father and objects of his infinitesolicitude and care. It is impossible to find termsto convey more explicitly, directly, and fully thedivine origin and meaning of all that he did thanthose which he used. " The will of him that sentme." " His work." " The works that the Fa-ther hath given me." " The Son can do nothingof himself, but what he seeth the Father do: forwhat things soever he doeth, these also doeththe Son likewise. For the Father loveth the Son,and showeth him all things that himself doeth."It is only as he looks into the mind and will of theFather, and is continuously recipient of his cease-less, inexhaustible energy that he does his work.90 THE WITNESSES TO CHRIST.His whole life in its fullness, and each part of it,active or passive, outward or inward, are referredto the same intimate, unbroken, divine relation,and the perfect intercommunion between the Fa-ther and the Son. What he seeth — as he only cansee "who is in the bosom of the Father" — theFather doing, he doeth.4. His work was the continuation to its comple-tion of the work of his Father. " My Fatherworketh hitherto, and I work." " The works thatthe Father hath given me that I should finish them — the very works that I am doing." To bring tocompletion, to perfect the work that has been go-ing on through the ages was the business of hisincarnate life. The great purpose that had hadits first announcement in creation, was declaredin the order and movement of the worlds — thexoGfiog — was expressed under providential direc-tion in the historic development of the race, andwas spoken out in divers portions and in diversmanners by the prophets, was to find its fulfillmentand final disclosure in the life, speech, labors, and
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