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The Never-failing Love of God

The Never-failing Love of God

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BY THE REV. DAVID SMITH, M.A., D.D.

Professor of Theology in Magee College, Londonderry



" I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels,
nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things
to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall
be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ
Jesus our Lord."

Romans viii. 38, 39.
BY THE REV. DAVID SMITH, M.A., D.D.

Professor of Theology in Magee College, Londonderry



" I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels,
nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things
to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall
be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ
Jesus our Lord."

Romans viii. 38, 39.

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THE EVER-FAILIG LOVE OF GODBY THE REV. DAVID SMITH, M.A., D.D.Professor of Theology in Magee College, Londonderry" I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels,nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor thingsto come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shallbe able to separate us from the love of God, which is in ChristJesus our Lord."Romans viii. 38, 39." I AM persuaded,'* says the Apostle, and thisis one of his great phrases. You will notice,wherever it occurs, that it expresses, not merelyan assured faith, a strong conviction, but afaith in something which is not obvious orindisputable, and a conviction which hasbeen reached after many a doubt and manya struggle, after much questioning and longgroping in the darkness. The Apostle has hadto feel his way through the tangle, and at lengthhe has got out into the open. And thus, when
 
he says ** I am persuaded," let us listen ; forhe is about to tell us of something not easy tobelieve but infinitely worth believing, a treasurewhich he has found after painful searching, avictory which he has won after hard fighting.See how it is in this instance. He is pro-lan's eed of God, 257 13258 THE EVER-FAILIG LOVE OF GODclaiming a conviction which has satisfied hisdeepest need, succoured him in sore straits, andemboldened him to face the untried futurewith a brave and quiet heart — the constant faith-fulness of the Love of God. He had not alwaysthis splendid assurance, but he has been, ** per-Siuaded " of it ; and though he does not stayto unfold it, we know the experience which laybehind his faith, the conflict through which hehad won it.It had indeed been dearly bought. If everthere was a man who knew what sacrifice andsuffering meant, it was the Apostle ; and hemust have had many a misgiving, many asinking of heart, as he looked back and con-sidered what might have been, what he had givenup and what he had gained.Just think of his career. I suppose there wasno lad in all the Jewish nation who had abrighter prospect in the morning of his life.
 
Well nurtured in his home at Tarsus, he hadgone to the celebrated College at Jerusalem andstudied under the famous Rabbi Gamaliel. Hewas a brilliant student, outstripping his com-peers (cf. Gal. i. 14) and giving promise of high distinction in sacred learning. It was aTHE EVER-FAILIG LOVE OF GOD 259fair prospect that lay before him, a career of honourable service and far-reaching influence.One day he would be enrolled among the JewishRabbis and win an abiding name in theliterature and history of his nation.But it was ordered otherwise. He had beensent by the Sanhedrin on a mission to Damascus —a high trust for one so young ; and on theway thither something happened. He had nodoubt what it was. Jesus of azareth, thatimpostor who had been put to a death of shamethe other year and whose deluded followers hewas bent on extirpating, appeared to him andtalked with him ; and the vision revolutionisedhis life and diverted it into a new channel.There on the road to Damascus he heard acall which he durst not disobey. He abandonedall. He turned his back on that bright andalluring prospect ; he sacrificed his career ; heavowed himself a follower of the Crucified, andstood forth in the sight of his countrymen atraitor to his fathers' God and his fathers' faith,exchanging honour and affection for scorn andhatred.It was inevitable that he should ere longbe assailed by doubts and questionings, as the

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