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Consecrated Ground.

Consecrated Ground.

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For where two or three are gathered together in My name, there am I in the midst of them."— Matt, xriii. 20.

For where two or three are gathered together in My name, there am I in the midst of them."— Matt, xriii. 20.

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COSECRATED GROUD.BY THOMAS BRADBURY For where two or three are gathered together in My name, there am I inthe midst of them."— Matt, xriii. 20.AVERY blessed and enoouraging promise from the lips andheart of Him who never yet failed in the accomplisnmentof any one thing which He has spoken by the power of HisSpirit to the heart of His child. Every word which flowed fromHis lips is faithful and true. Faithful to the Father whoentrusted Him with, the promise in covenant before creation'sdawn, and faithful to the cnild for whom the promise was receivedfrom the hands of the Father. It is of God's mercy we knowthat there is not a blessing we possess, nor a promise broughthome to our hearts by the sovereign power of God the HolyGhost, but the same was secured to \is in the person of the Suretyof ^e covenant from before all worlds. It is ours for a shorttime to look at the cii*cumstances which called forth this promisefrom the faithful heart of our Lord Jesus Christ. We find inthe preceding part of the chapter the narration of incidentsfull of sweet mstruction and humbling power to those who arebrought into blessed and hallowed association with the Saviourof sinners. Here you will see that in themselves the discipleswere no better than others. They, according to the declarationof Paul and Barnabas to the idolaters at Lystra, were men of Uke passioiis with the rest of mankind (Acts xiv. 15). ow axidagain strife and contention broke Out amongst the apostles as towho should be considered the ^eatest; who should have the firstplace, and who should be the highest in Christ's esteem. In ouroays we detect much of this spirit. Many wish to appear the mostuseful, some love to be coDsidered the most deeply taught, whileo. 118.-Piioa on Finrr. ,,^^, .^ GoOglc158 GROVE CHAPEL PULPIT.
others seek to appear the most highly favoured. You may de-pend upon it, we are not ignorant of Satan's devices, for heenters the pulpit and puflFs up the preacher with the fleshly ideathat by a feat of memory, or the narration of a rich bit of experience which he has treasured up, he is able to make an eflFectbefore the people. I know something of this, but my God inHis infinite mercy and grace strips me of all such folly, andteaches me not to seek my own glory, but His; not my own good,but that of His people, that by His testimony His bruisedand broken-hearted children may experience a gracious lift outof themselves and out of their wretched surroundings. Thustaught, in the infirmities, weaknesses, and waverings of thepreacher, the people behold their own, and by the power of theHoly Ghost are brought to participate with him in the rich andmagnanimous grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.Look at the commencement of the chapter. The disciplescame to Jesus, saying, "Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven? " If self was not pre-eminent, why should they ask sucha question as that? Jesus had told them beforetime who it wasthat was the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. The least andthe greatest was, and is. His adorable Self. See Matt, xi 11, andLuke xxii. 27: '^And Jesus called a little child unto Him, andset him in the midst of them, and said, Verily I say unto you.Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shallnot enter into the kingdom of heaven.*' Who was He speakingto? ot to the multitude, not to the unregenerate, not to thosewho were unacquainted with Him; but to those in asssociationwith Him, to His own disciples. Were these not in the kingdom?Certainly they were, but not in the spiritual apprehension of it,and as 8tssuredly as I am in the kingdom, I shall have to enter itagain and again. How is this? See John x. 9 : "I am the Door:by Me if any man will enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go inand out, and find pasture." There you have a going in and^ing out. If I have entered once, I must enter again and againfeelingly and experimentally. It was evident from the spiritmanifested in the question asked by the disciples that they werenot then feelingly, experimentallv, and intelhgently in the king-dom. Well might He answer them, ^^ Except ye be converted.^'
ot regenerated. This they were. "Except ye be converted,and become as little children." my dear friends, we littleknow what power, majesty, dignity, and glory appears in asaint when he stands before the Church as a little child, asnothing in himself. And what a pitiable object a saint is whenleft to assert himself, and to make a display of his fleshly dignity.Look at vourself, say you. Well, you may depend upon it, I amtaking Thomas into account. I know somethmg of these thingsin the bitterness of my soul, therefore I speak.The Lord Jesus Christ proceeds, and says, "Woe unto theworld because of offences! for it must needs be that offences^.yitizedbyVjOOQiCOSECRATED GROUD. 159come; but woe to that man by whom the oflTence cometh 1 " Hewarns the offenders and persecutors of His little ones, those whowould hurt, injure, or destroy the peace of God's poor, tried, andtempted children. Again ife says, "Take heed that ye demisenot one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaventheir angels do always behold the face of My Father which isin heaven." " Their angels/^ A marvellous escort and convoyfor the redeemed of the Lord all the way through the land of the enemy to that glory-land which He has prepared for them.His covenant care over the stray lambs and sheep of His flock isshown in that short account of the Shepherd seeking, finding,and saving the lost one. Here we see where the mind of the Lord Jesus Christ is especially fixed — even upon the weak,the wavering, and the wandering. Let me ask you whoare fathers and mothers, Which child do you love the mostthis morning? It is that one whose weakness you can feel themost, whose failings concern you the most, who stands most inneed of your counsel, guidance, and support. The great, thegood, the gentle Shepherd of His flock ever has respect to theweak, the wavering, and the wandering in His fold, and, blessingson His name. He will not let one of them perish.

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