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.^'