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All Saints.

All Saints.

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BY THOMAS ARNOLD, D.D.



REVELATION Tii. 9» 10.

After this I beheld^ and lo I a great muUitudej wMeh no num eovid
number, of aU nation$f and kindrediy and people, and tangfmeg^
etood before tks throne and brfore the Lamb, clothed with wikUe
robee, and pdmi in their hande : and cried toith a loud voice, My^
ing, Salvation to our God who eitteth upon the throne, and umto tJke
Lamb,

BY THOMAS ARNOLD, D.D.



REVELATION Tii. 9» 10.

After this I beheld^ and lo I a great muUitudej wMeh no num eovid
number, of aU nation$f and kindrediy and people, and tangfmeg^
etood before tks throne and brfore the Lamb, clothed with wikUe
robee, and pdmi in their hande : and cried toith a loud voice, My^
ing, Salvation to our God who eitteth upon the throne, and umto tJke
Lamb,

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ALL SAITS.BY THOMAS AROLD, D.D.REVELATIO Tii. 9» 10.After this I beheld^ and lo I a great muUitudej wMeh no num eovidnumber, of aU nation$f and kindrediy and people, and tangfmeg^etood before tks throne and brfore the Lamb, clothed with wikUerobee, and pdmi in their hande : and cried toith a loud voice, My^ing, Salvation to our God who eitteth upon the throne, and umto tJkeLamb,We heard these words read this morning in the Epistlefor this day, the Festival of All Saints ; the Festival, thatis, which the Church keeps in commemoration, not of anyone or two of her members, as is the case with the rest of what are called Saints' days, but of all God's people ; of her whole communion, both past and present, reachingback to the remotest times, and extending to the farthestcountries. Amongst those whom she this day commemo-rates, Patriarch and Apostle, Prophet and Preacher, Jewand Gentile, Asiatic and European, old and young, ricliand poor, learned and unlearned, are met together ;amidst innumerable differences, nay, too often amidstfierce controversies, one thing alone is to be rememberedof them this day, that they were God's people, living anddying in His faith and fear, and supported by His Spiritin a lifelong warfare against His enemy.And those whom God has so joined together let noman put asunder. True it is, that as one star differethALL SAITS. 303
 
from another star in glory, so the services rendered by allthis blessed company to their one great cause have beenby no means equal : true it is also, that there have beenpoints in the lives and in the doctrine of all of themwhich have done their great cause injury. There aremany amongst them who have built hay and stubble uponChrist's foundation, or who valued it so highly when ithad been built by others, that they have been very bitterin their feelings and conduct towards those who wished toclear it away. It might be done, indeed, — but it were athankless labour — to look over the list of God's saints, of those, I mean, whose lives and minds are in any wayknown to us, and to notice the blemishes in each ; howsome, according to their several constitutions of mind andcircumstances, have omitted duly to cultivate one virtue,and others have omitted to cultivate another ; how somehave too much neglected some great truth, whilst othershave raised to the level of truth, or even above it, somemonstrous error : how some have been very zealous formuch that was evil, while others have been too cold to-wards much that was good. Above all, it would be pos-sible, but very painful, to mark so often their alienationfrom each other ; how they mistook each other for ene-mies, and shunned each other's society; insomuch that,as in the sad story of the contention between Paul andBarnabas, they parted altogether from one another, andinstead of doing the Lord's work together they each wereobliged to do it alone. All these things might be noticed,and history must notice them. But with all this, thereis another point no less true, which is equally matter of history, and which it is far more profitable to us to con-template, — that with all this diflference, nay, with all thesense of discord which actually may have prevailed, therewas in all, even where they themselves observed it not, asscret harmony : all were Christ's soldiers and Satan'sS04 ALL SAITS.
 
enemies; all, in that great straggle between good andevil which has gone on in the world since man^s first 8in»were, according to their measore, fighting on the side of good.Therefore now, when all have entered into their resttogether, and they who were parted from one another here,find to their exceeding joy that they must needs be onefor evermore, inasmuch as they each are one with Christy-let not the Church dwell npon their diflTerences, nor al>-tempt to fix which of them shall sit nearest to Christ, onHis right hand and on His left ; but let us consider themall with thankfulness and great joy, .giving thanks forthem earnestly to Grod, their Father and ours, that Hehas magnified His grace in them, and made than con-querors over sin and death ; and praying that we may beadded to their number, and that we too may be a subjectfor thankfulness and not for sorrow to the generationswhich shall come after us.These are the general feelings which this day shouldawaken in us. It gives a sort of consistency to the plea^-siu'e with which we read of good men in various ages andcountries ; it bids us unite them all together in thought,and to view them as enjoying that perfect good which byfaith they formerly saw and loved. But besides this general joy, there are also many particular trains of thought con-nected with this festival, too full to be exhausted now,but some of which it will be proper to notice and fora certain distance at least to follow.We have acknowledged, what is indeed most evident,that there have been great differences amongst God'ssaints, and that many of them have been marked by somegreat sins. What is there then in them which makes usregard them as so essentially united, and as being un-dou])tedly, notwithstanding their sins, received into the

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