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God in Christ.

God in Christ.

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BY THOMAS ARNOLD, D.D.



MATTHEW XI. 27.

AUthmgi are delivered unto me of my Father : and no man
knoweth the Son^ but the Father; neither knaweth any
man the Father^ eave the Son, and he to whomsoever the
Sen will reveal him.
BY THOMAS ARNOLD, D.D.



MATTHEW XI. 27.

AUthmgi are delivered unto me of my Father : and no man
knoweth the Son^ but the Father; neither knaweth any
man the Father^ eave the Son, and he to whomsoever the
Sen will reveal him.

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GOD I CHRIST.BY THOMAS AROLD, D.D.MATTHEW XI. 27.AUthmgi are delivered unto me of my Father : and no manknoweth the Son^ but the Father; neither knaweth anyman the Father^ eave the Son, and he to whomsoever theSen will reveal him.Before I proceed to say any thing of thisverse, I will read the two verses that come justbefore it. " At that time Jesus answeredand said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord oheaven and earth, because thou hast hidthese things from the wise and prudent, andhast revealed them unto babes. Even so.Father : for so it seemed good in thy sight"It seems to me, that taking these versestogether with what follows in the text, thecase now is very much the same as it waswhen our Lord spoke these words ; it is stillin a particular manner to those here called*' babes," that is, to persons of simple minds.44 GOD I CHRIST.not having much knowledge, but ready to betaught, that it is revealed in its full extenthow all thmgs are delivered to Christ by hisFather. To judge by their language on anyserious occasion, whether of trouble or of joy,I should imagine that good Christians, amongstthe poorer classes, looked up perhaps moredirectly to Christ as having all power both
 
in heaven and in earth, than is the case withthose who may be called ** the wise andprudent/* With these last, the term *' Pro-vidence** is more in use: they speak andseem to think of God, rather in a generalway, as the Maker of all things, than as heis revealed in the Gospel — in the person of Jesus Christ, as our Saviour as well as ourMaker. And the difference is not altogethertrifling: for, when we speak of Providence,we may, and often do, get our notions aboutit from other places than from the Scriptures,because it is a word which others, as well asChristians, have used ; but when we speak of 'Christ, we think of God only as he hashimself been pleased to reveal himself; forof Christ we know nothing whatever, butthrough the teaching of the Spirit of God.Christ, then, says of himself, that all thingsare delivered to him of his Father ; or, as it isGOD I CHRIST. 46in another place^ that all power is given untohim in heaven and in earth; or^ as he saysagain in St. John's Gospel (chap. xvi. 15), ''Allthings that the Father hath are mine : there-fore said I, that the Spirit shall take of mine,and shall shew it unto you." And there area great many passages more to the sameeffect. All these things were meant to teachus that Christ was not like one of the pro-phets merely; who, having served God intheir own generation, and done good to men,fell asleep, and were gathered to their fatherslike other men, and are only known to aftertimes by the works which they may have
 
done ; they themselves are no longer present,but past. And in this manner Christ's Sermonon the Mount, and his various parables anddiscourses, might still be living amongst us,though Christ himself were dead. But this isnot so with him, — not his works only, but hehimself also is alive for evermore ; his Fatherworketh hitherto, and he worketh in likemanner. He is ascended up. far above allheavens, that he may fill all things with hispower; and, till he comes again, his peoplewere meant to look to him as their Lord ; tocome to him in all their distresses, whether of mind, body, or estate; to trust in him with46 GOD I CHRIST.an iindoubting faith, that even as he died forthem and rose again, so will he guide andguard them through all troubles and diffi-culties till they fall asleep in him, and theirredemption is fulfilled. This is he whom ourfathers saw with their eyes, and heard withtheir ears, and touched with their hands, — whom they saw, and heard, and knew; andwhom we, through their testimony, thoughnow we see him not, yet believing, can knowand conceive in our minds in like manner;and so rejoice with joy unspeakable and fullof glory.Yet if we can know him and conceive of him, what mean the words in the text whichfollow — " o man knoweth the Son but theFather ?" It seems as if Christ himself con-tradicted what I have been saying, and declaresthat we cannot know him. Indeed we canknow him, and yet we cannot: it seems a

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