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BY THOMAS ARNOLD, D.D.



LUKE xxn. 31, 32.

And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired
to have you^ that he may sift you as wheat: but I have*
prayed for thee that thy faith fail not; and when thou art
converted, strengthen thy brethren.
BY THOMAS ARNOLD, D.D.



LUKE xxn. 31, 32.

And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired
to have you^ that he may sift you as wheat: but I have*
prayed for thee that thy faith fail not; and when thou art
converted, strengthen thy brethren.

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COVERSIO.BY THOMAS AROLD, D.D.LUKE xxn. 31, 32.And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desiredto have you^ that he may sift you as wheat: but I have*prayed for thee that thy faith fail not; and when thou artconverted, strengthen thy brethren.We have occasion to observe in many placesof the ew Testament^ that our Lord JesusChrist is made to stand in the place of allChristians, so that what happened to him is jslsort of image, as well as a pledge and assuranceof what will happen to his true servants. Hesuffered and died; and we can none of usexpect to escape what our Master did notescape : he rose again, so surely implying bythis, that they who are his should rise likewise,that St. Paul does not hesitate to argue, thatif there is no resurrection of the dead, then isnot Christ risen : we are in a manner so174 COVERSIO.wrapped up with him, that if we are not torise, he cannot possibly have risen : if he isrisen, we shall most certainly rise also. Butas our Lord himself is thus put in the place of his people, so also does it often happen withour Lord's first disciples. What is said tothem, and of them, is said m very many casesto all, and of all : I do not mean only so far as
 
regards general principles of Ufe, or ourcommon hopes as Christians ; but even whatmay seem to belong to the apostles per*sonally, as so many individual men, relatesoften to Christians of after times, standingtowards one another, and towards their Lord,in the same relation as the apostles did then.A remarkable instance of this is given in thewords of the text. They were spoken toPeter of himself, and the other disciples thenseated with him round the table of their Lord.They contain a warning, a comforting assur-ance, and a solemn charge. And wherevertwo or three Christians are gathered togetherto the very end of the world, this same warn-ing, this same assurance, and this same charge,may be equally addressed to them also.And first for the warning — " Simon, Simon,behold, Satan hath desired to have you, thathe may sift you as wheat" We mustCOYBRSIO. 175remember^ that the word '' you " is not usedhere m the sense of our common language^that is^ to express a single person. Our Lorddoes not say that Satan had desired to havePeter only^ but all the apostles ; this is per-fectly plain in the original^ and^ indeed, to anattentive reader, it is no less plain in thetranslation ; for the translators never use theword *' you'' in rendering addresses made to asingle person, but always the proper singularwords, *' thee'* and " thou/' Satan then haddesired to have all the apostles, that he mightsift them as wheat The sense is expressed
 
nearly in these words of our Lord, spoken onthe same evening, as recorded by St. John ;*' Do ye now beUeve ? Verily, I say unto you,the hour cometh, yea is now come, when yeshall be scattered every man to his own, andshall leave me alone." The hour was coming,when their faith was to be severely tried, whenthey were to be sifted as wheat, to see what inthem was good com, and what was chaff. Forthis seems the meaning of Christ's expression ;'' Satan hath desired to have you, as he desiredof old to have Job given up to him, that hemight try him to the utmost. And so he willnow try you, for it is God's will that you shouldbe tried, that so being found faithftil under176 COVERSIO.trial, God may be glorified in you, and yourcrown of life may be the brighter."*This was Christ's warning to his apostles ;and to all Christians since, in however small abody they may be assembled, the words maybe addressed with equal truth ; *' Satan hathdesired to have you, that he may sift you aswheat.** And this his desire will be granted ;we shall assuredly all be tempted according tothe measure of our strength; not beyond itcertainly, yet fully up to it. or does itmatter much at what period of our lives weapply the warning, for they can never be other-wise than true. They will be sometimes moretrue than at others ; there will be to each of us seasons of extraordinary trial at some onepart or other of our lives, when the strengthor weakness of our characters will be most de-cisively proved; but still, no single day is

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