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HE THAT DOETH THE TRUTH

HE THAT DOETH THE TRUTH

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY GEORGE MOBERLY, D.C.L.


St. John iii. 21.
« He that doeth the truth."
BY GEORGE MOBERLY, D.C.L.


St. John iii. 21.
« He that doeth the truth."

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HE THAT DOETH THE TRUTH.BY GEORGE MOBERLY, D.C.L.St. John iii. 21.« He that doeth the truth."This is one of those expressions of Holy Scrip-ture which are very easily and commonly over-looked, but which have, in fact, great and deepmeaning. There are many such. It is the pri-vilege of those who study the Word of Grod tpdiscover them by degrees. They often findgreat things latent, more or less deeply belowthe surface, — sometimes actually on the surface, — where they had never before observed or sus-pected them. They are surprised sometimes tofind how they have overlooked them before.They seem to see them all of a sudden. Just aswe sometimes, by a sort of sudden wakening.HE THAT DOETH THE TRUTH. 291hear the song of a bird all in a moment, thoughits notes have been long in our ears unnoticed,so we catch a meaning, and with it a clue toother meanings and other passages, where thewords have been for many years, it may be,quite familiar in our ears, though unnoticed and,as it were, unheard before.And then, perhaps we think we have madea discovery, and please ourselves with it, tillwe find that those who are before us in Chris-tian knowledge have long since been in posses-sion of our secret. They know it well ; perhapsthey have even spoken of it to us before, but we
 
had no ears for it. And so they have a greatdeal more besides; a great deal that we havenot yet attained to ; but which we may attainto by degrees.In this way men come gradually to see moreand more of the depth of God'*s Word, and torecognize more and more His saints.The words of the text are very much of thiskind. They are not striking at the first sight.They do not seem to contain any statement of doctrine. " He that doeth evil," our Lord had just said, " hateth the light ;" and now He says," He that doeth the truth cometh to the light ;"'so that we are apt to be content with the super-ficial understanding of the obvious antithesis of cc2292 HE THAT DOETH [SERM.the passage ; and knowing that the first clausemeans, ^^He that smneth.hateth the ChristianHght/' to interpret the second one, " He thatsinneth not, but obeyeth, cometh to that light."And so we pass on, not taking account, perhaps,of the somewhat strange and peculiar phrasewith which the inspired Apostle describes " theman that sinneth not,^^ namely, " he that doeththe truthsIt is observable, in the first place, that thereare several places in the ew Testament in whichthe truth is spoken of in ways not very muchunlike to this ; places, that is, in which it is spokenof, variously indeed, but in each of them as some-thing real and solid ; — not a mere object of appre-hension by the intellectual powers of a man, — 
 
not something external, merely viewed, seen, re-cognized, but something internal, something tobe, and something to do, — something full of blessing, a precious possession, a gift, an inwardtreasure.So in the eighth chapter of St. John we read," Jesus said unto the Jews which believed, If ye remain in My word, ye are truly My disciples.And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shallmake you free. They answered Him, We beAbraham^s seed, and were never in bondage toany man : how sayest thou. Ye shall be madeXVIII.] THE TRUTH. 293free? Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, Isay unto you. Whosoever committeth sin is theservant of sin. And the servant abideth not inthe house for ever : but the Son abideth ever.If the Son therefore shall make you free, yeshall be free indeed *.'" ow it is plain that ourLord is speaking much in the same way here asin the passage of the text, only more fully. Asin that place, the contrast is between him thatconmiitteth sin and him that knoweth the truth.But from this passage we learn, that while sincommitted makes a man the servant of sin, thetruth, known and continued in, gives freedom, — freedom indeed, the privilege of sons, the abidingin the Father'^s house for ever. These blessingsindeed belong to the Son^ as His own, and theSon it is who gives them. He gives them bygiving the truth, and so the truth gives them.And thus men, possessing this precious truth,possess the Son. They become sons, and havethe privileges of sons. They have freedom in-deed, and the right of sons to abide in the house

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