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The Christian's Outlook From Carmel.

The Christian's Outlook From Carmel.

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"Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet
appear what we shall be : but we know that, when we shall appear,
we shall be like him ; for we shall see him as he is.*' — John iii. 2.

"Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet
appear what we shall be : but we know that, when we shall appear,
we shall be like him ; for we shall see him as he is.*' — John iii. 2.

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Oct 15, 2013
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THE CHRISTIA'S OUTLOOK FROM CARMEL.BY WILLIAM JOES, M.D., D.D., LL.D."Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yetappear what we shall be : but we know that, when we shall appear,we shall be like him ; for we shall see him as he is.*' — John iii. 2.This text embraces the present condition and thefuture outlook and possibilities of the Christian — nowson^ of God, children of one Father. It doth not yetappear what we shall be. But we know that we shallbe like Jesus in his glorified human nature.Jesus, as he now is in his glorified state, is the modelof all manhood under the ultimate power of the gospel.But the future possibilities of manhood are not con-ceivable except the present possibilities are secured.Sonship is the childhood state of Christian experience,and in the natural order of things must precede thebloom and fruitage of an advanced Christian state inthis life ; and both are essential to the best results inthe life to come.Sonship is likeness ; nothing less than perfect like-ness constitutes sonship. The child has every element,every constituent quality of the parent — intellectual,moral, and physical. The slightest peculiarity of color,form, or mental idiosyncrasy that exists in the parent isalso visible in the child ; not as endowments after birth,but a3 original ekmwts, pre-natal Q^Ma.\\X\^^ qiV ^wv.^^^?^-306 FROM ELIM TO CARMEL.ent being. Adam was a son of God by creation. Heonly of all the created beings was a son, because he
alone possessed in his unfallen state every constituentquality and attribute of the Deity. This 'is what helost in the apostasy. Hence, the sons of Adam, beingalien from God by the fall, are made sons of God byregeneration. one but the truly regenerate are chil-dren of God.Adam was a son by creation ; he was God's child ; hepossessed by virtue of his sonship every quality of hisFather. These were all original and natural qualitiesof his manhood.Every Christian is a child of God by regeneration,and possesses in himself in a finite degree every qualityand attribute of deity. othing less than this can con-stitute sonship.The text says we who are now regenerate, who are nowChristians, are sons of God, have become partakers of the divine nature, and have now in a finite sense all thequalities of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. othingless than this is regeneration.God made man for his own companionship ; madehim for himself ; made him like himself.When man sinned, these qualities were not with-drawn nor superseded by evil attributes ; but thesewere corrupted and perverted. Salvation is the re-covery of man from the disaster of sin, the recon-struction of the fallen fabric of manhood. It is theelimination of all the impure elements from man, andhis re-establishment in his perfect healthful relationswith God.Manhood is the YiigYie^X ?ccA ^v^.adest and most sub:THE christian's OUTLOOK FROM CARMEL. JO/
lime idea that God ever had or ever can have. Allhis Other works were made to this end.God built the universe that he might make man. Heworked up- through all the ages to this supreme thought.Manhood was the climax of the divine effort. So far aswe can now know God is still ** resting from all hiscreative acts." His purpose now is to provide as elabo-rately and as magnificently for the saved ones as he didat the first for the whole race.When God began to create, he made the heavens andthe earth; made everything from original elements.He began at the lowest type. He first made the atom,then he constructed the universe.Then he began again. He made the lowest form of living thing. As light was the first in the divine orderof the inanimate creation, life is the first in the livingkingdom. God began with the lowest form of livingorganism, and up through almost an unlimited serieshe marched to his creative climax in manhood.It was after the sea swarmed with living things, andthe earth and air echoed with the beat of hoof andwing, after angel and seraph and archangel had com-passed the eternal throne and laid their tribute of praiseon God's altar, that he said, "Let us make man." Let us make him after our likeness and in our image." So God created man in his own image ; in the imageof God created he him.'* That little word "so" is adescriptive term. It emphasizes the manner of thecreation — " In the image of God."As the physical man was made out of the originalelements of matter, of such as he made the earth atthe first, it was natural that man should dra.^ K>& ^nx'^^en^nce from the earth and t\ie w.

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