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Thinking of Christ in a Different Way

Thinking of Christ in a Different Way

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE

BY THOMAS ARNOLD, D.D.



2 CORINTHIANS v. 16.

Though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth
know we him no more.

BY THOMAS ARNOLD, D.D.



2 CORINTHIANS v. 16.

Though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth
know we him no more.

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THIKIG OF CHRIST I A DIFFERET WAYBY THOMAS AROLD, D.D.2 CORITHIAS v. 16.Though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforthknow we him no more.THAT is to say, "Henceforth know we him nomore after the flesh." We are no longer to think of him as in the days when he was compassed withinfirmity, despised and rejected of men, full of sorrows and patient sufferings. The Son of Man isdeclared to be the Son of God; his season of humiliation is passed away ; he is seated at theright hand of God, and we shall see him no moretill he comes in the clouds of heaven, and the throneof judgment is set, and the dead are called up fromtheir graves to appear before him. The Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgmentto the Son, that all men may honour the Son, evenas they honour the Father.There is nothing in the whole world that somuch concerns every one of us here assembled,as that great day of which I am going to speak. Itis our hope and our warning, and should be bornein mind by us every day of our lives, that we maySERMO XV. 173be each the fitter to meet it. Whether it is far ornear we know not ; but this we do know, that it isunavoidable ; and that to each one of us it is forall practical purposes near enough ; as death is to
 
each of us the same as judgment. ow certainlythe things which I am going to say must beknown already by all, nor can any words add tothe inexpressible solemnity of the description whichChrist himself hath given us of the judgment.I would but recall your minds and my own, towhat we know indeed, but too often forget, andconsider some of the particular points connectedwith the great day, that we may gain a clear and alively notion of it, and observe what it is that weare daily venturing to despise. Whatever may beour state between our death and the end of theworld, it will clearly be a very imperfect one ; oursense of happiness and misery will be like the feeling of a pleasant or a frightful dream, which makesour recollection of the night either comfortable orpainful, but which is as nothing when comparedwith the solid good and evil of our waking hours.The Scripture tells us very little of this period,but leads us to think chiefly of the resurrection,when we shall again be clothed with bodies, andshall begin to enter on our everlasting portion.We shall rise then, and shall be assembled beforethe judgment-seat, all of us who have ever lived inthe world from Adam to that very hour. And1/4 SERMO XV.we shall rise doubtless with hearts that shall tell usat once, with perfect certainty, what sentence weshall receive from the Judge. It is remarkable,that in the Revelation of St. John, the fearful areput first amongst a long list of sinners, who havetheir part in the second death. ow by the fearful, he certainly does not mean those who fear Godin this world, but those who will fear him in thenext. Then it will be impossible to keep him outof our thoughts, as so many do here ; he will be
 
present to us, so that we cannot turn away to theright nor to the left ; and therefore every one willeither love him or fear him. Those who love himwill do so from the consciousness of all that he hasdone for them, and of their own desire in theirlifetime to please him. Those who fear him willdo so, because they have never loved him, nortried to do his will in sincerity ; and therefore theyregard him as a hard master, reaping where he hasnot sown, and gathering where he has not strawed ;and finding nothing in themselves wherewith toanswer his demands, they naturally are afraid of his coming. So that, anxious to escape from hiseye, they will fly from him with those who are fullof all kinds of sin, and are therefore desirous toshrink from his presence.But their fear will then be too late ; they andall the rest of the children of Adam must comebefore the judgment-seat; there to be judged forSKRMO XV. 175the whole course of their lives. We shall bequestioned there for our thoughts, our words, andour deeds. Our Judge is one who searcheth thereins and the heart ; and as he has told us thatevil thoughts are sins, so they will not be forgottenin our trial. So that we have great need to saywith David, " Who can tell how oft he ofFendeth?Lord, cleanse thou me from my secret faults!"Our sins of this kind we forget almost as soon asthey are committed : but they are kept in remembrance in the sight of God. or can we say thatwe have not been warned to keep watch over ourthoughts. We have been told that he who hatethhis brother is a murderer ; that he who looketh ona woman to lust after her, hath committed adultery

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