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"Who went about doing good." — Acts x. 38,

"Who went about doing good." — Acts x. 38,

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CHRIST— THE IDEAL MISSIOARY.BY MELACTHO W. JACOBUS, D.D., LL.U."Who went about doing good." — Acts x. 38,Beyond the plain statements and predictions of the Scriptures, a vision was necessary to reveal tothe church the great mystery of the ingathering of the outside world. And when Peter stands up thefirst time to publish the grand truth, and open thedoor to the Gentiles, he speaks of the Gospel mes-sage as embracing the glorious facts of Jesus' life,death, and resurrection. And in this statement hecondenses the whole of this wonderful biograpliyinto these few words. The life of Jesus full of work — full of gracious deeds — full of saving acts — is well and truly expressed in this brief phrase,"He went about doing good."The ingathering of the heathen is yet a mysteryto the church — not something in its nature inscru-table, but something that needs divine revelationto make it known. It is a mystery, I say, even tothe church. As though when it had been hid fromages, it had not at length been fully revealed bythe advent of Christ and of the Holy Spirit. Thereis still a grave misconception of the mission andrelation of the church to the outside world. JMulti-58 CHRIST — THE IDEAL MISSIOARY.tudes around us stand very much in our eyes asthe Gentiles stood to the Jews. We regard thema people to be pitied rather than to be gathered in.And we occupy our comfortable sanctuaries, as thechosen people of God, and think it enough that the
outside world around us are not actually debarred ;enough that the way is open to them ; enough thatthe ancient ban of exclusion is taken off — not con-sidering that ours is a mission to them of graceand salvation; not considering that the great work of the church is to gather them into the fold.Peter's work was shown in the vision at Joppato be positive and aggressive work. It was notmerely a pictorial exhibition in which all the ani-mals clean and unclean were seen to be herded to-gether promiscuously and without distinction; butthere came forth the commandment along with theexhibition, "Rise, Peter, kill and eat!" If he re-volted, if his ancient prejudices of race and privi-lege demurred at this mixing with the unclean,and at this abolishing of old distinction betweenclasses and races of people, the word came back tohim, — a conclusive word, "What God hath cleansedthat call not thou common."It would seem as if the Jewish prejudice of ex-clusiveness and church privilege and prerogativewere clinging yet to our minds, and that yet an-other vision would be necessary to make plain tous our duty to go forth in our mission of evan-gelizing the outside masses. "The mystery hidfrom ages and made known in Jesus Christ" hasyet to be reopened to the Christian church. ItCHRIST— THE IDEAL MISSIOARY. 59was nobly exemplified in the life of Jesus Christhimself The grand duty of the church is like theDivine Master to go about doing good.Look at this simple phrase as the definition anddescription of Jesus' life. Strange enough that
there are two opposite characters representing thespirit world, who are described in the Scripture asgoing about among men: the one walking aboutas a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour;and the other, this Jesus, going about doing good.Through Galilee and through Judea this was it;one aim, one ambition, nothing else. He was notat the ^wedding at Cana simply to be entertainedas a guest; much less to indulge even an innocentrecreation from his pressing cares and business;least of all, to vindicate his social claims, or tokeep up his social position and that of his disci-ples, with the families of the town. o ! his hourwas coming to do a grand work of providing forthe family and for the guests, and thus to signifyhis willingness to work wonders for our refresh-ment and satisfaction, for body and soul forever.And where was he anywhere in any such re-lation or condition as to throw any doubt uponhis work of helping, healing, comforting, saving?Where was he ever seen in any attitude or con-nection to cast a shadow upon the glory of such alife? When could any one have ever suspectedthat he had any private aims to subserve or anysinister, selfish objects to accomplish ? ay ! allthose accusations and mean insinuations of hisbeing a man gluttonous and a winebibber, or of 60 CHRIST — THE IDEAL MISSIOARY.his wishing to make himself a king, and of hisaiming to overthrow the nation, were only thefabrications of their envy and jealousy; only theassaults of sheer malice to get up some popularoutcry against him. o man of them who knewhim at all was ever honest in any such charge

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