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The Double Call.

The Double Call.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY MELANCTHON W. JACOBUS, D.D., LL.U.



"And the Spirit and the Bride say, Come. And let him that
heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And who-
soever will, let him take the water of life freely." — Rev. xxii. 17.
BY MELANCTHON W. JACOBUS, D.D., LL.U.



"And the Spirit and the Bride say, Come. And let him that
heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And who-
soever will, let him take the water of life freely." — Rev. xxii. 17.

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THE DOUBLE CALL.BY MELACTHO W. JACOBUS, D.D., LL.U."And the Spirit and the Bride say, Come. And let him thatheareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And who-soever will, let him take the water of life freely." — Rev. xxii. 17.This closing passage of Scripture is a splendidsumming up of every thing that is inviting in theGospel.When Christ had unfolded to the exiled apostlea symbolical sketch of human history in this Apoc-alypse, he closes with that which is the one grandend of all Scripture, a iLniversal call and offer of reconciliation and eternal life. So, that it is, asif, on the back of the prophetic roll in which allhuman events are outlined, there is stamped forevery beholder this Gospel message — Come. As if,in view of all the historic future, men's one greatleading interest must always be, to come hitherto Christ — no matter wdiat events are happening,or may happen. As if all elements and agencieswdiich enter into the working fabric of human af-fairs, could give only one and the same invitation — Come. And as though all providential agents,all angels, cherubim and seraphim, were takingup the call, and sounding out, over and over, in350 THE DOUBLE CALL.every form, with every variety of anthem and ap-peal, the message — Come! come! come!In the immediate context, the Lord Jesus has
 
twice announced himself as speedity coming to theworld for the scenes of the final consummation.He says, "Behold I come quickly;" and then again,he repeats it, "Behold I come quickly and my re-ward is with me, to give to every man accordingas his work shall be." And now it would seem,that the former part of our text is a call to Christ tocome to men^ and the latter part, a summons to sin-ners to come to Christ. As if after the propheticunfoldings were all given, in vision here, it re-mained only to put forth in one glowing and glori-ous sentence, what may be regarded as a concen-tration of the whole Scripture, calling upon Christto come to men, our world — and calling upon men,the world, to come to Christ, as is predicted andportrayed here.In the previous context, Jesus declares himself as the Alpha and the Omega of all history; and,accordingly, as being at once the Author and Fin-isher of this temporal estate. He repeatedly an-nounces himself as coming quickly. " Behold Icome quickly, and my reward is with me." Andhere, immediately, and as a response to such an-nouncement, the Spirit is represented as calling out — "(7o?7ie." And the Church, the Bride of Christ,echoes the call to come. And then, every hearer of so glad a declaration and response is bidden to join the acclamation, and to bid Jesus come andwelcome to this waiting earth.THE DOUBLE CALL. 351And then, as if this, his second advent, must bethat Avhich sliall make it intinitely desirable andevery way enconraging for sinners to come toChrist, that so his coming to judgment, and com-ing for the salvation of his people may be the
 
present urgent motive with all men, the call goesout to the thirsty soul, whoever he be, to come^and whoever will, is entreated to take the waterof life freely.And firsts the Spirit in lorophecy calls on Christto come.As to the nature of this coming, we shall onlysay that it is in accordance with the whole spiritand scope of prophecy. It is that coming inpower and great glory for which the Church looksto build up his kingdom in all the earth, and to es-tablish his millennial reign. It is that coming byhis Spirit in mighty outpourings npon all fleshsuch as Avas only partially fulfilled at Pentecost.We need not here discuss the question of a per-sonal premillennial advent — whether we may look for Christ to appear visibly in person before themillennium, to achieve what the Church and theinstituted means of grace can not do, to consumethe wicked upon the earth by the literal breath of his mouth and destroy them by the brightness of his coming. All along the ages the prophetic an-nouncement was of the Comer. Always, it was indrapery suited to the time, that this glorious ad-vent was depicted.There were four great loredictions of Christ inthe patriarchal age — one for each of the four great352 THE DOUBLE CALL.epochs of the Churcli's history, before the settle-ment in Canaan. There was a prediction of Christat the Fall, and another at the Flood, and anotherat the Covenant with Abraham, and another at the

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