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Knowledge Through Loss and Separation.

Knowledge Through Loss and Separation.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
by NAHOR AUGUSTUS STAPLES.




"Nevertheless I tell you the truth ; it is expedient for you that I go away:
for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you ; but if I depart, I
will send hira unto you.

" Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth."
—John i6 : 7, 13.
by NAHOR AUGUSTUS STAPLES.




"Nevertheless I tell you the truth ; it is expedient for you that I go away:
for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you ; but if I depart, I
will send hira unto you.

" Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth."
—John i6 : 7, 13.

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KOWLEDGE THROUGH LOSS AD SEPARATIO.by AHOR AUGUSTUS STAPLES."evertheless I tell you the truth ; it is expedient for you that I goaway:for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you ; but if Idepart, Iwill send hira unto you." Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you intoall truth." —John i6 : 7, 13.I MUST think that there was a touch of sorrow in thetone with which Jesus uttered these words, nearly akin todespair. For think with what argument, and persuasion,and entreaty he had tried to fix the hearts of his friendsupon the truth and the right, and hot upon his bodily formand presence ! How he had repeated the declaration againand again, that he was only the agent of God; the instru-ment of inevitable spirit-law ; the finite example of an infi-nite mercy, and justice, and love. In every possible wayhe had tried to force this truth upon them. They thoughttheir Messiah immortal on the earth; but he said, " I shallbe put to death by these religious sects, whose hypocrisy Ihave rebuked." They thought he would be a great king;but he said, " The Son of Man has not where to lay hishead." They thought he would call to his aid a legion of an-gels, if need wer^, to fight for him ; but he said, " My king-dom is not of this world, else would my servants fight for me."They said, " Show us the Father;" and he said, « The Fa-ther can not be seen, except as his nature is seen in tlie na-Digitized
 
by GoogleKOWLEDGE THROUGH LOSS AD SEPARATIO. I3Iture of goodness, beauty, truth." At one time lie illustrat-ed his meaning by saying, that he was merely a door throughwhich their mind, and thought, and love, might go in andout, and find pasture. At another time he says, " I amonly the vine of which ye are the branches ; but my Fatheris the husbandman. He is the soil, the air, the light, themoisture in which \ve all grow and have our being." Again,he says, " I am the way, the truth, the life, by which mengo to the Father." But neither statement, nor argument,nor illustration could turn their thoughts from the form, andvoice, and bodily presence of one they loved so much, tothat higher fact of which these were the symbol; and stillthey clung to the hope that he would restore the kingdomto Israel. They could not cut the rope which held themfast in the haven of his friendship, and strike out into thegreat ocean of truth, and beauty, and love, steered alone byhis spirit and truth. Yet he knew, and taught, that therewas no other way for them to inherit eternal life than to doas he had done. And aftet all forms of speech had beenexhausted, to prove that God was the sole Infinite Spirit,and he was a door by which souls were to find him, Philipsays, " Show us the Father, and that will satisfy us." Fromthat moment, Jesus seems to have seen that it was best thathe should leave them ; that they would not be able to con-ceive of the absolute reality until it became associated withhis invisible life ; that while he was with them, he was awayfrom them; and could not meet them again, until they methim on the plane of his truth, and love, and hope; untilthey should suffer, and weep, and rejoice for principle.Then he cpuld meet them, and they him. Then he re-counted the trials the truth would cost them, as if half 
 
regretting that it must be so. " The wodd will hate you ;Digitizedby Googler132 SERMOS.but remember that it hated me before it hated you. Theywill put you out of the synagogues, and they will killyou, in the service of God. But because I have told youthese things, Sorrow hath filled your hearts. . everthelessI tell you the truth ; it is best for you that I go away ; forif I go not away, the Comforter will not come to you.When the Spirit of truth is come, he will guide you into alltruth."And so it proved. They were never further fi-om theirMaster than when, with dull eyes and heavy ears, they stoodclose by his side, and saw his face, and heard his word, andknew not that it was Jesus. But when he was gone fromthem, and all their proud hopes and vain ambitions wereburied in his tomb, then they retired to their own souls,their central life of thought and love, and there they methim, and they said ; " Lo ! he was with us by the wayside,and we knew him not." And when they began to look around for the result of the loved Hfe, and found that it wasall given to their keeping, in nothing more tangible thanthought, and spirit, and principle, they were roused by everymotive of common friendship to stand up and vindicate it

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