these expressions are rare. The Israelite was slow tograsp the divine fatherhood even for himself, andslower to apply it to all nations of mankind.There are otherwise worthy people that wouldrestrict the use of this prayer to those who, by thenew birth, have become conscious of a nearer relationto God. This would be to deny its invocation tochildren and to unconverted worshippers in the congregation. But this is a great mistake. Filial pietydoes not create a relationship; it is merely an acknowledgment of a relation already existing. The certain man who had two sons was the father of theyounger, even while he was a prodigal, to the sameextent as he was father to the elder who remained athome. The spirit of adoption, whereby we cry :" Abba, Father," is the divine influence that awakensin our hearts the consciousness of sonship, but doesnot constitute the filial relation. When the blessedknowledge comes that one is our Father, even God,then we know that all we are brethren ; and, if we willbut accept it, joint heirs with Jesus Christ. Thenatural heritage, lost by the Fall, is in Christ restoredto all the world, for which Christ died. When youhave found man, woman or child for whom theSaviour did not die, then, and then only, will you findone who has no right to pray, " Our Father." As noman taketh the honor to himself of being a high-priestbut he that is called of God, as was Aaron, so no man,by any faith, virtue or practice, can assume the honorof divine sonship, which God has potentially conferredupon the whole human race. To use the language of the schools, sonship is objective, not subjective ; itresides in the act of God, not in the thought of man,and God s desire is that all the world should callHim Father.