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The Consequences of Unbelief

The Consequences of Unbelief

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R. W. CHURCH, M.A., D.C.L.

" And He did not many mighty works there because of their
unbelief." ST. MATTHEW xiii. 58.
R. W. CHURCH, M.A., D.C.L.

" And He did not many mighty works there because of their
unbelief." ST. MATTHEW xiii. 58.

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THE CONSEQUENCES OF UNBELIEF R. W. CHURCH, M.A., D.C.L." And He did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief." ST. MATTHEW xiii. 58. WHAT a strange and sad state of things does this verse bring up into our thoughts ! Just think ol what is meant by it. There was, on the one hand, the mercy and power of God present to help, present to bless ; and there were, on the other hand, crowds of men needing in all kinds of ways the help of that mercy and power. There was the Redeemer, come from heaven, to tell the glad tidings which all the world had been longing for, come from heaven, to bring the long-promised deliverance which generation after generation had hoped and waited for ; and there were the men who were eagerly hoping for that deliverance, whose one great thought was that of a Saviour who was sure to come ; whose whole life in the world, whose doings, public and private, whose views of duty, whose schemes and prospects and ventures were all shaped and governed by this wonderful hope ; who at this very moment were on tiptoe expectation, full of restlessness and agitation, because they thought that the time was come at
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last. There, on the one hand, was He in whom 1 86 VILLAGE SERMONS XIX God s promise was fulfilled, Jesus Christ, with His hands full of gifts and His lips full of comfort and wisdom. There, on the other hand, were the chil dren and heirs of the promise, thirsting, groping, fainting, after its accomplishment; sick men wanting to be healed, hungry men wanting to be fed, men vexed and troubled with unclean spirits wanting to be restored to liberty, sinful men wanting to be cleansed, eager and anxious and perplexed spirits wanting to be taught and enlightened and consoled.
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That was just what He had come for; " The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He hath anointed me to preach the Gospel to the poor ; He hath sent me to heal the broken-hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised." That day was " the Scripture fulfilled " in their ears. There were the " poor," the " broken-hearted," the " cap tives," the " blind," the " bruised " ; and there, before them, was the Healer, the Consoler, full of desire for His work. There was God s grace, ready to flow over, seeking, striving to find those for whom to do its mighty works ; and there were those whose days were spent in looking out for its coming, and for whose necessities and sufferings, in body and soul, it was the only hope. There they were both to gether, the power and goodness of Christ, and they who so deeply needed them. But the two could not meet. It was as if there were an in vincible barrier between them. Christ was with His lost sheep, and we know what He could and would have done for them ; but something kept Him from them, and them from Him.
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