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Suffering.

Suffering.

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BY SAMUEL RICHARD FULLER

For it became him to make the captain of their salva-
tion perfect through sufferings. — Heb. ii. lo.
BY SAMUEL RICHARD FULLER

For it became him to make the captain of their salva-
tion perfect through sufferings. — Heb. ii. lo.

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SUFFERING. BY SAMUEL RICHARD FULLER For it became him to make the captain of their salva-tion perfect through sufferings. — Heb. ii. lo. Let me say this again, not quite in the same words. It was the expression of the will of God in leading many of his children unto their destiny, that is, unto blessedness, unto glory, to make Jesus, the Captain of their salvation, perfect, that is, fully de-veloped as to his soul, his spiritual life, through sufferings. Behold, then, the outpouring, the mani-festation, of the eternal will of God. We behold it, we note it, and the record we thus make of this observed operation of the will of God we call law. So that it seems to be the law of God, that is, the will of God in operation, that, in the full and complete development of man as a spiritual being, suffering shall be a process through
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which the soul acquires character. We do not venture to say that this stands in the relation of cause and effect. I do not pre-sume to say that suffering causes char-Digitized by Google 1 1 4 PERSONALITY, acter. I only note that, as the soul passes through suffering, character follows when other spiritual laws are obeyed. Behold the "Man of Sorrows," ac-quainted with grief. On the grassy slopes of Galilee there walks a man acquainted
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with poverty. " He had not where to lay his head." A few friends attach them-selves to him. By reason of his life, the purity of his soul, he is as a magnet to draw spiritual beings into his presence ; but even these forsake him, and he is left alone, without companionship, without friends. Later on comes the pain of mis-representation. He is not a gluttonous man, nor a wine-bibber, nor is he one who would cringe or fawn in the presence of the rich ; but he is so represented. It is said of him that he was a gluttonous man and a wine-bibber. It was as false to say this of him as to say of some honest spirits to-day that they are tricky, dishonest, and false to their trust, or of some gentle spirits that they have been cruel and base. Men will be misrepresented, and he suffers this. He chooses some intimate friends, enfolds them to his heart in the intimacy of love and profound friendship, but one of
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