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The Long Love of Christ

The Long Love of Christ

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY REV. W. ROBERTSON NICOLL, M.A. LL.D.

THE stronghold of the bibhcal doctrine of
election is to be found in Our Lord's
words. Stated in dogmatic form, this great
truth has lost its hold on the consciousness of
the Church, and almost everywhere has dis-
appeared into the background. Yet the time
must come when it will resume its old place.
We cannot afford to be ignorant that God " did
not wait to love us till this late, lonely moment
which we call our life, that these poor years are
steeped in the light of everlasting years."
BY REV. W. ROBERTSON NICOLL, M.A. LL.D.

THE stronghold of the bibhcal doctrine of
election is to be found in Our Lord's
words. Stated in dogmatic form, this great
truth has lost its hold on the consciousness of
the Church, and almost everywhere has dis-
appeared into the background. Yet the time
must come when it will resume its old place.
We cannot afford to be ignorant that God " did
not wait to love us till this late, lonely moment
which we call our life, that these poor years are
steeped in the light of everlasting years."

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THE LONG LOVE OF CHRIST BY REV. W. ROBERTSON NICOLL, M.A. LL.D.THE stronghold of the bibhcal doctrine of election is to be found in Our Lord's words. Stated in dogmatic form, this great truth has lost its hold on the consciousness of the Church, and almost everywhere has dis-appeared into the background. Yet the time must come when it will resume its old place. We cannot afford to be ignorant that God " did not wait to love us till this late, lonely moment which we call our life, that these poor years are steeped in the light of everlasting years." The regions of the spirit are but little to be measured by the standards of time, and the thought that God loved us when we did not love Him is infinitely precious. His love was before our knowledge, before our being. It knew all, was mindful of all, embraced its children even in their sleep, even in their dreams, unlighted by any thought of it. Often in this world two come
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70 THE RETURN TO THE CROSS together after each has Hved a Hfetime. Each finds in the other what the heart has been seek-ing all the while through lonely, uncomforted years. There is nothing to mar the gladness of that great discovery, save the one thought that each has missed so much of the other's experience, and now the journey is short. It is not so with the eternal, inalienable love of Christ. The eternity of redeeming love expresses itself in experience as securit}^ When we look at Our Lord's last words to the disciples and to the Father, it is plain that the eternal choice to His mind is the assurance that His people are safe. God gave Christ power over all flesh that He should give eternal life to as many as the Father had given Him. The men whom God gave Christ out of the world were God's, and God gave them to Christ. For these He prayed, for they were God's and His. His human consciousness might almost have reeled under the thought of all they had to pass
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through, when His visible presence was no longer with them. Nevertheless the purpose of God nuist stand. They were so few and so feeble — their foes were so many, so strong, so unrelenting, that it seemed inevitable they should THE LONG LOVE OF CHRIST 71 be swept away by the tide of hate. They were to be condemned, persecuted, slain, and all in the name of God. But the love of the Father who gave them in answer to the love of Christ would not fail. And their Redeemer willed that they should be with Him where He was, that they should behold His glory, and that will of His would triumph, no matter what withstood it. The sheep of Christ should never perish, neither should any pluck them out of His hand. Can we afford to miss the knowledge of divine pledges, divine care, divine purpose in such a world as this which surrounds us, amid so many deadly antagonists of love ? If the keeping of the love
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