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The Soul's Coronation.

The Soul's Coronation.

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BY F. D. HUNTINGTON, D. D.,

THE LIFE IS MORE THAN MEAT. — Luke xil. 23.
YOUR REASONABLE SERVICE. — Rom. xii. 1.
BY F. D. HUNTINGTON, D. D.,

THE LIFE IS MORE THAN MEAT. — Luke xil. 23.
YOUR REASONABLE SERVICE. — Rom. xii. 1.

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THE SOUL'S CORONATION. F. D. HUNTINGTON, D.D THE LIFE IS MORE THAN MEAT. — Luke xil. 23. YOUR REASONABLE SERVICE. — Rom. xii. 1. I HAVE drawn the two members of the text together, out of their separate places in the New Testament, as they proceeded from the lips of Jesus and the pen of Paul, because the precise thought by which I wish to du-ect my discourse is more clearly brought out by their combination than by any single passage. The com- pound force of the two phrases is this : to keep the claims and the interests of the spu'itual natm-e in us paramount over all other claims and all other interests, is to act according to the strictest rule of what is reasonable. Paramount, for in the divine economy of our constitu- tion there is unquestionably an order of preferments. No human society has ever adjusted its ranks, nor any gov- ernment allotted its privileges, according to that heavenly
 
gradation, because no legislature has ever fully copied its principle, and no community has embodied its spirit. I But God has distributed creation in a scries of ascending honors. Christianity, his interpreter, tells us how they range and where they culminate. That uncrowned and often unacknowledged king, the human soul, stands nev- 58 THE soul's coronation. ertheless the native and hereditary sovereign of our mor- tal estate. We may rob it of its titles ; we may trample its royalty mider the feet of om- passions ; we may fill its throne with those vile usurpers, our sensual desu'es ; yet through all abuses, through ages of treachery and malfea- sance, the soul waits, pleading its inborn majesty, assert- ing its divine pedigree, appealing to its parentage in God, showing its inalienable and immortal right to rule, and expecting its final coronation. " The life is more than meat." Through the inspiration of the spirit, the seat of this life is the soul. There is the centre of aU movement, the spring of power, the point of intense
 
concern. AU greatness proceeds thence. All weU-di- rected anxieties converge thither. Blind as we become to the magnificent fact, whatever interests agitate mar- kets and families and states, — whatever influences play through street, shop, congress, the academy and college, no less than the Church, — terminate at last in the soul. For that, in the original design, however we as individuals pervert or come short of it, the farmer's tillage rears and reaps the summer's grain on all the quiet meadows and slopes ; for that the arms of labor swing in ten thousand workshops ; for that the printing- press is "worked and types are cast ; for that, at last, if the Sermon on the Mount is true, the lily blossoms and the sparrow flies. Institutions are founded, whether their founders remember it or not, statute-books are ^\^:itten,j cities are buflt, new countries are colonized, factories! occupy the streams, exploring expeditions animate thej commercial map of the world, for the soul. It is not,] after all, for the fortunes that are made, the fabrics] woven, the speed attained, the money multiplied, thej world's-fairs exhibited. These are only means to an end;.

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