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Temple Life.

Temple Life.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY REV. JOHN GUMMING, D. D.

" Jerusalem, my happy home.
Name ever clear to me !
When shall my labors have an end.
In joy, and peace, and thee 1

" When shall mine eyes thy heaven-built walls
And pearly gates behold ;
Thy bulwarks with salvation strong.
And streets of shining gold 1 "

" Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach
unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts : we shall be satisfied with
the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple." — Psalm C5 : 4.
BY REV. JOHN GUMMING, D. D.

" Jerusalem, my happy home.
Name ever clear to me !
When shall my labors have an end.
In joy, and peace, and thee 1

" When shall mine eyes thy heaven-built walls
And pearly gates behold ;
Thy bulwarks with salvation strong.
And streets of shining gold 1 "

" Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach
unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts : we shall be satisfied with
the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple." — Psalm C5 : 4.

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Mar 26, 2014
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TEMPLE LIFE. BY REV. JOHN GUMMING, D. D." Jerusalem, my happy home. Name ever clear to me ! When shall my labors have an end. In joy, and peace, and thee 1 " When shall mine eyes thy heaven-built walls And pearly gates behold ; Thy bulwarks with salvation strong. And streets of shining gold 1 " " Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts : we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple." — Psalm C5 : 4. Man pronounces benedictions that are only in words, which he cannot make the vehicles of real or efficient power. When God pronounces a blessing, it is not only in word, but in power. It strikes and lasts when heard. Man may bless those whom God has not blessed — this is our weakness ; and we curse those whom God has blessed — this is our sin. It is a light thing to be blessed or cursed of man ; but it is a precious privilege, a real result, a lasting force, to be blessed of God.
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" Blessed is the man whom thou choosest." The men of this world think they are blessed or happy who are rich, illus-trious, or great ; it is not so. God pronounces blessings, not on outward appearance, but invariably on inward character TEMPLE LIFE. 291 He pronounces the blessing according to what the heart is ; man very often gives it according to what the man wears. The characteristic features of the blessed are these : " The man whom thou choosest," not the man who first chose God. "VVe are sinful and ruined; if rewarded according to our works, we should perish forever. Grace in its sovereignty fastens upon us in our lost estate, and selects and stamps us for glory. An eye we did not see sees us, an arm we did not know lays hold upon us, and we are therefore chosen and blessed of God. This doctrine of election is stated fre-quently in Scripture. " According," it is said, " as God hath chosen us in Christ before the foundation of the world." This choice is made in sovereignty. He elects the creature who has nothing, in order to make the creature eventually something. Election is not an empty decree, but an oper-
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ative influence. This special influence and eflfect is called approaching unto God. Only a religion that comes from God can carry its subjects to God. Chosen of God, we re-ceive our first impulse, and so are made centripetally to approach unto him as the closing and blessed consummation. This language implies that we are found projected by sin to a distance from God ; and not only so, but that we are disin-clined to return to him. It is a very strange thing that, knowing what heaven and its happiness are, man can ever settle down satisfied with what he is ; the only explanation is that our own feelings are lowered down to the temperature of the world in which we live, and we think there is nothing in prospect better for us, or possible. We are therefore by nature unwilling to approach God. But when we are chosen of him, and come under his attraction, we delight to approach unto him — we feel ourselves borne upward under an irresist-ible yet joyous and welcome attraction. " I, if I be lifted up, will draw all men unto me." Duty and delight become one. Blessed is the man who is thus drawn ; because, the 292 TEMPLE LIFE. nearer we approximate In likeness to God, the happier we feel. But this blessedness is not a mere vague feeling of
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