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Faith a Preparation for Sight.

Faith a Preparation for Sight.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY NEWMAN SMYTH

Ezekiel i. i.

It is a suggestive remark of the late Canon Mozley, in
his fine discourse upon Nature, that "Scripture has

specially consecrated the faculty of sight The

glorified saint of Scripture is especially a beholder; he
gazes, he looks ; ... he does not merely ruminate within,
but his whole mind is carried out toward and upon a
great representation."
BY NEWMAN SMYTH

Ezekiel i. i.

It is a suggestive remark of the late Canon Mozley, in
his fine discourse upon Nature, that "Scripture has

specially consecrated the faculty of sight The

glorified saint of Scripture is especially a beholder; he
gazes, he looks ; ... he does not merely ruminate within,
but his whole mind is carried out toward and upon a
great representation."

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FAITH A PREPARATION FOR SIGHT.BY NEWMAN SMYTH Ezekiel i. i. It is a suggestive remark of the late Canon Mozley, in his fine discourse upon Nature, that "Scripture has specially consecrated the faculty of sight The glorified saint of Scripture is especially a beholder; he gazes, he looks ; ... he does not merely ruminate within, but his whole mind is carried out toward and upon a great representation." Moses, and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel, we read in the book of Exodus, went up, and " they saw the God of Israel : and there was under his feet as it were a paved work of a sap-phire-stone, and as it were the body of heaven in his clearness." "And the sight of the glory of the Lord was like devouring fire on the top of the mount in the eyes of the children of Israel." So the history of Israel begins before Sinai with Moses' vision of God ; 1
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The Reality of Faith. and the Christian prophet, at the close of the history of redemption, saw " a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away/^ You need only trace through the Scriptures the use of the words relating to sight to become aware of this characteristic of the Bible that it brings its spiritual teachings and its promises to vivid, pictorial represen-tation through the human eye and its visions. Thus, when the prophet comes with a word of the Lord to the king of Israel, he said : " I saw the Lord sitting on his throne, and all the host of heaven standing by him on his right hand and on his left." The Messianic promise is unfolded in pictures of visible splendors. The wil-derness is glad ; the desert blossoms as a rose. " They shall see,'' Isaiah sings, " the glory of the Lord, and the excellency of our God." The New Testament employs the same clear language of the eye in its presentation
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of the kingdom of God, and the hope of redemption. Jesus' blessing to the pure in heart is that they shall see God. He spoke to a Master in Israel of the new birth, without which no man can see the kingdom of God. The first Christian martyr, "being ftdl of the Holy Ghost, looked up steadfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God." The missionary apostle, who had learned what all trial is, knows no better way of describing who the Christians are than by calling them those who " look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen." The true Christian life was, in his expe-rience of it, a " looking unto Jesus." Faith is living Faith a Preparation for Sight. 3 as " seeing him who is invisible/' Not yet, indeed, have believers ascended into the immediate vision of God ; " But we all, ^vith open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord." The Christian hope, which we are told should now purify our hearts, is that " we shall see him as he is."
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