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The Missionary Motive.

The Missionary Motive.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY NEWMAN SMYTH

— 2 Cor. v. 14.

Thus the great missionary apostle takes us into the
secret of his enthusiasm in spreading the glad tidings
abroad among the Gentiles. The love of Christ beats
always at the heart of true missionary life.
BY NEWMAN SMYTH

— 2 Cor. v. 14.

Thus the great missionary apostle takes us into the
secret of his enthusiasm in spreading the glad tidings
abroad among the Gentiles. The love of Christ beats
always at the heart of true missionary life.

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THE MISSIONARY MOTIVE. BY NEWMAN SMYTH — 2 Cor. v. 14. Thus the great missionary apostle takes us into the secret of his enthusiasm in spreading the glad tidings abroad among the Gentiles. The love of Christ beats always at the heart of true missionary life. The epistle in which this missionary motive is announced bears the stamp of St. PauPs manhood. He was at that time throwing himself into the great warfare of his life. He was in the thick of the storm of his grand battle for the law of liberty in the grace of Christ. The churches were filled with misrepresentations of his work ; he saw suspicion in the eyes of those whom he would lead to greater Christian victories ; and while he was uplifting the sign of the Cross in triumph among the Gentiles, some reactionary spirits, stirred up by men with letters from the brethren in Jerusalem, were denying his right to preach as an apostle even among churches in which he had been called of the Lord to minister. In this chapter Paul rises above all this clamor and gainsaying, beyond the din of party disputings, up to
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the pure source and inspiration of his missionary enthu-siasm ; — " For the love of Christ constraineth us." He who but yesterday was a Hebrew of the Hebrews, now  judges that "one died for all, therefore all died;" — 197 198 The Reality of Faith. the atonement is for the whole world, and the Gentiles should know what a blessing for all nations God has given in his Son; — "and he died for all, that they which live should no longer live unto themselves, but unto him who for their sakes died and rose again.'' Men everywhere are "no longer to live unto them-selves;" we shall have a new world and a happier, when this Gospel of the new law of life shall be preached far and wide, and all nations shall be taught that henceforth men are " no longer to live unto them-selves, but unto him who for their sakes died and rose again." This large, Christian grace is too great a boon from heaven for the disciples in Judea to be content to keep it to themselves ; this blessing is too ample and universal in its design for them to be willing to see it
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confined witliin their own churches; they must speak everywhere the things which they have seen and know ; it is plain as noon-day that God means his gift in Christ for the whole world. Let all men have it ; behold, now is the acceptable time, now is the day of salvation for the Gentiles ! So to the chief apostle " everything is urgent ; " and in journeyings often he makes haste from city to city, constrained by the love of Christ for all men, and feeling that a woe is upon him if he preaches not the Gospel. At Corinth, at Athens, at Kome, in all the centres of Pagan life, he sees, beneath the glitter and the gayety, the hollowness and wretchedness of a world whose strength is eaten out by its own lusts. The fear-ful picture still remains in the epistle to the Romans which the missionary apostle drew of the uncleanness and unnatural woes of the world dead in sin through The Missionary Motive. 199 which he hastened to carry the life-giving Gospel of the Lord. This world in all its sinfulness and suffering he beholds, also, in the transfiguring light of the Christian's faith. For Christ has died for all ; a new law of life, having in it the power of a new creation, has been made
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