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Outside Losses, Inside Gains

Outside Losses, Inside Gains

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BY JOHN RHEY THOMPSON D.D.


"But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for
Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for
the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord." —
Phil. 3- 7, 8.
BY JOHN RHEY THOMPSON D.D.


"But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for
Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for
the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord." —
Phil. 3- 7, 8.

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OUTSIDE LOSSES, ISIDE GAIS BY JOH RHEY THOMPSO D.D. "But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord." — Phil. 3- 7, 8. The Bible, especially the ew Testament, abounds in spiritual paradoxes. Among these may be men- tioned such forms of statement as these: "He that findeth his life shall lose it, and he that loseth his life shall find it;" "Seeing ye shall not see, and hearing ye shall not hear, neither shall ye under- stand ;" "To him that hath shall be given, and from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath;" "The first shall be last, and the last shall be first;" "Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal." Life is to be considered from two sides, from the outside and the inside, from the external and the interior, from the visible and the invisible, from the physical and the spiritual. He who comes to the Bible, more particularly the later portion of it, in order to un- J2 Outside Losses, Inside Gains derstand it must get its eye, must see life as it does, must climb to its vantage ground, and breathe its bracing, tonic air. It is characteristic of the Word of God that it is always looking at life from the inside and not the outside, from the interior and
 
not the exterior, from the invisible and not the visi- ble, from the eternal and not the temporal, from the spiritual and not the physical; and he, therefore, who would come to an adequate comprehension of the genius of the Word of God, and who would possess himself of the clues by which its spiritual paradoxes are to be rendered clear, potent, and pene- trating, must look at life through its eyes, and from its crystalline heights. The ew Testament, in some things, is like an orange; it is better inside than it is outside. And he who undertakes to get at the ew Testament as a greedy child eats an orange, by beginning with the rind, will not always find it pleasant to the taste. But he who has patience first to peel off the rind will find it succulent and edible, and grateful to the taste. The text contains an implied spiritual paradox, such as abound in this Book. The apostle here writes of losses that were gains, and of gains that were losses, and it is my purpose to speak to you this morning on gain and loss in life. You ought to prick up your ears at that ! You are interested in that, most of you ; you give six days out of seven to it. That is the problem in which you are all vitally Outside Losses, Inside Gains 73 and constantly concerned from one week's end to another. ow, some things that I am going to say this morning will be largely unintelligible to worldly and unspiritual minds. I will be guilty at times of speaking in the language of spiritual paradox, and the unspiritual man will stumble at it. There is a great deal of talk in our day about the doctrine of evolution. The popular comprehension of the doc- trine of evolution is that it is an attempt to account for the origin of man by developing him from the
 
animals, and it is asserted by those who oppose it that no case has been found in which man has been actually evolved from the animal, and we read much about "the missing link." I am not myself so much troubled about evolution in the past as I am about evolution now, because I see it going on all about me, and the uncompleted evolutions that I see before me are what perplex me. It is not an irrational statement to me, that man sprang from the animal in the past, when I see so many men in the world that have not yet gotten rid of the animal. Some men have gotten about as far as the serpent, and they have not evolved beyond that, and hence we speak of snaky men, serpentine men. There are some men who have reached about the point of the bear, and we meet bearish men, and they seem con- tent with their evolution. It is said that the buffa- loes of the Western prairies, when they stampede, pay no attention to any weak members of the herd 74 Outside Losses, Inside Gains who may fall out by the way, but trample them, to death; and I am sure that a good many men have not been evolved far beyond the buffalo, because when I see them pushing and jostling each other, and a weak man falls out by the way, do they not often leave him there to die ? The doctrine of man's development from the animal in the past is not after all so absurd, because a great many men have not been evolved much beyond the animal to this day. The basis of what I mean to say is the spiritual philosophy of life. This spiritual philosophy of life has its axioms. The first is, GOD ; he is a Spirit, subtle, pervasive, diffusive, universal, eternal ; "ow unto him, the King Eternal, Immortal, Invisible, the only wise God, be glory forever and ever.

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