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The Light of the Kingdom

The Light of the Kingdom

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Published by glennpease
BY FRANK H. DECKER


Mat. 13 : 10-15, John 3 : 19-21, John
8 : 12, John 12 : 36, 36, John 11 : 9-10,
John 4 : 17, Col. 1 : 9-13, John 2:8-11
BY FRANK H. DECKER


Mat. 13 : 10-15, John 3 : 19-21, John
8 : 12, John 12 : 36, 36, John 11 : 9-10,
John 4 : 17, Col. 1 : 9-13, John 2:8-11

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THE LIGHT OF THE KIGDOM BY FRAK H. DECKER Mat. 13 : 10-15, John 3 : 19-21, John 8 : 12, John 12 : 36, 36, John 11 : 9-10, John 4 : 17, Col. 1 : 9-13, John 2:8-11 But this life of union with God is not with- out certain perils which must be considered. The Kingdom of God is a growing kingdom. In this respect it is like seed sown in a field. For man is a seed of God, and the Kingdom of relationship is the only soil in which he can develop. We have seen how this union is eflFected, — ^what the condition of entrance into it is. We have now to consider how it may be maintained, imtil it shall have completed its perfect work in the heart of man. This union is subject to the peril of inter- ruption. Many things may mar it. First, there is the peril of misconception of God's wiU, by which Jesus was confronted immedi- ately after his consecration of himself to do his Father's will. It was not a question with him then as to his purpose to obey God; his aim in that direction was fixed. But irmnedi- [99J CHRIST'S EXPERIECE OF GOD stely he experienced great difficulty in discov- ering what that will was.
 
"Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil and was with the wild beasts; and when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungered. And the tempter came and said imto him, If thou art the Son of God, conmiand that these stones become bread. But he answered and said, It is writ- ten, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of Grod. Then the devil taketh him into the holy city, and he set him on the pinnacle of the temple, and saith imto him. If thou art the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written. He shall give his angels charge con- cerning thee : and, on their hands they shall bear thee up, lest haply thou dash thy foot against a stone. Jesus said unto him. Again it is written. Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God. Again, the devil taketh him unto an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them, and he said unto him, All these things [100] THE LIGHT OF THE KIGDOM will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan : for it is written. Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Then the devil leaveth him; and behold, angels came and ministered unto him." The figure that represents our Lord's ex- periences, in seeking knowledge of the will of
 
God, is very striking. A wilderness, with wild beasts, exactly represents it. For there were on every hand perils of error as to what God wiUed concerning him, perils which must ut- terly destroy him if he were overcome by them. These came to him out of what he had been taught to regard as the will of God, out of what his Church taught and what his Bible taught. He was tempted to believe in mira- cles wrought in violation of nature's laws. He was tempted to believe in the necessity for using wrong means to secure good ends. All through his life he was exposed to this peril of misconception of the will of God, and againist this temptation he prayed, up to the very last. Mankind has always been exposed to this [lOX] CHRIST'S EXPERIECE OF GOD danger. In doing what they have supposed to be the will of God, men have sacrificed on His altar their children and their cattle; they have wrecked their reason, ruined their homes, desolated their lives; they have found them- selves in a wilderness, full of ravenous beasts. He who will consider what the Bible^teaches in some of its parts, and what men have imag- ined to be the will of God, will see clearly that the figure of a desolate wilderness, filled with ravenous beasts, is a fitting illustration of the perils to which every man is exposed who is seeking to know the wiU of his Heav- enly Father.

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