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Christian Unity.

Christian Unity.

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BY JOSEPH ELLIOT

AS we read the history of nations and
ponder the age in which we live, there
come in upon our thoughts an almost end-
less diversity of developments of spirit and
character — yet human nature is essentially
the same in all ages ; for, " as in water, face
answereth to face, so the heart of man to man."
BY JOSEPH ELLIOT

AS we read the history of nations and
ponder the age in which we live, there
come in upon our thoughts an almost end-
less diversity of developments of spirit and
character — yet human nature is essentially
the same in all ages ; for, " as in water, face
answereth to face, so the heart of man to man."

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CHRISTIA UITY. BY JOSEPH ELLIOTAS we read the history of nations and ponder the age in which we live, there come in upon our thoughts an almost end- less diversity of developments of spirit and character — yet human nature is essentially the same in all ages ; for, " as in water, face answereth to face, so the heart of man to man." And with equal propriety may it be said that renewed human nature is in all ages es- sentially the same : hence there is a profound- ly appropriate basis for unity of spirit amid the relationships of renewed souls to the one only living and true God. That our minds may be the more impressed by the truth that renewed human nature is in all ages essentially the same, let us, in the light of Scripture, comparethe leading charac- 12 Walks about Zion. teristics of the spirit of two godly men that lived under different dispensations ; the spirit of David and that of Paul. They had essentially the same state of feeling as to their depravity and sinfubiess. Paul said, " In me, that is in my flesh, dvvell- eth no good thing ;" David said, " Behold, I was shapen in iniquity." They had the same clinging of soul to the Messiah; the one to Christ as the Messiah
 
to come, the other to the Saviour that had appeared. Paul called himself " a servant of the Lord Jesus;" David "in spirit called Christ, Lord." They had the same feeling as to the origin ¦of their godliness. Paul said, " By the grace of God I am what I am ; " David said, " He brought me up also out of an horrible pit." They had the same tone of lamentation over indwelling sin. Paul said, " I find a law that when I would do good, evil is present with me ;" David said, " My soul cleaveth to Christian Unity. 13 the dust, quicken me, O Lord, according to thy word." They had the same earnest desire to become better. Paul said, " I press toward the mark ; " David said, " O that my way were directed to keep thy statutes." They had the same consolation under trial. Paul said, " I am filled with comfort ; " David said, " In the multitude of my thoughts with- in me, thy comforts delight my soul." They had the same good hope through grace. Paul said, " And so shall we be ever with the Lord ; " David said, " I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness." They had the same religious patriotism^ Paul said, " My heart's desire and prayer to- God for Israel is that they might be saved ; '"
 
David says, " Rivers of waters run down mine eyes because they keep not thy law." They had the same world-zvide benevolence. Paul rejoices with a great joy that " God was in Christ reconciling the world to himself;" 14 Walks about Zion. David said, " God be merciful unto us, and bless us, and cause his face to shine upon us. That thy way may be known wpon earth, thy saving health among all nations." They had the same fraternal spirit of unity. Paul said. "Brethren, be of one mind, live in peace, and the God of love and peace shall be with you ; " David said, " Behold, how good, and how pleasant it is, for brethren to dwell together in unity." Having placed on record that glowing ex- clamation at the beginning of the 133rd Psalm, David was led by the spirit to assign three great reasons why such unity is good. First. — Because " it is like the precious ointment upon Aaron's beard, that ran dov/n to the skirts of his garments." As the oint- ment would indicate to any observer that he was a Priest of the Highest, so the spirit recommended by the Psalmist is an indi- cation of being numbered amongst " the anointed of the Lord." " By this," said the Christian Unity. 15

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