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The Christian Ambassador.

The Christian Ambassador.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY HENRY VARLEY


II CORINTHIANS v. 20.


NOW THEN WE ARE AMBASSADORS FOR CHRIST, AS THOUGH COD DID BESEECH YOU BY US : WE PRAY YOU IN CHRIST*S STEAD, BE YE RECONCILED TO GOD.
BY HENRY VARLEY


II CORINTHIANS v. 20.


NOW THEN WE ARE AMBASSADORS FOR CHRIST, AS THOUGH COD DID BESEECH YOU BY US : WE PRAY YOU IN CHRIST*S STEAD, BE YE RECONCILED TO GOD.

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THE CHRISTIA AMBASSADOR. BY HERY VARLEYII CORITHIAS v. 20. OW THE WE ARE AMBASSADORS FOR CHRIST, AS THOUGH COD DID BESEECH YOU BY US : WE PRAY YOU I CHRIST*S STEAD, BE YE RECOCILED TO GOD. I WILL deal first of all with* the term here expressed by the word Ambassador, You all know an ambassador is one who is sent by the country wherein he dwells — usually some distin- guished man — to represent the court of the country from whence he comes to some neighboring nation. Observe this, we, in England, don't send an am- bassador to Canada from the Imperial Government, for the simple reason that Canada represents a colony. At present -the world is under the rule of God*s great opponent, the devil ; the world is not now subject to God, and will not be until Christ comes, whose right it is to reign ; meanwhile the Lord sends ambassadors. England sends ambas- sadors to France, Italy and Austria, on the very 2 THE CHRISTIA AMBASSADOR. ground that these are independent governments, and which are in turn represented by ambassadors so acting. ow, I want you to understand that I have no
 
sympathy with distinctions among Christians. I don't want to do anything or assume any position that would lead one to suppose that I was separate from my fellow men. I do dislike anything that savors of what is expressed by the word Priest — in fact anything like affected superiority ; yet I gladly recognize the power for good of the great minds that have gone before, and I have listened to their majestic words ; and I thank God, nevertheless, that we have these treasures in earthen vessels, but the excellency of the power is of God and not of us. O how true is it said by one of our poets, that " one touch of nature makes the whole world kin.'* I thank God for trials ; to know what it is to buffet with vulgar manhood — and I have no small share in the busy scenes of our urgent London life — and more than all, I do thank God that He has put me in trust, and accepted me as an ambassador of Christ to speak to you to-night. I do affirm that I strive every morning in coming out of my room to pray that my commission be straight from the throne of God. My citizenship is neither Toronto nor London, it is heaven, accor- ding to the authority of that Word; therefore I have a perfect right to come down from the pres- ence of the great King, morning after morning, with the spirit of the better country marking my entire life, with the language of that country on my THE CHRISTIA AMBASSADOR. 3 tongue, with the laws of that country to administer wheresoever I can — to beseech my fellow men, or, as my text puts it, to "pray you in Christ's stead to be reconciled unto God " to-night. In all the earnest purpose of my soul, I come to you and tell you that I am an ambassador of the Great
 
King. Earthly potentates may have their distinguished representatives, but oh, brethren, I do thank God that it is written, " Our sufficiency is of God." I come to act as one of His ambassadors ; my embas- sage is one of peace. I come to make known unto you, something of the laws of my royal Master — something of His feelings towards you. I come to tell you that He is no abstraction, living at an infinite distance from you, without any interest in your welfare. I come to bring the burden of my embassage, and I thank His precious name that I may represent Him to you to-night in the character of the Father, whose boundless love is only co- extensive with eternity itself Come with me to-night into yonder cottage, standing near the sea-coast. There sits working at her needle the form of a mother some fifty years of age. I approach her gently and lay my hand on her shoulder and say, " Sister, bear with a stranger speaking to you ; have you not a son ? " Oh, how my question stirs her heart ; how those poor blue eyes look out of their depths into mine. She says, " I have, do you know anything about him ? " I say, " Yes." This youth went away from his mother twenty years before, and well nigh broke that 4 THE CHRISTIA AMBASSADOR. mother's heart. How she has waited long for tidings of him. I want you to suppose that I could bring that boy from behind the door, and then you could fancy the thin arms of that mother being wrapt about him. Her affection is all engrossing. She does not ask, "Is my boy*s character changed?" She does not wait for that, but sees him before his

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