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A Stranger in the Sanctuary

A Stranger in the Sanctuary

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY REV. S. P. LONG, A. M


Col. 3:12-17.

PUT on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of
mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man
have a quarrel against any : even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of per-
fectness. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which
also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. Let the Word of
Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom ; teaching and admonishing one
another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in
your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do
all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father
by Him.
BY REV. S. P. LONG, A. M


Col. 3:12-17.

PUT on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of
mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man
have a quarrel against any : even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.
And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of per-
fectness. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which
also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. Let the Word of
Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom ; teaching and admonishing one
another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in
your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do
all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father
by Him.

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A STRAGER I THE SACTUARYBY REV. S. P. LOG, A. M Col. 3:12-17. PUT on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any : even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of per- fectness. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. Let the Word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom ; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him. Sanctify us, O ,Lord, through Thy truth: Th}^ Word is truth. Amen. Beloved in Christ: I believe it was Carlyle who said there were so many millions in England — mostly fools. It is no strange as- sertion. Great thinkers have always declared that men are very scarce, even in the midst of the multitude. You have often heard that story of God himself, in the city of Jerusalem, sending out men and saying, "Kun ye to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, and see now, and knoAv, and seek in the broad places thereof, if ye can find a man.'' Jer. 5 :1. In that large city of Jerusalem God himself was sending messengers to find a man. That sounds a good deal like the story of Diogenes, who used to walk on the streets of Athens with a lantern at noon; when stopped or asked what he was looking for, he re-
 
plied that he was hunting a good man. Herodotus said, in that familiar language of the day, "Homines permulti, 205 206 THE ETERAL EPISTLE. viri perpauci," or, in our own language, "Human beings very many ; men very few.'' At one time a cynic was sent out to call good men to appear before the Eoman censor. This man walked out to the graveyard, stood on a new grave and said, "Get up, you dead." SoDie people wanted to know what he meant. "Why," he said, "I am sent out to find good men and they are all under the ground." The lesson of the evening pictures to us a new man, a stranger in the sanctuary. It is no trouble in these days to find congregations, no trouble to find multitudes in the church when the weather is nice, but the question that presents itself to every man of God is this, who are Chris- tians? and the more we compare the average man with the demands of God's Holy Word, the more we are led to believe that there are church members many. Chris- tians few. "Many are called," says God, "but few are chosen." A STRAGER I THE SACTUARY. Can you help me find him tonight? Let me describe him: I. He is a very highly favored man. The Lord says of him that he is elect of God, holy and beloved. Some- times we feel our own sins until we are almost compelled to cry out, with Paul, O wretched man that I am, who shall deliver me? But let us not forget that if we are true children of God, if we have been called by His Gos- pel, enlightened by His gift, if we have repented of our
 
sins and believe on Christ, and have had our sins washed aAvay with the blood of the Lamb, and have been baptized in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost, and en- tered into the covenant of God, and have made up our minds to be faithful to Him until death : remember God says of us, we are elect. It is a great blessing and an honor to be elected as the best friend even of a ruler of a country like our own; it is an honor to be elected to the cabinet of our own president, but, my friends, when the King of kings and Lord of lords elects a man, it is a dou- ble honor, the highest that man can receive in this world. This stranger in the sanctuary is an elect man. FIFTH SUDAY AFTER EPIPHAY. 207 He is not only elect, but he is also holy. "Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved." ot that we are holy in ourselves, nor that this man never sinned, not that this man is so perfect now he can not sin, but he has a holy Kedeemer; he has accepted the holy righteousness of his Savior; he has the Holy Spirit within him; he is cleansed of his sin and is walking in the way of his Master, and, having Jesus Christ by faith, God says this, my stranger in the sanctuary is holy, and  just because he is elect and holy, God calls him His be- loved. It is a great thing to be loved by the Lord our God as His child. God loves even His enemies; He loves the whole world. "God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life." There is therefore no man on earth who can say God does not love me, and there will be no man in hell who can say, God did not love me; but when we, loved of God, accept Him as our Savior, become His children in the covenant of holy baptism, are faithful to Him until death, we are not only loved, but we are His beloved children; so is

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