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Christ's Appeal for Admission.

Christ's Appeal for Admission.

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BY KEV. J. W. BONHAM,


" Behold, I stand at the door and knock : if any man will hear My voice and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me." — Rev. lit., 20.
BY KEV. J. W. BONHAM,


" Behold, I stand at the door and knock : if any man will hear My voice and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me." — Rev. lit., 20.

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CHRIST'S APPEAL FOR ADMISSIO. BY KEV. J. W. BOHAM, " Behold, I stand at the door and knock : if any man will hear My voice and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with Me." — Rev. lit., 20. Some of the most precious truths of the gospel are contained in the Book of Revelation, which commences with the sublime announcement, " The revelation of Jesus Christ." In the gospels we read of the Saviour's sufferings and sin-atoning death. In the Book of Revelation, we read of the Saviour's glorious triumphs, and of Satan's dethronement. Our text, which was addressed to the lapsed members of the church in Laodicea, is the gospel intensified and its terms reversed. For though we should seek Christ, He seeks us ! Though we should seek Christ's banquet, He seeks ours ! Though we should beseech Him, He implores us ! And, while there is no essential difference between our going to Christ for mercy and Christ coming to us with mercy, or, between the Saviour inviting and the Saviour knocking, yet, the contrast developed by our text shows that the Saviour not only calls after us, saying, " Come unto Me, all ye who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest," but also comes after us like the good Shepherd seeking lost and wandering sheep. Though the sinner is exposed to the broken laws' penalty, the Saviour's knock at his affections is not the knock of Jehovah's Justice, appalling the soul with terror, but the knock of Sovereign mercy. That the knock might neither awe nor frighten, it is accompanied by a gracious voice virtually saying : See ! Look ! Give attention ! I, who am the High and lofty One, and yet your Christ's appeal for admission. 139
 
Redeemer ! I, not a minister of wrath, but the crucified, risen, and interceding Saviour, "behold, Zstand at the door and knock." In the home of a devoted Christian, in Oxford, England, I saw the original painting by the renowned artist, Holman Hunt, entitled " The Light of the World." The picture represents the Saviour knocking at a door with one hand, and in the other hold- ing a lamp that lightens up the darkness. Tangled weeds twine around the threshold of the door- way at which Christ stands and listens for an answer to His gracious knock. Moonbeams flicker through the waving branches overhead, and shine upon His thorn- crowned brow and oriental robe. The attitude and anxious look of holy love make the picture speak, saying, open now the door and receive great riches. In tones of wondrous love, the Saviour is now pleading for admission at your bolted heart ; and the sen- tence " Behold, I stand at the door and knock " may be interpre- ted to denote God 's providential dealings to allure you to set your affection on things above. To reveal to you the transient nature of the things of earth, God gave wings to your riches and frus- trated your cherished plans. That freezing touch of disappoint- ment was a providential knock, warning you that the things which are seen are temporal ; that we brought nothing into this world, neither may we carry anything out. At your door Christ knocked when you stood by the bedside of your dying mother. Anxious for your eternal welfare, and yearning for your salvation, she said, " 0, do love the precious Saviour and meet me in heaven." This was her last appeal, and you heard her desire for your welfare in faltering accents of love struggling in death. You felt the farewell but thrilling pressure of her hand, and saw her once beaming eyes closed in death. Surely, that solemn parting scene was a providential visitation to arouse you to a sense of your condition, and to prevail on you to follow in the footsteps of your devoted mother, and to fulfill her desire — " Meet me in heaven /" At your door the Saviour knocked when you lost that beloved child, whose prattling tongue charmed you, and whose cheerful presence gladdened all around. He who said " Suffer the little children to come unto Me," took to Himself the darling of
 
your heart to allure your thoughts heavenward. And as " the harp of heaven had lacked its least, but not its meanest strings had children not been taught to play upon it," your beloved child was borne by angels to the company of celestial harpers. You viewed this bereavement as a judgment. Your heart almost rebelled. You did not say " Thy will, O God, be done." You did not sing : God gave, God took, God will restore ; He doeth all things well. 14:0 UDER CAVAS. Because thou wast unprepared to die, God, in mercy, called thy child instead of calling thee. To arrest thee in thy course and draw thy thoughts above, He took to Himself the darling of thine heart. And as you think of that lovely flower, transplanted to the Paradise of God, forget not that His providen- tial knock was a knock of love, to draw your thoughts to the celestial garden above, where your transplanted flower shall bud and bloom in the radiance of heaven for ever and ever. But while Mercy has knocked at some doors by adversity, He is knocking at other doors by prosperity. While others have been tossed on the sea of sorrow, you have sailed calmly and en-  joyed constant sunshine. But though you are indebted to God for every good and perfect gift, you have not said, "Take my poor heart and make it Thine abode." ow, as your heart will soon be pierced by affliction, and the eup of sorrow be placed to your lips, that you may then enjoy the consolations of the gospel and cast your burden on the Lord, Christ says : " Behold, I stand at your door and knock ; for in the world ye shall have tribulation, but in Me you may find peace." But while God's providential dealings may be denoted by the declaration, " Behold, I stand at the door and knock," His gracious voice may denote the means provided to bring salvation. When the sceptre of the universe was placed in the risen Saviour's

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