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Christ the One Source of Eternal Life.

Christ the One Source of Eternal Life.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY REV. CHARLES SIMEON, M.A.


Johnvi. 67 — 60. Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also
go away ? Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom
shall ive go P thou hast the words of eternal life : and we
leliei'e, and arc sure, that thou art that Christ, the Son of the
living God.
BY REV. CHARLES SIMEON, M.A.


Johnvi. 67 — 60. Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also
go away ? Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom
shall ive go P thou hast the words of eternal life : and we
leliei'e, and arc sure, that thou art that Christ, the Son of the
living God.

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CHRIST THE OE SOURCE OF ETERAL LIFE. BY REV. CHARLES SIMEO, M.A. Johnvi. 67 — 60. Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away ? Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall ive go P thou hast the words of eternal life : and we leliei'e, and arc sure, that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God. IT was said of our Lord by the aged Patriarch who took him in his arms at his presentation in the Temple, *' Behold this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel, and for a sign that shall be spoken against ; that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed:" and this discovery of men's characters was universally produced by his ministrations. or was it occasioned by his doc- trines only, but frequently by the manner in which they were promulged. His discourses abounded much in parabolical and figurative representations, which cast a veil of obscurity over them, and served as a touchstone to try the spirits of those who heard him. His statement of the new birth was for a time a stumbling-block to icodemus, who knew not what interpretation to put upon his words : and in like manner, his discourse respecting " eating his flesh and drinking his blood" offended many; inso- much that " they went back, and walked no more with him." His own Apostles scarcely knew how to receive his word ; so that it seemed as if they also would depart from him. But they were of a more humble and teachable spirit; and therefore, when our Lord asked, if they also intended to forsake him, they expressed their abhorrence of such an idea, and their determination to adhere to him at all events. I. The question which our Lord put to his Disciples, demands our first consideration —
 
Though it related to one particular occasion, it is suited to convey much general instruction. It shews us, 1 . That 810.] CHRIST THE SOURCE OF ETERAL LIFE. 63 1 . That the best of men are liable to depart from God — [This is a truth of infinite importance, which yet many are very averse to hear. But who can doubt it in reference to himself P Who does not feel that he himself may fall, and that too into grievous sin, and into final condemnation ? Ad- vocates for human systems may say what they please on this subject ; but there is not a humble Christian in the universe who does not feel this to be true in reference to himself: and if any choose to deny it, we shall oppose to him the example of the apostle Paul, who " kept his body under, and brought it into subjection, lest by any means, after having preached to others, he himself should be a cast-away ^" In ourselves we are weak as new-born babes : it is God alone " that can keep us from falling;" and if ever we be saved at all, we must be " kept by the power of God unto salvation''." But there is not that opposition between this doctrine and that of the perseverance of the saints that some imagine. A mother's care is a pledge for the security of her child : but that does not set aside the liability of the child to perish by hunger or cold, or a thousand other accidents ; any of which things may at any time occur by the carelessness or death of its nurse. Thus our security is not in ourselves, but in our God : if left to ourselves for one moment, we shovdd perish : and all our hope is in the tender care and mercy of our God. The only difference between the child and us is, that its guar- dian is weak and mortal ; whereas ours is the Almighty and Unchangeable Jehovah, in whose power and fidelity alone
 
our advantage consists.] 2. That the defection of some endangers the stabi- lity of others — [We are easily wrought upon by the influence of bad example. "The mixed multitude in the wilderness fell a lusting," and soon drew after them the whole nation of Israel ^ In the Gospels too we have many melancholy instances of the readiness even of good men to follow each other in what is evil. Peter, full of self-confidence, presumed to declare, that " though he should be called to die with his Lord, he would not deny him :" and then we are told, " Likewise also said all the Disciples'*;" so speedily were they led away by his example. On another occasion, we find them all " murmuring and full of indignation" about the expense which had been incurred for the purpose of honouring their Lord : and, when we come to inquire whence it all originated, we trace it all to Judas, who was MCor. ix. 27. '' Jude 24. 1 Pet. 1. 5. * umb. xi. 4. ^ Matt. xxvi. 35. (54 JOH, VI. 67—69. [810. was a thief and wanted to steal the money for his own use '. The instance of Barnabas also, and other Jewish Christians, who were led away by Peter's dissimulation, is precisely in point. Indeed, who that is at all conversant with the Chris- tian world, has not seen, on many occasions, how rapidly a bad spirit in one diffuses itself through a whole Churcli ? Good instruction and example operate very slowly and partially ; but that which is evil spreads apace : " a little leaven will soon leaven the whole lump." It becomes us then to be on our guard against the contagion of evil. Doubtless these apostates thought that they had reason enough to forsake our

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