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Christ May Be Sought Too Late.

Christ May Be Sought Too Late.

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


John vii. 36. fVhat manner of saying is this thai he said, Ye
shall seek me, and shall not find me; and, Where lam, thither
ye caniiot come P
BY REV. CHARLES SIMEON, M.A.


John vii. 36. fVhat manner of saying is this thai he said, Ye
shall seek me, and shall not find me; and, Where lam, thither
ye caniiot come P

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CHRIST MAY BE SOUGHT TOO LATE. BY REV. CHARLES SIMEO, M.A. John vii. 36. fVhat manner of saying is this thai he said, Ye shall seek me, and shall not find me; and, Where lam, thither ye caniiot come P FROM the character of our blessed Lord we might well expect, that, in whatever circumstances he should be placed, his words and actions would be such as became an incarnate God. Accordingly we find that he was never discomposed, never disheart- ened ; but that, as well in the prospect of a cruel death as on all other occasions, he preserved a tem- per unruffled, a patience unsubdued. " The Phari- sees had sent officers to take him ;" and though the precise hour for his being delivered up into their hands was not yet arrived, it was very near : yet, instead of manifesting the smallest apprehension of his approaching sufferings, he spake of his death as though he had been going a journey ; and shewed, that his chief concern was about the judgments that would fall upon his enemies : " Yet a little while am I with you ; and then I go unto Him that sent me. Ye shall seek me, but shall not find me; and where I go, thither ye cannot come." This assertion of his appeared quite inexplicable to them. " They said among themselves, Whither will he go, that we shall not find him?" and then, after some unsatisfactory conjectures about his going to preach among the Gentiles, or destroying his own life, they were con- strained to acknowledge, that they could not at all comprehend it ; *' What manner of saying is this that he said ?" Indeed, even his own Disciples were as much at a loss about his meaning as his very ene- mies ^. It is not our intention to justify their unbelief: for
 
it is evident that they were actuated by a proud captious spirit, and not by a sincere desire after in- struction. Yet their words will afford us a fit occa- sion to shew, I. The '^ Compare ver. 35. & viii. 22. with xvi. 16—18. 68 JOH, VII. 36. [811. I. The importance of inquiring into Divine truth in general — It is certain that there are many expressions in the Scriptures dark and intricate — [This arises in part from die mysterious nature of Divine truth, which relates to subjects remote from the apprehensions of fallen man It is owing also in part to die metapho- rical language in which the doctrines of Revelation are often expressed ; for, however certain figures may serve to illustrate the particular doctrine contained in them, they cast a veil over the doctrine, till the truth contained in them is under- stood But most of all, it is owing to the disinclination of man to receive the things which are revealed. The mind of fallen man is blinded by pride, and passion, and interest : it has a corrupt bias : it is averse to the things which the Spirit of God requires and reveals : " it hates the light, and will not come to the light, lest its vile propensities should be reproved :" and therefore it accounts " the things of the Spirit foolishness," because it is not able to discern their ex- cellency.] evertheless the things contained in the Scriptures are of infinite importance to us all — [They relate to the everlasting salvation of the soul : they
 
declare the only way in which a sinner can find acceptance with God: they set forth the person, work, and offices of the Messiah, together with the distinct offices of die Holy Trinity in the work of Redemption. They make known the characters of them that are saved and of them that perish, together with the states to which both the one and the other will be sen- tenced. In short, " the word that Christ hath spoken to us, the same shall judge us in the last day." ow in comparison of these things, the concerns of time and sense are lighter than the dust upon the balance. Earthly things indeed appear of greater magnitude, because they are nearer to us : but if spi- ritual truths are brought nigh by faith, they eclipse every other object, as the meridian sun hides by its splendor the feebler radiance of the stars.] They should therefore be inquired into with all diligence — [We should not be satisfied with a general acknowledg- ment of their truth, but should examine into the precise im- port of them, with a view to ascertain what is the state of our own souls before God. When we hear our Lord aflirm so solemnly and so repeatedly, that " unless we be born again we cannot enter into the kingdom of heaven;" should we 811.] CHRIST MAY BE SOUGHT TOO LATE. 69 we not pause, and consider, and inquire what is meant by the new birth, and whether we have ever experienced the change imphed in it? When we read, that " except we eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, there is no hfe in us," should we not use all possible means to understand it, and to learn whether we are in a state of life or of death ? Can we suppose, that, because these assertions are conveyed under metaphorical expressions, they mean nothing ; or, that we have no concern with them? Will our ignorance of their

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