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The Office of the Spirit to Glorify Christ.

The Office of the Spirit to Glorify Christ.

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John xvi. 14. He shall glorify me : for he shall receive of
mine, and shall shew it unto you.

John xvi. 14. He shall glorify me : for he shall receive of
mine, and shall shew it unto you.

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Jun 27, 2014
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THE OFFICE OF THE SPIRIT TO GLORIFY CHRIST. BY REV. CHARLES SIMEO, M.A. John xvi. 14. He shall glorify me : for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. MAY imagine that the doctrine of the Divinity of Christ is founded on some few passages of Holy Writ, on passages too which may possibly be of doubtful interpretation. But the truth is, that that doctrine pervades the whole ew Testament ; so that scarcely any part of it can be fairly explained except on the hypothesis that Christ is God. Take for in- stance the passage before us. Our blessed Saviour told his Disciples that he would " send to them the Comforter, even the Spirit of Truth, who should guide them into all truth, and shew them things to come *." But is he a man, or a mere created being, that arro- gates to himself this power ? Of that Spirit he pro- ceeds to say, " He shall glorify me." What language is this ? Does a creature say, he will send the Spirit of the living God to glorify him ? That God should send a ci-eature for the advancement of his own glory, is intelligible enough : but that a creature should send God for the advancement of his glory, is what no rational being would for a moment admit. But fur- ther ; our Saviour adds, " He shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you." What ? Has a creature any thing that he can call his own ; and which is of so mysterious a nature, that it cannot be known, ex- cept God himself shall make it the subject of a special revelation ? And has he such an exclusive propriety in that thing, that it must be acknowledged to be his, at the very time that God is taking of it in order to shew *ver. 7, 13.
VOL. VIH. M 162 joii.'^, XVI. 14. [831. shew it unto men 1 This was so strong an assertion of his Godhead, that the Disciples themselves appear to have been staggered at it ; on which account our Lord proceeded to vindicate and confirm the expres- sion he had used : " All that the Father hath, is mbw : therefore said I, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you^^" The whole declaration, if viewed in this light only, is of infinite importance : but, without insisting on this doctrine, which only incidentally arises out of the text, we shall turn our attention to the doctrines more directly contained in it ; and shall shew you, I. The office of the Spirit — The whole of our Saviour's life was a state of hu- miliation : the establishing of his proper character was committed to the third Person in the ever-blessed Trinity, who was in due time to come down from heaven for the express purpose of glorifying Christ. In what way he was to glorify Christ, is specified in the text ; he was to take, as it were, all the excel- lencies of Christ, and to display them before the eyes of all his people. Among these excellencies we will mention a few, which are deserving of more especial notice : 1 , The virtue of his sacrifice — [Man, as soon as he begins to be truly " convinced of sin," is apt to doubt whether his iniquities be not too great to be forgiven. But the Holy Spirit discovers to him from the word, that the death of Christ was a propitiation, not for the
sins of a few only, but for the sins of the whole world ; that " his blood has an efficacy to cleanse from all sin ;" and that all who believe in him " shall be justified from all things," even from " sins of a scarlet or crimson dye." How glorious does Christ then appear in the sinner's eyes !] 2. The prevalence of his intercession — [After a person has believed in Christ, he still is renewed only in part ; " the flesh still lusteth against the spirit, and the spirit against the flesh, so that he cannot do the things that he would." Hence he is sometimes led to fear that God will cast him off, and be no more entreated by him. Then the "vcr. 15. 831.] THE spirit's office TO GLORIFY CHRIST. 163 the Holy Spirit shews him that Christ is " his Advocate with the Father, ''," and that he " ever hveth in heaven on purpose to make intercession for liim." He convinces him that Christ can never intercede in vain, for that " him the Father heareth always ;" and that consequently the backslider, as well as the newly-awakened sinner, shall be saved to the uttermost, if only he look to Christ as his all-prevailing Advocate and Me- diator. Thus the Spirit still further endears the Saviour to the believing soul.] 3. The sufficiency of his grace — [Conflicts innumerable both with sin and Satan will still remain, even such conflicts as may bring the Believer some- times to the borders of despair. But then the Spirit again proceeds in his work of glorifying Christ : he shews the soul, that there is, by the Father's own appointment, an inex- haustible fulness of grace treasured up in Christy out of

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