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The Judgment.

The Judgment.

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"For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment
unto the Son." "And hath given him authority to execute judgment
also, because he is the Son of Man."— John v: 22, 27.

"For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment
unto the Son." "And hath given him authority to execute judgment
also, because he is the Son of Man."— John v: 22, 27.

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Jul 16, 2014
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THE JUDGMET. BY RICHARD FULLER "For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son." "And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of Man."— John v: 22, 27. OBSERVE, my brethren, the position which in this entire chapter the Saviour easily and at once assumes. He is our model of humility and condescension ; " I am meek and lowly in heart;" yet in the context he asserts for himself a dignity immeasurably above that of any created being. We would revolt at the impiety, if these attributes of Deity had been arrogated by Paul or John. In fact the Jews "sought to kill him because he " made himself equal with God." (v. 8).* But while he thought it no robbery to be equal with God, he, as " Son of Man," is not only human, but more human than any individual of our race can be ; he is the normal man in whom the race is summed up and represented. And it is this central character, this affilia- tion with our common nature, which qualifies him to be our judge. " As the Father has life in himself, so hath *In reply to the stale sophistry that Trinitarians believe in three Gods, it is unnecessary to go into any theological discus- sion ; it is enough that they reject any such heresy. They may not be able (who is able ?) to explain this " £reat mystery of god- liness ;" but when Jesus commanded baptism to be administered in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost, he cer- tainly did not teach tri-theism, and those who believe in the Trinity believe only in one God. Socinians know this, and therefore ought not to repeat this cavil.
The Judgment. 131 he given to the Son to have life in himself, and hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because lie is the Son of Man" I. Entering, without farther preface, into this im- portant subject, I begin by remarking, with the best of the German commentators, that when Jesus speaks here of the judgment, he does not refer only — though, of course, he refers chiefly — to the last great assizes. " He that believeth not is condemned already." The sentence of that awful day will be but a manifestation, an eternal confirmation, of the decisions which every man's con- duct is now attracting upon himself. And what I wish you first to observe is, that the authority to judge noiu is a mysterious power exercised by Jesus as the Son of Man, 'and " because he is the Son of Man." This may surprise you. Everywhere in the Scriptures God is declared to be the "judge of all the earth ;" and the execution of this office is so manifestly a divine pre- rogative, requiring divine attributes, that we would ex- pect to find this authority ascribed to Christ because he is the Son of God. The text informs us, however, that he is constituted judge because he is invested with hu- manity. A truth this, which deserves our close atten- tion. The prophets could address only the ear ; but no soon- er is the Son incarnate, than it is announced that he would be a new living, moral, judicial power, searching the inmost secrets of men's bosoms, and discovering their characters. " Behold this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel, and for a sign which shall be spoken against, that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed" Wherever this novel and wonderful
Presence shall come in contact with men, a test will be applied, unwelcome, repulsive to their pride and cor- ruption, for it shall pierce through all concealments, and judge and try their most hidden thoughts and feel- ings. Such was the remarkable prediction, and in the entire life and ministry of the Redeemer we find its fulfillment. Open any one of the Gospels, and what immediately 132 Richard Fuller's Sermons. strikes you ? It is that One Being hath stood upon this earth, who was not only so wonderfully allied to Deity that he could familiarly address God as his Fath- er, but was the catholic man, so bound to humanity by occult and interlacing affinities that all — humble and noble — rich and poor — virtuous and vicious — felt and confessed his inscrutable potency over them. To the eye of sense he was an obscure, uneducated Hebrew youth ; yet the very first tones of his voice thrilled the heart of humanity to its very core. He commenced his ministry in villages, but was often in Jerusalem, and soon traversed Judea; and everywhere those he addressed were compelled to acknowledge that they were listening to one who spake not only of but from eternity. " He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes." His words fell upon them with strange irre- sistible power, not because he used the style of the philosophers or orators, but because he uttered truths which at once convicted, commanded, controlled. It was known that he was unlettered ; yet at the age of twelve the most learned and venerable doctors listened to him with astonishment. His original, deep, searching addresses shook their minds, consciences, hearts, and caused the multitudes to exclaim, " Whence hath this man this wisdom ?" And on a memorable occasion, when a deputation was sent by the sanhedrim to arrest

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