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The Second Advent.

The Second Advent.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
REV. HOKATIO SOUTHGATE, D. D.,

" Thy kingdom comeP — Matt. vi. 10.

TIT'E pray for this as a thing yet future. " Thy
kingdom come" involves a petition which has
not yet been fully answered. True, the kingdom of
God is within us, and to him who has received the
glad tidings of a Saviour's love with the grateful
return of a renovated heart, the kingdom of God
has come.
REV. HOKATIO SOUTHGATE, D. D.,

" Thy kingdom comeP — Matt. vi. 10.

TIT'E pray for this as a thing yet future. " Thy
kingdom come" involves a petition which has
not yet been fully answered. True, the kingdom of
God is within us, and to him who has received the
glad tidings of a Saviour's love with the grateful
return of a renovated heart, the kingdom of God
has come.

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THE SECOD ADVET. REV. HOKATIO SOUTHGATE, D. D., " Thy kingdom comeP — Matt. vi. 10. TIT'E pray for this as a thing yet future. " Thy kingdom come" involves a petition which has not yet been fully answered. True, the kingdom of God is within us, and to him who has received the glad tidings of a Saviour's love with the grateful return of a renovated heart, the kingdom of God has come. To him, also, who has put on Christ by Baptism, has it come ; but only as the first opening of a day-spring, that may or may not attain the ef- fulgence of a noon-day glory. To the heathen, too, who has heard, for the first time, the wonder- ful story of a Saviour's Sacrifice, far surpassing the boasted efficacy of his own pagan idolatries, the kingdom of God has come, or, at least, come near. But to none has it come with that completeness 1 2 THE SECOD ADVET. [SERM. of fulfilment for which we daily pray, in the words of our Saviour, and in the solemn petitions of the Church. There is yet a glory which eye hath not seen, of which ear hath not heard, that awaits the afflicted, struggling Church, and the imperfect, though aspiring, believer. There is yet a glory which shall fill the world, nay, which this polluted world cannot contain until it is purified by fire, and, in its destruction, new heavens and a new earth shall rise into being, wherein dwelleth right- eousness. There is a day coming in which the glory of God shall shine so conspicuous, that we shall reflect upon this lesser glory, in which we now
 
live, as the morning twilight, or the dim, cloudy day of the Church, a day, like that of the prophet, neither clear nor dark, but whose evening time is light ;"^ dawning, as it declines, into another day of inconceivable brightness. It is for this day that we pray. It is the day of the Lord, when He shall take to Himself His great power, and reign in the hearts of men, and over the nations of the earth. But it is not a day which shall grow gradually out of the increasing light of the present Dispensation of the Church. Eather will it rise out of the deeper darkness into * Zech. xiv. 6, I.] THE SECOD ADVET. 3 which that light will sink. For. true it is, if God's Word is true, that,, as the former Dispensations, whether Patriarchal or Jewish, fell into a state of decay which at once called for and betokened the rise of a new Deliverer, so shall the Christian Church, waning less and less in power on the earth, demand a new resurrection in some more glorious form, under the auspices of a more glorious con- queror ; not another indeed, but the same m^ore dig- nified ; coming now with all the attributes of royal- ty, as He came formerly with all the humiliation of poverty. This is the Captain of our salvation, for whom we wait. This is the kingdom that is to come. This is the prayer that we daily offer as we groan, with all creation, for our adoption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. This is that for which, if faithful men, we are daily and hourly preparing. Let us look at it a little nearer. " That day shall
 
not come except there come a falling away first."* "When the Son of man cometh, shall He find faith on the earth ?"f — a mode of interrogation which implies, as you well know, the strongest ne- gation. " As it was in the days of oe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of Man. They did ? 2 Thess. ii. 3. t St. Luke, xviii. 8. 4 THE SECOD ADVEXT. [SERM. eat, they drank, tbey married wives, they were given in msTrriage, until the day that oe entered into the ark. ... Likewise, also, as it was in the days of Lot ; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded. . . Even ilms shall it he in the day luhen the Son of Man is revealeciy^ This is enough to show that the Coming of the Lord shall not be in the day of the Church's tri- umph, but in a day of wide-spread defection and faithlessness. Men shall not go forth, with well- trimmed lamps, to meet the Bridegroom, but each, slumbering beside his neglected watchfire, shall arise to find that his lamp has gone out. The fea- tures of this defection are strongly drawn by St. Paul, in his description of the Man of Sin. He, too, will have his coming, preceding that of Christ, and it will be " with all deceivableness of unright- eousness in them that perish," for, " God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie."t And, in the Eevelation, also, where the " Beast" spoken of is evidently the same with this Man of Sin, he has " power over all kindreds, and tongues,

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