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Second Sermon for Fourth Sunday After Easter

Second Sermon for Fourth Sunday After Easter

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BY REV DOCTOR JOHN TAULER


Of three hindrances which resist the coming of the
Holy Ghost in three classes of men.

John xvi, 7. — "It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go
not away, the Comforter will not come unto you."
BY REV DOCTOR JOHN TAULER


Of three hindrances which resist the coming of the
Holy Ghost in three classes of men.

John xvi, 7. — "It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go
not away, the Comforter will not come unto you."

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Second Sermon for Fourth Sunday after Easter BY REV DOCTOR JOH TAULER Of three hindrances which resist the coming of the Holy Ghost in three classes of men. John xvi, 7. — "It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you." OBSERVE, dear children, how high and in what way man must be carried up to reach the state of his highest blessedness ; for this can only be through a real abandonment of those things which are especially pleasant and lovely to him and his nature. To all these he must whoUy die, and must let them go, however good, and holy, and spiritual, and precious he may deem them. For if it was necessary that Christ's disciples should be deprived of His lovely, holy, gracious hmnanity, to be fitted for receiving the Holy Ghost, no man, it is certain, can be a recipient of Divine grace whose heart is possest by any creature. ow we find three sorts of hindrances in three different classes of men. The first are sinful persons, or open sinners, who are hindered by the creature, in that they make use thereof against God, according to their own will. These people go astray in God's way. David says, " Cursed are they who err in TAULER'S SERMOS 329 God's way," that is, in the creature. There are also sundry good folks, who spend too much care upon the necessaries of this hfe, or look too much for pleasure to outward things. Against these Christ
 
says, " He who loves his hfe shall lose it ; " that is, carnal love ; he who holds this too dear loses his life ; " and he who hates his hfe shall receive ever- lasting hfe ; " that is, they who resist their dis- orderly lusts and desires, and do not follow them. The second hindrance is when good people are kept back in true spirituality through the misuse of the seven sacraments. He who dwells with pleasure on the sign of a holy sacrament, does not get to the inward truth ; for the sacraments all lead to the pure truth. Marriage is a sign of the union of the Divine and human natures, and also of the union of the soul with God : but he who would stop at the sign alone is hindered by his outward senses from reaching the eternal truth ; for this is not a true marriage. There are also some who make too much of repentance and confession, and cleave to the sign, and do not strive to reach the pure truth. Against these Christ says, *' He who is washed needeth not save to wash his feet ; " that is, he who has once been washed with a hearty repentance and sincere confession needs nothing more than that he confess his daily sins, and not his old sins, which he has already repented of and confest ; but he must wash his feet — that is, his desires and conscience ; these he must purify from his daily sins. Moreover many good men, by spending too much anxiety on outward gestures towards the sacred Body of our Lord, hinder them- selves in divers ways, so that they cannot receive Him spiritually, and enter inwardly into the truth ; 330 TAULER^S SERMOS for this is a desire after a real union, and not in appearance merely. Hence they do not receive the sacrament worthily ; for all sacraments are the sign of spiritual truth.
 
Here it is to be remembered that we ought to worship God in all places and at aU times. He who will worship the Father must concentrate his whole mind in aspiration and faith. These are the highest powers of the soul ; for they are above time, and know nothing of time nor of the body. So St. Paul tells us, " that we ought to rejoice evermore, pray without ceasing, and in everything give thanks." ow, those pray without ceasing who do all their works alike for the love of God, and not for any selfish enjojnnent, and humbly bow down before God, and let Him work alone. When the highest powers of the soul are thus gathered together in prayer, the soul becomes inspired, and if hence- forward the spirit cleave unto God with an entire union of the will, it is " made a partaker of the Divine nature," and then, for the first time, does the man offer up true worship, for he has attained the end for which he was created. But there are some, ay, many people, who do not rightly worship the Father in the truth. For so soon as a man prays to God for any creature, he prays for his own harm ; for since a creature is a creature, it bears its own bitterness and disquiet, pain and evil, about it : therefore such people meet their deserts when they have trouble and bitterness, for they have prayed for it. He who seeks God, if he seeks anything beside God, will not find Him ; but he who seeks God alone in the truth, will find Him, and all that God can give, with Him. TAULER'S SERMOS 33i Again, many good people hinder themselves in their perfection by this, that they look solely to the humanity of our Lord Jesus Christ, and that they

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