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Second Sermon for Epiphany

Second Sermon for Epiphany

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY REV DOCTOR JOHN TAULER



Showeth on what wise a man shall arise from himself
and from all creatures, to the end that God may
find the ground of his soul prepared, and may
begin and perfect his work therein.

Isaiah Ix. i. — "Arise, O Jerusalem, and be enlightened." *
BY REV DOCTOR JOHN TAULER



Showeth on what wise a man shall arise from himself
and from all creatures, to the end that God may
find the ground of his soul prepared, and may
begin and perfect his work therein.

Isaiah Ix. i. — "Arise, O Jerusalem, and be enlightened." *

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Second Sermon for Epiphany BY REV DOCTOR JOH TAULER Showeth on what wise a man shall arise from himself and from all creatures, to the end that God may find the ground of his soul prepared, and may begin and perfect his work therein. Isaiah Ix. i. — "Arise, O Jerusalem, and be enlightened." * I all this world God covets and requires but one thing only, and that He desires so ex- ceeding greatly that He gives His whole might and energy thereto. This one thing is, that He may find that good ground which He has laid in the noble mind of man made fit and ready for Him to exercise His divine agency thereon. For God has all power in heaven and on earth, and the only thing that is lacking unto Him is that He is hindered from accom- plishing the most glorious of all His works in man. ow what must we do that God may shine in on this innermost ground of the soul, and work there ? We must arise, says our text. Arise ! this sounds as if we could do something towards this work. We must arise from all that is not God, from ourselves • According to our authorized version : "Arise, shine ; tor thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee." The German version of the text has been retained, because the argument of the Sermon is based upon it. 238 TAULER'S SERMOS
 
and from all creatures. And by this act of arising, the ground of the soul is stirred, and a strong craving springs up in it ; and the more this deepest ground of the soul is laid bare, and all that occupied and cumbered it is cleared away, the keener grows this craving after something higher than itself, so that ofttimes with God's lightest touch upon the naked soul, the longing pierces through flesh and blood and marrow. But there are two sorts of over-bold men who are driven by this stirring up of their souls into two rash courses. The first come with their natural quick- ness of parts, and with the conceptions of their own minds, and try therewith to touch the principle of their souls, and seek to still the craving within them by hearing and learning of lofty matters. And in this they find great dehght, and ween that they are a Jerusalem, — a city of peace, by the exercise of their intellect. There is another class who think to prepare the ground of their souls for God and to obtain peace by means of self-chosen good works, or by rehgious exercises, such as prayer, meditation, or whatever they see other people do for the same end ; and then they fancy they are verily children of Zion, and their works of piety and charity do yield them great peace, and they dehght in nothing so much as in religious exercises and the fulfilling of the tasks they have set themselves. But that their peace is a false one, may be perceived by this, that they do not cure themselves of their former faults, such as pride, sensuahty, self-indulgence, love of the creature, proneness to suspect or to judge others ; and if any offend them, resentment forthwith flames up within them, and an angry word escapes them, or TAULER'S SERMOS 239
 
hatred smoulders in their heart ; and such like faults they indulge in with their own consent. By this we may know that they wish to manage their souls after their own fashion, and work in them ; while God cannot accomplish His work in such a foul and unswept chamber. Therefore, their peace is false, and they have not yet arisen in truth. Let not such claim to be children of Zion, nor dare to think they have found true peace ; but let them seriously set themselves to work to conquer their faults, exercising themselves, after the pattern of our Lord, in humility and works of love, dying unto themselves in all things, and thus learn how to rise on high. But those others, that is to say those noble men who do truly arise and receive divine light, these allow God to prepare their souls for Himself, and renounce themselves in all things without any re- serve, either as regards their words or their daily habits, or what they do or refrain from, or anything else, whether things go smoothly or crossly with them. Both in framing their purposes, and in meet- ing what arises, they refer all to God in humble fear, and give themselves wholly up to Him, in utter poorness of spirit, in willing self -surrender, acquies- cing in the divine will. They are content to say in all matters, " As God will " : in quiet or in disquiet ; for their sole delight is the holy and excellent will of God. To these we may apply what Christ said imto His disciples when they bade Him to go up unto the feast : " Go ye up ; your time is alway ready, but my time is not yet come." These men's time is alway ready for them to endure and submit ; all time is fitting for them ; but God's time is not alway ready, when He deigns or äees fit to work, or 240 TAULER'S SERMOS

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