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The Doctrines of the Forty Days.

The Doctrines of the Forty Days.

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EDITED BY REV. HENRY NEWLAND,


1 Tim. iii. 15.
" TJie Church of the Living God"
EDITED BY REV. HENRY NEWLAND,


1 Tim. iii. 15.
" TJie Church of the Living God"

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THE DOCTRIES OF THE FORTY DAYS. EDITED BY REV. HERY EWLAD, 1 Tim. iii. 15. " TJie Church of the Living God" THE season upon which we are now entering is called the Great Forty Days, meaning the forty days during which the Crucified and Risen Saviour remained on earth; after His Death, Burial, and Resurrection, and before His Ascension into Heaven. At this time, therefore, which we are now commemorating, the sacrifice had been com pleted, and the perfected and restored man hood had been offered to God by Christ in His character of Priest, but had not as yet been received and accepted by Him. To us, therefore, it is the time of tarrying at Jerusalem until we have been enlightened as to what our duties really mean, and have been endued with power from on High to perform them. 51 218 THE DOCTRIES OF THE FORTY DAYS. Why did not God accept the offering as soon as it was made? Why did not the Ascension take place immediately after the Resurrection? Why were forty days per mitted to intervene? Do you not remember the many things which the disciples understood not, even while
 
the Lord, Who spoke them, was in the midst of them ; and though that Lord had been with them now nearly four years, He had never hitherto attempted to explain one of them? He could not explain them then, because the Resurrection only could give the key to them; and therefore, although the sacrifice was com plete when He died on the cross, and the victory complete when He rose from the dead, the ministry was not yet accomplished, and would not be accomplished until He had ex plained to His disciples " the things pertaining to the kingdom of God." We are very much in the habit of thinking that our Lord went about Judea and Galilee preaching His kingdom Himself, but the fact is, that that time was employed principally in training and disciplining the minds of those whom He commissioned to preach it after His Ascension, when they had been endowed with power to do so from on high. His object seems to have been to fit these men for the THE DOCTRIES OF THE FORTY DAYS. 219 station they were to hold hereafter in His kingdom on earth : He does not explain that kingdom at all until they had been fully trained to comprehend it. When they had been so trained, the sacrifice was offered, and then the key to the object of all this training was afforded them : " Then He opened to them the Scriptures" u then, beginning at Moses and the prophets, He expounded to them in the Scriptures the things concerning himself" " then He spoke of the things per taining to the kingdom of God."
 
And so the Church has done with her chil dren by the divisions of the spiritual year. Before Easter she taught them the doctrines which form the individual character, now she teaches them those which form the social cha racter; then she trained them as Christians, now she teaches them as Christian Church men. Those, therefore, who with faithful hearts and willing minds have followed the Church s teaching up to Easter, must by this time have become well instructed in the nature and constitution of Christ s kingdom upon earth, and must be ready to receive it and to recognise it as the instrument of man s salva tion, as soon as it is explained to them. From Easter up to Whitsuntide this is done ; we are taught now how the Church of Christ is applied 220 THE DOCTRIES OF THE FORTY DAYS. and fitted to the wants and uses of mankind. We are shown how every Christian has a place in that Church, and a work in that Church, and how every one of us all is guilty, when he neglects his own work, and equally guilty when he intrudes upon the work of another. Ye [collectively] are the Body of Christ, and members in particular, that is, each one is a particular member with a particular use. " And God has set some in the Church, first Apostles, secondly Prophets, [preachers] thirdly teach ers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversity of tongues. Are all Apostles? are all Prophets? are all teachers? are all workers of miracles? have all gifts of healing? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret?" " ow hath God set the members

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