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The Witnesses of Christ.

The Witnesses of Christ.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
EDITED BY REV. HENRY NEWLAND,



St. John, xv. 26, 27.

" When the Comforter is come, whom I icill send
unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of Truth,
which proceedeth from the Father, He shall bear wit
ness of Me. And ye also shall bear witness, because
ye have been with Me from the beginning"
EDITED BY REV. HENRY NEWLAND,



St. John, xv. 26, 27.

" When the Comforter is come, whom I icill send
unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of Truth,
which proceedeth from the Father, He shall bear wit
ness of Me. And ye also shall bear witness, because
ye have been with Me from the beginning"

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THE WITESSES OF CHRIST.EDITED BY REV. HERY EWLAD, St. John, xv. 26, 27. " When the Comforter is come, whom I icill send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of Truth, which proceedeth from the Father, He shall bear wit ness of Me. And ye also shall bear witness, because ye have been with Me from the beginning" THE position which this Sunday occupies in the Christian year is very peculiar; in many respects it typifies the situation of the Chris tian Church at this present time. Our Mas ter, to use the language of the Old Testament, has been taken from our head. A cloud a something of Heaven, which the eyes of those on earth are not able to penetrate, has received Him out of our sight ; lie is there, but we see Him not. We are still gazing into Heaven, that is to say, we are still thinking of the Heavenly revelations we have received, and endeavouring, but scarcely yet able, to realise THE WITESSES OF CHRIST. 323 them. His invisible Presence His Repre sentatives on earth the Church His Body the Holy Ghost the Comforter His comfort Faith and the privilege of prayer all these gifts we have received, but have not yet fully learnt to apply. The end and object of our life has been disclosed to us ; with the eye of faith we have seen the Lord not only rise from the
 
dead with a body like our own, but with a body like our own ascend to Heaven. Like the Apostles, we can return to our Jerusalem here below, the city of His Church still upon earth, praising and blessing God a who has exalted His only Son with great triumph unto His kingdom in Heaven," and like them feel confident that whither He goeth, we shall fol low Him hereafter. But amid our joy there is a sadness ; we feel also, as indeed He has told us, that we cannot follow Him now, not only that we are not fit to follow Him, but that He has work for us here below, and that departing, He leaves us in the world to do it. But the very last sentence of last Sunday s Gospel tells us, that in this world in which He leaves us, we shall have tribulation ; it concludes indeed with a hope of triumph, but it shows us at the same time that this is a future triumph, won through present suffering. And 324 THE WITESSES OF CHRIST. besides have been told that the world would hate us, that it is sufficient for us that we be " as our Master;" and though we see that our Master has been now exalted to the Right Hand of God, and though we believe His words, and know from them that we are God s children, and " if children, then heirs, heirs of God, and joint heirs with Christ," and though we are faithful, and believe these words, and are sure that if we suffer with Him, we shall also be glorified with Him, still we do suffer, the children of the Bride Chamber do fast,
 
there is a time to weep, as well as a time to laugh ; and bright as may be our future hope, the time to suffer, to fast, and to weep, is that which is come upon us. We want comfort now here on earth. We pray, therefore, that the Lord would not leave us orphans, but, as He has promised, would send His Holy Ghost to comfort us now, and would exalt us now, (in mind and in Spirit, at least, if in the body it is impossible,) to the place whither our Saviour Christ has gone before. ow the obvious present comfort, in fact the only present comfort which can be real and abiding, lies in the words, " Whither I go ye know, and the way ye know;" the conviction that we are ourselves faithful, that the faithful THE WITESSES OF CHRIST. 325 are justified, that "the path of the just (that path which, because of our faith, we are now treading upon earth,) is as the shining light, which shineth more and more unto the perfect day ;" and thus, though we see that we cannot follow our Lord now, farther than the earth on which He once trod, yet that we are sure that our path is the right one, and dark and gloomy as it seems at present, lighted, as it were, by twilight only, yet that ours is the morning twilight, the increasing twilight, that every step we take in it not only brings us nearer to the sunrising, but brightens the light that is now shed down upon us, increases, that is to say, our hope and our comfort, and our happi ness in this world, until it shineth unto perfect

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