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The More Excellent Way

The More Excellent Way

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY DAVID JAMES VAUGHAN M.A.,

Preached February 3, 1856.



1 Cob. xiii 4 — 7. Charity suffereth long, and is hind; charity envieth
not ; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, doth not behave itself
unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil ;
rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth ; beareth all things,
bdieveth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
BY DAVID JAMES VAUGHAN M.A.,

Preached February 3, 1856.



1 Cob. xiii 4 — 7. Charity suffereth long, and is hind; charity envieth
not ; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, doth not behave itself
unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil ;
rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth ; beareth all things,
bdieveth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

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THE MORE EXCELLET WAYBY DAVID JAMES VAUGHA M.A., Preached February 3, 1856. 1 Cob. xiii 4 — 7. Charity suffereth long, and is hind; charity envieth not ; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up, doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil ; rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth ; beareth all things, bdieveth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things. The apostle has been speaking in the preceding chapter concerning those spiritual gifts which, in the infancy of the Church, were not uncommon. He has been speaking about gifts of healing, working of miracles, prophecy, discerning of spirits, speaking with tongues, and so on. He closes what he has to say on this subject by writing thus in the last verse of that twelfth chapter ; " Covet earnestly the best gifts; and yet shew I unto you a more excellent way;" that is, a way even more excel- lent than that of all these gifts, precious and desirable though they be. And what is that more excellent way, my brethren ? Why, the apostle expounds it in the chapter before us, which has been read in church this morning as the Epistle for the day. The more excellent way, of which St Paul speaks, is the way of charity, the way of love. For I need hardly remind you that the charity which the apostle describes and eulogises in this passage, is SEBMO VII. 55 what we now more commonly call love. It is of love that the apostle writes such great and excellent things,
 
saying in the first verses of the chapter, " Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, aud understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing." It is for love that we pray in the Collect for the day, saying : " Lord, who hast taught us that all our doings without charity are nothing worth ; send thy Holy Ghost, and pour into our hearts that most excellent gift of charity, the very bond of peace and of all virtues, without which whosoever liveth is counted dead before thee." ow, why has the Church assigned this Epistle and this Collect to Quinquagesima Sunday, the Sunday immediately preceding the season of Lent ? We shall be able to answer that question, I think, if we will take the trouble to consider what the season of Lent means, and why it has been set apart as a season of special humiliation, self-mortification, and prayer. Lent, you know, is the introduction to Good Friday and Easter- day. It is meant to prepare us better to realize and understand the great mystery of godliness, the un- searchable riches of God's truth, so beautifully summed up in the words of Jesus, recorded in the Gospel for the 56 SERMO VII. day : " Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of Man shall be accomplished. For he shall be delivered unto the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and spitefully entreated, and spitted on : and they shall scourge him, and put him to death ; and the third day he shall rise
 
again." This being the meaning of the season of Lent, it being intended to prepare our hearts to enter into that wonderful exhibition of the lore and the power of God set before us on Good Friday and Easter-day in the cross and the resurrection of Jesus Christ, cannot you see, dear brethren, how wisely the Church, guided by the Spirit of God, has dealt in giving us the Collect and the Epistle which are assigned to this day ? Why, brethren, we cannot take one step forwards into the knowledge of God's truth without love. Love is the very first condition and pre-requisite, without which it is impossible to see even the outside of the great mystery of godliness. Let a man look at the cross of Christ, and without the light of love it will be foolishness to him. Or let him look at the power of God manifested in the resur- rection of Christ, and without the light of love it will be a riddle to him. Love is the telescope which brings the distant wonders of God's universe of truth near to us. Love is the microscope which reveals the hidden and deep things, which the careless eye scans, and the careless hand touches, without any sense or feeling of their inexpressible beauty and value. You have noticed, my brethren, have you not, on SEEMO YII. 57 a calm and sunny day, hour softly and how beautifully the clear bright sky above xis is reflected in the still surface of some deep pool of water? The' sky, you know, is, as it were, received into the bosom of the water. ow, God's truth is just like the sky above ; and the heart that is full of love, — love to God and love to man, — the heart that is steeped in love, is just like the still surface of the deep and steady pool. It can receive the truth into itself and reflect it, just as the

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