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Behold, He Cometh With Clouds.

Behold, He Cometh With Clouds.

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Behold, He cometh with clouds ; and every eye shall
see Him, and they also which pierced Him : and all
kindreds of the earth shall wail because of Him (Zech. xii. 10). Even so, Amen.'— Rev. \. 5-7.
Behold, He cometh with clouds ; and every eye shall
see Him, and they also which pierced Him : and all
kindreds of the earth shall wail because of Him (Zech. xii. 10). Even so, Amen.'— Rev. \. 5-7.

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BEHOLD, HE COMETH WITH CLOUDS.BY REV. FREDERICK WHITF1ELD, M.A.
' AD from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, andthe first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto Him that loved us, and washed us from oursins in His own blood, and hath made us kings and priestsunto God and His Father ; to Him be glory and dominionfor ever and ever. Amen.Behold, He cometh with clouds ; and every eye shallsee Him, and they also which pierced Him : and allkindreds of the earth shall wail because of Him (Zech. xii.10). Even so, Amen.'— Rev. \. 5-7.WE notice here how the Apostle interrupts, asit were, the thread of his narrative to offer hisascription of praise to Jesus. o sooner is thatname mentioned than a chord is awakened in hisheart, and he exclaims, ' Unto Him that loved us,and washed us from our sins in His own blood, andhath made us kings and priests unto God and HisFather, to Him be glory and dominion for everand ever.' The ame of Jesus ever awakens sucha response in the Christian's heart. Oh, that it'BEHOLD, HE COMETH WITH CLOUDS.' 265may become more and more precious to us eachday ! May we each subscribe our ' Amen ' to thisascription before we proceed !
 
We must not omit to mention that the word' loved ' is not in the past tense, but in the present :' Unto Him that loveth us.' For Christ's love neverchangeth. It is a perpetual present, an everlastingnow. The word ' washed us ' is in the past tense,for the washing points to a past act — the finishedwork of Christ on the cross. ' Unto Him thatloveth us, and hath washed us from our sins inHis own blood, and hath made us kings andpriests unto God and His Father.' That finishedwork not only settled for ever the question of sin,it made the believer a king in reserve, to bemanifested in the future, and a priest in thepresent, to ' offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable toGod by Christ Jesus ; ' or, as St. Paul says, to'offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually,that is, the fruit of our lips.' There is no otherpriesthood than this on earth, to which all thefamily of God belong.The words, however, may be read, ' a kingdomof priests,' or * a royal priesthood,' as St. Peter266 WELL-SPRIGS OF LIFE.says. And the words ' washed us,' mean ' loosed 'us from a bond, the reference being to the ransompaid for our release. The priests of old, beforeputting on their holy garments to minister, washedthemselves. So believers, as God's royal priesthood, must first be washed in the blood of Christfrom every stain, before they can serve the Lord.We are thus ' loosed ' from the bond by the blood
 
of Christ, and made priests unto God. And sinis rightly called a bond, as the loosing from thisbond is called liberty : ' stand fast therefore in theliberty wherewith Christ has made us free.' oslavery is so great as the slavery of the soul.Men speak of liberty in high-sounding phrasesBut liberty begins within. There is much outwardliberty, where the iron fetters of unpardoned sinbind the soul in terrible bondage ; and there ismuch outward oppression and persecution, whileinwardly the soul is basking in the full sunshineof freedom and joy. Witness Paul and Silasin the dungeon of Philippi. Oh, the picturesof life on every side must be read backwards IMen substitute the real for the unreal on everyside of us — the fetters and chains that bind the' BEHOLD, HE COMETH WITH CLOUDS.' 267limbs, which are but for a passing moment, forthe freedom and liberty and joy of things unseenand eternal. Oh, when shall come the trueestimate of things around us ! When shall comethe solemn realities, for the vain shadows that menlive in and for now !The truth is that, from the starting point of thecross of Christ, every step in the spiritual life is anadvance into freedom, and liberty, and holy joy.There is not only liberty from the bond of sinbeing broken, but, as the soul advances in theinner spiritual life, the more freedom and joy itpossesses. Thus, while the washing implies the

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