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The Promise of the Comforter.

The Promise of the Comforter.

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And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you forever." — John 14 : 16.
And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that He may abide with you forever." — John 14 : 16.

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THE PROMISE OF THE COMFORTER.
BY ROBERT S. MacARTHUR.And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you anotherComforter, that He may abide with you forever." — John 14 :16.Some of you are aware that the exposition of theselast discourses of our Lord lias occupied our attentionon Sunday mornings during the entire summer. Con-tinuing this series of sermons we have reached this morn-ing the verse now read as the text. This verse opensfor us the great and precious promises which abound inthis part of our Lord's discourse. It was sad enoughfor the disciples that Jesus must leave them ; it wassadder still that He must leave them by death. It wassaddest of all that He must die the death of a slave anda felon. In order to comfort them Christ gave themthis precious promise which 1 have now read, the prom-ise of the speedy coming of the divine Paraclete — " AndI will pray the Father, and He shall give you anotherComforter, that He may abide with you forever."1. ]S"otice, at the outset, that the blessing promised¦was to come in connection with the prayer of Jesus,^'' And I will pray the Father , and He" shall give youanother Comforter." We are not, however, to supposethat the prayer was absolutely necessary to the comingof the Comforter. The Spirit and the Father were asmuch interested in the work of the Son as it was possi-ble for the Son Himself to be. When we speak of theprayers of Christ we must remember that they are to be
 
THE PROMISE OF THE COMFORTER. 151broadly distinguished from our prayers. We make con-fession of sin ; we invoke divine forgiveness. There isno confession of sin in the prayers of tlie Son of God ;no invocation of pardon is anywhere to be found in these> petitions. He liad no sin to confess ; He needed noforgiveness. His prayers are not those of an inferior toa superior, not the prayers of a suppliant beseeching fora gratuity ; they are simply the declarations of His sov-ereign will, He standing on the platform of consciousequality with God the Father. Any other conceptionof Christ's prayers will be false to the true exegesis of the passages in which they are mentioned, and false alsoto Christ's character. The very words here implyChrist's conscious equah'ty, familiarity, and perfect in-timacy with God. His prayer is simply a declaration of His sovereign w-ill to His Father, asking for that whichHe knows the Father loves to bestow. God is alwaysrepresented in the economy of redemption as the sourcew^hence all streams of blessing flow ; or, changing thefigure, He is represented as the great foundation onwhich the magnificent superstructure of redemption iserected. There is, then, tlie most entire harmony be-tween the sacred Three in all the work of man's salva-tion. We have in this verse, in a very striking way,all the three persons of the Trinity present for our con-templation. It is rare that you have each person of theTrinity suggested so clearly within the compass of asingle verse. The Son is represented as on the earthoffering His prayer, the Father as giving the Spirit, andthe Spirit as coming to comfort the disciples.
 
Our Lord on another occasion brought out very fullyfor us the work of each person in the Trinity. I referto the occasion of the nocturnal visit of icodemus toJesus. H you will go back to that instance you will re-15,2 CHRIST, AD HIM CRUCIFIED.member that nowhere in all the epistles, ana nowhereelse in the gospels, is the work of each person of theTrinity brought ont so clearly. Tlie very fact that itwas a secret interview w^ith an intelligent man and anearnest inquirer, explains Christ's full and free revela-tion of Himself. It is full of significance. Men havesaid that Christ changed His methods of instructiontoward the latter part of His life ; that He became bitter,and uttered invectives against the Scribes and Pharisees,because of the disappointment of His entire career. Theinterview with icodemus occurred before the deliveryof the Sermon on the Mount ; and in that interview Heclearly teaches us that He understood He was to die.The cross lifted itself gloomy and grand before Him inthat interview. He saw Himself dying thereon. Hetaught ns then that '' God so loved the world that Hegave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth inHim should not perish, but have everlasting life ;" that'^ as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, evenso must the Son of man be lifted up.' ' You have in thisconversation attention directed to the w^ork of God theFather, God the Son, and God the Spirit in human re-demption ; and in the compass of the text you have thatsame broad range of truth suggested. Here w^e have theTrinity in sublimest, divinest harmony in the work of human redemption, and the Spirit promised in connection

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