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.