HOLY SCRIPTURE— CLOSED DOOR BY ROBERT STUART MacARTHUR

And they that were ready went in with him to the marriage feast; and the door was shut. Afterwards came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us. But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not. Matt. 25: 10, II, 12.

Then 'tis thine to stand entreating Christ to let thee in; At the door of heaven beating. Wailing for thj sin. ay, alas ! thou foolish virgin, Hast thou then forgot Jesus waited long to know thee, But He knows thee not. — Rt. Rev. Arthur Cleaveland Coxe.

O THI G in human thought is more wonderful than God's patience with the disobedient and rebellious. The history of the world is a history of rebellion against God. The Spirit of God knocks at all the doors of the heart, but the time will come when He will depart, and leave men to the terrible fate which they have brought upon themselves. God condenms no soul to eternal death;

men bring condemnation upoir themselves. They are lost <}3ecause they wish to be lost; a little reflection will show that this statement is true in its deepest meaning. Every man will go where in his deepest heart he wishes to go. God's Providence simply registers the judgment which men pass upon themselves. The time will come, if men continue to resist the Spirit, when God must say " depart from Me." Let us earnestly offer the prayer of the psalmist, " Take not thy Holy Spirit from me."

This is the gate of Jehovah; the righteous shall enter into it. I will give thanks unto Thee; for Thou hast answered me and art become my salvation. Amen. Ps. 118: 19, 20, 21.

304 ROYAL MESSAGES 10-30 And though the Lord give you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, yet shall not thy teachers be hidden any more, but thine eyes shall see thy teachers; and thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying. This is the way, walk ye in it. Is. 30: 20, 21.

And we have stood and watched all wistfully While fluttering hopes have died out of our lives, But loves and hopes have left us in their place. Thank God, a gentle grace, A patience, a belief in His good time. Worth more than all earth's joys to which we climb. — Edward Rowland Sitl.

GOD had only one son without sin; but God did not have even one son without sorrow. Sorrow is often

the fertile soil in which grow the choicest fruits of virtue. In such soil calm fortitude, sweet humility, heroic patience, and heavenly love take firm root and vigorously grow. Crushed flowers emit their sweetest odors; trimmed vines, though they may bleed, bear the most luscious fruit. And God's children become most godlike when they sweetly submit to their Father's rod. It is evermore true that afflictions may be proofs of God's parental love and tests of our filial obedience. Although affliction may pierce as a thorn, God can sanctify it to the soul's highest good and its greatest growth in spiritual conduct and character.

Before I was afflicted I went astray; but now I observe Thy word. Ps. 119: 67. Out of the depths have I cried unto Thee, O Jehovah. Lord, hear my voice; let Thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications. Amen. Ps. 130: I. a.

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