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That holy Jerusalem, which is the symbol of the bride, has the glory of God. Of no account in man's estimation, she is one vast vessel to be filled with glory.
All men want power; it will be vested in this city, which will have in Christ “the power of God and the wisdom of God.” The glory will not add anything to us; it will only manifest what we have already. After man's city with man's glory has been destroyed, then God's city and God's glory will be revealed, and we in the heavens shall minister to those on the earth. God and man are as opposite as possible: the newspapers will tell us of the enlightenment of the nineteenth century, but God tells us that Christ is the light of the world. As to the Church generally, it has lost the power of testifying, and its light has been darkness, but God's purposes are not changed, and the only light that shall enlighten men in that day will be that which comes from this holy city.
“ The city,” John writes,“ was pure gold,” and this pure gold signifies that which is divine; there is no place for mere human nature. At present the eye is ever ready to see the workings of the flesh in the believer, but there we shall see Christ in each other, and ourselves reflect Christ. When God gave a religion to man He ordered a temple to be built, and man is still busy rearing temples; but now the Church is the temple of God, and hereafter God and the Lamb will be the temple of the Church. Then we shall know the value of the cross far more than we do
In “the Lamb is the light thereof,” we are taken above creation, for Jesus, the sun's creator, shone above the brightness of it, and God was light before He created
The nations bring their glory into Babylon, but the saved nations will bring their glory into the golden city.
Redemption leads us to serve the Creator before the
creature. Purchased by the blood of the Lamb, all things
Christians should know how rich they are, not by what they give up, but by what they have, for God has called us unto His kingdom and glory. We should tell men how generous our God is, and how we can give up what they are greedy of, because we have more. Is high birth a thing esteemed ? We are born of God. Are noble associations coveted ? We have fellowship with God.
The water of life has come to us through the Lamb, but now it is hindered in its course, instead of being like a smoothly-flowing stream. But then the flow will be unhindered; then we shall think the thoughts of Christ alone, and then the Lamb shall knit together the body into that unity for which so many Christians are now pining. The stream proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb circulates through the whole of that city, and flows forth in blessing to others.
God gives us everything in Christ, and it is this consciousness of possessing all things that makes a man lowly. The prospect of glory humbles more than the knowledge of being a ruined sinner. Then God shall have a worship beyond that which we now offer, and the highest happiness of heaven will find its expression in, “ Thou art worthy!”
The Revelation foretells the most alarming things, but it closes with the glory. Death and judgment await the natural man, but life and glory and incorruptibility are before us. The preciousness of these things is a safeguard against dangers present and future, and we may cheer ourselves with the remembrance that we are born from above, that the glory is our native clime, and that the Holy Ghost has been given to reveal to us the things that are freely given us of God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
WON AND SATISFIED.
“What have I to do any more with idols? I have heard HIM and observed HIM.”
-HOSEA xiv. 8.
Oh, vainly I thirsted, and eagerly sought
For some object for which I could live,
For the joy which I thought they could give.
Till-each failing to rest me—I bid them depart.
Yet I thought if I only had this or had that.
Its possession would rest me at last,
When swift from my vision it passed.
But, though stifled at times, the deep longing was there.
It was there—that strange thirst for I could not tell what,
Save 'twas that which I did not possess ;
I had drank-but my thirst was no less.
The secret was this—that my heart owned no King.
All had failed, I was helpless and weary-when lo !
The soft touch of a Hand on my soul,
Whispered “Look unto ME and be whole."
And for ever and ever to make HIM its choice !
I have gazed on His face, I have basked in His smile ;
Its strange sweetness has ravished my soul-
For shall JESUS have less than the whole
Nay-low at His feet it breathes “JESUS ALONE."
O Master ! my Master ! Thou knowest my heart,
Its heaven is to gaze on Thy face,
Be the bliss of Thy tender embrace.
As for idols-what have I to do with them more ?
O Jesus ! Lord Jesus! Thou callest me Thine,
The rebel is conquered at last ;
But my Conqueror holdeth me fast.
Till I'm clasped to Thy heart in the mansions above!
E. J. A. P.
A GREAT CONTRAST.
Master, we would that Thou “Not what I will, but what shouldest do for us whatsoever we Thou wilt.” “I am come to do shall desire,”
Thy will, O God.” “Grant unto us that we may The Son of man came not to sit, one on Thy right hand, and be ministered unto, but to ministhe other on Thy left hand in Thy ter, and to give His life a ransom glory.”
When the blessed Son of God pledged Himself to the accomplishment of the will of God, He knew fully and perfectly what obedience to that will involved. But (wondrous mystery !) He was born into the world as an infant; not simply with the physical helplessness of a babe, but with a mind both capable of, and needing, development, so that it could be said of Him that He "increased in wisdom ” as well as in stature. And then with ripening knowledge there must have come to Him a growing sense of what He must endure in performing that work which He had undertaken. How the first sight of the altar and the sacrifice must have spoken to His tender heart! And how the first view of Israel's high
priest in his robes of glory and beauty must have carried His thoughts forward to that blessed priesthood on which He would enter in the majesty of resurrection! Though He was born under no sentence of death, like the ordinary children of Adam, He well knew that death, even the death of atonement, would be the end of His earthly course, and that a blessed resurrection must quickly follow. That this was ever upon His heart is evident from many Scriptures, and that it weighed with increasing pressure upon His spirit as the time approached, is also apparent. Thus we read that as He was leading His disciples to Jerusalem for the last time, “ Jesus went before them; and they were amazed; and as they followed they were afraid.” (Mark x. 32.) There was something in His manner which they could not understand. He had twice, at least, told them of His approaching death, and, though they had not really taken in His words, they seem to have had some undefined dread upon their spirits, and even to have feared what the end would be. (See John xi. 8 16.) Now, for the third time, He calls the twelve aside and unfolds to them what is uppermost in His own mind. With great minuteness He foretells the various stages of the great transaction, placing the events in the exact order of occurrence. (Matt. xx. 17-19.)
(1)—He would be betrayed to the chief priests and
scribes. (2)—They would condemn Him to death, and deliver
Him to the Gentiles. (3)—They (the Gentiles) would mock, and scourge,
and crucify Him. (4)—The third day He would rise again. But as Luke tells us, “they understood none of these things; and this saying was hid from them, neither knew they the things that were spoken." Though the Lord