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is the way in which the Master has preceded His servants, and it involves conflict with the adversary at every step.

Satan tempts us as he did the Lord in the wilderness by that which is naturally pleasant to us; and he seeks to turn us aside from what is trying and painful as he did Christ in Gethsemane; but for us too there is the assurance of victory in the pathway of submission to God. “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James iv. 7.) And if it be asked how such wavering and feeble ones as we are can ever say "O God, my heart is fixed,” a be autiful answer is found in Psalm x. 17., “Thou hast heard, O Jehovah, the desire of the lowly, Thou establishest their heart.” (Lord Congleton's Version.) Yes, power to stablish us belongs to God (Rom. xvi. 25.), and that power may be proved by every saint.

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GOD'S WAY OF FINDING FAULT.*

Finding fault with them He saith, Behold the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah."-HEB. viii. 8.

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In many an assembled company there may be no great difference as to outward appearance; but what a difference must the eye of God and of angels discern! If we could look upon

the heart we should see in some a resemblance to Jesus, and in others only the ruin of fallen Adam, an abode for the god of this world ! What a contrast should we see if hearts were laid open as they will be at the last day! For that day the believer is looking, and it is a blessed thing not to be afraid of a day when secret things will be made known; when a smile will not cover over a heavy heart, and when hypocrisy will not cover deceitful one. What a day of revelation will that be when our lives will come up, with all our thoughts and our words !

What a comfort not to be afraid of such a day.

Judgment is coming upon those who know not God.(2 Thes. i. 8.) Christ is coming to take vengeance-not merely on the thief, or the drunkard, or the fornicatorbut on those who in heart know not God. And why to take vengeance on such ? Because every one ought to know God. God has taken every possible means to make Himself known. If He had dwelt far distant in the thick darkness, or if men had only heard of Him with the hearing of the ear, they would not have been so judged. But God has come down to sit, to walk, to live amongst

* From an Address given by the late Mr. H. W. Soltau in 1863.

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us, so that we might not mistake His thoughts. God has been “manifest in the flesh.”

If I want to know what God would be among men like ourselves, I have to look into the Gospels. He ate and drank with publicans and sinners. He did not turn them outside, but talked with them, healed their diseases, fed them when hungry, and met their need in every way in which He discerned it, and He discerned it perfectly. If I want to know how God would treat a condemned sinner, fit for death, who ought to be stoned, I read in John viii. and see how He dealt with such an "Neither do I condemn thee; go and sin no more.” So I have no excuse for not knowing God, because I have the revelation of God in the life of Jesus.

Now, why is it that people do not know God? Because they have no interest in knowing Him; they have no desire, no heart for God. This tells us what our hearts are; and yet to know Him is life eternal.

The eighth chapter of the Epistle to the Hebrews shows us another feature in the character of GodHis wonderful way of finding fault.

In the prophet Isaiah, He says, “My thoughts are not your thoughts ; neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.” God does not think as we think; nor does He act as we act. Let us look at ourselves. How do we find fault? We get ruffled, or angry; we heap upon those with whom we find fault all the reproach of their evil conduct, and leave them. Now look at verse 8 of this chapter. Finding fault with them, He saith, Behold the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah.” Such is God's way of finding fault.

If I want to know where God finds most fault, I look at Christ crucified, and in the death of His Son I see that

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He can only find fault with me. I see in the death of Christ that God has not one good thing to say of me. I see that He condemns me as full of wounds and bruises and putrifying sores from head to foot. He condemns me, not only for my sins, what I have said and done, but for my very existence. He condemns me as a child of wrath. If I want to see how God finds fault, I do not look at hell; I do not think of the judgment day when the books will be opened, and of what God might bring against me then, but I look back on the death of His beloved Son; I see Him nailed to the tree, overwhelmed with the curse, so that it made Him exclaim, “All Thy waves and Thy billows are gone over me.” “Thy wrath lieth hard upon me.”

There I learn what I am, and see that God so finds fault with me that He obliterates me out of His

memory; I so hateful in His sight, that He must get rid of me; and so He crucifies me with Christ. I may look at my ways and wish I could live my life over again ; but I can never see my fault truly until I look at Christ, and see that I have been crucified with Him—until I can say, “ It is no more I that live, I am gone, there is an end of me; God has blotted me out, and it is no longer I, but Christ liveth in me.” This is God's way of finding fault, and it is a wonderfully blessed way when we understand it.

He says, “ Behold the days come, when I will make a new covenant.” The old covenant made us no better; it only showed us how filthy we were, and now God must bring in “ better promises ”—not ours, and what we will do, but His, and what He will do. God's new covenant is to this effect, I will do everything, you shall do nothing. You shall have the law written in your hearts, but I will write it there; you shall not teach one another; I will teach you, and you shall know Me. “ Acquaint thyself

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with Him and be at peace.” If we are acquainted with God we are at peace with Him; otherwise all is restlessness with us.

What a wonderful thing it is that God should come down upon earth in the person of His Son, to sit, dwell, eat and drink with us, to enter into our houses and associate with us, that He might teach us Himself, and above all, that He might at last make that wondrous closing display in the cross! The cross is the last display of God, that man might fully see the wonders of His love, and now no one can be excused for not knowing God. Now, men say, “I am puzzled between this opinion and that,” and

there are so many creeds that I do not know what to believe.” But the Bible reveals to us God manifest in the flesh, and in that coming day there will be no excuse for ignorance of God. If I allow a thought of doubt upon my heart, I allow ignorance of God, and I must charge it upon my soul as such. Can I doubt? Can I disbelieve, after God has lifted up His Son ? As believers, how do we treat our doubts? Do we treat them as damning sins? We ought to do so. The condemning sin of the unbeliever is that he doubts God's mercy and God's love. As believers we ought to treat such doubts as the vile insinuations of Satan against God, as slurs on His

, character, for God is love. He has brought down that wondrous truth to our level, so that a child can understand it. Christ has been nailed to the tree to prove it, to make manifest that God is love. Are we not without excuse then ? See how He brings our iniquities before us, by laying them on His Son! See how He finds fault with us, by putting us to death with His Son! And see the wondrous eternal love of God displayed at the very time that He finds the most fault! Oh let it not be said of us, “Some have not the knowledge of God." Let us be

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