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Me'? Christ would not have wished us to retain the emblem of His suffering among us other than in the spirit. Do we make to ourselves a graven image of the body of Christ or the saints, and pay to them the worship and adoration due only to God our Maker ? Ask if Christ would sanction it, or if Christ ever desired men to worship any save God alone.

Love is the living Gospel of Christ, not fear, and love is the fulfilling of the whole law of God. Pleading the Atonement is not sufficient unless we also endeavour to follow the teaching and example of Jesus Christ, and obey His command, which was to love, honour, and glorify God, our Heavenly Father, and to keep His holy Commandments. Without this His Sacrifice is of no avail. Greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. Ye are My friends if ye do whatsoever I command you. By this shall all men know ye are My disciples, if ye love one another.'

• Let not your heart be troubled,' Christ still seems to say to every perplexed and distressed soul. Ye

• believe in God, believe also in Me. My doctrine is not Mine, but His that sent Me. If any man will do His will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of Myself. He that speaketh of himself seeketh his own glory : but he that seeketh His glory that sent him, the same is true, and no unrighteousness is in him’ (John vii. 16-18). 6

When Christ said, 'Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world,' did not His words mean that, though with God in the world unseen of men, the spirit of His teaching and example would still lead and teach all who earnestly sought to learn of Him? The doctrine of Christ cannot die, for it is truth. Though creeds may fail and die, the doctrine of Christ shall rise like the phenix from their ashes, more glorious in that it has been tried with fire. It endures because it is founded as on a rock. Faith in the eternal love of God is the rock on which Christ founded His doctrine-simple faith in God, eternal above the heavens, who yet humbleth Himself to behold the things of earth and the children of men. God is all-powerful; He works with no uncertain hand, and when complete His work is perfection. Slowly humanity advances to perfection, the perfect work of God, His greatest work; then shall Christ see the fruit of His travail and be satisfied.

Deep in the hearts of all His children God is and must ever be. We may build over and hide the Divine spark of God—whether it is possible for man to utterly extinguish it God alone knows-or we may fan and cherish it until it burns brightly, filling

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all the soul and life with light, drawing us on and up until we meet and become merged in the light and fulness of God. Then we are not content that this light should burn for us alone; it must shine forth in the hope that others may see and walk by it in the dark ways of this world, that all may know God. O Lord, how glorious are Thy works!' (Ps. xcii. 5).

Thou art, O God, the life and light

Of all this wondrous world we see;
Its glow by day, its smile by night,

Are but reflections caught from Thee.
Where'er we turn, Thy glories shine,
And all things fair and bright are Thine !
• When day, with farewell beams, delays

Among the opening clouds of even,
And we can almost think we gaze

Through golden vistas into heaven-
Those hues, that make the sun's decline
So soft, so radiant, Lord! are Thine.
When night, with wings of starry gloom,

O'ershadows all the earth and skies,
Like some dark, beauteous bird, whose plume

Is sparkling with unnumber'd eyes-
That sacred gloom, those fires Divine,
So grand, so countless, Lord! are Thine.



• When youthful spring around us breathes,

Thy Spirit warms her fragrant sigh; And every flower the summer wreathes

Is born beneath that kindling eye. Where'er we turn, Thy glories shine, And all things fair and bright are Thine.'


Since first Thy Word awaked my heart,

Like new life dawning o'er me, Where'er I turn mine eyes Thou art,

All light and love before me. Naught else I feel, or hear, or see,

All bonds of earth I sever ; Thee, O God, and only Thee,

I live for now and ever.

· Like him whose fetters dropp'd away

When light shone o'er his prison,
My spirit, touch'd by mercy's ray,

Hath from her chains arisen.
And shall a soul Thou bidd'st be free

Return to bondage ?- Never !
Thee, O God, and only Thee,
I live for now and ever.'


The power of the Father govern and protect us ! The example of Jesus Christ teach and enlighten us! The influence of the Holy Spirit of God renew and quicken us! The blessing of the Everlasting and All-holy God be with us now and for evermore. Amen.

• Thy mercy, O Lord, reacheth unto the heavens : and Thy faithfulness unto the clouds. Thy righteousness standeth like the strong mountains: Thy judgments are like the great deep. For with Thee is the well of life: and in Thy light shall we see light' (Ps. xxxvi. 5, 6, 9).



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