Parish Papers eBook

Norman Macleod
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Now, to what is this great result owing?  How is this product of character, which is affecting the world’s history, and gradually leavening the whole lump of humanity, to be accounted for?  What power has originated it, or by what has it been sustained?  Who are more entitled to give a reply to such questions than Christians themselves?  They alone can know by what motives, they have been actuated, by what strength supported, and by what hopes animated.  Ask them, then, and what will be their reply?  Each and all will but echo the words of Paul, as expressing the secret of their life:  “I live, yet not I, but Christ liveth in me; and the life I live in the flesh I live through faith in the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”  “The love of Christ constraineth us,” “I thank Christ Jesus, our Lord, who hath enabled me.”  “The Lord stood with me, and strengthened me.” “The Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom, to whom be glory for ever and ever!” “I can do all things through Christ, which strengtheneth me.”  This is the experience of the living Church of Christ, of all lands, and of all time,—­the creed of each genuine believer; of the early martyr and mediaeval saint; of the pious Protestant and Papist; of the cultivated Christian philosopher and the half-taught Christian negro; of the young man who has overcome the wicked one, and of the old patriarch who departs in peace, because his eyes have seen salvation; of the Christian Greenlander who died yesterday, and of the sweet Christian girl who died to-day, leaving the bosom of her mother for the bosom of her God; of each and all the ten thousand times ten thousand who have so lived and died, with one conviction of truth the strongest in their minds; that whatever strength, peace, or good they possess as true life, they owe all to the One source of life,—­the Lord Jesus Christ!  What are we to conclude from these unparalleled facts, which can no more be denied than the realities of human history or of human experience?  Have all Christians been deceived?  Have they been believing a lie, and has this great life of life in them been sustained by a delusion?  Is there no such person as Jesus Christ, the Lord of life, the living Saviour of sinners?  Is this not a fact but a fiction?  Can it be that the moral government of God exists, and yet that it admits of such a moral anomaly as this,—­the regeneration of human character by a falsehood!  Impossible!  I say it with deepest reverence,—­as sure as there is a God of truth, impossible! The Christian Church has not been deceived.  Unbelievers in Jesus have not had the light of truth given them, while those who have loved and served Him have been permitted to walk in the darkness of intellectual untruth and in the vain belief of an idol!  Jesus is Divine as well as human.  “He was, and is, and liveth for evermore!”

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