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sweeping past. She laughed in its face. She bounced it on her knee. She played with it in all manner of ways, that a girl can invent to amuse a child. The child soon began to laugh. The passengers gathered about her, entering into the good cheer with her, joining in the glee with the babe. A better spirit took hold of the people, and the expressed opinion was that they ought to apologize to the man, for the complaint made about the crying child; and offer him any assistance they could render, while on his sad errand of love.
They went to the berth, drew back the curtains, but the man, weary from night watchings, had sunken into the oblivion of balmy sleep, and was unconscious to all about him, even his own grief.
The sun had risen, and the broad light of day shone all around. But a sun of righteousness, with the light of love, had risen on that little world in the sleeping car. The girl had kindled the fires of good will in the hearts of the passengers, and the light of her love had expelled the darkness of ill humor. Her example shed peace and joy all about her. She was the bearer away of sin, and had slain the love of sinning. She had justified the innocent from the condemnation of the law. She drove distress from the body of the babe. She gave rest to the weary, and sleep to the brokenhearted. She was a saviour to the people, from the power of sin and the curse of sinning. As the reapers, at the end of the world, shall gather the tares together into bundles to be burned; so she gathered the fruitage of the bad will that morning into a bundle, and cast it into the bottomless pit of the forever past.
There is sublime power in goodness. Every pious rabbi, priest and preacher knows that his efficiency is not by his natural gifts, but by a power in him higher, holier and
mightier than self-interest;
in fact, a confidence in their natural powers is weakness, if not a denial of their holy calling. There is something, which is the vital strength of the church, manifesting itself in deeds of love and mercy, without which the church is but a carnal organization. A professed religious teacher, whose emotions are not in the love of the truth, is a hypocrite; and a church whose righteousness is in observance of rules, no matter how good, are Pharisees. The difference between Israel's rulers and the prophets whom they stoned; the difference between the scribes, the Pharisees and Jesus, was not that which is between infidels, scoffers, the immoral and the church people: but between men whose religion is by their natural powers, by prudence, by righteousness before the law, and men who are righteous because of the holy life in them; between men having the form of Godliness, while denying the power thereof, and men who live by the power of God's quickened life in them.
Jesus was the embodiment of the noblest emotions in men. Speaking of his natural powers he said, 'I can of mine own self do nothing. The living truth implanted in men, beginning by Jehovah breathing his life into Adam, and quickened into power, is the hope of the race, and shall be the salvation of the world. To waken this divine life by the knowledge of its perfect power manifested in a man, not merely to make men moral, honest and kind, but even to quicken them into the perfect life of faith, was the declared purpose by Jesus Christ of his ministry. Faith is God's almighty power exerted through holy men; in works of perfect love, and in mightier manifestations, than are in any of the forces of nature. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, and the evidence of things
not yet seen. The glories which the race shall yet attain to, shall be through the triumphs of faith.
The theme of the Gospel according to John is God in men. Jesus is there recorded as emphatically declaring, that the wonderful works done by him, were not by the natural powers of men, and so his life should not be put in the category of great men. ?I receive not honor from men. The anxiety that the perfect divinity of his life should be recognized, was not that he might have individual honor, but that the world might know that, The Father loveth the 5Son and hath given all things into his hands. “Verily, verily, I say unto you, the Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do; for what things soever he doeth, these things also doeth the Son likewise. As I hear, I judge, and my judgment is righteous, because I seek not my own will, but the will of him that sent me. The righteousness of men is being like God. I am come in my Father's nature, and ye receive me not. If one should come in his own name, ye would receive him. How can ye believe, who receive honor one of another? The cunning pride of the Pharisees, which was beautiful indeed outwardly, has kept the church, wearing the name of Jesus the Christ, out of the kingdom of God.
6Ye search the Scriptures, because in them ye think ye have eternal life; and these are they which bear witness of me. The scribes and the Pharisees searched the Scriptures to strengthen their belief, that they being the children of Abra
Jesus classed himself as a man, differing from others only in that the divine life was in perfect command over him. So in speaking of the Son, while the perfect manifestation was in him, it includes all men who shall live the perfect life of faith.
ham would be saved, and to establish the dogmas in their commandments of men taught for doctrine; but failed to learn of that knowledge, by which Moses and the prophets designed to quicken the divine life in men, and so were strangers to faith, when the living embodied truth stood before them. They were orthodox to the letter of Moses and the prophets, giving them the highest honor among men; but they sought not that glory, which comes from God only; and so Jesus accused them of not believing the writings of Moses and the prophets, and the evidence was that they would have recognized the living expression of the theme of all their writings, had they believed them aright.
The great fundamental teachings of the Old Testament are so far beyond our carnal experiences, and above the wisdom of men, that even the most sanguine altruist, by neither eye, nor ear has ever brought into his heart, the things which God has there revealed, as in store for those who love him. That the divine spirit in men shall be quickened into such a degree of holiness, that they shall command the creature by their wills into love and life everlasting, is the message of inspiration; but the great truth that the world has not yet received. In the Old Testament it was prophetic; but in the New it was fulfilled in one man, Christ Jesus. The complaint by the Old Testament writers against the race was; ?There is none righteous, no, not one. But Jesus by the life of the Father in him, lived the life of a man, did no sin, commanded the creature to deeds of love, and brought his own body out of the reach of corruption and death, into the power of everlasting life. Being a man this was his prerogative. Pietists make a profession of superior gifts, that they may appear more religious than others. But in view of Jesus Christ's wonderful words
of truth and mighty works, love prompted the explanation that they were through love to God, and as the Father gave him commandment that he did; in order that the world might know, the goodness and the power of men is as God commands the throne of their affections.
8I and my Father are one. 'If I do not the works of my Father, believe me not. But if I do them, though ye receive not my words, believe the works that ye may know and understand that the Father is in me, and I in the Father. The salvation of the world through his ministry rested upon the fact that he was not looked upon as a mighty magician nor a god. Declaring God's will to men, Moses and the prophets used the prescription, “Thus saith the Lord” that their inspired words might not be taken as the conclusions of philosophers, nor the commandments of potentates. Judges hand down their findings and decisions in the name of the court. The President of the United States issues his proclamations, announcing the authority of his office. It was necessary for the agent of the most High, to make known in declarations, which could not be misunderstood, the secret of a life, which was manifesting before them, the fullest type of perfect manhood. Notwithstanding his clear statements, there is a haze of mystery over his life, making him more than a man; which keeps men from beholding their salvation; but which knowledge will one day bring the race into his perfect image. 10If ye believe not that which I am, ye shall die in your sins. A life like Jesus is the only escape from the sorrows and the corruption of death; and there is salvation in none other. Life eternal is to know God, as in Jesus Christ, whom he has sent.
'John 10:30. "John 10:37
John 8:24. Note-The authorized translation in supplying "he" is evidently to support the dogma of the atonement.