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purpose that he might come and mark the truth of those promises and assurances; and when he is enabled to come, how sweetly does he find the promises made good to the soul: what additions of strength does he gather, and what encouragement does he receive to support his strength and confidence in God.

None, perhaps, but long tried and buffeted believers, see the absolute necessity of this kingly office of Christ for their salvation. The same spirit which convinces of the urgent necessity of his righteousness to cover them, convinces also of the equally urgent necessity of his government to rule them. They plainly see that if he were not King over all, he could not be Saviour over all to their souls. The doubting frames, the rebellious wills, the depraved affections, the refractory tempers, which (like so many Canaanites in the land) remain and will remain in believers below, absolutely require such a kingly Saviour as Jesus, not only to prevent harm and destruction, but to turn them to a profitable exercise and advantage.

Christians would not know what enemies they have, did they not sometimes feel their malice and rage, nor would they know the power of their King, but for the evidence he continually gives them of

his support. If Christ were not an almighty

Saviour, the legions of sins and the legions of devils would block up the avenue to heaven, and force the strongest of believers into every possible distress and

ruin. How then should all believers prize their King; how ought they who have tasted of his grace, to celebrate and testify the powers which bestowed it on them; their lives as well as their lips should convince the gainsaying world, that they have been with Jesus, that they are under the dominion of his Spirit, and have touched the sceptre of his love.

And when they shall have passed (like their Saviour) over the Kedron, "the little dark rivulet which divides them from the lot of their heavenly inheritance," how will they rejoice in the clear prospect of those "good things which God hath prepared for them that love him." They shall then be with their King, "they shall be like him, they shall see him as he is."

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PROPHET.

MARK VI. 4.

"Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, but in his own country, and among his own kin, and in his own house."

THE beloved disciple St. John bore witness of his Divine Master, "That he came unto his own, and his own received him not," while in the words of the text, we have our Lord's own comment on the treatment he received from those on whose regard and attachment he had the greatest claim. Even his own countrymen, who expressed their astonishment when they heard him teach in the synagogue, saying, "From whence hath this man these things? and what wisdom is this which is given unto him, that even such mighty works are wrought by his hands?"† far from yielding him honour, seemed only to have their illwill excited against him, on account of what they now heard and saw. Up to this time, the humble estate, laborious employment, the gentle bearing, of * John i. 2. † Mark vi. 2.

Him who was "meek and lowly of heart," had kept him from peculiar notice; but now that he began to make a display of more than human wisdom and power, his countrymen became angry, and jealous of the attention paid him, saying, "Is not this the carpenter, the son of Mary, the brother of James, and Joses, and of Juda, and Simon? and are not his sisters here with us? And they were offended at him.” * And who was this with whom the inhabitants of Nazareth were offended? Our Lord speaks of himself here as 66 a Prophet." And he, indeed, was so in the highest and most emphatical sense of the word. Other prophets had foretold his approach, but now he had himself come into the world to publish and declare the will of Jehovah to his redeemed people. Here was the great teacher himself, "who spake as never man spake," "in whom were hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge," and the subject of whose teaching seemed calculated to call forth joy and thankfulness in all who heard it: "who had been anointed of old, to preach good tidings unto the meek, to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, to comfort all that mourn." came to make the way of salvation plain and clear, to enlighten the simple and ignorant that they might safely walk in it, and though darkness should cover † Col. ii. 3. Is. Ixi. 1, 2.

*Mark vi. 3.

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the earth, and gross darkness the people, yet, the glory of the Lord was to be seen upon him, the Gentiles were to come to this light, and kings to the brightness of his rising.

He then who preached at Nazareth was the same "whose goings forth had been of old, from everlasting." ."* He now indeed taught the will of God by his words, and confirmed the truth of his words by many wonderful and miraculous deeds, but he also spake by his Spirit in the prophets of old, who knew nothing by themselves, and all their graces were his gifts, so that whatever good tidings of comfort and salvation they bore to the Church, they received and derived the whole from him. But not only the prophets under the old dispensation, the apostles, evangelists, prophets, pastors, and teachers, since his advent in the flesh, have declared his will by the same inward teaching of his Holy Spirit. He hath never left himself without witness in the Church, and he has promised that he never will.

The character of a prophet is one in which both Old and New Testament combine in representing our blessed Lord. The coming of Christ in this character had been foretold by Moses to the children of Israel, and he gave a remarkable reason, why the Saviour should bear this name. When the law was given from Mount Sinai in all its terrors, amidst blackness, and thunders, and lightnings, the people removed and stood afar off, for they * Micah v. 2.

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