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known more. That man knows enough savingly, who knows Christ truly, and he that knows nothing of Christ by his Spirit and power (whatever he may have learned beside) will be found hereafter to have studied a great deal to a very little purposehis lot (if he depart in this state) will be with the foolish virgins who had no oil of grace in their souls. But the Christian is privileged to plead even his very ignorance as a claim upon Christ his Prophet, his Divine Teacher-and to take up his promises by faith, and lay them in prayer before him. Christ will think it no reproach to be reminded of his promises; "He giveth wisdom liberally, and upbraideth not." No man that prayed in faith for the wisdom of God unto salvation ever went without it; "He filleth the hungry with good things, and the rich alone" (those who presume upon their own capacity and knowledge) "He sendeth away empty." And if we

really desire heavenly knowledge, a few minutes of His instruction will make us wiser in reality than if we had spent years in acquiring the knowledge of this world; one lesson from Jesus will make your hearts burn for more, He will instruct you not only by lessons of wisdom, but also by lessons of love; and he has promised "to be with his people always, even to the end of the world," to "guide them with his counsel" here, and afterwards to "bring them to his glory."

This then is a character in which we should ever

regard our blessed Lord "as a Prophet," commissioned to instruct and guide us. We are not situated as the inhabitants of Nazareth. They were offended at the low estate of Christ, and said, “Is not this the carpenter, the Son of Mary?" they knew his humble education, and they thought they knew his parentage, and hence was excited their jealousy and envy against him ; but we are entirely free from such vain grounds for unbelief. We have heard, like them, his gracious instructions; but we need not, like them, ask in astonishment, "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?” We know (or ought to know) "in whom we have believed;" We know that the "Son of Mary" was the "Saviour" of the world, "to whom all power has been given both in heaven and earth.” "This Prophet, of whom Moses spake, was a Prophet like unto himself;" but we know him also to be "The brightness of the Father's glory, the express image of His person, (God manifest in the flesh,) his well beloved Son, to whom we should" all indeed "hearken." We have heard how "He was anointed of old to preach the acceptable year of the Lord," (to bring with him a message of reconciliation from God to his guilty creatures,)“ to heal the broken-hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, the recovering of sight to the blind, to

set at liberty them that are bruised," and by his written word he does so still. The captives of Satan still labour under all these miseries, a spiritual blindness rests upon them, they are tied and bound with the chain of their sins, they are bruised and buffetted by his temptations; and to all these the Gospel says, A way of salvation has been found for you, your Prophet hath made known to you the covenant of peace. The poor hear "glad tidings," for their Prophet is ever ready to instruct, to cheer, and to comfort them; the captives are delivered, for our Prophet hath paid a "ransom for us with his blood;" the blind recover sight, for whosoever believes in Christ shall not "abide in darkness;" the bruised are restored to health, for he will "heal them of their wounds," saith the Lord; and infatuated and ignorant must we all be, if we regard not the solemn truth, that "the acceptable year of the Lord is come, that now is the accepted time, now is the day of salvation."

May we then take warning from the words of our Lord in the text, and not rob Christ of his honour, and remember that he has elsewhere said, "The Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son: that all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him."* And again, for

* John v. 22, 23.

our encouragement,


Verily, verily, I say unto

you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life."*

* John v. 24.



НЕВ. III. 1.

"Consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus.”

THE early converts to Christ's religion to whom this epistle is addressed, were placed in very difficult and trying circumstances. By having embraced that religion, they had forfeited many worldly advantages, made themselves liable to suffering and persecution, and were hated of all men, for their Master's sake. From all these evils they could at once have delivered themselves, by returning again to the opinions and practices which prevailed around them. It became, therefore, the aim of those inspired teachers, by whom they had been led to the knowledge and belief of the Gospel, to prevent their again falling away, and to confirm their stedfastness in the faith they had embraced.

But how were the apostles to effect this? If they had merely pressed upon their followers the ordinary rules and principles of a Christian life,

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