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1 this we rejoice, while our Priest still holds forth to us, in His gospel, le elements of His sufferings and our salvation. “This is my body hich was broken for you, and this is my blood which was sħed for
" Not all the blood of beasts
On Jewish altars slain,
Or wash away the stain.
Takes all our sins away,
And richer blood than they."
On the day of annual atonement the Jewish high-priest took of the blood of the sacrifice which was offered for the sins of the people, and went into the holiest, and sprinkled the mercy-seat seven times. He dared not appear in the holiest without this blood of sprinkling, lest he die
. And “almost all things are, by the law, purged with blood, and without the shedding of blood is no remission. It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these, but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these. For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us. 1. He“ sat down on the right hand of God” as an evidence that He had completed, once and for ever, the work of atonement. The high-priest under the law went into the holy place and sprinkled the blood before the mercy-seat, and again returned to the outer courts
of the temple. Again hệ had to perform the duties of the priesthood outside the holiest ; and again, year by year, he had to offer the same sacrifices, which could not take away sin, and sprinkle the altar with the blood
His work had no virtue in itself, but the virtue of a type; and no power, but that of an index; and no merit, but that displayed in the spirit of loving obedience to the ordinance of God.
no perfection under the Levitical priesthood,” but a continual round
of ceremonies. It was not thus with the High-Priest of the Christian Church. When He offered one sacrifice, it was for ever, nerer to be repeated.
He then entered into His rest. “ He sat down on the right hand of God.” If His sacrifice had not been sufficient, if He had not satisfied Divine justice, if He had not fully accomplished the work of man's atonement, for whom He gave Himself a willing substitute, God would not have raised Him from the
dead, much less raised Him to His right hand. But now, is Christ risen from the dead, and has gone into the heaven of heavens, and“ sat down on the right hand of God;" wherefore, brethren, assure your hearts of this glorious fact—your redemption in Christ Jesus is complete. Fully and freely
are ye justified by His grace, if ye hold fast your confidence in Jesus; and, believing in Him, ye also shall enter into His rest.
“For by one offering He hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified." Now ye have peace with God
through our Lord Jesus Christ, and hereafter ye shall sit down with Him in glory.
2. Again, He" sat down on the right hand of God” as our intercessor Not as it was with the Jewish priest, whose ministry only extended over a few years, and whose entry into the holy place was but for short time; Christ has gone for ever into the heavens to intercede for men. They sprinkled the altar and mercy-seat with the blood of bullocks and of goats, which could not take away sin ; He presents His own.
“His powerful blood did once atone,
And now it pleads before the throne.” In the apparent length of days, Melchisedec becomes a more ap propriate type than was Aaron; hence of Christ it is said that, " after the similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another Priest, who is made not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power endless life.” His is " an unchangeable priesthood," because He con tinueth for ever. In this, again, my brethren, receive some of those consolations which are in Christ Jesus. See in Him who is now sat down on the right hand of God, your great High-Priest, who ever lives and intercedes for you.
“Five bleeding wounds He bears,
Received on Calvary ;
They strongly plead for thee!" “Who can lay anything to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth; who is be that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.”
And is there a trembling sinner, standing afar off, yet desirous to obtain mercy
of the Lord ? We hail you in Jesus' name. only draw near to the mercy-seat with hope and confidence. For this Saviour is the Priest of mankind. All are welcomed to come; nay, are invited and pressed to come and obtain mercy and find grace “Wherefore He is able to save unto the uttermost that come unto God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them."
3. Again, He "sat down on the right hand of God," as having ob tained universal dominion. "For this High-Priest, after He had offere one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God from henceforth expecting till His enemies be made His footstool." Our High-Priest is also our King,—“His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and His dominion endureth throughout all generations; and all who believe in Him are made with Him “kings and priests unto God and His Father." All His and our enemies shall yet finally and completely be subdued. Sin and death, Satan and ungodly men
all have you
ll who despise and reject Him, and say, "We will not have this Man to eign over us,” shall yet be subdued, and be laid as trophies at the feet f Jesus. All power is now given unto Him, and "He must reign intil God hath put all His enemies under His feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death." He is exalted above all creation, and sits on the right hand of God, angels and principalities and powers being made subject to Him. The time, brethren, is fast approachingthe time is near at hand-when this shall be fully made manifest to us. Either as His loyal and loving subjects, or His broken and shattered enemies, " to Him every knee shall bow, and every tongue confess, that He is Lord to the glory of God the Father.”
Surely in this there is a word of warning to those who have not repented of their sins and turned to God. See what God has done for your salvation in the finished work of Jesus, and what He is still doing in exalting Him to His right hand; and then ask yourselves,
done anything to secure an interest in Christ? and “how can ye escape if ye neglect so great salvation ?" Repent, and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ; for unless ye now cast the anchor of hope upon Him who has entered within the veil, “even Jesus, made an High-Priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec," ye will be driven to utter destruction when the storms and tempests of God's wrath are upon an ungodly world. Behold, now the door of mercy is open for your return; now are the glad tidings of salvation published to the whole world; and now you have an advocate before the throne of God, ready to take up your case and plead for you. Come, then, and be ye saved.
On the other hand, this is a subject of rejoicing, of joy, and of hope to all who believe in Jesus He who sits at God's right hand as your High-Priest has all power in heaven and in earth committed to Him; not for Himself simply, but that He may be “head over all things to the Church." His is the kingdom and the power and the glory." As the Man Christ Jesus, and in right of the work of redemption He hath wrought out, He claims an everlasting kingdom and dominion. And from His lofty seat of power and glory He now looks down upon you in great and tender compassion, and says, appoint unto you a kingdom, as the Father hath appointed unto Me." Verily, brethren, through the mediation of this great High-Priest, we
brought near to God, our sins washed away, and our souls healed from sin's
corruption; nor these only, but also we are made heirs of God," for all things are yours, for ye are Christ's, and Christ God's," and all this, as "the gift of God, through our Lord Jesus
“ Ye who have sold for nought
The heritage above,
The gift of Jesu's love." And, brethren, can we, in the consciousness of all this, fail to hold fast our profession? Shall we ever doubt His love, His willingness,
and His power to save ? Shall we ever deny Him who has suffered s much for us, and is now so graciously interceding for us within th veil of the upper sanctuary, and who comes again to receive us to : with Himself ? Let our lives testify to this, that we believe in a unseen Saviour, whom the heavens must retain until the restitutio of all things, but who lives and pleads for us, being intimately a quainted with us, and feeling for us as none but Himself can feel, an who will finally bring us to glory, honour, and immortality.”
“PATIENT CONTINUANCE IN WELL-DOING.”
FOR THE YOUNG. “THERE, I'm not going to try to and tell me what angered my litt be good any more. It is not one bit , niece ?” Mabel hung her head, an of use trying. I'm the worst girl in bit her thumb-nail in silence. the world, I suppose.”
“It is a solemn thing to resoly Little Mabel Walker said this, to be bad, dear!” standing in the parlour window, nod Mabel raised her eyes inquiringh ding and shaking her head with less | but dropped them directly, seeming grace than anger. She had walked to comprehend his meaning. straight across the room to the bay “Come, dear, tell me all about thie window, drawn up the curtain with great trouble of yours, that cause a jerk, and stood there evidently in such bitter words just now; perhap a pet. At the last words she quite I can help you." broke down, dashed away a few tears “I don't think you can, Und as if vexed at their appearance, and Horace. I fear I never can burst out afresh:
good, so long as Hugh trouble “There isn't, I know, the least me so." use in trying any longer. I never “Hugh! your brother Hugh can ”
Why, he is number one on my la “Mabel !” The voice came from 1 of good boys !" the corner sofa, and the little girl « Well, I don't think a good bo started, turned round, and sprang will trouble his sister.” And Mabe towards the owner of the voice with began to cry. a sudden impulse of delight.
“Of course not. Did Hugh trouble “Uncle Horace! --why-why you this morning, dear ?" when did you come-they never “Yes, uncle; I'll tell you. Hug told me!”
always troubles me most when "I came in the early train from don't feel well; I get up ever York, dear, and I think Nora only morning and think, "Now, I will b knows of my arrival. I was trying good to-day,' and I kneel down an to rest here a little before break ask God to help me, because mamm fast."
says I ought always to seek “ And I've disturbed you. I am help; and when I come downstain sorry, Uncle Horace; and I will go Hugh begins, the first thing, to ve out and let you sleep."
me, if I don't feel very well. Thi “No, dear, I do not care to sleep, | morning my stomach felt badly, an and I want to talk with you now. my neck ached, but I thought, 1 Sit down here, in this little rocker, I will be pleasant if I don't feel well;
I said to Hugh Good morning'as “ Then it is not master Hugh, after leery as could be; and he said in all, that makes you bad ?” s provoking way, 'Morning, Miss Mabel stopped rocking, and for a nincy Quence!' And I said, 'I am moment the tears fell fast, and then bt Miss Quincy Quence, Hugh she said, still sobbing, “If it is all Talker !' and he threw up his hands my fault, how am I ever going to be nd laughed at me, and I called him better!” hateful thing, and mamma said, “By trying and by doing.” 0 Mabel !' with such a solemn “I do try and—” lok that I know she blamed me; Ah, yes, but you must continue nd Hugh began singing, Tarts for in well-doing, and strengthen yourreakfast, breakfast, and I went to self by all the little helps you can it my hand over his mouth to stop find. We cannot do right in our
and he pushed me against the own strength, but God has promised ible, and then mamma sent me in to help us, if we ask arigħt. You ere. I know I am a naughty girl, started rightly, but I am sorry to ut I shouldn't be if it wasn't for say did not by patient continuance Lagh; I know that."
in well-doing triumph over all ill Uncle Horace was silent a moment, feelings. If instead of answering nd Mabel rocked quickly to and your brother sharply, you had turned o in her little chair. Then he pleasantly away, and taken a draught arned his eyes (fully upon her, and of cold water, or a glass of nice milk, ook her hand in his, saying, with a and then gone into your garden and ouch of sadness in his tone:
looked at the beautiful flowers, I " Little Mabel, this is the way
with think these little things would have lof us; we like too well to lay our helped you to overcome the irritaupon
others. Now, dear, you bility that you felt on account of a aust do right, though a dozen Hughs faint or disordered stomach.
you. You must do right for "Now I want you to have this ourself alone. Now tell me, dear, little text with you all the time, to 1, when this fun-loving Hugh called help you in the family, in your fou Miss Quincy Quence just now,
studies and in your play: “By patient you had only smiled, do you think continuance in well-doing.” Rememyou would have lost your temper, ber, it matters not how well we may pained mamma, and been so agitated begin; if we do not continue doing with wicked thoughts?"
well we cannot succeed. Mabel shook her head.
always remember to start right and "And if you had felt quite well, continue right, and by-and-by we dear , don't you think you would have shall be beyond all these pains of
body and sorrows of mind.” The little girl nodded slightly.
“ TAKE NO THOUGHT.” Thus reads the common English version of Matthew vi. 25. But what are we to understand by this injunction ? If we receive it in its literal
, obvious sense, then the inquiry arises, -What worldly enterprise, what benevolent undertaking, what religious work, can be either commenced, carried forward, or brought to a successful completion, without a thought”? What farmer can raise his grain, his live stock, or his fruits, and thus obtain his food” and clothing," by " taking