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the dishonest upright, the drunkard sober, the licentious chaste, and the worldly-minded, spirituallyminded. Of this Shepherd all his sheep can say, He restoreth my soul, He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His names sake. Humility is that part of sanctification, for which the most eminent of his servants are peculiarly distinguished. Paul thought himself the least of the Apostles, and less than the least of all saints.
It is a part of His plan of teaching to let His people first see the folly of their own wisdom, and the insufficiency of their own righteousness, as in the case of Augustine and Luther, and then to bring them with the simplicity of a child to receive His wisdom, and submit to His righteousness. It is very observable that our Divine Teacher does not restore us from our ruin so much by accurate knowledge as by penitence and faith, by love and obedience: by the state of the heart he then rectifies the understanding ; he gives a right disposition, and so prepares for a right sentiment. Thus he sanctifies as well as enlightens. Well then may all his people join Nicodemus in asserting, Rabbiwe know that thou art a Teacher come from Godi: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest except God betwith him.
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When Moses and Elijah appeared with our Lord in the Mount of transfiguration, the voice from the cloud said, This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased,
him : the Voice seems to set aside Moses, the lawgiver of the Jews, and Elijah, their leading prophet, that the Son might remain the supreme and perpetual Teacher, and we might constantly attend to him.
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Hoff then shall we best fulfil this heavenly mandate? Some practical directions may here assist the Christian
to \ Be deeply seNSIBLE OF YOUR NEED OF HIS TEACHING. It is a strong description of the state of inen without Christ, walking in darkness and dwelling in the land of the shadow of death, (Isaiah ix. 2.) but it is the real condition of all men who have not seen this great light. (John xii. 46. A man may live in the darkness of heathen lands amidst all the blaze of light that shines in a Christian country, if he neglect and despise the Light of Life. Our minds are dark, our hearts are hard, our prejudices are numerous, our affections are perverted. We catinot learn religion merely by books and human instruction: by natural talent and powers of intellect; or by the letter even of the inspired' scripture, or the best explanations of scripture from God's most favoured servants. Even past knowledge will not suffice for present and future exigencies, we are constantly dependant on Christ for fresh supplies of his illuminating and sanctifying grace. We press the necessity of this child-like spírit, of this sense of ignorance, and our own entire want of that instruction which He can give, remembering that solemn thanksgiving of our Re. deemer, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent and hast revealed them unto babes: even so Father, for so it seemed good in thy sight. Whenever we perceive our ignorance, let us then at once look up to Him for wisdom: let all our self-wisdom on religion, whether opposed, or added to the divine mind, be seen in its true light as the most egregious folly, and his Gospel have its full triumph in casting
down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ, bute
BELIEVE that HE DOES REALLY TEACH all who commit themselves to him. As he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him, so in coming to Christ for instruction, let us have the same precious faith. It is no fabled story; it is a solid, a cheering, a delightful truth. He is not indeed visibly present, but the Christian knows that he does truly and efficiently instruct, and fulfils his own promise, I will not leave you comfortless, I will come unto you, As the loadstone, while out of sight, and under a table, will attract the needle, which follows the magnet where ver it moves, so the Saviour, while invisible, is through all impediments really influential on the minds of his people. Let us have faith iu Him. Human lessons may be acquired by skill, acuteness, and a good memory, but the instruction of Christ is received through faith. It should greatly assist the Christian's faith to observe in his past experience what has been already done for him. He can say, one thing I know, whereas I was blind, now I see. He has already learned much, We know that the Son of God is come, and hath given What he has already done is but the pledge of what he will do hereafter. If we now know in part, it is an earnest that we shall hereafter
. know as we are known, Gospel blessings come through faith, and the great difficulty here is so to live by faith, as to realise the presence and wisdom, the power, loveand daily teaching of this Divine Prophet, e mi mga se bo
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APPOINTED MEANS FOR RECEIVING HIS INSTRUCTION. After giving the promise of Divine Teaching the Psalmist says, Be ye not like the horse or the mule which have no understanding, and then teaches us willingly and gratefully to receive and submit to divine instruction. So our Lord assures us, Verily I say unto you, whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein. May we then listen to this great Teacher in every mode in which he teaches his children. Mary sitting at the feet of Jesus, hearing his word, is a beautiful picture of the posture in which the Christian wishes that his soul should constantly abide; always listening to the instructions of Christ. We cannot indeed now literally sit at his feet, but in every portion of scripture which we read, in every faithful sermon which we hear, in every pious book which we peruse, in every visit to a poor believer in Jesus in his affliction, in every part of the Christian's life, we are as it were going to the Saviour and sitting at his feet. Man's teaching where faithful, is not an obstacle to our being taught by Christ, but a means by which he teaches. All other Christian Instructors are sent by him as under shepherds ; he is the chief Shepherd and Bishop of our souls. We are not indeed to receive from them any instruction but according to his mind. What says the Master? should be our constant sentiment with reference to Christ, as others used it with reference to human authorities. If a Heathen could say, · Plato is my friend, and Socrates is my friend, but truth is more my friend,' well may a Christian
Christ is the truth, and Christ is dearer to me than all the world. We should indeed infinitely prefer his word before that of any earthly relation, or we are not worthy
of him. He has also multiplied figures, parables, and lessons, by which we may, as it were, ascend step by step, every day and every hour, to constant communion with him. Where can we be without à constant memorial of him? He is the Sun of Righteousness, that illuminates the world, the bread which nourishes to everlasting life, the door by which we enter the sheepfold, the habitation wherein we dwell, the way in which we journey to heaven, and the true vine, united to which we bear fruit. In short he is our light, our life, and glory. To the end of our days we must always remain learners at ‘his feet, and while we act up to knowledge already given, he will continually give us fresh lessons of his love (Ephes. iii. 18, 19): 1 Let us then day by day bring all our perplexities to him, and constantly seek his guidance, and follow his will, so shall we assure our hearts that we are under his teaching
CHERISH A' JOYFUL EXPECTATION OF PERFECT KNOWLEDGE through Christ hereafter. On a large scale he shall not fail, nor be discouraged till he have set judgment in the earth, and the isles shall wait
1 Our Reformers well understood the truths set forth in this chapter, and have embodied them in the following beautiful prayer, which was inserted in the Bibles published in Queen Elizabeth's reign, among prayers to be said in the morning. 'O Lord Jesus Christ, which art the true Sun of the World, evermore arising and never going down, which by thy most wholesome appearing and sight doth bring forth, preserve, nourish, and refresh all things as well that are in heaven as also that are on earth, we beseech thee mercifully and favourably to shine into our hearts, that the night and darkness of sins, and the mists of errors on every side driven away,
thou brightly shining within our hearts, we may all our life's space go without any stumbling or offence, and may decently and seemly walk, (as in the day time) being pure and clean from the works of darkness, and abounding in all good works, which God hath prepared for us to walk in, which with the Father and the Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth for ever. Amen.'