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beit we know this man whence he is : but when Christ cometh, no man knoweth whence he is. Then cried Jesus in the temple as he taught, saying, Ye both know me, and ye know whence I am: and I am not come of myself, but he that sent me is true, whom ye know not. But I know him : for I am from him, and he hath sent me. Then they sought to take him : but no man laid bands on him, because his hour wa not yet come. And many of the people believed on him, ani said, When Christ cometh, will he do more miracles than these which this man hath done? The Pharisees heard that the people murmured such things concerning him; and the Pharisees and the chief priests sent officers to take him. Then said Jesus unto them, Yet a little while am I with you, and then I go unto him that sent me. Ye shall seek me, and shall not find me : and where I am, thither ye cannot come. Then said the Jews among themselves, Whither will he go, that we shall not find him ? will he go unto the dispersed among the Gentiles, and teach the Gentiles? What manner of saying is this that he said, Ye shall seek me, and shall not find me : and where I am, thither ye cannot come? 37 In the last day, that great 37 Our Lord turns their thoughts day of the feast, Jesus stood from earthly to heavenly thingsand cried, saying, If any man from the water which refreshed the thirst, let him come unto me, body to his doctrines which healed and drink. He that believeth

the soul ; for such was the power of

his word, such the virtue of his SFon me, as the scripture hath rit* said, out of his belly shall 39 The Spirit was not poured out Aow rivers of living water. in its fulness till the day of Pente39 (But this spake he of the cost. (Acts 11. 4.) Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given ; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.) Many of the people therefore, when they heard this saying, said, Of a truth 41 Some there always will be whom this is the Prophet. 41 Others no evidence satisfies; cavillers, whe, said. This is the Christ. But because they hate the Gospel di some said, Shall Christ come

Christ, which binds them to the love

come of God and man, choose to mock at out of Galilee ? " Hath not its divine authority. the scripture said, That Christ 42 David dwelt at Bethlehem, with cometh of the seed of David, his father Jesse. (1 Sam. xvi. 1.) and out of the town of Bethlehem, where David was? So

* On this day, water from the pool of Siloam, which was at the foot of mount Zion, was taken with great pomp into the Temple. Hence our Lord's instructive address.

there was a division among the people because of him. And some of them would have taken him ; but no man laid hands on him. Then came the officers to the chief priests and Pharisees ; and they said unto them, Why have ye not brought him? 46 The officers answer. 46 A glorious instance of the force ed, Never man spake like of truth. this man. Then answered them the Pharisees, Are ye also deceived ? Have any of the rulers or of the Pharisees believed on him? But this people who knoweth not the law are cursed. Nicodemus saith unto them, (he that came to Jesus by night, being one of them,) Doth our law judge any man, before it hear him, and 52 Every defender of the Saviour's know what he doeth? 5* They honour must expect the taunts and answered and said unto him, scoffings of the wicked. Be thou

above such attempts to draw thee Art thou also of Galilee ?

from thy faithfulness, Search, and look : for out of 53 God had divided their counsels Galilee ariseth no prophet. and confounded them. They could 53 And every man went into not agree even in their enmity against his own house.

Christ. So inconsistent always is the conduct of the wicked.

CHAPTER VIII.

MARCH 21, JULY 20, Nov. 16. Jesus went unto the mount of Olives. And early in the morning he came again into the temple, and all the people came unto him; and he sat down, and taught them. And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a woman taken in adultery ; and when they had set her in the midst, they say unto him, Master, this woman was taken in adultery, in the very act. Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou? This they said, tempting him, that they might have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he heard them not. ; A searching appeal to conscience !

So when they continued Heed its whisperings; there will be asking him, he lifted up him- no harsh judgments then. self, and said unto them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her. And again he stooped down, and wrote on the ground. Conscience made cowards of these

And they which heard it, accusers ; they dared not, on those being convicted by their own conditions, follow up their accusation. conscience, went out one by one, beginning at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was left alone, and the woman standing in the midst. When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw

none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers ? hath no 11 Jesus had no legal authority; man condemned thee? 11 She yet solemn was his warning voice to said. No man, Lord. Andrepent! Go and sin no more. Jesus said unto her, Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more. 12 Then spake Je- 2 Light affords a beautiful illussus again unto them, saying, tration of the power of the Gospel, I am the light of the world: bringing safety and joy *. he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. The Pharisees therefore said unto him, Thou bearest record of thyself; thy record is not true. Jesus answered and said unto them, Though I bear record of myself, yet my record is true: for I know whence I came, and whither Í go; but ye cannot tell whence I come, and whither I go. Ye judge after the flesh; I judge no man. And yet if I judge, my judgment is true : for I am not alone, but I and the Father that sent me. It is also written in your law, that the testimony of two men is true. 18 Witness the voice from heaven 18 I am one that bear witness at his baptism. of myself, and the Father that sent me beareth witness of me. Then said they unto him, Where is thy Father? Jesus answered, Ye neither know me, nor my Father: if ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also. These words spake Jesus in the treasury, as he taught in the temple : and no man laid hands on him ; for his hour was not yet come. 21 T'hen said Jesus again unto 210 God! give me grace and them, I go my way, and ye strength so to die unto sin in life, shall seek me, and shall die that in death I may live unto rightin your sins: whither I go, eousness. ye cannot come. Then said the Jews, Will he kill himself ? because he saith, Whither I go, ye cannot come. And he said unto them, Ye are from beneath; I am from above : ye are of this world; I am not of this world. 24 I said there

24 What an awful warning for those fore unto you, that ye shall

i who believe not in Jesus Christ as

the Lord their Saviour. There is die in your sins : for if ye none other to save ; and they who

• How wondrous a structure is the eye! how marvellous are its powers! But utterly valueless are all those powers, unless there be light adapted to their exercise. Every effort of the eye, in darkness, is pain Still more wonderful is the mind of man, his intellectual eye ! passing wonder are its powers! Yet the exercise of these powers also is pain, unless there be light for their due direction. Witness the vague and unsatisfactory efforts after truth in the dark ages of heathenism and ignorance.

believe not that I am he, ye die in their sins unforgiven-alas! shall die in your sins. Then like Dives, they die for ever! said they unto him, Who art thou ? And Jesus saith unto them, Even the same that I said unto you from the beginning. I have many things to say and to judge of you : but he that sent me is true; and I speak to the world those things which I have heard of him. They understood not that he spake to them of the Father. Then said Jesus unto them, When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these 29 So neither shall we be left alone things. 29 And he that sent of God, if we strive always" to do me is with me : the Father those things that please Him." This hath not left me alone : for heavenly presence is worth the strivI do always those things that ing for. please him. As he spake these words, many believed on him. Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then 32 Free from sin—from its power, are ye my disciples indeed; its fear, its punishment. We shall *and ye shall know the no longer fear the world and man, truth, and the truth shall but God only. make you free. They answered him, We be Abraham's seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free? Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. And the servant abideth not in the house for ever : but the Son abideth ever. If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. I know that ye are Abraham's seed; but ye seek to kill me, because my word hath no place in you. I speak that which I have seen with my Father : and ye do that which ye have seen with your father. They answered and said unto him, Abraham is our father. Jesus saith unto them, If ye were Abraham's children, ye would do the works of Abraham. But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham. Ye do the deeds of your father. Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication ; we have one Father, even God. 42 Jesus said unto 42 As “ children of God” by bapthem, If God were your Fa- tism, let us love that Jesus whom our ther, ye would love me: for heavenly Father hath so graciously I proceeded forth and came sent to us. from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me. Why do ye not understand my speech ? even because ye cannot hear my word. 44 Ye are of 44 The first death was by a muryour father the devil, and derer's hand, and the first murder the 1910s of your father ve the lusts of your father ye

was for envy. But Cain was tempted W

of the Devil to his work. The Devil will do. He was a murder- deceived our first parents by a lie; er from the beginning, and and men now perish by the deceitfulabode not in the truth, be- ness of sin. cause there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own : for he is a liar, and the father of it. And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not. Which of you convinceth me of sin ? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me? 49 He that is of God 47 The impure in heart and the reheareth God's words : ye probate in conduct cannot bear the therefore hear them not, be- pure and holy character of the Goscause ye are not of God. pel of Christ. Then answered the Jews, and said unto him, Say we not well that thou art a Samaritan, and hast a devil ? Jesus answered, I have not a devil ; but I honour my Father, and ye do dishonour me. “And I seek 61 This

51 This is spoken of spiritual death. not mine own glory : there is one that seeketh and judgeth. Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death. Then said the Jews unto him, Now we know that thou hast a devil. Abraham is dead, and the prophets; and thou sayest, If a man keep my saying, he shall never taste of death. Art thou greater than our father Abraham, which is dead? and the prophets are dead : whom makest thou thyself? Jesus answered, If I honour myself, my honour is nothing: it is my Father that honoureth me; of whom ye say, that he is your God: yet ye have not known him ; but I know him : and if I should say, I know him not, I shall be a liar like unto you: but I know him, and keep 56 The whole of the Jewish dispenhis saying. 50 Your father sation was typical of the Gospel of Abraham rejoiced to see my Christ, and the virtue of its sacriday: and he saw it, and was fices was derived from their referglad. Then said the Jews ence to Him. unto him, Thou art not yet fifty years old, and hast thou seen Abraham ? 58 Jesus said unto 58 What a clear claim to the Godthem, Verily, verily, I say head. unto you, Before Abraham was, I am. Then took they up stones to cast at him : but Jesus hid himself, and went out of the temple, going through the midst of them, and so passed by.

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