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marvel not at this, for the hour is coming in which all that are in the grave shall hear his voice." As the propitiation for the sins of man, he suffered death upon the cross. Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that believeth in me hath everlasting life." CHRIST does not say, believe only part of my testimony as you may please, or apply my doctrines as moral instructions only, for those doctrines religiously cannot be applied without perfect faith in Him. "I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger, and he that believeth on me shall never thirst; I am the LIVING BREAD which came down from heaven, and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world." When his disciples said, "To eat his flesh and drink his blood, this is a hard saying," he instantly clears their mental perception from the error of conceiving that they, or succeeding recipients of the holy appointed sacrament of the body and blood of CHRist, actually partook of the real presence when commemorating in his creatures of bread and wine, such as he presented when commanding this remembrance of his redeeming love: "What and if ye shall see me ascend from whence I came? It is the SPIRIT that quickeneth; the words which I speak they are spirit and they are life." "GOD is a spirit, and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth." "I
and my Father are one,"--therefore CHRIST never reproved those who fell down and worshipped him,—he accepted adoration. "Who is the LORD that I may believe?" asked the man restored to sight. JESUS replied, "It is he who speaketh with thee." The restored to sight exclaimed, "LORD, I believe," and he adored CHRIST. No prophet or teacher only sent from God ever would, or could have accepted adoration, or have arrogated to himself divinity! a tribute due to Godhead; thereby encouraging the most impious idolatry. The apostles, when delegated by their divine Master's power to work miracles in his name, rent their clothes because the people would have worshipped them.
"Who is this?" was the inquiry, when JEsus said, "Go, thy sins are forgiven thee." He who assumed the power, was by the unbelieving Jews, consistent with their disbelief, wholly rejected-for they called him a blasphemer and a liar for making himself equal with GOD, and he was consequently therefore, by them, judged guilty of death; and certainly sceptics, who deny the divinity, do virtually condemn with the unbelieving Jews-they never can reasonably hope to derive salvation from the perpetrator of blasphemy and falsehood! JESUS, when urged in the name of the living GOD to declare whe
ther he were the expected CHRIST of GOD, answered,
Crucify him, crucify him!" was the But how saith CHRIST? "Those mine enemies would not that I should reign over them.”
Happy were those who previous to that all important hour when CHRIST was reckoned among transgressors"-happy, who called out "blessed be he that cometh in the name of the LORD!" his own name,
peace in heaven and glory in the highest." Some of the Pharisees, from among the multitude, said unto him, "Master, rebuke thy disciples," and he answered and said unto them, "I tell you, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out." "Art thou greater than our father Abraham which is dead, and the prophets are dead, whom makest thou thyself?" JESUS said unto them, “ Verily, verily, I say unto you, before Abraham was I am." And now behold that JESUS had power to render himself invisible, for when at this moment the Jews would have stoned him for calling himself I am, the title God gave to himself when commissioning their lawgiver Moses, JESUS hid himself; thus he also did when the enraged multitude had "led him out of the city to the brow of the hill, to cast him thence down the precipice, for he passed through the midst, and was found at Capernaum."
"He that believeth not the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of GOD abideth on him.” "He that denieth me before men, him will I deny before the angels of GOD." CHRIST does not say he will deny them before GOD, for he is GOD the Son; therefore to those who deny his divinity, which is denying his essential attribute as Saviour of the world, he will say, "Depart from me, I know ye not." What answer does CHRIST make to Peter when he exclaims, "Thou art the CHRIST, the son of the Blessed." "Blessed art thou, Simon, for flesh and blood hath not revealed this unto thee, but my Father in heaven." "The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory;" especially on the mount, when in the presence of Peter, James, and John, CHRIST was transfigured and glorified, while a voice commanded the apostles to hear the beloved Son. man hath ascended up into heaven but he that came down from heaven," implying that CHRIST, while on earth, had the power of being in heaven. "Heaven
and earth shall pass away, but my word shall not pass away." "I am the way, the truth, and the life." "I am the resurrection and the life." "I will send the Comforter, proceeding from the Father, the spirit of truth, whom the Father shall send in my name, who shall teach you all things, and bring all things to
your remembrance." "It is he which speaketh in you," is the powerful assurance given to those who were to transmit to the world of future believers all that the mighty Trinity in unity declares necessary to salvation, and which "no enemy shall gainsay or disprove," commanding them, " to teach and preach, and baptize in the name of the FATHER, the SON, and the HOLY GHOST."
Divinity alone can know men's thoughts; CHRIST frequently replied to them. "Why do ye call me LORD, LORD, &c., and do not what I say?" He saw Nathanael when too distant for mortal vision to reach, beneath the fig-tree, before Philip brought him, and immediately said, "Behold an Israelite without guile." CHRIST knew that the widow's mite when she cast it into the treasury was the whole of
Behold JESUS walking upon the sea! which rolled heavily, for the wind was high. The affrighted disciples imagined that the approaching figure was a spirit, till he removed their alarm by calling out, "It is I; be not afraid." Peter begs that he may go to him upon the stormy wave, and he would have sunk but for the sustaining arm of the LORD; and did not the disciples worship him when he entered the ship? Very great was the astonishment of