民族团结:捏成团聚成团抱成团

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THEMINISTRYOFRECONCILIATION.

III.Butourthirdquestionstillremains,— “Inwhatway,orbywhatmeans,isthisgreatobjecttobeattained?”Iam,ofcourse,speakingofthehumaninstruments,andnotofthesovereignpowerofGodtheHolyGhost,withoutwhomnothingisstrong,andnothingholy.

I.Ontheauthorityoftheministrythistextisperfectlyclear;fortheApostletracesittonohumansourcewhenhesays,“AllthingsareofGod,whohathreconciledustoHimselfbyJesusChrist,andhathgiventoustheministryofreconciliation.”Theministry,therefore,isagiftfromGod,andnotaplanofhumancontrivance.Itisnotanarrangementadoptedp.49bythegreatChristiansocietyasameansforitsownimprovement,butitisaninstitutionbytheauthorityoftheFounderofthatsociety,GodHimself.BoththeofficeandthemenaregiftsfromGod.Inthispassagehespeaksoftheoffice,andsays,“Godhathgivenustheministryofreconciliation;”andinv.19,“hathcommittedtousthewordofreconciliation.”Themen,therefore,receivedtheirofficefromtheirGod.JustsohesaidtoArchippus(Col.iv.17),“TakeheedtotheministrywhichthouhastreceivedintheLord,thatthoufulfilit.”ButperhapsthemoststrikingpassageonthissubjectisSt.Paul’saddresstotheeldersoftheChurchofEphesus,inActs,xx.28;forhethereteachesnotmerelythattheministryingeneralwasgiventotheseelders,butthattheyhadbeenmadebytheHolyGhostoverseersofthatparticularpeopleamongstwhomtheywerecalledtolabour.“Takeheed,therefore,untoyourselves,andtoalltheflock,overwhichtheHolyGhosthathmadeyouoverseers,tofeedtheChurchofGodwhichHehathpurchasedwithHisownblood.”Now,bearinmindthatthesepersonswerenotapostles,norpersonsholdinganyextraordinaryoffice,assomedidinthoseearlydays,butordinaryp.50clergymen;some,probably,ordainedbySt.Paulhimself,andsomebyTimothy,appointedtolabourtogetheramongsttherapidlyincreasingchurchinthelargeheathentown;andmarkwellthefact,thattheApostledoesnotsay,“TowhichIappointedyou,”or“towhichTimothyappointedyou,”butheregardstheappointmentasfromGodHimself,andsays,“WhereoftheHolyGhosthathmadeyouoverseers.”

Now,suchadoctrineseemstomesoutterlycontrarytoallthatwearetaughtintheScripturesrespectingtheperfectionandconsequentonenessoftheoneofferingofourBlessedLordupontheCross,thatIamutterlyunabletocomprehendhowanypersonwhotakestheScripturesastheirauthoritycan,byanyprocessofmind,bebroughttobelieveit.AsIhavealreadysaid,thesechaptersseemtohavebeenwrittenwithapropheticreferencetoit;andIdonothesitatetoexpressmyfirmandfixedconviction,thatifwemeantoabidebyGod’swordasourguide,wemustprotestagainstthewholemovement.Normustweallowourselvestobeledawaybythereligiousfeelingsofpiousandearnestmen;orpermittheholyreverencewithwhich,asbelievingcommunicants,p.30weregardtheholycommunionofthebodyandbloodofChrist,toinduceustothinklightlyofadeadlyerror,eventhoughmenmakeuseofitinorder,apparently,toexaltthepeculiarsanctityofthesacrament.WemuststandfirmtothegreatprincipleofScripture;theprincipleforwhichourmartyredReformersdidnothesitatetoshedtheirlife-blood,thatthebreadisbread,andthewinewine,afterconsecration,justastheywerebeforeit;thatneithertheonenortheotherischangedintotheLordJesusChrist;thattheLordJesusChristisnotsacrificedinthesacrament;andthattherenevercanbe,solongastheworldlasts,anyfurthersacrificeforsin.WhentheLordJesusChristdiedonthecross,tousethelanguageofourChurch,He“madethere(byHisoneoblationofHimselfonceoffered)afull,perfect,andsufficientsacrifice,oblation,andsatisfaction,forthesinsofthewholeworld:”and,unlesswearepreparedtodenythesufficiencyoftheonecompleteatonement,wemustsetourfacewithaholydeterminationagainstallideasofrepetition,orperpetuation,ofanypropitiatorysacrificeforsin.

p.34ButstillwereadinScriptureofanothersacrifice—asacrificewhichChristianpeoplearecalledtooffer.ThusinthistextSt.Paulsays,“Ibeseechyoutherefore,brethren,bythemerciesofGod,thatyepresentyourbodiesalivingsacrifice,holyandacceptableuntoGod,whichisyourreasonableservice.”TothisappealthewordsinourCommunionServicearetheChristian’sreply:— “Andhereweofferandpresentuntotheeourselves,oursoulsandbodies,tobeareasonable,holy,andlivingsacrificeuntothee.”Itclearlyremains,therefore,forustoexaminethecharacterofthissecondsacrifice,andalsoitsrelationshiptothegreatandperfectsacrificecompletedonthecrossforsin.This,then,ifGodpermit,shallbeoursubjectthismorning.MaytheLorddisposeourheartstobringtoHimthisholysacrifice,thatwe,ifwelive,maylivenotuntoourselves,butuntoHim“thatdiedforus,androseagain!”

2.Butthesacrificegoesfarther,andinvolvesthededicationofourpowerstotheLord’smostsacredservice.Thetextimpliesthiswhenitsays,“Presentyourbodiesalivingsacrifice,holyandacceptableuntoGod,whichisyourreasonableservice.”Thereisclearly,therefore,tobeservice,—aserviceinvolvingtheactiveuseofhumanpowers.Insomecasesthebodyhasbeenactuallysurrenderedtobleed,orburn,inmartyrdom.ManyanoblemanofGodhasgivenhisbodytobeburntratherthanacknowledgethedoctrineoftheMass.Tothis,however,wearenotcalled.Butstilltheremaybesacrificewithoutmartyrdom,dedicationwithoutdeath,andsuchasurrenderofthelivingpowersasmaycorrespondtothedescription,“Thattheywhichliveshouldnothenceforthliveuntothemselves,butuntoHimthatdiedp.38forthem,androseagain.”Thisisthesecretofthemissionaryspirit;thisitiswhichhasledsomeofthenoblestyoungmeninourUniversitiestoabandonallhomeprospects,andtodevotetheirwholelivestothegreatworkofproclaimingChristindistantlands.This,again,isthespiritthatatthispresenttimeisstirringthousandsofourownpeopleathome,devotedmenanddevotedwomen,tospendtheirliveslabouringforGod,helpingthepoor,comfortingtheafflicted,nursingthesick,andstrivingineverypossiblewaytomakeknownthesweetnessofthesacredNamewhichhasbroughtlifeandpeacetotheirownsouls.

Butwemustnotleavethematterthere,foritisnotenoughforustobedeeplyconvincedp.31thatthedoctrineoftheMassisopposedtothewholetruthofGod,forsuchaconviction,thoughitmaykeepusclearofRome,willnot,ifitbeall,bringustoGod.Whatwewantisnotmerelyaconvictionofthetruth,butapersonalappropriationofitinourownhearts.Itisablessedthingtoknowthataperfectsacrificehasbeenoffered,andthatnofurthersacrificeiseithernecessaryorpossible;butthatknowledge,blessedasitis,mayleavetheheartdissatisfied,andtheconscienceillatease.Whenthatisthecase,wecannotbesurprisedatpersonsrestlesslyfeelingafteranythingthatpromisespeace;andIbelievethereisnostateofmindinwhichpersonsaresoliabletobeledawaybyRome,aswhentheconscienceisawakened,buttheheartnotatrestinChristtheSaviour.ItiswhenwecanlooktothatcrossofChrist,assuredthattheatonementtheremadewassufficientevenforus,andwhenwecanrestintheconvictionthat,becausetheatonementwassufficient,we,evenwe,arefree;andwhenwelearntorest,notonfeelings,notonsacraments,notonourdoingsofanykindwhatever,butsimplyonthegreat,grand,gloriousfact,thatafullpropitiationhasbeenmadeevenforthechiefofsinners,sothatwe,thoughthechiefp.32ofsinners,arenolongerundertheguiltofsin;thenitisthatwediscoverthestrengthoftherockunderourfeet,and,restingonit,weneednootherstay.Itisenough,forChristhathdied,andthroughHimGodisreconciled.Blessed!oh,blessedthatChristianbeliever,whocanthusrestinaperfectSaviour;andbekeptinperfectpeacethroughtheSaviour’sperfectwork!

Forthedecisionofthispoint,letuscomparethe18thand19thverses.Inv.18weread,— “Godhathgiventoustheministryofreconciliation.”Butinv.19thereisaslightvariation;butoneofgreatimportanceintheexpositionofthepassage;forwetherefind— “Hathcommittedtousthewordofreconciliation.”Thewordofreconciliation,therefore,isthesubstanceoftheministry:thegrandworkistomakeknowntheperfectreconciliationwroughtoutforusinChristJesus,toactontheexamplesetusbySt.Paulhimself,whenheburstoutinthegrandappealwhichfollows,andsaid,— “Now,then,weareambassadorsforChrist.AsthoughGoddidbeseechyoubyus,weprayp.63youinChrist’sstead,beyereconcileduntoGod.”

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  • 雨花郡主wkg06

     p.64Itisclearataglance,thatthereisnoallusionineitherofthesepassagestogeneralorhabitualconfession;andthatthecasecontemplatedisthatofapersontroubledbysomeparticularsinweighingontheconscience,andkeepingthesoulfrompeace.Itisjustinsuchacasethattheministryofthewordisrequiredforthehelpoftheindividual;andthatsomethingmoreiswantedthanthegeneralpreachingofthetruth.SuchapersonrequirestheGospeltobeappliedtohisownparticularanxiety,inorderthathemaybeassuredofGod’sforgivenessofthatparticularsinwhichkeepshissoulintrouble.ItisthisassurancewhichiscalledinthePrayer-book“absolution.”Thereisavastdifferencebetweenajudicialactofforgiveness,andadeclarationorassuranceoftheforgivenessbyGod.Thus,to“absolve”isnotto“forgive,”buttoassurethetroubledheartofthefullforgiveness,freelygranted,bytheLordHimself.[64]NothingcanbeclearerthanthisdistinctionintheabsolutionintheservicefortheVisitationoftheSick.“OurLordJesusChrist,whohathleftpowertoHisChurchtoabsolveallsinnerswhotrulyp.65repentandbelieveinHim,ofHisgreatmercyforgivetheethineoffences:andbyHisauthority,committedtome,Iabsolvetheefromallthysins,IntheNameoftheFather,andoftheSon,andoftheHolyGhost.Amen.”

  • 雪灵芝UCfGs

  • 如萱紫儿7mS7l

    IverilybelievethatthefactofthisDivineappointmentoftheministryistoooftenforgotten;andthattherebyGod’speople—andmoreparticularlyGod’sfaithfulministers—oftenmissthegreatencouragementtobederivedfromit.ThereisatendencyinsomemindstosupposethatGodgivesaspecialblessingonirregularefforts,andthatthestatedministryofGod’swordinchurchisnotaccompaniedbythesameblessingasthepreachingoflaymenintown-halls,iron-rooms,andtheatres.GodforbidthatIshouldspeakwiththesmallestdisrespectoftheseirregularefforts,forIrejoiceinthezealofthosewhomakethem,andIfirmlybelievethatinmanycasesGodhasgreatlyblessedthem;sothat,ifonlythesegentlemenwouldbutbecontenttoactwithGod’sappointedp.51ministry,insteadoftakingtheirowncourseentirelyindependentofit,Ibelievewemight,withgreatadvantagetoourselvesandourpeople,availourselvesoftheirdevotednessandpower.ButitwouldbeasintobelievethatGod’sblessingislimitedinanywaytothatwhichisirregular;thattheonlyfleeceonwhichthedewfailstodistilisthatwhichHeHimselfhasplacedtocatchit.IfHeHimselfhasgivenusourministry,ifHehasmadeusoverseersoftheflock,itwouldbedoubtingthefundamentalprinciplesofDivinefidelitytobelievethathavingcalledus,havingplacedus,andhavingHimselfgivenusourgreatcommission,Hewouldleaveustostruggleonalone,untaught,unaided,andunblessedbythepresenceandpoweroftheHolyGhost.WemayapplytotheministrywhatSt.PaulsaystotheChristian,— “FaithfulisHethatcallethyou,whoalsowilldoit;”andallofus,whetherministersorpeople,whilewelookforgreatgifts,greatblessings,andgreatresults,mayrestassuredthatGodisfaithful,andwillneverleavethosewhomHeHimselfhasappointedforHiswork.

  • 但法国BFDrF

     Letmebrieflygiveyoufourreasons.

  • 大笨蛋JLADg

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  • 扒皮成DXk1e

     

  • 草莓果UG3pv

    Buttheministryofthewordmustalsohaveitspubliccharacter,andthegladtidingsofreconciliationmustbepubliclypreachedtoaruinedworld.ItwasthisthatappearedtobetheprominentideaintheApostle’smindwhenhespokeoftheministryofreconciliation;forheatonceproceededtogiveaspecimenofitinthegreatappealwhichimmediatelyfollows:— “NowthenweareambassadorsforChrist,asthoughGoddidbeseechyoubyus:weprayyouinChrist’sstead,beyereconciledtoGod.Forhehathmadehimtobesinforus,whoknewnosin;thatwemightbemadetherighteousnessofGodinhim.”(2Cor.v.20,21.)

     Nor,again,isthissacrificethemeanswherebythegreatsacrificeisappliedtothesoul.Thisp.41isamorecommonideathantheother,andoneprevailingamongmanywhoarethoroughlyopposedtoPopery.ItisinharmonywithhumannaturetosupposethatwemustmakeoursacrificeinordertogainashareoftheblessingsofHis.Thuspeoplewillsometimesgiveup,firstonething,andthenanother,hopingbythesesacrificestofindpeacethroughthebloodofatonementoftheLordJesusChrist.TheyhavenoideaofbeingsavedthroughanythingbutthegreatsacrificeoftheLordJesusChrist;buttheyconsiderthattheymustmaketheirsacrificeinordertosecuretheapplicationofhisworktothemselves.Thisistheprincipleofalmostallself-imposedmortifications.Peoplehopethroughthemtobepartakersofreconciliationthroughthegreatatonement.Yetnoneofthesethingssatisfythesoul.Ihavemyselfknownpersonswhohaveresolutelymadetheeffort,bututterlyfailed.Theyhavebecomeanxiousabouttheirsoul,andsettoworktoreachthecrossofChristbypersonalself-denial.Theyhavegivenuptheirdifferentpursuitsonebyone;butatlengththeyhavefoundthatnothinghasdonethemanygood.Theyhavebeenjustasfarfromthepeaceofreconciliationastheyp.42werethedaytheybegan.Noneofthesesacrificeshadhelpedthemintheleast.No,andnonecouldhelpthem.Nothingcouldhelpthembutafreejustificationthroughfaith,andfaithalone;andthat,thankGod!atlasttheyhavefoundsufficient.Andsowilleveryotherguiltysinnerwhothrowshimselfinutterhelplessness,tobefreelyforgiven,andfreelysaved,bythegreatgraceofGodinChristJesus.Letnonesuppose,then,thatanysacrificewhichwecanrendercanevermakeuspartakersofthegreatsalvationoncepurchasedbytheonesacrificeoftheLordJesusChrist.Thissalvationisgivenonaltogetherdifferentterms.Itisgivenasafreegifttothosewhocanproducenothing;agiftbestowedinunfetteredmercyonthosewhocanonlysay,inthelanguageofthehymn:

  • 绿卡纸RwmUN

    p.23Thepointofcontrast,therefore,isthis,thatintheceremoniallawtherewasamultitudeofsacrificesdaybyday,andyearbyyear,repeated;whereasinthenewcovenanttherewasbutone,andthatoneeffectualforever.Intheonetherewasmultiplicity,intheotheroneness;intheoneunceasingrepetition,intheotheronefinalact,whichsetthewholeatrestforever.Thecontraststandsoutsoplainlythathemayrunthatreadethit.Nay,more,itiswrittenwiththatperfectclearness,andoften-repeatedstatement,thatIconfessmyselfperfectlyunabletocomprehendhowanyperson,readingthesetwochapters,witharealdesiretodiscoverthemindoftheSpirit,canarriveattheconclusionthattherecanbeanyrepetitionofthesacrificeoftheLordJesusChristunderanyformwhatever,oranysupplementaryworkofanykindwhatevertocompleteorfillupHisoneperfectsacrificeforsin.

     Now,onwhatdoesallthistremendousfabricrest?WhatisthereinthewordofGodtowarrantit?WhatisthereintheScripturesoftruthtogiveasanctiontosuchasystem?SofarasthewordofGodisconcernedallhangsontheonetext,“Thisismybodywhichisgivenforyou:thisdoinremembranceofme.”p.12TothesewordsRomanistsappealagainandagain,asiftheytaughtthedoctrine,whereasthemostcursorystudyofthedifferentpassagesinwhichtheyarecontainedissufficienttoshowthattheymeannothingofthekind.

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