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ages will be surely brought to heaven, and dwell in the presence of His glory for ever, we believe there is a special promise of blessing in this passage to those who are waiting for Christ to come and take them up to be with Him where He is. The christian character can never be fully formed without this hope. Hence the mighty difference, both as to inward blessedness and outward development of christian character, when this hope rules in all things. “Every man,” says John, “ that hath this hope in him purifieth himself even as he is pure.” Not that he is pure as Christ is

pure,

but Christ is his standard, and he purifies himself as He is pure. What is to govern the affections, what is to subdue the will, what is to wither up the glory of this world, if the Person and return of Christ are not before the believer as the very sum and substance of his Christianity? The believer that thinks the coming of the Lord means nothing more than His coming for us at death, can scarcely rise above the hope of being saved at last, and is often afflicted with doubts and fears. Besides, the scriptures speak of Christ. coming “a second time,” whereas, if He came for believers at their death, He must have come millions of times.

When Christ, risen and glorified, is before the soul as its all-governing object, the Holy Ghost feeds and nourishes that soul as with the marrow and fatness of the truth of God. By the teaching of the Holy Spirit he sees that blessed One in the glory as his life and righteousness in the presence of God. And if Christ be his righteousness there, absolute perfection is his; he must be presented without blame before God. And if Christ be his life, he has a divine capacity to enjoy

those things which are above, where Christ sitteth, and not only with joy, but with exceeding joy. Conscious union with the Head will also be a present result of the Holy Ghost in us, and a desire to walk consistently therewith. "It is important to observe," says one," the way in

" which the Spirit of God speaks, in the epistles, of a power that can keep us from every fall, and unblameable; so that a thought only of sin is never excusable. It is not that the flesh is not in us, but that, with the Holy Ghost acting in the new man, it is never necessary that the flesh should act or influence our life. (Compare 1 Thess. v. 22.) We are united to Christ, He represents us before God, He is our righteousness. But at the same time, He who, in His perfection, is our righteousness is also our life; so that the Spirit aims at the manifestation of this same perfection, practical perfection, in the daily life. He who says, I abide in him, ought to walk as he walked.' The Lord also says, • Be ye therefore perfect, as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.' "*

Thus Jude winds up his brief epistle by bringing before us our present position of security and blessing, and our future of joy and glory, in full conformity to the image of the blessed Lord Himself. “ We know that when he shall appear, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.” Oh, that these precious words, with which Jude closes his epistle, may challenge every heart that reads them! Am I thus waiting for Christ ? Am I rejoicing in the hope of being presented faultless before the presence of His glory with exceed

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ing joy ? Am I keeping myself in the love of God ? Am I building up myself on my most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, and looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life?

May the Lord bless His own word to our souls, keep us from every kind of failure, enabling us to glorify

Him in our walk and conversation, so shall we ascribe 1 unto Him the glory and majesty, dominion and power,

both now and for ever. Amen.

GOD'S LOVE AND MAN'S WORLD.

John's first Epistle brings out the contrast of the Father's heart and the world very distinctly. In it the world is characterised by seven things : in chapter ii. 16 it is a

LUSTFUL WORLD.

Man's eye, ear, and heart are all tainted with the corrupt lusts of the world, which drown men in perdition. Notwithstanding all the learning and refinement abroad, the root of evil is untouched, the bad soil of the human heart producing the noxious weeds of uncleanness, fornication, idolatry, and lasciviousness.

In the second place, in chapter ii. 17, we learn that

it is a

TRANSIENT WORLD.

Its pleasures are only for a season, its sins have their termination, its hopes are blighted, its ambition disappointed — evanescent, passing, transient is stamped upon it; the feet which trod the earth gaily, soberly,

; or sadly a century ago, now, for the most part, lie mouldering in the cold, silent grave.

Again, we learn (chap. iii. 1) that it is an

IGNORANT WORLD,

“ The world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.” Alas, for its boasted intelligence, knowledge, and wisdom; the light (Christ) shining in darkness only discovered how black and deep that darkness was; and it is the same world still, the mystery of godliness has never been unravelled by the wise ones here, for the world by wisdom knew not God, and it is true to-day that some have not the knowledge of God—this is spoken to their shame.

But not only is man's mind blinded by the ignorance that is in him, but we learn that he can hate what he does not understand ; and so chapter iii. 13 reveals it as a

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HATEFUL WORLD.

It hated Christ when He was on earth; it hates those who are Christ's now, for no other reason than that the heart of man, which is so dark that it cannot understand God, is so utterly ruined, that it is full of enmity against that which it cannot understand or appreciate, and can hate that which is light and purity, because it is filthy and corrupt; so that the two things which were true of Christ when here, should be true of all believers now; they are a misunderstood people, and a hated people.

In chapter v. 1-4 we learn that it is an

ANTI-CHRISTIAN WORLD.

Evil spirits, making use of the name of Christ, and personating the power of the Holy Ghost, were using men to blaspheme and deny the only true God and His Son Jesus Christ, by introducing a false Christ, and saying He was not a real man ; they sought to bring ruin and discredit upon the grand and glorious truths of Christianity, and verse 5 shews us how readily man drank in the poisoned lie of the serpent, and shews us a

DELUDED WORLD.

" The world heareth them;" it had no ear for Christ, no heart for Christ, charm He never so wisely ; but Satan's gilded chains inthral the minds of his willing captives; and to-day the world is characterised by the blinding of the God of this world, who has shrou.lel in deathly deceit the hearts of those that believe note On the other hand, those who are not of this world, but are of God, are those who have heard God's word, believed that the true Christ of God, the Son of th> Father, came from God, and instead of listening to the lie of Satan, “hear us" (ver. 6), that is, the apostles, those whom God used to convey His mind in His word; and as the Lord says, “My sheep hear my voice," all who have not heard His voice are deluded still by the voices not of God, and, alas ! prove that, instead of being children in the Father's many-mansioned house, they belong to a

SATANIC WORLD,

For “the whole world lieth in wickedness" (chap. v. 19), or in the arms of the “wicked one.” Imagine the darling babe of your bosom enveloped in the coils of a deadly serpent, whose glittering eyes and deadly fangs await in gloating desire the life of its victim, and you have a faint picture of this lustful, transient, ignorant, hateful, anti-christian, deluded, Satanic world, the end of which will be, for all who belong to it,

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