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sins. The fortress of Past Transgression, like Jericho, still bars the way.

The only scheme of salvation which has ever met the necessities of the case is briefly comprehended in these words: “God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life.” The past is thus disposed of and the future is overarched with a rainbow of hope. And "there is none other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved."

The whole campaign is thus indicated in one word, “Believe”; that is, Believe in Christ and accept him as your deliverer from sin!

IV. The next thing that Faith does is to get hold of a promise.

In the case of Joshua, the promise was one which had been given to Abraham four hundred years before. It was now renewed by the Captain of the Lord's host, who said, “I will deliver Jericho into thy hand." That was enough for Joshua. He accepted it.

It is a great thing at the outset to have a promise. A young man writing me from a Western town says, “I am ambitious to come to New York and make my way. Can you give me a word of encouragement? I must have something to bank

What enheartenment there is in a word of divine assurance! A soul going on to eternity needs something "to bank on”; and the Bible is full of exceeding great and precious promises.


But, as to the matter of personal salvation, they are all reduced to one, namely, “He that believeth on the Lord Jesus Christ shall be saved." Here is no if, or perhaps, or peradventure; the word is "shall.” Let the doubting soul get hold of that promise, meditate upon it, spread it out before God and rest on it.

As the plan of salvation is an old one, so is this promise a tried one. No man ever trusted in it and lost his life. Heaven is full of redeemed sinners who have accepted it and gone on past Jericho into the Land of Inheritance; and they sing, "Worthy art Thou to receive honor, and glory, and power and dominion; for Thou hast redeemed us !"

V. Then, having learned the divine plan and gotten hold of the promise, Faith proceeds to busi


Joshua and the Children of Israel did precisely as the Angel of the Covenant required them to do; they formed in line, took the Ark with them, kept silence in the ranks and went round and round the city.

On the first day the guards standing on the ramparts of Jericho saw the strange procession come down the road from Gilgal and begin its march.

On the second day they, no doubt, remarked upon the singularity of the proceeding.

On the third day they exchanged glances and smiled.

On the fourth, many of the citizens of Jericho turned out to see the grotesque pantomime.

On the fifth, there was increasing hilarity.

On the sixth, they laughed aloud and shouted at the marchers. There were the same priests, the same rams' horns, the same wooden chest, the same solemn, silent procession. If the onlookers were given to rhyming, they said something like this: "The King of France, with twice ten thousand men, Marched up the hill and then marched down again.”

On the seventh day the procession, having completed its singular performance, did not turn again into the Gilgal road, but kept on until it had compassed the city seven times. Then on reaching the great gate of Jericho it paused; the priests lifted the twisted horns to their lips and sounded a blast, whereat all the armed men began to shout with one accord, “Jehovah nissi! The Lord our banner!" Thereupon the people standing on the walls felt the solid foundations under their feet begin to shake and tremble as if ten thousand giants were tugging at them. They laughed no more, but clung to one another with blanched faces; and in another moment the bulwarks reeled, tottered, and fell asunder! Then, amid the cries of the wounded and dying, over the ruined walls the army of Israel marched into Jericho, "every man straight before him." The faith of Joshua was vindicated. The word of the Lord endureth forever. His name is Yea and Amen.

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God honors faith. Faith is the victory that overcometh the world. Faith is the secret of eternal life.

But faith without works is dead. The man who truly believes proceeds to act. “Whatsoever the Lord saith unto you, do it.” The pathway of salvation is that of exact obedience. A passive faith is no faith at all. People do not reach heaven by sitting in their pews and singing hymns.

Off yonder is a vessel on the sea; let us hail it:
“Ship ahoy!"
Aye, aye.
"Whither are you bound?”
“To Canaan's happy shore."
“Where's your skipper ?”'
"Down below."
"Where's your helmsman ?”
“Down below."
“Where are your crew?"
"Down below."
“What are you doing?”

"You'll never get there !"
And they never will. People do not reach Ca-
naan's happy shore that way. The Israelites did
not pass the fortress of Jericho by staying in camp.
Our Lord said that heaven is for those who "strive
to enter in."

So, then, the secret of life is to believe in Christ and act accordingly. It is to take God precisely at his word, when he says that the blood of

Jesus Christ cleanseth from all sin. This is the Gospel which, as Paul says, is a stumbling block to the Jews and foolishness to the Greeks; but to them that believe, the wisdom and power of God.

In the possession of this secret, and in pursuance of the divine plan thus marked out, the followers of Christ are moving on to the conquest of the world. Their only weapon is the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Their preaching, by force of example as well as in pulpit ministration, is destined to overthrow all strongholds of evil. It is, indeed, "the foolishness of preaching,” and of itself as incompetent to save the world as were those rams' horns to blow down the walls of Jericho. To human eyes it is a hopeless task. This marching round and round, this blowing of horns, this silence, this shouting—is this all ?

Nay; add the power of God and you have victory. God must not be left out of the reckoning. God being with us, we shall win the world yet. We follow the divine plan. "He never fails who sides with God."

The Church is on the march. Shall I fall in line?

One of the memories of my boyhood is of an old soldier who had been a drummer boy at the battle of Trenton. How his dim eyes would glisten when he told of the part he had taken in the war for independence! A boy with a drum, only; but he did what was required of him.

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