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this was not the fruit of his "graceful oratory," which Franklin and Chesterfield so much admired; but of that power from on high which is promised to those who are ready to tarry in Jerusalem until they be endued with it. How significant the Apostle's description of effective preaching! "For

our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Ghost, and in much

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Words, kindled and glowing with the fire of intellectual excitement, can rouse and thrill and overpower, till the effect seems something quite supernatural. But intellect and the Holy Spirit must not be confounded. The highest reach of genius comes far short of the lowest degree of inspiration. To electrify a hearer is one thing; to bring a hearer prostrate at the feet of Jesus is quite another. The one effect is "in word only"; the other is "in power and in the Holy Ghost." And the latter result we have often seen accomplished through the plainest speech, and by the humblest instruments. But how subtle and elusive is the "power"! He who desires it for the sake of being great, can no more have it than Simon Magus could buy it with money. How many a servant of God has quenched the Spirit in his inordinate desire to shine; how often has the soul-winner gone out of the pulpit because the orator has come in and filled the entire foreground with himself. So then the

* I Thess. i. 5.

rhetorician cannot teach us the secret. He can help us in word only. The consecration, by which we put ourselves utterly into the hands of God, to be subject to His will and to be swayed by His Spirit, is the only true pathway to power.

Of course as there are diversities of gifts from the same Spirit, so the manifestations of spiritual energy will be widely various.

We will select an example which stands in total contrast from that just considered. Stephen Grellet, the saintly Quaker, was endued with extraordinary power as a witness for Christ. "Over two hemispheres he bore a testimony adapted, with marvellous wisdom, alike to dwellers in palaces and in slaves' huts; to the inmates of ecclesiastical mansions and common jails, and yet none the less suited to the periodic meetings of Friends, and to large assemblies of Roman Catholics and Protestants, in Europe and America."* His was pre

eminently a ministry of love. The word in the mouth of Whitfield was a sharp two-edged sword, piercing and wounding unto life eternal. From the lips of Grellet that word distilled like the dew, even

as the dew of Hermon that descended upon the mountains of Zion; for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evermore."

If we ask whence this strange enchantment which he threw over human hearts so that they opened to his words irresistibly, in spite of prejudice and stern

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Life of Stephen Grellet," by William Guest, p. 3.

tradition, the answer is easily found. It was the love of Christ acting divinely through one who had given himself up to be led of God, and who, as he wrote on the last page of his journal, had learned the habit of " keeping a single eye to the putting forth of the Divine Spirit." This good man had had his Pentecost,-blessed and never to be forgotten, from which he dated a new enduement of power. Referring to the time and place of this transaction he says:

"There the Lord was pleased, in an humbling and memorable manner, to visit me again and to comfort me. I had gone into the woods, which are there mostly of very lofty and large pines, and my mind being inwardly retired before the Lord, He was pleased so to reveal His love to me, through His blessed Son, my Saviour, that many fears and doubts were at that time removed, my soul's wounds were healed, my mourning was turned into joy. He clothed me with the garment of praise, instead of the spirit of heaviness, and He strengthened me to offer up myself again freely to Him and to His service for my whole life. Walk, O my soul, in that path which thy blessed Master has trodden before thee and has consecrated for thee. Be willing also to die to thyself, that thou mayest live through faith in Him."

Here is a life which constituted a kind of living exegesis of that text, " speaking the truth in love." And, accustomed as we are to measure power by outward demonstration, it furnishes a most instructive lesson for us. Two chemical elements which are very mild and innocuous in themselves, often

have prodigious energy when combined. So it is of love and truth. Those who preach love alone are often the weakest and most ineffective witnesses for Christ. Those who preach the truth alone, not infrequently demonstrate the feebleness of a soulless orthodoxy. But the truth in love is vital, penetrating, and has the dynamic force which we seek. See how Paul, the apostle of truth, and John, the apostle of love, match and supplement each other on this point. "Speaking the truth in love," writes the one. "Unto the well-beloved Gaius, whom I love in the truth," writes, the other. Love furnishing the atmosphere of truth, the medium through which it shines, and by which it is transmitted; and truth lending its gravity and restraint to love, and so preventing it from flying off into a reckless and indiscriminate toleration, this is the combination which gives true power. "Grace is poured into thy lips; therefore God hath blessed thee for ever." Grace that wings the gentle speech; grace that imparts the heavenly unction; grace that is invested with "the irresistible might of weakness,"—this is the true secret of divine efficiency, and yet only half the secret. "Grace and truth came by Jesus Christ. Oh for a conformity to Christ and a non-conformity to the world, that shall enable us to grasp both these gifts! Then the highway of power will be open before us, and we may realize the beautiful ideal of the faithful witness : "He had eyes lifted up to heaven, the best of books was in his hand, the law of truth was

written upon his lips, the world was behind his back. He stood as if he pleaded with men ; and a crown of glory did hang over his head.” *

Let it not be presumed, however, that the way of consecration is a way exempt from sacrifices and perils. One who moves in this direction is certain to encounter the adversary at every step. The moment the believer makes any determined advance toward holiness, that moment the evil one moves up his picket line for desperate resistance. Pastor Blumhardt-who in this generation has wrought such conquests in prayer and faith-lays special emphasis on this point, telling us that "he who is ignorant of the wiles and artifices of the enemy, only beats the air, and the devil is not afraid of him." Let the reader study the life of this remarkable man, if he would learn what possibilities of spiritual power are still open to us. Amid the freezing rationalism of Tübingen University, here was one young heart which kept itself kindled with the fire of Pentecost, and by surrendering itself up n daily co nsecration, was preparing to give the world a living demonstration of the things which the learned men of that university had set themselves to deny. We see him raising the sick by his prayers, casting out devils, and bringing whole communities to the foot of the cross in penitence. But Satan was always at his right hand to resist him. "In interesting myself in behalf of one possessed," he writes, "I became

* Bunyan.

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