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seek the Spirit, Christ's consecration by which to consecrate ourselves, God's supreme gift, the Comforter, by whom to give ourselves to God. Oh, Holy Spirit, who dost make our bodies Thy habitation, consecrate that in which Thou dost dwell, that it may be a vessel unto honour, sanctified and meet for the Master's use, and prepared unto every good work."



"FAITH saves us; but how?-by making us aware of Christ, who saves. Faith does not make things what they are, but shows us them as they are in Christ. Certain systems lay a pressure upon the subjective side greater than the spirit of man is at all times able to bear; working out all things from the depths of individual consciousness as if truths were not there at all until they are manifestly there for us. Happy for us if Christ can look there and find His own image reflected, however faintly; but we must look at Him, at the sun in the heavens, not at the sun in the brook, its broken and ever varying reflection."-Dora Greenwell.


'IF we can learn aright how Christ was sealed, we shall learn how we are sealed. The sealing of Christ by the Father was the communication of the Holy Ghost in all His fullness to Him, authorizing Him unto and acting His Divine power in all the acts and duties of His office, so as to evidence the presence of God unto Him and appropriation of Him. So in God's sealing of believers He owns them and gives them His Holy Spirit to fit them for their relations, to enable them unto their duties, to act their new principles, and every way to discharge the work they are called to do. He gives them the Spirit of power, of love, and of a sound mind. And hereby does God seal them."-John Owen.



AITH in the promise and in the person of


Jesus Christ is that which secures salvation to us; the enduement of the Holy Spirit is that which gives us power in labouring for the salvation of others. The word on which we rest for the one blessing is, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on Me hath everlasting life"; the word on which we rest for the other blessing is, "Ye shall receive power after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you." And we find in Scripture that there are two seals for attesting these two promises :—

"He that hath received His testimony hath set to his seal that God is true" (John iii. 33).

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'After that ye believed ye were sealed with the Holy Spirit of Promise" (Eph. i. 13).

Very simple and beautiful is the way of faith as described in the first of these texts. To believe what God says concerning His Son is the first requirement for obeying the Gospel. Faith simply believes what God has declared, and accepts what He has done for us through the redemption of His Son. And here is the sharp distinction between

him that believeth and him that believeth not. God has borne witness to His Son that He is the Christ. "Who is a liar but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ?" asks John; but "Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God," * says the same Apostle. Such is the great gulf between faith and unbelief. Again, God has declared that we have life in His Son, and in Him alone. "And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in His Son." But says the Scripture once more, "He that believeth not God hath made Him a liar because he believeth not the record that God gave of His Son"; while on the contrary," he that receiveth His testimony hath set to his seal that God is true."

Now we cannot emphasize the fact too strongly, that it is faith in the Son of God and faith only by which we are saved. Feeling may act very powerfully in connection with the Spirit's work in us, but it is faith alone that can appropriate Christ's work for us. And in no way can we so honour God as by taking His promise, "He that believeth on the Son hath life," and stamping it with the signet of our faith- "That is true." Not because we have proved it or felt it, but because God has said it, is our assurance. "Said I not unto thee that if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldst see the glory of God?" asks Jesus. Our order would have been, let me first see and then I will believe.


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