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worker? His work, which, apart from Him, is nothing, has been wondered at, studied and even worshipped; while He, Who is All, has been forgotten, and His very existence denied.

X. In a world where God is so hidden, it is not possible that Godlike souls should be at home. Their portion cannot be in that which is foreign to their deepest affections. Where God is hidden from view, there, the light, the joy, the treasure of Godlike souls must also be hidden from view. Godlike souls and their inheritance must be as distinct from the world in which they now are, as God is distinct from the solar energies, by which He quickens and preserves life in nature. "The Lord knoweth them that are His.” And they know that their kingdom is "not of this world."

But the eternal fortune of Godlike souls is hidden, in the same manner as seed is hidden in the earth. It is hidden, not that it may remain hidden, but that in due time, it may shew itself. If that which is sown has life in it, it will grow, and insist upon manifestation. God has certainly sown this creation with His own seed; and the seed of God must be pregnant with Divine energy, and therefore must be effectual for its revelation, in its own time.

"Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart."

XI. By the righteous and the upright in heart, we are to understand the friends and children of God, in opposition to the friends and children of the world. "The children of the flesh, these are not the children of God." "Ye are the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus." He is "the Light of the world," and all those who derive their life from Him, are "children of light" and heirs of light. Who can doubt that the whole universe is sown with light and glory, prosperity and joy, for the children of God? No one can imagine it to be otherwise. The plan and constitution of the universe must be such, that, in the end, it shall bring forth glory and pleasure to the household of God. In the meantime, He bids them, under all their sorrows, to rejoice in hope: their Harvest is When God receives His final income from this universe, (He will receive it,) then His children will receive their fortune. God's inheritance and theirs are the same.


XII. In order to give proof of “the faith and patience" of His children, God has appointed them, for a set time, to be tempted by the false

light, the false prosperity, and the false pleasure. The children of the world flourish like a green bay tree, while the children of faith lie under their Cross. The former have their Paradise, the latter are waiting for theirs. But as the eclipse of the sun is only for a brief space: so also, in relation to eternity, it is only for a little while, that the light and glory of the world will eclipse the Light and Glory, which are the hope of Godlike souls. Their light, their prosperity and joy, are not yet; but they are sown. And nothing is so certain to spring and thrive, as the glory and gladness of the Kindred of God. "Blessed are ye that weep now, for ye shall laugh.' "Woe unto you that laugh now, for ye shall mourn and weep."


XIII.-Light and gladness are sown in God's children, and sown in the whole universe for them, as they were once sown in Christ. The True Eternal Light was sown in Him from His conception. But like sown seed, it was so hidden that no one knew Him, neither could know Him, except by express revelation from His Father, in Heaven. few chosen witnesses were permitted once to see the Eternal Light break forth from its hiding-place and suffuse all His garments. And they saw, and bare record that the very Ground and Source of all Glory


and Joy were there. They cried out: "Master, it is good for us to be here." But the vision was but for a moment. The Eternal Splendour became entombed in His flesh again, as before.

XIV. But the Divine Glory which was sown in Christ is risen in Him. "The Lord is risen indeed." What was hidden and buried in Him, during His humiliation, is come abroad. The glory of God set in Adam; but behold, it is risen again in Second Adam. The glory of God will as certainly have a universal resurrection, as Christ is risen. He is but the First fruits of the whole harvest. God is sure of His own. And whatever is sure to God, is sure also to those who are His. God has no harvest apart from His children. His glory and joy are sown in them, and for them. Their glory and joy are the resurrection of God's seed from within them, and the outshining of the same from them. The seed of God is the Life of His Son; and its development is the glorification of His children.

XV. The birth of Christ into nature was the Glory of the Only Begotten of the Father, coming into the world, under the eclipse of our flesh;teaching us that all the heirs of God, during

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mortal life, are under an eclipse. rection, that which eclipsed the glory, is eclipsed by the glory. No more eclipse for the Man Christ Jesus, in Himself. In His members, He is still under eclipse. But neither He nor they will rest till they are like Him. I passed by the November corn-field, and lo, I saw nothing but earth, looking so cold and dreary, under a dull chilly sky; but I passed by the same field the following August, and no earth was visible, for it was covered with its golden crop, and above it, a brilliant sky without a cloud. Has the material universe fallen into a long November? Be of good cheer, the Eternal August is coming.

XVI-During the seed-time of this mortallife, is it not better to be Lazarus, clothed with cold poverty, but with the Eternal Light and Gladness sown in him, than to be Dives, with his light and gladness crowning him already, (a light and gladness, not of the Divine sort,) but with eternal darkness and sorrow sown in him? O all ye, who are compassed about with your own sparks, beware, lest your sparks should occupy and infatuate you, until your seed-time is passed, and the eternal glory and gladness not sown in you. Can any thing be more melancholy, than the prospect of all your sparks

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