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name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The Mighty God, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government there shall be no end upon the throne of David, and upon His kingdom, to order it and establish it for ever.” And ere Christ was born the angel appeared to Mary His Mother, and said His name was to be called Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest. The Lord God shall give Him the throne of Duvid His Father.” So that we have indisputable evidence that Christ was the One of whom all these things were written.
This being so, we are led to ask, What is the meaning of this title? Did Jesus ever reign as King of the Jews ? We know He did not. Once it is true there was a plot got up amongst some of His followers to take Him by force and crown Him; but Jesus, being aware of it, got out of the way. Yet the Jews were expecting such a king. Jesus once asked of the Pharisees, What think ye of Christ? or in other words, What is your opinion of the Christ whom you expect? They reply, “He is the son of David ;"—meaning that the one they looked for was to be a prince of the royal line of David, who should rule over them. And they were right. Christ did not deny it, but put the matter in another form by asking them, If He were the Son of David, how did David in the spirit call Him Lord ? This they could not answer, as they did not understand it, nor can we. The two-fold nature of Christ — God and Man-is beyond our comprehension. The minds of the Pharisees were not prepared to receive such a manifestation of the love of God. We by faith accept and rejoice in it, but can no more understand it than did these Pharisees. If our Lord was not King of the Jews when on earth-we ask again, Has He been King over them since ? No; for we all know how unrelenting has been the hatred of the Jewish nation to our Saviour through all the ages past. “ We will not have this Man to reign over us,” is still their cry. In what way then are we to regard this title : is it an unmeaning phrase, an empty sound ? It cannot be. A title, authority, and rule, foretold by inspired prophets, declared by angels, and owned by Christ himself, is not a meaningless thing. If not fulfilled in the past, nor being fulfilled in the present, it points forward to a time when it shall be fulfilled. What then is the Saviour's kingdom? We reply, It is a kingdom not yet established, but will be established : a sovereignty not yet begun, but will be begun when God's ancient and chosen people will rejoice in the presence of their King, and all the glorious things spoken of Zion will be accom. plished.
2nd. Where will Christ's kingdom be estahlian As we think of this, our mind
mous are naturally drawn to a part of the world that
votms ever to have been in the mind of God, chosen and beloved -a land honoured by the footprints of His Son, and endeared to all true believers in Christ as the scene of his life and sufferings ; and to a city whose name is as familiar to us as our own. a city over which the heart of our Saviour yearned so much, that He wept over it. Can we fully realise such a spectacle as God in the person of Jesus Christ weeping over a city? No other city in the world can claim such honour but Jerusalem. Beloved Jerusalem must have been indeed dear to Him, who in the days of His humiliation and in the prospect of His
own sufferings, could be so much moved by the sorrows in store for her as to cause such tears to flow. And shall He not return and restore and make Jerusalem yet the praise of the earth? We are not left in much doubt on this matter; it is clearly shown that at Jerusalem our Saviour will establish His kingdom. The angel said to Mary, “ To Him shall be given the throne of David His Father.” When we speak of God's throne, we say, that is in heaven. But David's throne was not in heaven. David's throne was in Jerusalem; if Jesus is to possess the throne of David it cannot mean a throne in heaven, but on earth, where David ruled, - even Jerusalem. The prophecies also point to a King, a successor of David, ruling over the house of Israel.
In the second Psalm, after describing the vain resistance of the nations, David says, “ He that sitteth in the heavens, shall laugh and have them in derision;" and God's answer to the nations is, “ Yet have I set My King upon My holy bill of Zion;" or as it reads in the margin, “ Upon Zion the hill of My holiness." David further declares in another Psalm, “ When the Lord shall build up Zion, He shall appear in His glory;" and looking forward to that glorious time. The prophet Micah tells us, as in our lesson, that then“ The law shall go forth from Zion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.” We cannot mistake these names. Zion and Jerusalem are not places in heaven, but on earth, hallowed for past associations, destined yet to be more glorious still ; and doubt, as some may, these things must be and will be, and unspeakable blessings shall follow to nations and to individuals, “For the mouth of the Lord of hosts hath spoken it (Micah i. 1 to 4.)
3rd. When will Christ's kingdom be established ?
We can only briefly look at this question, as our time is nearly gone. But ever since our Saviour gave the promise to His disciples that he would return, longing eyes have been looking forward with earnest hope and expectation, but the time has not yet come. “Of that day and hour knoweth no man but My Father only." Still it will come, though He tarry and the time seems long. Yet at the appointed hour He will return-of this we are assured. Listen to Peter addressing the men of Israel in the temple. What does he say?“Repent ye, therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord, and He shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you.
Whom the he must ranninn
Cuvaru unul ine times of restitution of all things." Take notice of that word until : it marks a limit; things will not always go on as they are. Yet again, listen to David-words especially referred to by our Saviour, as being uttered by direction of the Spirit -words quoted by the Apostle Peter at Pentecost, and referred to in several of the epistles, therefore of no little importance ; they are these :
6. The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit Thou at My right hand until I make Thine enemies Thy footstool.”
Christ is now in heaven, seated at the right hand of God, waiting, or as we read in Hebrews, “ from henceforth expecting,” until the time shall come, whep His enemies shall be put under His feet, and the power and dominion and rule shall be His alone. The first time He came it was to suffer, the second time it will be to reign ; and in the long interval between, His faithful followers are inspired to carry on His
glorious work, ever looking forward to the “day of His appearing," and ever praying for that time in the words taught by Jesus Himself, repeated from generation to generation : “ Thy kingdom come.” And there are not wanting many signs in our day that seem to indicate that it cannot now be far off; and when it does come, then will be fulfilled the beautiful words we have loved to sing, " Awake, awake, put on thy strength, O Zion! put on thy beautiful garments, 0 Jerusalem! Loose thyself from the bands of thy neck. O captive daughter of Zion! shake thyself from the dust, O Jerusalem, thou holy city !" “ Then will the glory of the Lord be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together." "And the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea." Then will be fulfilled the glorious words that are sung from time to time by us, to the music—shall I not say the inspired music?—of Handel: “Hallelujah, for the kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign for ever.”
No one can presume to say such a thing has been accomplished yet. No, my young friends, we are taught to look forward and to look upward, to rejoice in the prospect of a returning Saviour. For those whose hearts are given to Him now, shall reign with Him then; those who love Him now, then He will own and bless. This is the object of our teaching, that you may be ready to receive Him, for the time is at hand. “He which testifies these things, saith, Surely I come quickly.” Even so, Lord Jesus, come. Amen.
AN ACROSTIC. SCRIPTURE QUESTIONS. ANSWERS TO SCRIPTURE QUESTIONS. 1. What did Jesus say to the 1. M y house shall be called the money - changers in the
house of prayer.
(Matt. temple ?
xxi. 13.) 2. What does Peter say Christians 2. A n answer to every one that should be ready to give ?
asketh the reason of the hope that is in you. (1 Pet. iii. 15.)
1.11. effactioned with 8. What does Paul say Christians 8. B 8 Kiuusy should be one to another ?
xii. 10.) 4. What does Jude
Christians 4. E arnestly contend for the should do ?
faith which was
5. What does Paul say Christians
should be ready for ? 6. What does John say God is ?
5. Ready for every good work.
(Titus iii. 1.) 6. L ight, and in Him is no
darkness at all. (1 John
7. What does Paul say the pro
mises in Christ are ?
7. Y ea and Amen.
8. What does Paul say the Co
rinthians were waiting for ? 9. What does Isaiah say to the
people ? 10. What does Jeremiah say the
people should do ?
ciples he was going to do
8. Coming of our Lord Jesus
Christ. (1 Cor. i. 7.) 9. H ear and your soul shall live.
(Isaiah liii. 3.) 10. A sk for the old path where
is the good way. (Jer.
vi. 16.) 11. Prepare a place for you.
(John xiv. 2.)
12. What does Paul say is written ? 12. E ye hath not seen, nor ear
heard, neither hath entered into the heart of man what God hath prepared for them that love Him.
ii. 9) 13. What did John the Baptist say 13. L amb of God, which taketh Jesus was?
away the sin of the world.
(John i. 29.) The initials to the answers give the name of the place where these truths are unfolded—Maberly Chapel.
S. J. T.
THE UNPARDONABLE SIN.
final rejection of the love of God in DEAR Sir,—Mr. Rotherham's Christ, but this can only be by way article in your last issue has pleased of accommodation, which is mostly me much. Do you not think, how- very undesirable. Mr. Rotherham ever, that the “ Unpardonable Sin," also quotes two passages from the referred to by him on page 474, Epistle to the Hebrews, which have was distinctly, as we are told in the positively scared many an earnest Word, confined to those who at- timid one by their not recognising tributed the miracles of our Lord the fact that they were adiiressed to the power of Satan? Thus they to those who, having already left blasphemed against the Holy Ghost. Judaism for Christ, were exposed I am sure you will see with me bow on all sides to the sin of apostasy. very important it is never to quote The writer of the Epistle tells such a passage apart from its context. tempted ones, in chapter x. 26, Many sensitive, morbid people have that if they sin wilfully after,' lost their reason on this subject, as &c., there remaineth no more, i.e., well as upon the one against which no other sacrifice for sins. you have so ably contended for so as far as I understand, a faithful long a period. I do not see how word of warning, but certainly not the sin against the Holy Ghost, as intended to show them that they committed in our Lord's time, can had irremediably sinned. be comunitted now, for the oppor- The other passage is in chapter tunity is over. Some people, I vi. 4-6 : “ It is impossible to renew believe, consider it to consist in the them again unto repentance," or
change of mind. They had changed their mind from Judaism to Christ, If they apostatised from Him it was impossible to renew them again to another change of mind-they could only return from whence they
It is, I think, most evident that neither of these passages refers to any but those to whom they were addressed.
It is terrible for any in this dis
pensation of noon-tide grace to be-
L. E. N.
Important Discoveries, among which to deliver society and nations from
are the long-lost New and Oid the manifold evils which oppress
Was Jesus of Nazareth the ProTwo hundred and fifty pages of in- mised Messiah? By a Laynan. describable rubbish.
London: S. W. Partridge & Co. The Sublime Porte.
Tais sixpenny pamphlet will, if we The remarkable essay, with this
mistake not, secure a large circle of title, by Major Phillips, which re
readers. If quiet unpretending cently appeared in this Journal, merit, clear, logical thinking, and X a may be had of Mr. Stock, price
pleasant style of writing be comtwopence.
mendations, this pamphlet has
them. But the subject itself is the Biblical Things not Generally
Generally great attraction. In these sixty Known. Second Series. Stock.
pages the author has managed to This book is entertaining as well present an argument which might instructive. Its paragraphs
have extended to a large volume, illustrate many a text of Scrip- There is a deep pathos in the fact ture.
that he turned to this subject tor
bis own consolation under a heavy The Religious and Social Question.
bereavement. The precious little By Isaac Pereire. Translated by
book should be placed by thousands Miss Twemlow. Stock,
in the hands of city missionaries, INTERESTING speculative Essays ; and in those of missionaries to thie but that is all. “ The Church,” Jews. We hope this hiut will not any Church, all Churches will fail be lost.
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