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ness, it is raised in power: it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.
So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory! O Death, where is thy sting? O Grave, where is thy victory ? The sting of Death is Sin, and the strength of Sin is the Law; but thanks be to God which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Cor. xv. 42-44, 54–57.)
Another Sentence now has gone forth from the lips of the Eternal. A Sentence on whose awful issues hangs the bliss of Life that the shadow of Death can never darken, for it is everlasting Life; Life whose depths of purity Sin can never defile; Life whose joy is fathomless, and whose dwellingplace is beneath the overshadowing wings of the Most High ; Life, – that is one in God, and with God for ever! Or the Second Death,— the Death in which the Tempter of Man's soul must dwell for ever; the Second Death that those must suffer who, when the beloved Son of God gave His Life a Ransom, refuse to enter by that New and Living way; who sin against the Blood that would have brought them nigh, and justly die the Second Death, because they will not come to Him that they might have Life.' 'He that believeth not God hath made Him a liar, because he believeth not the Record that God gave of His Son. And this is the Record, ,
that God hath given to us eternal Life: and this Life is in His Son. He that hath the Son hath Life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not Life.” (1 John, v. 10-12.) He that believeth on Him is not Condemned : but he that believeth not is Condemned already, because he hath not believed in the Name of the only begotten Son of God.' (John, iii. 18.)
AND THIS IS THE PROMISE THAT HE HATH PROMISED US,
ETERNAL LIFE.'-1 JOHN, II. 25.
• AND the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou ?' What a question was
that when God was the Questioner! • Where · art thou?' Not where I placed thee at large in
this Garden I planted for thee; free, fearless, and glad at my Presence. Where art thou ? Lost to Me; lost to thyself. Guilty, ashamed, afraid, hiding thyself from the Light of my Presence, not by the Trees planted to shelter thee, but by Sin and its dark shadow, Death !
Sinful Man was admitted into the immediate Presence of the God against whom he had sinned. But that · sacred place made no change in him. Oppressed with guilt and shame, not able to lift up their face unto God, no godly sorrow filled their souls, no utterance breathed repentance. The soul, dead in Sin, lies hard and cold as a stone before God; if struck by the dread inquiry of the Truth, it may yield a spark of momentary light, or if some
beam divine falls on it, its surface may warm beneath the heavenly glow; but it neither melts nor softens to God; it is still to Him the heart of stone. Man may shine awhile with the traces of the beauty that the soul once had in God; but they are fading traces. The soul that having sinned has 110t been restored in Christ Jesus, is a ruined soul, lost and dead, and will in the end have to be hidden from the view of all whose life is hid with Christ in God. (Col. iii. 3.) The dead soul was not awakened, even though the voice of the Truth itself brought its Sin to remembrance.
But though as yet there was no change in Man's personal state, there was a change in his Place. Man in his Sin stood before God in His Holiness, and heard no curse uttered on his guilty head, felt no wrath. Not then did those dread lips pronounce the words, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the Devil and his angels.' (Matt. xxv. 41.) Man had cast off his allegiance to God, he had given it over to one who declared himself, by all he said, to be the enemy of the Most High; man had cast away his happy life, and chosen death ; but God left him not in the Death he had chosen. He called him unto Him, and questioned with him. He showed to man what it was to stand before Him helpless, hopeless, in his selfchosen Sin. • The long-suffering of God is salvation.' (2 Pet. iü. 15.)
Angels in their high estate, and evil spirits lost
for ever, might look upon the scene and wonder ; for it is written, 'A Fire goeth before Him, and burneth up His enemies round about Him.' (Ps. xcvii. 3.) Man had become God's enemy by wicked works; he had separated himself from the Author of his being, and the Giver of every good and perfect gift; he had rebelled against Him, set himself up to be as gods' against the will of the Most High; why then did not the Fire of God's wrath burn up these enemies round about Him? Why was God's Justice silent? How could the divine Holiness endure the dishonour of a broken Law ? and the creatures' Unbelief—that deepest insult to the God of Truth?
Ponder the solemn question. If the Justice of God could be set aside, and His Holiness stained by allowing Sin in His creatures; if the Holy Commandment delivered by God Himself could be broken, and the Word of the God of Truth disbelieved; if the creature could exalt himself against the Creator; if the creature so far as his own act was concerned could conspire to dethrone the Most High, and put the enemy of all Righteousness in the place of God in his soul and in the Universe ; if all this could be allowed, and God's Mercy pass over the wrong, who then could trust in God ? Where would be the Justice, the Holiness, the Truth of God? Who could tell that another time, God's Power might not set aside His Mercy, or His Pity to one offender violate His Truth to all the