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THE RAINBOW:

J Magazine of Christian Literature,

WITI SPECIAL REFERENCE TO

THE REVEALED FUTURE OF THE CHURCH AND THE WORLD.

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LONDON:
ELLIOT STOCK, 62, PATERNOSTER ROW, E.C

1876.

LONDON: CHALONER AND COOKE, PRINTERS,

OXFORD ARMS PASSAGE,

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Literature

94, 141, 188, 237, 334, 429, 477, 569

Living in the Will of God

101

Life Preserved through Death

130

Love of Gold

221

Life of Christ

241

My Experiences

317

Man giveth up the Ghost, and where is he?

410, 516

Man's Prerogative

420

Notices

142, 190, 239, 335, 384, 432, 480, 527, 571
Narrow Views

348
Our Future Home

542

Prophecy of the Seventy Weeks

22

Platform Testimony

49

Poetry-64, 128, 169, 181, 183, 213, 224, 800, 327, 362, 414,

467, 494, 501, 540, 555

Paul's Desire to Depart

170

Prudence of Christ

518

Parabolic Trinity

532

Paraphrased Prophecies

541

Questions on Eternal Torments

182
River of Life

154
Revelation of Jesus Christ

246, 310, 352
Raising of Samuel

403
Separateness of the Church

64
Salvation- What does it Mean ?

150
Statement of the Doctrine of Life in Christ

267
Servile Interpretation of Scripture

494

Thoughts on the First Psalm

97

Times of Restoration of All Things

117, 175, 357, 501
Temple of Jerusalem

137
Two World-embracing Epitaphs

208
The Soventy Heptads and the Antichrist

319

The Rich Man and Lazarus

337

Things which must be Hereafter

385
Undisguised Scepticism

511, 556
What Hope we for?

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THE RAINBOW:

I Magazine of Christian Literature, with Special Reference to the

Bebealed future of týe Church and the World.

JANUARY 1, 1876.

THE DIVINE NATURE CAPABLE OF SUFFERING.

TWICE in St. Paul's first epistle to Timothy, and no where else

in the New Testament, is the word makarios (happy) applied to God : in chap. i. 11, “the glorious gospel of the blessed God," and in chap. vi. 15, “the blessed and only Potentate." In every other place, where the word “ blessed " is found so applied in our translation, the original word is eulogoumenos, that is, worthy of admiration or praise. To believe that the Creator possesses within himself every element of the highest happiness is essential to perfect confidence in him. If he were not happy himself, it would be hard to see how he could make his creatures happy, even supposing he wished to do so. We should feel any thing but secure, in the hands of an irresistible, yet unsatisfied and discontented Potentate.

But does this supreme blessedness exclude the possibility of any portion of it being for a time surrendered? Is the Supreme Being incapable of making any real felt sacrifice ? Probably the highest created intelligence would beforehand have answered, No. It would have been difficult to conceive, either that he would allow any circumstances to arise requiring a sacrifice on his own part, or that any possible end to be gained could compensate for the slightest interference with the perfect happiness of “ the only Potentate.” Nay, this is still the theoretical answer of many Christians. Yet how can such a theory bear one moment's reflection on the very centre of all our hopes, the Cross of Calvary? We know something of what Jesus suffered there : did his Father feel no longer sympathy for him ? Was he just as happy when he was compelled to withdraw the light of his countenance, from the only begotten Son as he was before or after ? Was he absolutely unmoved by the piercing cry, “My God! my God! why hast thou forsaken me?Did he feel precisely the same, when his Son died upon the Cross as when he rose from the tomb, or when he ascended up on high? Nay, to look farther back, did it constitute

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