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LXFORD.

GLASGOW:
GEORGE TURNER & CO., 40 SAUCHIEHALL STREET.

LONDON:
JAMES E. HAWKINS, 36 BAKER STREET, W., AND 12 PATERNOSTER SQUARE, E.C.
DUBLIN: DUBLIN TRACT REPOSITORY, 10 D'OLIER STREET.

1879.

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A HOLY GHOST MINISTRY.

a savour of death unto death " to some, as well 2 Cor. ii. 14 to vii. 3.

a savour of life unto life" to others. Our self

pleasing human nature would like to be always acceptIIS is indeed a precious outflow of Paul's pen THIS

on the subject of a Holy Ghost ministry by able to men, and to be made a blessing to all to whom and through the saints, both in the Church and we speak. But even our Master was not ; He had to amidst the outside world. The special endowments say of Capernaum, where most of His mighty works of

some, such as these of Paul himself and Timothy were done—“ Thou shalt be brought down to liell;" (the writers of the Epistle) are, or should be, the more

and “ It shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom prominent illustrations of these blessed features of a in the day of judgment than for thee”. Solemn and Christ-like ministry ; but they are here set forth in an

terrible words, and not easy for the loving and gentle epistle to the whole Church because all God's children Lord Jesus to speak; yet far from murmuring at His are likewise His servants, and are all to be perfected painful task, it is added—“At that time Jesus answered "for the work of the ministry, for (unto) the edifying

and said, I thank Thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and of the body of Christ". (Eph. iv. 12.) Hence the earth, because Thou hast hid these things from the joy and the profit with which all believers read this

wise and prudent

Even so, Father, for so it precious passage, as well as those who are specially seemed good in Thy sight”. called by God as evangelists, or as pastors and teachers. What blessed surrender of His will, because what

In it there seem to be four allusions to Old Testa- submission on His part to being made a savour of ment subjects. The first is to that of the incense of death to these amongst whom He preached, as well as the sanctuary. This seems alluded to in 2 Cor. ii. a savour of life. Surely the very mind and spirit of 14-17, especially in the words, “We are unto God a Jesus in such utterances was like that incense of God's sweet savour of Christ". The point here is the sur- altar, every ingredient of which was of God's prescribrender of our WILL in our service to our God. It ing, and the whole of which was to be beaten“ very points to the state of our mind while engaged in that small” ere it could be put “ before the testimony in service, viz., no will of our own. We swell the the tabernacle of the congregation," and then “it shall triumphs of Christ as we are led about by Him as be unto you most holy”. (See Exod. xxx. 34-38.) willing captives, says Paul, at the chariot wheels of And it was of this same incense-like savour to God His onward march just as He pleases; and thus, and that Paul and Timothy sought also to be, and endeaonly thus, is the savour of His knowledge (that is, the voured that the service of all their fellow-saints knowledge of Him) made manifest by us in every should be similarly acceptable. Their one desire was place. (See verse 14.) No will or planning of ours that they and others should be " to God a sweet savour makes it manifest; nothing does but his will being of Christ,” no matter which savour they were to men, done in us, and that too even to the extent of our being whether of life or of death. But feeling their prone

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