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.wants-only, one that goes deeper down still.; He has been driven from His throne, in the hearts of men everywhere. His name is cast out as evil, and men universally refuse to have Him to reign over them. Now, Jesus Christ wants to secure the kingdom for His Father, and appeals for true-hearted soldiers who will help Him to succeed in this great undertaking, and He wants you to come into the camp in the same spirit that these men of old did to their earthly-king when he was in those desperate straits—to come, saying, “I bring my goods, my influence, my reputation, my family, aye, my life. I will have no separate interests : use all I have and am to promote the war, so that my King shall have His own, and His throne shall be established.” That is consecration in reality, and that only. This is what Jesus Christ taught when He said, “Seek first the Kingdom of God." This is what Jesus Christ exemplified in His life and death. This is what Paul and the first Apostles did ; and, if you are to be a thorough Christian, you must be consecrated in the same way.
Then a true Consecration has in it the nature of a
Decidedly so. It is a real sacrifice. It is the presentation or giving away of all we have to God; a ceasing any longer to own anything which we have hitherto called our own, but all going over into God's hands for Him to order and arrange, and our taking simply the place of servants, to receive back again just what He chooses. This, it will be perceived, if a reality is no easy task, and can only be done in the might of the Holy Ghost; but, when it is done, when all is laid on the altarbody, soul, spirit, goods, reputation, all, all, allthen the fire descends, and burns up all the dross and defilement, and fills the souls with burning zeal, and love, and power.
“Wherefore, seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.”-Hebrews xii. 1. Is not true Consecration something in common with
Yes, undoubtedly, it is a real crucifixion. Crucifixion was an ignominious, painful death; and consecration means dying to all those pleasures and gratifications which flow from the undue love of self, the admiration of the world, the ownership of goods, the inordinate love of kindred and friends, which go together to make up the life and joy of the natural man. To do this is always a painful task, and yet we must be crucified with Christ if we are to live with Him.
“I am crucified with Christ; nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the Faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.”—Galatians ii. 20. You say Crucifixion is IGNOMINIOUS and PAINFUL ?
Yes! but the pain is transient, and generally swallowed up by Divine joy. Afterwards comes the joy of being able to suffer and endure for Him in whom the soul delights. And this love—the bond of perfectness—so overtops the love of other things, and the pain of suffering and deprivation, that one is able to glory in the cross on which the crucifixion took place.
“But we glory in tribulations also : knowing that tribulation worketh patience ;
“And patience, experience; and experience, hope." — Romans v. 3, 4. Is it possible to rise above ignominy as well as pain ?
Certainly. If a man is dead to the praise of the world, if he, like God, counts the wisdom of the world to be foolishness-if the change has really been wrought-represented by the word death-so long as he remains thus changed-thus dead-he despises the shame.
“ Who for the joy that was set before Him endured the Cross, despising the shame.”—Hebrews xii. 2. Is not a complete consecration of the utmost importance
when seeking Holiness?
Undoubtedly. Without a real consecration there can be no true Holiness. And it is generally on account of defective consecration that some souls experience so much difficulty in the exercise of faith for purity. There cannot be full salvation without full surrender. God can neither save nor keep what is not given to Him.
“Yea, doubtless, I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord; for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ.”—Philippians iii. 8.
The War Cry, No. 91.-SEPT. 15, 1881.
BY THE REV. J. A. WOOD.
SOME of the precious results of the cleansing power of Jesus in my soul have been,
1. A sacred nearness to God my Saviour. The distance between God and my soul has appeared annihilated, and the glory and presence of divinity have often appeared like a flood of sunlight, surrounding, penetrating, and pervading my whole being. Glory be to God, that even the most unworthy may be brought nigh by the blood of Christ.
2. A sense of indescribable sweetness in Christ. The fact that He is “ The Rose of Sharon,” “The Lily of the Valley,” “The brightness of His (the Father's) glory,” and “Is altogether lovely," has at times so penetrated my soul, as to thrill and fill it with ecstatic rapture. O how glorious and lovely has the dear Saviour appeared to my soul, and how strong the attraction of my heart has felt towards Him! Often His glory has shone upon my soul without a cloud.
3. A deep, realizing sense of the reality of spiritual things. Bible truth has appeared as
transformed into reality. The doctrines of the Gospel have become to me tangible facts, and my soul has triumphed in them as an eternal verity.
4. A surprising richness and fulness of meaning in the Scriptures, which I had not before realized. Many portions of the word, which I had hitherto but little understood and taken but little interest in, now appeared full of meaning, and exceedingly precious to my soul. The following passages have been applied many times to my soul with great power: “And I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever: even the Spirit of Truth, whom the world cannot receive because it seeth Him not, neither knoweth Him; but ye shall know Him; for He dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
“If a man love me, he will keep My words; and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him." are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine, no more can ye except ye abide in Me." “But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin." “God is love, and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear, because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.".
“ Now ye