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The Count of Monte Cristo

Alexandre Dumas


Tao Te Ching

Lao Tzu, James Legge (trans.)


The Worm Ouroboros

E. R. Eddison


The Secret Doctrine, Volume II Anthropogenesis

H. P. Blavatsky


Family devotion, an exposition of the Epistle to the Ephesians, ch. i-iii, adapted for family worship

by Henry Law

Excerpt:

XVJ. conduce greatly to our comfort! May our souls become persuaded, that the same almighty power has been exerted to quicken them which raised Jesus from the dead, and set Him at God's right hand in the heavenly places; and may the strong consolation, and abiding strength, which this knowledge gives, be ours!

This argument and illustration having led Paul to mention the exaltation of Jesus, his ardent spirit seems to soar directly to heaven, and to behold Jesus on the throne of His glory. He sees Him uplifted " far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come." Very far below Him are the highest angels, the brightest, the purest intelligences which inhabit the courts of heaven. Let us now draw near with all humility, and gaze on the pre-eminence of Jesus, and thence deduce two reflections: (1.) The present security; (2.) The future prospect of the believer.

The pre-eminence of Jesus is a glorious sight, of which at present we can see but little; but it is a sight to which we should often direct the eye of faith. The more we gaze, the more we shall comprehend. We know that our beloved Lord is very and eternal God. If the strength and essence of Jehovah had not been His, how could He have endured the wrath of God, and made sufficient satisfaction for our infinite iniquities? But He is God. "In Him dwelt all the fulness of the Godhead bodily." For a little while He "was made a little lower than the angels." He veiled His Deity in the poor rags of mean mortality. But the period of humiliation ceased when He arose from the dead. He said in His prayer, " I have finished the work which Thou gavest Me to do. Now, O Father, glorify Thou Me with Thine own self, with the glory which I had with Thee before the world was." And now hath God highly exalted Him, and given Him "a name which is above every name." He who was "the brightness of the Father's glory, and the express image of His Person, and who upheld all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high, being made so much better than the angels, as He hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they." He hath returned to His own seat—He hath resumed the robes of His own Deity—He is enthroned on high, as the Lord God Omnipotent—" which is, and which was, and which is to come." No glory can exceed His. The Seraphim veil their faces while they worship Him.

Did He once lay aside all this majesty for you, O believer? Did He so long to redeem you, and to have you with Him for ever, that He condescended to divest Himself, and to become a servant, and to be nailed by wicked hands to the accursed tree, and to stand before God as an abomination? Oh! wondrous thought! How unspeakable must have been His love! What returns of gratitude can we make? Let us draw near to Him now on His mercy-seat, and present ourselves, our souls and bodies, a reasonable, holy, lively sacrifice unto Him for ever. Two reflections flow from His pre-eminence.

(1.) Our security. He holds His people in the right hand of His might, and who is able to pluck them out of His hand? Satan doubtless will strive: we know it: we feel it: but his efforts are all vain. If God be for us, who can be against us? "I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Jesus is thus exalted, but not for Himself only: He "is exalted to be a Prince and a Saviour," and therefore He is able, even as He is willing, to save us to the uttermost. Seeing that He is thus high above all angelic powers, indisputable it must be that He is much higher above all the hosts of darkness. Therefore, let us bless Him, and take courage. He will bruise Satan under our feet shortly.

(2.) Our future prospect. We rejoice in the truth, that Jesus is gone " to prepare a place for us, and that He will come again to receive us unto Himself, that where He is, there we may be also." We know that "we shall ever be with the Lord." His will is, that they who are given to Him, be with Him where He is. The glory given unto Him, He has given unto them. Can it be that such sinful worms shall share all His pre-eminence, and be seated with Him "far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named?" As truly as He is thus exalted, so truly will He thus exalt us. May we now live worthy of God, who hath called us to His kingdom and glory! May our conversation now be in heaven! May the paltry trifles of this world be far beneath our feet!

XXIII.


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