« AnteriorContinua »
THE LOR D.
BY THE AUTHOR OF
“ THE LISTENER,” “CHRIST OUR EXAMPLE,” &c.
N. W. CORNER CHESTNUT AND FIFTH STREETS.
THE LORD'S SUPPER.
ON EXTERNAL ORDINANCES.
God is a Spirit, and they that worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth. The bended knee, the sacramental sign, the worded formulary and stated service were not devised for Him. He knows what we want before we ask, and needs not that any man should tell him. He knows what we are before it has been manifested in thought, or word, or deed—before one thought betrays the yearning of our affectionsone word confesses the persuasion of our minds --or one act exposes the principle that reigns within us. Nay, the mere voiceless consciousness of the soul is not necessary to Him: He knows our love or hate before it knows itself: He knows-how much! that we have never known, of the heart from which He requires this spiritual worship. “When thou wast under the fig-tree I saw thee.” -Saw what? not the man Nathanael in the act, as he probably was, of prayer; this would not have surprised Nathanael into an immediate recognition of his