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bers of our families, as ourselves; and if we | his hand; to thee he will say, here is my bromay so speak, as our own substance. But if it ther, and mother, and sister. be a duty to love our neighbour, it is not less The Holy Spirit presents a double object in admissible, that we ought to "love God with the words of my text. all our heart, with all our soul, and with all I. The family of Jesus Christ according to our mind." In fact we ought to love God the flesh. alone. Farther, our love to him ought to be II. The family of Jesus Christ according to the centre of every other love: when the latter the Spirit. “One said, thy mother, and thy is at variance with the former, God must have brethren, desire to speak with thee.” Here is the preference; when we can no longer love the family of Jesus Christ according to the father and mother without ceasing to love God, fesh. “Who is my mother and who are my our duty is determined; we must cease to love brethren: Whosoever shall do the will of my our parents, that our love may return to its Father which is in heaven, the same is my centre. These were the dispositions of the brother, and sister, and mother.” Here is the Levites. Obedient children, affectionate bre- family of Jesus Christ according to the Spirit. thren, they rendered to the persons to whom Both these objects must be kept in view. God bad united them, every duty required by I. The idea which our Divine Master bas so close a connexion. But when those persons given us of this first family, will supersede our revolted against God, when they paid supreme minuter efforts to trace its origin. It is obvidevotion “ to an ox that eateth grass," as the ous from what he has said, that our chief atPsalmist says; when the Levites received this tention should be to develop the character of commandment from God, their Lawgiver and those who belong to his family, according to Supreme; “Put every man his sword by his the Spirit, rather than to trace those who be. side, and go in and out from gate to gate long to him according to the flesh. Whatever, throughout the camp, and slay every man his therefore, concerns this Divine Saviour, claims, brother, and every man his companion, and though not equal, at least some degree of atevery man his neighbour,” Exod. xxxii. 27. tention. For we find in our researches conThen the Levites knew neither brother, nor cerning the family of Jesus Christ, according friend, nor kinsman. By this illustrious zeal, to the Hesh, proofs of his being the true Mesa they acquired the encomium,“ He said to his siah, and consequently information which confather and bis mother, I have not seen them; tributes to the confirmation of our faith. and to his brethren, and his children, I have There is no difficulty in determining connot known them."
cerning the identity of the person, called in My brethren, if we must break the closest iny text, the mother of Jesus. The expression ties with those who dissolve the bonds of union ought to be literally understood; it designates with God, we ought to form the most intimate that holy woman, whose happiness all ages connexion with those who are joined to him must magnify, she, by peculiar privilege, beby the sincerest piety. The degree of attach-ing chosen of God to be “overshadowed by ment they have for God, should proportion the the Highest,” to bear in her sacred womb, and degree of attachment we have for them. Of bring into the world, the Saviour of men. She this disposition you have, in the words of my is called Mary, she was of the tribe of Judah, text, a model the most worthy of imitation and of the family of David. This is nearly One apprised Jesus Christ, that his mother and all we know of her; and this is nearly all we brethren requested to speak with him. “Who ought to know, in order to recognise in our is my mother? And who are my brethren?” re- Jesus, one characteristic of the true Messiah, plied he; “ And stretching forth his hand to- who, according to early predictions, was to dewards his disciples, he said, Behold my mother, scend of this tribe, and of this family. and my brethren, for whosoever shall do the It is true that Celsus, Porphyry, Julian, will of my Father which is in heaven, the same those execrable men, distinguished by their is my brother, and sister, and mother." hatred of Christianity, have disputed even this:
The nobility of this world, those men of at least, they have defied us to prove it. They whom the Holy Spirit somewhere says, “ Men have insinuated, that there are so many conof high degree are a lie,” have by this consi- trarieties in the genealogies of St. Luke, and deration been accustomed to enhance the dig- St. Matthew, concerning the ancestors of our nity of their descent. Titles and dignities, say Jesus, as to leave the pretensions of his descent they, may be purchased with money, obtained from David, and Judah, uncertain. It is to by favour, or acquired by distinguished actions; be regretted, that the manner in which some but real nobility cannot be bought, it is trans- divines, and divines of distinguished name, mitted by an illustrious succession of ancestors, have replied to this objection, has, in fact, which monarchs are unable to confer. Chris- given it weight, and seemed the last efforts of tian! obscure mortal! offscouring of the world! a desperate cause, rather than a satisfactory dust and ashes of the earth, whose father was solution. an Amorite, and whose mother was a Hittite, Is it a solution of this difficulty? is it a proof the source of true nobility is opened to thee; that Jesus descended from the family of David, it is thy exclusive prerogative, (and may the as had been predicted, to say that the evangethought animate, with holy ambition, every lists insert the genealogy of Joseph, and omit one in this assembly!) it is thy exclusive pre- that of Mary, Jesus Christ being reputed the rogative to be admitted into the family of the son of a carpenter, and having been probably blessed God. Take his moral perfections for adopted by him, was invested with all his thy model; and thou shalt have his glory for rights, the genealogy of the reputed father, thy reward. To thee Jesus Christ will extend I and the adopted son, being accounted the
same, thougа of different extraction? Would that St. Luke, whom we presume to have not this have been the way to flatter a lie, not given the genealogy of Mary, closes his catato establish a truth? Did the prophets merely logue with the name of Joseph, as well as St. say, that the Messiah was the reputed son of a Matthew, whom we allow to have given the man descended from David's line? Did they genealogy of Mary's husband. not say in a manner the most clear and ex
But this objection can strike those only, who plicit in the world, that he was lineally de- are unacquainted with the method uniformly scended from that family? Is it a solution of adopted by the Jews, in giving the genealogy the difficulty, to say that Mary was heiress of of married women. They substituted the name her house, that the heiresses were obliged by of the husband for that of the wife, considerthe law, to marry in their own tribe; and that ing a man's son-in-law as his own offspring. giving the genealogy of Joseph, was giving According to this usage, which I could support the genealogy of Mary, to whom he was be- by numerous authorities, these words of St. trothed? Is it not rather a supposition of the Luke, “ Jesus began to be about thirty years point in dispute? And what record have we of age, being, as was supposed, the son of Joleft of Mary's family sufficiently authentic to seph, which was the son of Heli,” amount to
this, "Jesus began to be about thirty years of Is it a solution of the difficulty to say, that age, being, as was supposed, the son of Joseph, St. Matthew gives the genealogy of Christ, which was the son-in-law of Heli,” having beconsidered as a king, and St. Luke the gene- trothed his daughter Mary. This is sufficient alogy of Christ, considered as a priest; that on the genealogy of Mary. the one gives the genealogy of Mary, whom But who are those called by the evangelist, they pretend was of the tribe of Levi, which brethren of Christ? “One said unto him," and establishes the right of Christ to the high- these are the words of my text, “Behold thy priesthood; the other gives the genealogy of mother, and thy brethren, stand without, deJoseph, descended from David's family, which siring to speak with thee.” establishes his right to the kingdom? Is not The opinion which has had the fewest partithis opposing the words of St. Paul with a sans, and fewer still it merits (nor, should we bold front? 'If perfection were by the Leviti- notice it here, were it not to introduce a genecal priesthood, what farther need was there ral remark, that there never was an opinion, that another priest should rise after the order how extravagant soever, but it found supportof Melchisedec, and not to be called after the ers among the learned,) the opinion, I say, is order of Aaron. For he of whom these things that of some of the ancients; they have venare spoken, pertaineth to another tribe, of tured to affirm, that the persons called in my which no man gave attendance at the altar; text, the brethren of Christ, were sons of the for it is evident that our Lord sprang out of holy virgin, by a former husband. To name Judah; of which Moses spake nothing concern- this opinion is sufficient for its refutation. ing the priesthood ..... after the similitude The conjecture of some critics, though less of Melchisedec there arises another priest, who extravagant, is equally far from truth; they is made, not after the law of carnal command presume, that the brethren of Christ were sons ments, but after the power of an endless life," of Joseph: a single remark will supersede this Heb. vii. 11–13. These are the words of our notion. Four persons are called the brethren apostle.
of Christ, as appears from Matt. xiii. 54; it is Without augmenting the catalogue of mis- there said, that his acquaintance, the people of taken solutions of this difficulty, we shall at- Nazareth, talked of him in this way; "Whence tend to that which seems the only true one. hath this man this wisdom, and these mighty It is this: St. Matthew gives the genealogy of works? Is not this the carpenter's son? Is not Joseph, the reputed father of Jesus Christ, and his mother called Mary?' and his brethren, he is so called in the second chapter, and for- James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas? This ty-eighth verse of St. Luke. And it is very James is unquestionably the same who is called important, that posterity should know the the less. Now it is indisputable that he was family of the illustrious personage, to whose the son of Mary, who was living at our Sasuperintendence Providence had committed viour's death: she was sister to the holy virgin, the Messiah in early life.
and stood with her at the foot of the cross durSt. Luke gives the genealogy of Mary, to ing the crucifixion. Hence, if James were the identify that Jesus Christ had the essential son of Joseph, he must have been betrothed characteristic of the Messiah, by bis descent to the holy virgin, while married to her sister, from David's family. It was also very impor- who was living when he contracted his second tant for posterity to know that he descended marriage, wbich is insupportable. from David; that he had a right to the throne, Let us, therefore, follow here the general not only as being the reputed son of one of course of interpreters. The name of brethren, his offspring, who could confer it by adoption; is not always used in the strictest sense by the but also that being conceived by the Holy sacred authors. It is not peculiarly applied to Ghost, and having for his mother a woman de those who have the same father and the same scended from David, according to the flesh, he mother: it frequently refers to the relatives himself descended from him, as much as it is less connected. In this sense we use it here. possible for a being to descend, introduced so Mary, the wife of Cleophas, was sister to the supernaturally into the world.
holy virgin; and the term sister the evangelists According to what has been advanced, it apply in the closest sense. She had four sons, may be objected, that there is no mention made above named, and they are called the brethren of Mary in the latter genealogy, more than in of Christ, because they were his cousins-gerthe foriner, that both concern Joseph alone; I man. She had two daughters, who for the
same reasons, are called his sisters. If this hy- | afforded more distinguished evidences of their pothesis be attended with some difficulties, this faith and devotion to the will of his Father. is not the place for their removal.
Neither was it our Saviour's design,-when It was a most glorions consideration to the he seemed to disown his brethren, and his moholy virgin, to James, to Judas, to Joses, to ther, properly speaking,—to detach us from Simon, and to their sister, to be so nearly re- persons to whom we are united by consanguilated to Jesus Christ in the flesh. How ho- nity, and to supersede the duties required by nourable to say, this man, whose sermons are those endearing connexions. By no means: so sublime,—this man, whose voice inverts the those affectionate fathers, who have invariably laws of nature,—this man, whom winds, seas, sought the happiness of their children;—those and elements obey,-is my brother, is my son! children, who, animated with gratitude, after So the woman exclaimed, after hearing bim sharing the indulgence of a father during his 80 conclusively refute the artful interrogations vigour, become, when age has chilled his blood, of his enemies. “Blessed is the womb that and enfeebled his reason, the support of his debare thee, and the paps which thou hast suck- clining years;—those brothers who afford exed.” But how superior are the ties, which amples of union and concord,-are actuated by unite the family of Jesus Christ according to the religion of Jesus Christ. The laws of nathe Spirit, to those which unite them accord- ture ought, in this view, to have a preference ing to the flesh! So he said to the woman to the laws of grace. I would say, that, alabove named, “ Yea, rather blessed are they though religion may unite us more closely lo a that hear the word of God and keep it,” Luke pious stranger, than to an impious father, I xi. 27, 28. In my text, when apprized that think it the duty of a child to bestow more care his most intimate relations, in the flesh, desir- in cherishing a wicked father, than a deserving ed an audience, he acknowledged none to be stranger. of his family but the spiritually noble.
What our Saviour would say in the text is, hold thy mother, and thy brethren," said one, that though he had a family according to the “stand without, desiring to speak with thee. flesh, he had also a preferable family according Who is my mother and who are my brethren?" to the Spirit; and that the members of his spireplied he, “and he stretched forth his hand ritual family are more closely united to him towards his disciples, and said, behold my mo. than the members of his natural household. Of ther, and my brethren. For whosoever shall this spiritual family I proceed to speak. And do the will of my Father which is in heaven, I have further to say, my dear brethren, that I the same is my brother, and sister, and mo- would associate you in this spiritual family, in ther." This we shall proceed to illustrate in the latter period of this discourse. Condescend the second part of our discourse.
to follow us in the few remarks we have yet to II. Our Saviour did not, in these words, de- make. We will show, 1. The nature, and 2. sign to exclude from his spiritual family all The strength of this family connexion. 3. Its those who belonged to his family in the flesh. effects; or to speak with more propriety, its Who can entertain any doubt but that the holy wonders. 4. Its superior felicity. 5. The pervirgin, who belonged to the latter, did not also sons it includes. belong to the former? Whoever carried to 1. The nature of this relation consists in singreater perfection than this holy woman, piety, cere obedience to the will of God. “Whosoever humility, obedience to the divine precepts, and shall do the will of my Father, the same is my every other virtue which has distinguished brother, and sister, and mother.” Here we saints of the highest order?
have two extremes to avoid: the one is the The Scriptures afford also various examples forming of too severe an idea, the other of conof the love of Mary, the wife of Cleophas, to ceiving notions too relaxed, of this disposition Jesus Christ. She followed him to Jerusalem of heart. when he went up to consummate the grand sa Do not, therefore, conceive too severe an idea crifice, for which he came into the world; she of obedience. I do not mean, that devotion to stood at the foot of the cross with the holy vir- the will of God can ever be carried too far. gin, when he actually offered up himself; she No! though you were ready, like Abraham, to went to water his tomb with her tears, when immolate an only son; though you had such apprized of his resurrection.
exalted views of "the recompense of the reAs to those whom the evangelists call the ward,” that, like Moses, you would prefer the brethren of Christ, I confess, that to him they reproach of Christ to Egypt and its treasures; were not equally devoted. St. John affirms ex- though you had the fervour of Elijah, the piety pressly, “That his brethren did not believe in of David, the zeal of Josiah, the affection of si. him," John vii. 5. But whether we may take John, and the energy of St. Peter; though you this assertion in a more extended sense than in were all ready, like the cloud of witnesses menthe text: or whether St. John spake of the early tioned in the epistle to the Hebrews, to be period of our Saviour's ministry; certain it is, stoned, to be slain, to endure cruel torments, to that among the four persons here called the be killed with the sword, to wander about in brethren of Christ, all of them had received the sheep-skins, and in goat-skins, in deserts and seeds of piety, and avowed his cause; as I could mountains, in dens and caves of the earth, you prove, if the limits of this discourse would per- would not exceed a due devotion to the will of mit.
God. If, therefore, Jesus Christ designated none as But though it is not possible to carry this disthe members of his spiritual family, but those position too far, it is, nevertheless, possible to who were then recognised as his disciples, it was exaggerate that degree which constitutes us not intended to exclude his relatives according members of the Saviour's spiritual family. He to the flesh, but to mark that the former then I knows whereof we are made. Religion is not
for angels, but for men; and, however holy men of virtue, checked in its growth; it requires you may be, their virtues always participate of the to carry, or endeavour to carry, every virtue to infirmities inseparable from human nature. the highest degree; to have perfection for your Those disciples, towards whom Jesus Christ end, and Jesus Christ for your pattern. extended his hand, committed, during the early 2. and 3. After having reviewed the nature, period of their piety, faults, and great faults too. and consequently the excellency of this conThey sometimes misconceived the object of nexion, let us next consider its strength. What their mission; sometimes distrusted his promises; we shall say on this head, naturally turns our they were sometimes slow of heart to believe thoughts towards its prodigies and effects. The the facts announced by the prophets; they once power of this connexion is so strong, that the slept when they ought to have sustained their members of this spiritual family are incomparaMaster in his agony; they abandoned him to his bly more closely united to one another, than executioners; and one denied knowing him, the members of a carnal family. This is obeven with an oath, and that he was his disciple. vious in the words of my text. Our Saviour Virtue, even the most sincere and perfect, is has borrowed figures froin whatever was most liable to wide deviations, to total eclipses, and endearing in civil society, and even from congreat faults:-hence, on this subject, you should nexions of the most opposite nature, in order to avoid too severe a standard.
elevate our ideas of the union which subsists But you should equally avoid forming of it between him and the members of his family; notions too relaxed. Do you claim kindred and of the union they have one with another: with the spiritual family of Jesus Christ: Do “Whosoever shall do the will of my Father you claim the same intimacy with the Saviour which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and which a man has with his brother, his sister, sister, and mother. In this idea there is no and his mother? Tremble then, while you hear exaggeration. Associate whatever is most enthese words of St. Paul, “What fellowship hath dearing between a brother and brother; between righteousness with unrighteousnesswhat com a brother and a sister; between a child and a munion hath light with darkness; and what con- parent; associate the whole of these different cord hath Christ with Belial?” 2 Cor. vi. 14, 15. parts in one body, and imagine, if it be possible Tremble while you hear these words of Christ, to conceive an object still more closely united, “No man can serve two masters,” Matt. vi. 24. than the different parts of this body; and your Or, to unfold to you a more detailed field of views will still be imperfect of the ties which reflection, do you not exceedingly mistake con- subsist between the members of Jesus Christ's cerning obedience to the will of God?
spiritual family. The will of God not only requires negative They have in common, first a union of devirtues, which consist in abstaining froin evil; sign. In all their actions they individually bave but positive virtues also, which consist not in a l in view nothing but the glory of that Sovereign mere refraining from slander, but in reprehend- | whom they serve with emulation; and to whom ing the slanderer;—not in a mere refusal to re- they are all unanimously devoted. ceive your neighbour's goods, but in a commu They have, secondly, a union of inclination. nication of your own;—not only in abstaining God is the centre of their love; and being thus from blasphemy against God, but also in bless- united to him, as the third (if I may borrow an ing him at all times, and in having your mouth idea from the schoolmen,) they are united one full of his praise.
to another. The will of God not only requires of you Thirdly, they have a union of interest. They popular virtues, as sincerity, fidelity, courage, are all equally interested to see the government and submission to the laws, are generally ace of the universe in the hands of their Sovereign. counted; it also requires those very virtues His happiness constitutes their felicity, and which are degraded by the world, and consi- each equally aspires after communion with the dered as a weakness; such as forgiveness of in- blessed God. juries, and contempt of worldly pomp.
They have, fourthly, a union coeval in its The will of God not only requires virtues cor- existence. Go back to the ages preceding the respondent to your temperature, as retirement, world, and you will see the members of this if you are naturally sullen and reserved; absti- spiritual family united in the bosom of divine nence from pleasure, if you are naturally pen- mercy;--even from the moment they were dissive and dull; patience, if you are naturally tinguished as the objects of his tenderest love, phlegmatic, heavy and indolent: it likewise re- and most distinguished grace; even from the quires virtues the most opposite to your ten- moment the victim was appointed to be immo perature; as purity, if you are inclined to con- lated in sacrifice for their sins. Descend to the cupiscence; moderation, if you are of an angry present period of the world: let us say more;disposition.
look forward to futurity, and you will find them The will of God requires, not mutilated vir- ever united, in the noble design of incessantly tues, but a constellation of virtues, approaching glorifying the Author of their existence and to perfection. It requires “whatsoever things felicity. are pure, whatsoever things are lovely; if there Hence you see the prodigies produced by this be any virtue, and if there be any praise, that connexion. You see what Jesus Christ has you should think on these,” Phil. iv. 8. It re done for those who are united in devotion to his quires you to add, “ to faith, virtue; to virtue, Father's will. His incarnation, his passion, his knowledge; and to knowledge, temperance; and cross, his Spirit, his grace, his intercession, his to temperance, patience; and to patience, god- kingdom, -nothing is accounted too precious liness; and to godliness, brotherly-kindness; and for men, joined to him by those tender and ento brotherly-kindness, charity," 2 Pet. i. 5—7. dearing ties.
The will of God requires not an immaturity You see likewise, what the men united to
Jesus Christ are qualified to do one for another: | become your enemy when we tell you the they are all of one heart and one soul, and are truth, when we combat your prejudices, when ever ready to make the mutual sacrifices of be- we attack your errors, when we endeavour to nevolence and love.
irradiate your minds, and to take the lamp 4. The ties which connect the members of of revelation from beneath the bushel; if this Jesus Christ's family are not less happy than is your characteristic, recognise in yourselves strong. Connexions merely human, however this trait of your father, which is lying, for he endearing, however delightful, are invariably is “the father of a lie;" and take to yourselves accompanied with anguish. What anguish this awful declaration, “ Ye are of your father must attend a connexion cemented with vice! the devil.” What painful sensations, even in the midst of 2. He is a murderer; and to hate our neigha criminal course! What remorse on reflection bour is, according to the language of Scripture, and thought: What horror on viewing the to kill him; for “ he that hateth his brother," consequences of unlawful pleasures! On say- as St. John has decided, " is a murderer," ing to one's self, the recollection of this inter-John iii. 15. Yes, if you obstruct your neighcourse will pierce me in a dying hour; this un- bour's happiness; if you are envious at his happy person, with whom I am now so closely prosperity: if you are irritated by his virtues; connected, will be my tormentor for ever! if mortified by his reputation; if you take de
What anguish is attended even on friend- light in aggravating his real faults, and in the ship the most innocent, when extended too far! imputation of imaginary defects, recognise Delightful connexions, formed on earth by con- another trait of your father; apply to yourselves genial souls, cemented by the intercourse of this awful assertion, which so many may apply mutual love, and crowned with prosperity: with propriety, “Ye are of your father the delightful bonds which connect a father with devil.'s a son, and a son with a father; a wife with a It is nevertheless true, that how numerous husband, and a husband with a wife; what re- soever the children of the devil may be on the gret you produce, when death, the allotted earth, Jesus Christ has a family among men: period, or end of man, and of all human com- and it is composed of those who believe, those forts,—what regret you cost,—when death whom a sincere faith has invested with the compels us to dissolve these ties! Witness so privilege of considering themselves, according many Josephs attending their fathers to the to St. John, as members of the family of God: tomb, who had been the glory of their families. “To as many as received him, to them gave Witness so many Rachels" refusing to be he power,” which I would render right, prero comforted because their children are not,” gative, privilege, “ to become the sons of God." Matt. xi. 18. Witness so many Davids, who The branches of God's spiritual family are exclaim with excess of grief, “O, my son not always visible to the eyes of the flesh, but Absalom-my son, my son Absalom-would they are to the eyes of the spirit; they are not to God I had died for thee0 Absalom, my always objects of sense, but they are objects son, my son!!!” 2 Sam. xviii. 33.
of faith, which assures us of the continued exBut in the ties which connect the family of istence of a holy church. Sometimes the fury Jesus Christ, there is no mixture of anguish. of persecution, which prevents us from perThis you may infer from what we have ad-ceiving them, drives them into deserts, and vanced; and your own reflections may supply causes them to take refuge in dens and caves the scanty limits in which we are obliged to of the earth. Sometimes the prevalence of comprise this point.
calumny paints their character in shades dark 5. We shall lastly consider the persons con as hell, calls their moderation indolence, their nected by the bonds of obedience to the will of meekness cowardice, their modesty meanness God.
of mind, their firmness obstinacy, their hope The family of Jesus Christ consist of a selec- a chimera, their zeal illusion and enthusiasm. tion of all the excellent in heaven and in earth. Sometimes it is the veil of humility by which So St. Paul has expressed himself, “Of whom they conceal their virtues, and which causes the whole parentage," or as the text may be them to be confounded with persons who have read, “Of whom the whole family in heaven no virtue, and to be less esteemed than persons and in earth is named,” Eph. iii. 15. On whose virtues are affected. “Their kingdom" earth, the family of Jesus is not distinguished invariably “is not of this world: Now are we by the greatness of its number: and to the the sons of God, and it doth not appear what shame of the human kind, there is a father we shall be. We are dead, and our life is hid whose family is far more numerous than the with Christ in God," John xviii. 36; 1 John iii. Saviour's: this father is the devil. And who 2; Col. iii. 3. are the children of the devil? To this question But though the members of this spiritual Jesus Christ has given us a key. He said, family are not always visible, the reality of when speaking to the Pharisees, “Ye are of their existence is not diminished. On their your father the devil, and the lusts of your fa- account the world exists. Their prayers stay ther ye will do; he was a murderer from the the avenging arm of an angry God, and save beginning, and abode not in the truth; he is a the guilty world from being crushed beneath liar, and the father of it," John viii. 44. These the stroke: for their sakes he sometimes mitiare the two characteristics of his children; lying gates the calamities, with which human crimes and murder.
oblige him to visit the nations. It is their en1. Lying. If you betray the truth, if you treaties which cause their God and Redeemer employ your genius, your wit, your knowledge, speedily to descend, and which hasten the to embarrass the truth, instead of employing happy day that is the object of their wishes, them for the acquisition of self-knowledge, and and subject of their prayers, Come, Lord a communication of the truth to others; if we Jesus—come quickly."