How degrading is a life of irreligion, a life spent in neglect of God and the soul; devoted to the cares and pursuits of the world! As soon as we have understood one, and seen our way to its realisation, we see our way to another; each is but a fragment of the great kingdom to be. I see no reason to doubt this — that great changes are still to go on in us under the transforming power of Christ. We gain cheerfulness in the face of change and hope in face of base and bad tuition, and then we gain what is near akin to the last joy in the face of failure. It is, indeed, a pleasant thought that if I cultivate a spirit of patience, or sympathy, or self-control, it will become a fixed habit in me. How many "I's" are there here that will "see Him as He is"? We gain cheerfulness in the face of change, and we gain hope just where we most need it. (3) The present transfiguration is gradual, whilst the future is instantaneous. A. This is high probability; the Christian faith makes it a certainty. New questions come up; life varies its phases; I am myself not quite the same being as yesterday; I see more, feel more; duty is a little broader; time presses upon me a little more heavily; eternity becomes more real. Let us not think meagrely on such a subject, but under high analogies. The soot becomes the hardest thing in the world, and for the blackness it had obtains the power of reflecting all the rays of the sun at once in the vividest blaze that any solid thing can shoot. I am sure you will all confess that this strong desire has arisen in your minds concerning the Lord Jesus Christ. If we had seen Him raising the dead we should have thought Him a most majestic Being. If the broken gleams of Christ's life, the fragments of His tradition, the piecemeal presentation of His character and personality to the world by His followers, can effect such sublime changes amongst men, how much richer will be the transfigurations effected by His direct personal manifestation at His second coming "without spot unto salvation"? "The child is father of the man"; the bud foretells the flower. A man's secret sins may be of three classes: (1) those which are unknown to his fellow-men, but known to himself; (2) those which are not recognized as sins by himself, but are so viewed by his fellow-men; and, (3) those which are not regarded as sins either by himself or his fellow-men. In that life of unknown blessedness there will be scope for ever-enlarging knowledge, strength, dignity of nature; but men will rise at once into participation with the privileges of Christ's enthronement and conformity to His Divine kingliness.8. I begin with the perfection of our knowledge. The deep mental impressions of the mother often infix themselves legibly upon the young life she brings into the world. We are not to think that this transforming process belongs only to the life beyond. Suddenly the wind has blown away the mist from under you, and you have seen the fair, fair valley. Partly because he is engaged in the tug and strain of a spiritual conflict. We shall see Christ again, and see Him as He is; see Him with clearer eyes than we now have; and so mightier transformations will take place within us; we cannot tell nor even imagine what we shall be. His first disciples are not to be the only favoured men who ever saw Christ after the flesh. Our failures (above all, of course, our noble failures) are part and parcel of our spiritual history and growth. Not yet, but the root of what we shall be hereafter is here embodied in the soul. No, but for rebellious, ruined man — man scathed by sin, and an enemy to his Maker. Life is the school, the arena, the watch tower. We call it then a sapphire. But the infinite future lies before us: "It doth not yet appear." (1) In holiness and purity; for that is the chief thing wherein God will be resembled by His creatures. The believer will be as much astonished when he sees Jesus' glories as He sits on His throne as He would have been to have seen Him in His earthly sufferings. "He that doeth truth." but we shall shout — "All hail the power of Jesu's name," etc. For then, then alone, are just men completely blessed, when their spirits are made so perfect that they clearly contemplate all truth and fully enjoy all good; that is, when the whole orb of the soul is filled with perfect light and perfect love. There is rapture in devotion. How, then, shall we not turn to this poor life of ours with hope, with zeal, with tenderness, with love; how shall we not clasp it tight and fast, and cling about it, and busy ourselves with its services? Little things are missing, but everything essential is there. The holy Psalmist said, "I shall be satisfied when I awake in Thy likeness"; "I shall behold Thy face in righteousness." But there is a fond inquiry whether we shall know our relations and acquaintances in the other world. How degrading is a life of irreligion, a life spent in neglect of God and the soul; devoted to the cares and pursuits of the world! The ground of judgment is here plainly stated; it is not so much for sin, as for that content and delight in sin, which leads to the rejection of the gospel, to the refusal of deliverance from sin, to the hatred of that Saviour who came to vanquish sin. Good things, from which men thirty years ago hoped so much, have been done only to show how much more remains to be done. Of what value, in a little time, will all those things be which now most interest and absorb men of the world?(J. If we had seen Him raising the dead we should have thought Him a most majestic Being. But it will go on, he says. Having a body like His body: sinless, incorruptible, painless, spiritual, clothed with beauty and power, and yet most real and true.2. T. I can see Thee here through symbols; if the eye of my faith be dim, yet it is sure. But we must go a little further with Him. We gain cheerfulness in the face of change and hope in face of base and bad tuition, and then we gain what is near akin to the last joy in the face of failure. If we had seen our Saviour as He was, it would have been a triumph to see how He conquered, but still there would have been suspense about it. Amen. But we who believe that this life is at its best but a germ, a start, a discipline, can afford to broaden our hope beyond all our seeing. The wondrous changes since infancy, with the development of hidden powers, do not effectually teach us that changes as great await us, or may be achieved. Noblest faculty, and a crystalline star of snow of lasting joy in character... 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