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It is Himself that He is showing us when He is showing us God. There is often a feeble sense of the sinfulness of sin. Then, on the other hand, do not be too delighted with earthly things.(J. "Many mansions," many methods of enjoyment, various fields of occupation, unexhausted resources of interest and pleasure. (3) It stirs up such graces as comfort the soul, as hope in all good things promised. There is power, the power which sent forth the disciples on their errands of love. De Witt Talmage, D. D.In our last dreadful war the Federals and the Confederates were encamped on opposite sides of the Rappahannock, and one morning the brass band of the Northern troops played the national air, and all the Northern troops cheered and cheered. Standing without you see no glory, nor can possibly imagine any; standing within, every ray of light reveals a harmony of unspeakable splendour.(Bp. Well, the inquiry must start from our own solar system. But Christ asked for immediate trust in Himself, for with that would come a hearty belief in all He said and did.II. But it is scarcely less so to suppose that the mere assent of the understanding to His teaching is all that Christ is asking for. There is often a feeble sense of the sinfulness of sin. Porteous.Christian faith is like a grand cathedral with divinely pictured windows. H. Burton.I. That He would come again, and receive them unto Himself. Thus, when lately bending over a dying saint, and expressing our sorrow to see him lay so low, with the radiant countenance rather of one who had just left heaven than of one about to enter it, he raised and clasped his hands, and exclaimed in ecstasy, "I am going home."(T. He must come very close, and be very real, to us, in our whole experience of life. Try to hear them for the first time, and to remember the circumstances. We have heard about "pills against earthquakes." )Diverted from thoughts of homeR. (2) A house of glory, where He manifests most clearly the glory (1 Corinthians 13:12) of His power, goodness, mercy, wisdom.6. We had all expected that we should go with Him into His kingdom. It makes us one with the fountain of comfort, and by its repeated acts derives fresh comfort. There is a reflection of that tenderness in our own hearts. The only One who could have settled this question was silent about it. To be able in some overpowering grief to throw the weight of one's care upon another and to trust wholly in that other's help is an eminently satisfying process; while the trustless soul is without the least gleam of comfort. You say you are afraid of God. It was very kind of you to take me up, and I could not expect you to carry my pack as well." There enter at the wicket gate Christiana and also the children, many Ready-to-halts and Feeble-minds, and far-off pilgrims, for whom we can find no names, but who are written in the Lamb's Book of Life. And where is the "rest" to come from? I do not ask for any discount off its amount, as I might if there was a shade of suspicion attaching to its name. (3) Sickness and pains.? "No man hath seen God at any time," etc. If we search into our thoughts we shall find very often that He is to us rather a force without affection, intelligence, and life. This life in itself is shadowy enough. The trouble —1. A house with "many mansions" in it, large, spacious, having many rooms, fitted up for the reception of many guests. Next, Christ says He would have told us if there had been no heaven. And if that be true, these two things follow. "God was in Christ reconciling the world unto Himself."3. "Believe also in Me." THE MOTIVES BY WHICH HE ENCOURAGES OUR HOPE. (2) That many shall be saved (Revelation 7:9; James 2:5); but not irrespectively (1 Corinthians 1:26-28).2. Inside of Christendom I see another betrayal of Christianity, which also is very painful. But He says, No; "I go there to prepare a place for you." There are many others. (2) For our bodies (Philippians 3:21), robes (Revelation 6:11), crowns (James 1:12; 2 Timothy 4:8), thrones (Luke 22:30), banquets (Isaiah 25:6; Romans 14:17; Revelation 7:17), the most pleasing objects (1 Corinthians 13:12), the most celestial melodies (Revelation 4:8-11).3. Baxendale.A New Zealand chief who visited England was remarkable for the deep spirituality of his mind and his constant delight in the word of God. Christ was going to prepare a place for them; first, by His Cross; next, by the Spirit, who would change their hearts and train their natures for the rank they would inherit, as well as for the work they had to do.5. What did He think of Himself Who said, "All men should honour the Son even as they honour the Father"? Guthrie. Mankind must be His offspring; and human history, from first to last, the working out of His own eternal and righteous purposes. (3)Are unable to expiate it.2. WHAT PROMISES ARE WE TO TRUST TO? "Mother told me whom to go to before she died," answered the little orphan. )Belief in God based on the knowledge of His characterJohn K. Shaw.A banknote is tendered to me — it is a promise to pay, but by whom? As the moral nature is cultivated, we recognize a moral order in the universe, a law of righteousness, and therefore a Lawgiver and a Judge. Infants are carried through the door sleeping; and it is not for us to say by what far-off rays in dark nights, by what doubtful paths amid many imperfections, hearts have been yearning to this home. My hearer, it is so with your trouble: whether you care, or do not care, it is the Lord who must care for you.(C. How to deal with it, and not how to ignore it, becomes the great problem. "If it were not so I would have told you," etc. "The revealing power of faithBp. )Belief in God based on the knowledge of His characterJohn K. Shaw.A banknote is tendered to me — it is a promise to pay, but by whom? Men who have found human affection, but no God beneath it, have found only the shadow of a home. (2) Labour to have one of them. (2) We do dishonour to God, mistaking His goodness, murmuring at tits providence, wronging His graciousness and nursing a rebellious pride. There shall be no wavering of faith, no waning of hope, no chill of love. But if He had no hatred of sin, how much worse it would be for us. Christ solicits our faith on the ground of —1. It was the keepsake of a loving friend. In the time of calamity or death all men call upon God. "Why," said his friend, "do you not see that whether your pack is on your back, or off your back, I have to carry it?" why art thou cast down? Christ, implying human immortality, reveals heaven. —(1) That He is real; the true God; true Prophet, Priest, King. THE WAYS WHEREBY WE MUST LABOUR TO COMFORT OUR HEARTS.1. Nay, trouble is the seasoning of all heavenly comforts; there were no comforts if there were no trouble; and therefore this natural trouble was not disallowed by Christ.2. He had got no home beyond the grave.Heaven -- homeT. Conclusion:1. First of all, Christ speaks of His Father's house, and therefore we call it our Father's house — just because he says, "My Father and your Father, my God and your God." The most anxious moments of humanity have been spent in searchings after such a view of God as would enable man to approach Him without dread. Of course the answer is that belief may be real and yet wholly ineffective. A very low and inadequate interpretation is, "Believe that God is, that I am." The trust which Christ requires is entire committal to Him in all my relations and for all my needs.3. But for the magnetism of the felt divinity of Christ, Christianity could not have started at all as it did, or continued as it has. We recognize an authority to which we are responsible. 4-11).III. CHRIST'S WORK DOES NOT CEASE WITH CHRIST'S DEPARTURE (vers. They knew Him for the Messiah; what they had still to learn, still to believe in, was the death as itself the life. Christ was troubled, but His trouble was like the shaking of clear water in a crystal glass. There is a reflection of that tenderness in our own hearts. Our Lord has taught us to connect heaven with the thought of Himself — "My" Father's house. The holiness of God must be recognized by anyone who would for a moment feel safe in the universe. Amazing! It was the keepsake of a loving friend. His omnipresence shines throughout the whole Scriptures. When Tyndall was walking among the clouds during a sunset upon the Alps his companion said to him, "can you behold such a sublime scene as this and not feel that there is a God?" Ker, D. D.)Home in heavenC. Next, Christ says He would have told us if there had been no heaven. But how it is all softened when we say, "My Father's house." We have much to be ashamed of. Spurgeon. No: "I will come again, and receive you unto Myself, that where I am, there ye may be also." (a)Faith will show thee from whence they came (Job 1:21). "My Father's house" is a happier home than the happiest of earthly ones.2. His personality. THE HELP OF THE SPIRIT IS VOUCHSAFED in the absence of Christ (vers. "Why, sir," said the traveller, "I did not venture, to intrude. What separates Him from all other teachers is not the clearness or the tenderness with which He reiterated the truths about the Father's love, and morality and goodness; but the peculiarity of His call to the world is, Believe in Me. He sets Himself forward in very august fashion as being the Revealer and the Opener of that house for us. The word of the Saviour promises a reversal of this long, sad history. Stanford, D. D.I. If Christ said one thing from God, He said all things: we must look to see what He said, and not, after catching one isolated word, presume to declare that one word all.IV. These abodes of the future, manifold as they are, have walls around, and an over-arching roof, which make them one house, and that house a home. One will not be as another. Hope is encouraged by the variety of heavenly enjoyments. So just before, Peter asks, "Whither goest thou?". He stands like one on a mountain top, looking down into the valleys beyond, and telling His comrades in the plain behind Him what He sees. That He is the Life — the source of universal, intellectual, spiritual and eternal life. Tamahana heard all silently, then, looking round, said, "My Father's house is finer than this." (3) For the preventing of spiritual sins. To receive as true what we cannot understand, on God's testimony is declared to be irrational. The way to be sure of a permanent home is to keep fast hold of Him who is the same yesterday, today, and forever.II. The gentleman noticed that he kept his pack strapped to his shoulders, and so he said, "Why do you not put your pack down?" By this we must understand, not His creating heaven for us, or enlarging or adorning it, but removing out of the way all things which would prevent our entering into it. "I go to the Lord Jesus: He was mother's friend, and He's mine." "Why cannot I go with Thee now?" He prepares heaven for them, not only by preparing their right to the place, but by preparing their fitness for it. Sibbes, D. D.Why do we not go home? For the mind harassed with doubt, by establishing the certainties of faith.2. Shall we dare, we the guilty and helpless ones, to say that, with nothing but poor human tears and cries and paltry efforts, the stain of sin can be wiped out? IN HEAVEN THERE ARE MANY MANSIONS.1. (c)There are degrees of angelical glory (1 Thessalonians 4:16; Jude 1:9). (1) Negatively. But let not your heart be troubled. There enter at the wicket gate Christiana and also the children, many Ready-to-halts and Feeble-minds, and far-off pilgrims, for whom we can find no names, but who are written in the Lamb's Book of Life. How sweet and familiar this conception of heaven! "(Dean Vaughan. The constitution of the universe implies that, since otherwise there would be parts of the universe self-supporting and independent of God. Human history is also God's day of grace. THE SUFFICIENCY OF CHRIST'S REVELATION FOR OUR NEEDS. The new belief in Christ. Human history is also God's day of grace. or India Brahmanic? "My presence shall go with thee and I will give thee rest."2. We have much to be ashamed of. Now the first thing that strikes us here is a wonder certainly — but it is the truth — that we shall feel perfectly at home in our Father's house. The close of life. Hope is as important a contribution to comfort as faith; the two together, exercised rightly, never fail. He is just about to lose it, when I come up, and say, "Give it to me, my boy, and I'll keep it safe for you." By and by this Christian civilization forgets its Christian parentage; or denies it, and claims for itself another pedigree. Many times over Judas betrays his Lord, and hangs himself. THE "FATHER'S HOUSE," AND ITS AMPLE ROOM. The chambers of a house have their communication with one another, and the heavenly world, wide as it is, shall have a unity of fellowship. It was very kind of you to take me up, and I could not expect you to carry my pack as well." In one sense all men believe in God. And I lay perfectly happy in the midst of sickness and nausea. "Many mansions." He was about to withdraw, and the loss was the more inconsolable because He was the object of faith and love. "Ye believe in God." You cannot forget Christ in order to see God more clearly, but to behold Him is to behold God.2. And so belief in God is not mere assent, nor mere conviction, but absolute personal trust, submission, and service.4. We shall no more be afraid of any real harm while we are affiliated with God in spirit.2. That tone is the uniform characteristic of our Lord's teaching. and he sees that I am earnest and sincere, he hands it over to me, and I prevent him from being robbed. The Oriental Bank Corporation. FAITH IN CHRIST AND FAITH IN GOD ARE NOT TWO, BUT ONE. Where God is pleased to reveal Himself most, is called His house. Many times over the Lord Himself is crucified, and buried, rises and goes away and comes again unseen. "It is," I replied. First of all, Christ speaks of His Father's house, and therefore we call it our Father's house — just because he says, "My Father and your Father, my God and your God." He prepares heaven for them, not only by preparing their right to the place, but by preparing their fitness for it. Very significant is it that Christianity alone puts the very heart of religion in the act of trust. He has just addressed them in the language of family affection as His "little children." Unless we trust we are, and shall be, "troubled."2. It is pleasant to me to think that we are wanted there. And, in this respect, it makes a great difference what a man believes.(H. But is present everywhere (Psalm 139:7).4. "(John K. Perhaps that upper room, like the most of the roof chambers in Jewish houses, was open to the skies, and whilst He spoke the innumerable lights that blaze in that clear heaven shone down upon them, and He may have pointed to these as He spoke. But now, what is the comfort that the idea of a father's house, or home, conveys to the mind? 3. (2) That we may be known to ourselves; that we may discern where our weakness lieth, and so be better instructed to seek Him in whom our strength lieth. "Why, sir," said the traveller, "I did not venture, to intrude. ''If it were not so, I would have told you." "If it were not so, I would have told you."1. He had got no home beyond the grave.Heaven -- homeT. Human history is God's judgment day. Of myself, I may say that I never make the preparations for penetrating into some small province of nature hitherto undiscovered without breathing a prayer to the Being who hides His secrets from me only to allure me graciously on to the unfolding of them. And so He here proposes Himself as the worthy and adequate recipient of all that makes up religion in its deepest sense. Faith will show thee —(a)That the sting is out (1 Corinthians 15:55). Every apparent discord leads up to the final harmony.3. Here we are strangers — it may be, perhaps, surrounded by enemies; there all is love. As for the eleven, let not their hearts be troubled.2. Hodge, D. D.I. Stephen saw its open door and its glory when his breath was being beaten out of his body. "We are but two," said Abu Bakr to Mohammed as they were flying, hunted, from Mecca to Medina. He goes there to prove our title to it; to show, in His wounded hands and pierced side, that He has paid for us its stipulated price. The wheels of the soul are thereby taken off (Nehemiah 8:10). 5. The kingdom began in an upper chamber. Along with other elements of comfort, our nature needs this. There was likewise something spiritually good in this trouble. While man is asleep in the night, the sun goes before him, that he may prepare the day for him to wake in. Shall we dare to repose upon a feeble bureau analogy, and rest the whole weight of eternity upon the impulses and instincts (not always, even here, prevailing) of family love and parental tenderness? In all God's works the many means the manifold.IV. De Witt Talmage, D. D.In our last dreadful war the Federals and the Confederates were encamped on opposite sides of the Rappahannock, and one morning the brass band of the Northern troops played the national air, and all the Northern troops cheered and cheered. )Heaven -- homeD. )Believing is trusting in JesusJ. He had, as you have, something far more precious than a gold watch — an immortal soul; and he was afraid of losing it: he could not keep it himself. I believe in God — why must I believe also in Christ?" But after a while one of the bands struck up "Home, Sweet Home," and the band on the opposite side of the river took up the strain, and when the tune was done the Confederates and the Federals all together united, as the tears rolled down their cheeks, in one great "Huzza! Our own personal constitution reflects and demonstrates that personality. And here is love again. Faith will show thee —(a)That the sting is out (1 Corinthians 15:55). 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