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THE PRESENT TESTIMONY,
(Continued from Vol. XI. p. 400). How wonderful is the grace which we are now considering!
There are two things that present themselves to us in Christ. The attractions to our heart of His grace and goodness, and His work which brings our souls into the presence of God. It is with the latter that the Holy Ghost here occupies us.
There is not only the piety which grace produces: there is the efficacy of the work itself
. What is this efficacy? What is the result, for us, of His work? Our presentation to God, in the light, without a veil, sin being entirely put away. Marvellous position for us! We have not to wait for a day of judgment (assuredly coming as it is), nor to seek for means of approach to God. We are in His presence. Christ appears in the presence of God for us. And not only this: He remains there ever ; our position, therefore, never changes. It is true that we are called to walk according to that position; but this does not touch the fact that such is the position. And how came we into it; and in what condition? Sin entirely put away, perfectly put away; and once for all; the whole question settled for ever before God, we are there because Christ has abolished it . So that there are the two things—this work accomplished, and this position taken in the presence of God.
We see the force of the contrast between this and Judaism. According to the latter, divine service, as we have seen, was performed outside the veil. The wor-hippers did not reach the presence of God. Thus they
VOL. XII. PT.I.