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suffering to the world. If he elected godless people only for this purpose, they would harden

themselves against suffering, and the godly would pride themselves on being spared. The medicine would do no good. It would bring spiritual petrifaction. It would bring loss for gain.

No, to bear suffering, he calls first of all upon the best, the most godly, the most noble, his Thereby the holy prophets and his martyrs. operation of the medicine goes forth and accomplishes that whereunto he has appointed it. The Cross explains it. God so loved the world, that he gave it his only Begotten Son. Personally Jesus stands entirely outside of sin. He is not only the most godly, the noblest, the best of the children of men, but he is the Son of Man, and upon him comes the burden of suffering as upon no other man. And from no suffering among the children of men has there gone forth an operation unto salvation as from his Cross. And therefore, the Cross expresses the thought of God, the appointment of God, the wisdom of God. Whosoever would understand his own sorrows and the suffering of the world, must accustom himself to this appointment, to this thought and to this wisdom of God. And he who does this has heavenly comforting, yea, he can give thanks that the cup of suffering has not passed him by. He feels that he is himself a priest, in order that following after the One High priest, he may, in the name of the Lord, administer the sacrament of suffering. 456

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Bekijk de hele uitgave van maandag 1 januari 1900

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To be near unto God - pagina 464

Bekijk de hele uitgave van maandag 1 januari 1900

Abraham Kuyper Collection | 628 Pagina's

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