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them, to reveal and impart all that our Lord is to us.
When Jesus, in speaking of another Paraclete, implies
that He is the first, and when He bears that name in
John ii. 2, we must regaid Him as api)ointed and given
by the Father as the medium of intercourse between
Him and us, obtaining and communicating His blessing.
The word Paraclete or Advocate covers His whole
work and person as He mediates the Divine life and
love to us, securing for us all the Father has to give,
and bringing to the Father all we have to offer. This
is the true and full meanieg of Christ's work as
Advocate, of which His intercession is only one aspect.
And when He gives us the Paraclete as the other
Advocate, it is that His work should take in, in ail its
breadth, Christ's own work, to make it life and reality
witliin us. Just as Christ, as Advocate, mediates with
the Father, so the Spirit mediates with Christ, revealing
in our hearts, as a present and continuous expei'ience, iii
the power of the endless life, all that Christ's advocacy
secures to us. The Holy Spirit is the other Advocate,
the alter ego in our hearts of Christ in heaven.



NOTES. 357

Tt would be difficult to discard the use of the word
Comforter in English It will not be needed if we
remember that the sorrow of the disciples to be removed
was at the loss of Jesus' presence, that the comfort to
be given was the restoration, in greater power, of the
presence of Him, thtir Divine Advocate. It is because
the Spirit is the indwelling rej)resentative of Jesus as
the Advocate in heaven, making Him always present in
the heart, that He is the other Advocate or Comforter.



NOTE H.

The Glory of Christ (Chap. 11).

The glory of God does not consist in His surround-
ings, or the circumstances amid which He dwells. His
glory is the perfection and power of His Divine will, the
Divineness of the mode of His being and working. When
God glorified Christ in Himself, He not only exchanged
the circumstances of His earthly life for those of the
heavenly world, but entered upon an entirely new mode
of existence. Instead of being limited by flesh, by time
and space. He passed as man into the life of God, who
is a Spiiit. On eaith He could only work on His
disciples as men next Himself and separate from Himself
through means of words and example, reaching only
thi'ir mind and affections, but not renewing their very
spirit. From heaven He could, as out of His Divine glory,
in the power of the Spirit, begin and woik in them m
a very different way, entering their hidden life, and,
throuirh Him, coming to dwell in their heart. It is as
the Glorified One вАФ the one that has exchanged the
limited life of external eff


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