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eousness which, through faith, in the world at large
is wrought !

What is the end of it — that righteousness through
faith — what is the consummation of it ? Will it
also perish and disappear, and cease in time to be,
that highest form of living, that noblest form of
living, that living now by faith, imparting to our
living now its highest, noblest worth : will it also
die : is that the end of it ? Is that its Amen,
to be said at last, or sung, or heard in requiem
above it ? Every moral instinct in the nature



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of man declares what the Bible itself declares,
that somewhere in the universe — we see and know
not where — there is a Jesus Christ ; that the
righteousness which through faith is wrought, to a
Jesus Christ it points ; that the righteousness which
through faith is wrought, to a Jesus Christ it goes ;
that somewhere in the universe to a Jesus Christ it
leads, the embodiment there of faith, the fulfilment
there of faith, the consummating finale, the great
Amen, of faith !

Given the existence of a moral nature in man,
and given the existence of a moral government in
the universe, and the existence of a Jesus Christ
somewhere in the universe, as the ultimate consum-
mation of that moral nature and that moral gov-
ernment, becomes a moral necessity. If Jesus
Christ did not in fact exist, man's moral nature
would invent him. But He does exist, has existed,
Avill exist, the beginning of the moral creation of
God, the end of the moral creation of God ; sound-
ing in triumphant tones at last through the whole
of the moral creation of God, as its great and glad
Amen. Not yet indeed do we hear it, that great
Amen, of the righteousness wrought by faith ; not
yet indeed do Ave hear it, the time has not yet
come. We are now in the midst of the prayer ; we



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are now in the midst of the Creed, or we are now
in the midst of the Liturgy of the righteousness
wrought by faith, repeating it, reciting, trying now
to live it, finding now at times that it is so hard to
live, tempted now at times not to continue to live
it, with falls and lapses from it, and haltings and
stumblings in it, yet getting up again and going on,
and trying still to say it, to do it, and to be it !
AVe are now in the midst of it ; we have not reached
the end of it, but we are on the way to reach it !
We are on the way to find it, in Jesus Christ to
reach it, to find it, to see it, to know it, in Jesus
Christ to hear it !

Is it to be so, that we shall at last reach that
great Amen of faith ? Then, let us go on, and
work, and suffer, and not weary, and continue by
faith to live ! Is it to be so, that we shall at last
hear it, that great Amen of faith, whose echoes
now we faintly hear sounding in our hearts ? Then,
let us wait, in hope and patience wait, and continue
by faith to live ! Is it to be so ? Then is the way
of faith on earth both reasonable and right. And
rough and hard and dark though it be at times
yet as it is, so be it, God help us, till the end come ;
and gathered up into Jesus Christ, we shall say
at last "Amen!"




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