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	VOL IV. The REVELATION OF ST. JOHN
	CONTENTS
	I.
		The Book Of The Last Days.
		Revelation 1:1-3.
	II.
		The Grace And Peace Of The Three-One God.
		Revelation 1:4-5.
	III.
		The Chief Among Ten Thousand.
		Revelation 1:5, 6.
	IV.
		The Great Advent.
		Revelation 1:7.
	V.
		The Fullness Of The God-Man.
		Revelation 1:8.
	VI.
		The Voice From Patmos To The Churches.
		Revelation 1:9-11.
	VII.
		The Seven Golden Lamps.
		Revelation 1:12.
	VIII.
		The Glory Of The Son Of Man.
		Revelation 1:13-16.
	IX.
		Fear And Its Remedy.
		Revelation 1:17, 18.
	X.
		The Symbolic Sevens.
		Revelation 1:19, 20.
	XI.
		Watchman, What Of The Night?
		Revelation 2:1.
	XII.
		Self-Denial Christianity.
		Revelation 2:2,3.
	XIII.
		First Love Left.
		Revelation 11:4.
	XIV.
		Paradise And The Tree Of Life.
		Revelation 11:7.
	XV.
		The Divine Food Of Our Heavenly Life.
		Revelation 2:7.
	XVI.
		The Morning Star.
		Revelation 2:8.
	XVII.
		The Fullness Of The Holy Ghost.
		Revelation 3:1.
		Revelation 4:5.
		Revelation 5: 6.
	XVIII.
		The Key Of David.
		Revelation 3:7.
	XIX.
		The Church's Little Strength, And The Lord's Great Love.
		Revelation 3:8.
	XX.
		The Philadelphian Conqueror.
		Revelation 3:11,12.
	XXI.
		The Charity Of The Lord Jesus.
		Revelation 3:16.
		Matthew 12:30.
		Mark 9:40.
	XXII.
		The Heavenly Merchant And His Goods.
		Revelation 3:18.
	XXIII.
		The Love And The Discipline.
		Revelation 3:19.
	XXIV.
		Christ's Loving Earnestness.
		Revelation 3:20.
	XXV.
		The Victory And The Crown.
		Revelation 3:21.
	XXVI.
		Glory To The Glorious One.
		Revelation 4:2.
		Psalm 29:9.
	XXVII.
		The Weakness And The Power Of Christ.
		Revelation 5:6.
		1 Peter 3:18.
		2 Corinthians 13:3,4.
	XXVIII.
		How Long?
		Revelation 6:10.
	XXIX.
		The Recompense Of Martyrdom.
		Revelation 6:10,11.
	XXX.
		Pent-Up Judgment.
		Revelation 7:1-3.
	XXXI.
		The Great Multitude.
		Revelation 7:9,10.
	XXXII.
		The Earthly And The Heavenly.
		Revelation 7:13.
		1 John 3:2.
		1 Corinthians 15:49.
	XXXIII.
		The All-Fragrant Incense.
		Revelation 8:3-5.
	XXXIV.
		The Cross Of The Lord Jesus.
		Revelation 11:8.
		1 Corinthians 1:17, 18.
	XXXV.
		Strangership And Pilgrimage.
		Revelation 12: 6.
		1 Peter 2:2.
		Exodus 16:1.
	XXXVI.
		The Heavenly Song Of Victory.
		Revelation 12:10.
	XXXVII.
		The Blood Of The Covenant.
		Revelation 12:2.
		Exodus 24:8.
	XXXVIII.
		The Church Dwelling Alone.
		Revelation 14:3.
		Revelation 14: 4.
		Numbers 23:9.
		2 Corinthians 6:17.
	XXXIX.
		The Model Of A Holy Life.
		Revelation 14:4.
		John 11:22.
		2 Peter 2:21.
		2 Corinthians 10:1.
	XL.
		The Everlasting Gospel.
		Revelation 14:6.
	XLI.
		The Swift And Sudden Advent.
		Revelation 16:15.
	XLII.
		The One Witness And The One Testimony.
		Revelation 19:10
		Revelation 22:20.
	XLIII.
		The Great Prophetic Burden.
		Revelation 19:10.
	XLIV.
		Messiah's Many Crowns.
		Revelation 19:12.
	XLV.
		The First Resurrection.
		Revelation 20:6.
	XLVI.
		The Great White Throne.
		Revelation 20:11-15.
	XLVII.
		Death And The Grave.
		Revelation 20:14.
	XLVIII.
		The Vision Of The Restitution Of All Things.
		Revelation 21:1.
	XLIX.
		God's Tabernacle On Earth.
		Revelation 21:3.
	L.
		The Coming Of The Perfect, And The Departure Of The Imperfect.
		Revelation 21: 4.
	LI.
		The New Things Of God.
		Revelation 21:5.
	LII.
		The Conqueror's Reward And The Coward's Doom.
		Revelation 21:6-8.
	LIII.
		The Glorious Bride.
		Revelation 21:9.
	LIV.
		The Holy City.
		Revelation 21:10.
	LV.
		The Light Of The New Jerusalem.[25]
		Revelation 21:23.
	LVI.
		The Life River.
		Revelation 22:1.
	LVII.
		The Tree With Its Twelve Harvests.
		Revelation 22:2.
	LVIII.
		The Serving And The Reigning.
		Revelation 22:3, 5.
	LIX.
		The Curse Cancelled, And The Kingdom Begun.
		Revelation 22:3-5.
	LX.
		The Vision Of God.
		Revelation 22:4.
	LXI.
		Entrance Into The City.
		Revelation 22:14.
	LXII.
		Come, O Saviour! Come, O Sinner!
		Revelation 22:17.
	LXIII.
		The Divine Word And The Doom Of Its Defacers.
		Revelation 22:18, 19.
	LXIV.
		The Free Love Of Christ.
		Revelation 22:21.
	LXV.
		The Last Amen.
		Revelation 22:21.
		Footnotes
                        
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Light and Truth
The Revelation of

ST. JOHN


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Horatius Bonar, D.D.


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Light and Truth:
Bible Thoughts and

Themes

IV.


The REVELATION OF ST.
JOHN
1872


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follows,—resurrection and ascension,—is the result of the
completed work; not the completing of it, but the fruits of its
completion. 'He was delivered, because we had sinned; He
was raised, because we were justified' (Romans 4:25). As it
was 'by the blood of the everlasting covenant' that He was
brought from the dead (Hebrews 13:20), so was it because
our justification was finished on the cross that He rose from
the dead. The knowledge of this brings to him who knows it
forgiveness, acceptance, justification; we become 'accepted in
the Beloved.'

The cross accomplished such things as the following:—

(1.) It removed the wall of partition (Colossians 2:14[15]).
Between Jew and Gentile it threw down the middle wall of
partition. It rent the veil in twain from top to bottom. It swept
away all that hindered a sinner's access, and said, 'Come
boldly to the throne of grace;' 'come unto me.'

(2.) It made peace (Colossians 1:20).—The great quarrel
between heaven and earth, between God and the sinner, it
made up; for it removed the ground of that variance, and
provided a righteous basis for reconciliation and peace. The
peace is made. It is paid for. It is finished. It is a true and
righteous peace.

(3.) It has secured oneness. (Ephesians 2:15-16).—Thus
oneness is not simply between Jew and Gentile, but between
both of these and God; between them both, because between
both and God. Both are reconciled in one body by the cross,
the enmity being thereby slain. He was 'numbered with the
transgressors' (Mark 15:28), that we might be numbered with
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(4.) It has brought life (2 Corinthians 13:4).—'He was
crucified through weakness, yet He liveth; we are weak in
Him (as He was on the cross) but we shall live.' His
weakening and emptying on the cross gave opportunity for
the whole life-giving power of God to flow in. We, thus
weakened and emptied (when, in believing, made one with
Him), are filled with the same life-giving power. The cross,
the place of weakness and of death, thus becomes to us the
place and fountain of life. >From a crucified Lord life flows to
the dead.

(5.) It contains power (1 Corinthians 1:18, 23).—It is 'the
power of God unto salvation.' Power for us, for the weak, for
the sinful,—'the power of God,'—is there. Omnipotence has
made its dwelling there. The cross is its storehouse or
treasure house. There is the hiding of divine power. There is
the arm of the Lord revealed.

(6.) It is the focus or center of all wisdom (1 Corinthians
1:24).—The wisdom of God is there. It is the fullest and most
glorious exhibition of Jehovah's wisdom. Here is the
perfection of wisdom; and all that the sciences (astronomy, or
the like) exhibit of wisdom is not to be compared with this.
The world thinks it foolishness. God thinks it wisdom; and
every soul that has come to know its own wants and sins
thinks the same.

(7.) It crucifies the world (Galatians 6:14).—To the believing
man the world is a crucified thing. There is now enmity, not
friendship,—hatred, not love,—between the woman's seed
and the serpent's seed. The cross has produced the enmity. It
has slain the world, and made it altogether unlovable. One
sight of the cross strips the world of its false beauty and
attractiveness.


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'Si gratiae praedicator es, gratiam non fictam sed veram
praedica; si vera gratia est, verum non fictum peccatum ferto.
Deus non facit salvos ficte peccatores. Esto peccator et pecca
fortiter; sed fortius fide et gaude in Christo, qui victor est
peccati mortis et mundi; peccandum est quamdiu hic sumus.
Vita hic non est habitatio justiciae, sed expectamus, ait
Petrus, coelos novos et terram novam, in quibus justicia
habitat. Sufficit quod agnovimus per divitias gloriae, Dei
agnum qui tollit peccatum mundi.'

This letter is not found in the early editions of his works. We
quote it from the volume intituled 'Epistolarum Revelation
patris D.D. M. Lutheri, tomus primus, a Joanni Aurifabro.' Avr.
1556. Jhenae.

It was found in the library of Spalatinus, and is dated from
'Patmos' (the castle of Wartzburg). It occupies, as we now
have it, about five quarto pages, and is of a somewhat
miscellaneous character, discussing confession, vows,
celibacy, 'both kinds,' grace and sin. It is in answer to a letter
of Melancthon (which is not extant), apparently—about the
fictitious sins of the Papacy,—i.e. things which Popery had
made sins (neglect of feasts and ownership of saints, etc.),
and which lay heavy on many a half-enlightened conscience in
these days, while real sin was overlooked, and men were
made to go to God confessing unreal sins and neglecting real
sins. Luther says: Away with such fictions and fictitious
confessions. In dealing with God, be what you really are, and
bravely confess it. 'Be a sinner, and sin bravely;' which does
not mean what Bossuet represented it as meaning, 'Go on
sinning,' but 'Speak out boldly as a sinner, hiding nothing;
come out with all your sins to Him, whose grace is sufficient
for all sins, though they be thousands, and millions; go to Him
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really are.' Luther's idea of the grace or free love of God was,
that it was as boundless as it was free, and that the only
thing which could hinder or straiten it would be attempts on
our part at cowardly palliations of our guilt; confessions which
only confessed the half, instead of the whole; which
confessed unreal or fictitious guilt, and weakly or ignorantly
concealed the true. It concludes with these memorable
words: 'Ora fortiter, es enim fortissimus pecctor.'

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