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Scene: same as in Prelude: Darkened stage and three figures cloaked. Upon cue of lights that come on and fade in the backdrop each figure speaks)

 

The Holy Spirit:

 

The Word made flesh

Dwelt He a Servant-King:

By the measure of man

Brevity of glory to which

He foreswore, His Holy Father

Lengthened his Reign

And recast Heaven and the Earth

New. Glory and Honour

Forever and ever.

 

Angel of His Presence:

 

By blood from body broken

Has he opened the rivers

Where none existed before;

The ingrate and proud rebels

To good counsel sent He

In their dire need of the hour,-

Mercy and Truth kiss each other.

 

‘I Thirst’ he cried hung from

An accursed cross

Under a brazen sky;

The Christ in life was man

Poured out for many.

But in death for the sake

Of many brethren

The Holy One by His mighty Arm

Would break the jaw of death

Once for all:

King of Kings and Lord of lords.

 

The Angel of the Lord:

 

Let the saints sing:

Glory! Glory! Glory!

He brought me up out of a horrible pit,

Out of the miry clay set my feet upon the rock

Of eternal salvation. Glory and Honour

To the eternal God.

 

Glory! Glory, Glory!

(Curtain)

The End

 

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When we consider the Israelites there are a number of features making their adoption as people of God as exceptional. When they groaned under the severity of tasks laid over them by Egyptian overseers  “And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob./And God looked upon the children of Israel, and God had respect unto them(Ex.2:24-25)”. God in acknowledging their grief made a distinction between their circumstance from those of other nations. St Paul in vs. 4 hints why. ‘God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob.’ When God remembers, an expression that has nothing to do with as man will, is how the Spirit gives the covenant a special place. The same expression we have in the covenant He made with Noah,”And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of…

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In vv.1-3 we find the idea that runs parallel with the plea of Moses. “I wish that myself were accursed for my brethren’ writes St Paul. Whereas over the golden calf episode Moses had this “Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin–; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written (Ex.32:32)”. Zeal for holiness of God in its ultimate expression giving human voice shall have this attitude. We see it in John the Baptist who was not envious of the growing reputation of his cousin at the start of his ministry. “He must increase, but I must decrease (John 3:30)”. John well knew why he was there for, as a voice in the wilderness he had his ministry, which he had performed; and unless he had understood his place in the divine Will and had an intuitive knowledge of Holiness of…

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The elect is any one who is a conqueror. It is not by might or weapons forged by man’s artifice but ‘through him that loved us (v.37). Love of God justifies anyone who has conquered his flesh and spirit. It is not done overnight. He has to let indwelling Spirit conquer him in the first place and make him go through his paces. It is how sons of God are made surefooted and equipped to be effective witnesses. Calvin’s heresy that God shall justify a few, come what may cannot stand in the light of the word of God. If suffering was necessary for the Son does it mean God shall make exception for some and not for the Son? “He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? (v.32)

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Outpouring of the Spirit on the day of Pentecost was a gift. Jesus had promised to send the Spirit after his Ascension and it was given to lead every believer into the truth. It is given for building him up for eternity. So it is the Spirit of truth and whosoever dismisses it as trifle does so at his peril.  “How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord (He.2:3-4)?”,

God is love and Jesus Christ is the Prince of peace. So the”fellowship with the Spirit (Phi.2:1)” is set on principle of Association. God desiring fellowship with man in the Book of Exodus gives Moses a pattern which is according to the reality as existing eternally in heaven. It is translated into a body, a tabernacle. It is a shadow of the real. (Ex.25:8) . The Word made…

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In the Gospel of John we are given the Mind of God and the earthly ministry of Jesus Christ revealed it in so many ways to all and sundry in diverse ways. He healed the sick ‘with the finger of God’ so all those who were once afflicted would glorify God. Glory of bodies subject to vanity consequently lay connected to God. Healing was merely one part. He taught them with authority not as scribes and the Pharisees and it was aimed to cure their moral blindness.”If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloke for their sin (John 15:22).” Love of God addresses both flesh and spirit. Where the body that was once eager to satisfy lusts is reined in and made to go through its paces for the glory of God we can appreciate this verse, “…but…

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God is a Spirit. He  has expressed His will and it is consistent throughout his kingdom. Such is the glory evident in the work of His hands, and it goes to the ends of the world (Ps.19:3).

He created man in His image. Both man and creation have a form, nature of which is carnal. Flesh is a term to signify appetites of the body.  Flesh and the spirit are contrary to one another. His whole creation stand as a proof. “Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them(Ro.1:19). “In their liveliness and several abilities the glory of God is evidently manifest. If His glory could fashion the hearts of man alike, their works also shall reveal the quality accordingly. In short glory of God shed abroad create a context for all creation to profit from. Such is the…

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