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of understanding. Just so with sinners—they go
wandering from God, seeking rest and finding none.
Oh, sinner, cease to wander,
And to Jesus turn and live;
Seek him while he may be found,
Eternal life is his to give.
II. Why man wanders astray.—The devil has set
up his kingdom upon the earth in direct opposition
to God's. He seeks to draw man from the path of
truth that he may make him a wanderer here and a
vagabond in eternity, to succeed in which he has
mapped out possible ways to carry out his end.
First: He teaches man to reject salvation, because
it is a mystery. He brings him to doubt even the
existence of God and leads him out of the way of
understanding when he might have conversed with
Christ a little as Nicodemus did, and been made wise
unto salvation. Man should not doubt salvation
because it is a mystery, for it would not be worthy
of man's attention if it were not above his finite
conception, to show God's power above man's. It
would be absolutely impossible for a plan so great as
that of salvation, teaching as much as it teaches,
blessing as much as it blesses, and saving as much
as it saves, without embodying great mysteries, for
it bears relation to God who is infinite, consequently
it is a mystery bordering on a mystery. It should
not be rejected because it is a mystery.