THE GOOD CONFESSION.
And a certain scribe came, and said unto him, Master, I will
follow thee whithersoever thou goest.—Matt, viii : 19.
My dear hearers, these are the words of a scribe
who undoubtedly was a convert to the faith and
teachings of our Lord Jesus Christ. Some theolo¬
gians claim that he was a hypocrite, on the ground
that the scribes were a kind of aristocratic sect. I
don't know that this is a sufficient reason for us to
suppose that he was a hypocrite, for the grace of God
is fully sufficient to save the meanest of sinners,
There is nothing said here nor elsewhere in the
Scripture to my knowledge respecting his hypocrisy;
therefore I think it would be imprudent for us to
pass such judgment upon him.
But we will not dwell here; whether or not he
was a hypocrite (that need not concern us mainly)
he certainly makes a goodly confession about which
this morning we purpose to talk. Our Lord laid
before him in plain terms the conditions of his king¬
dom, and we do not find anywhere that he com-