Mr. Dwight L. Moody recently preached a sermon in the Congregational Church at Northfield, Mass., having for his subject, "The Return of our Lord," from which we quote:—

"There is one thing in which we churches all agree, and that is that our Lord is coming back. I do not want to teach dogmatically on my own authority, but to my mind this precious doctrine, for such I must call it, of the return of the Lord to this earth is taught in the New Testament as clearly as any doctrine in it. Whoever neglects this has only a mutilated Gospel, for the Bible teaches not only of the death and sufferings of Christ, but also of His return to reign in honor and glory. His second coming is mentioned and referred to over three hundred times, yet I was in the church fifteen or sixteen years before I ever heard a sermon on it. There is hardly any church that does not make a great deal of baptism, but in all Paul's epistles I believe baptism is spoken of only thirteen times, while he speaks about the return of our Lord fifty times.

"I suppose, if we were asked for two of the sweetest passages in the Bible, we would say those passages in the Gospel of St. John and the first epistle to the Corinthians which bring out the death and resurrection and that He is coming again. No doctrine has suffered more from its friends than this one has. Some people have set the time, but it is clearly thought that the day and the hour will not be known. We find also that He is to come unexpectedly and suddenly. 'For as the lightning cometh out of the east and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of Man be.' And again, 'Therefore be ye also ready for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.' Some people say that means death. But the word of God does not say it means death. Death is our enemy, but our Lord has the keys of death. He has conquered death, hell, and the grave, and at any moment He may come to set us free from death and destroy our last enemy for us.

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September 22, 1898

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