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The Rev. F. M. Bennett, in an article in The Christian Register, says:—

"In the mind of John the Baptist the day of judgment was to be somewhat deferred. ... With Jesus the punishment was not to be deferred. His moral and spiritual teaching was for the present rather than for the future. ... True repentance brings the fruits of repentance at once. The kingdom of God was not to be here, or there, or then; the kingdom, such as it is, is now and within you. The 'wrath of God' has already fallen on you for your evil, and the rewards of righteousness are present in your character. The actual touch of the Holy Spirit is a cleansing fire for the soul. The divine judgment makes a clean sweep of the threshing-floor of human life. By its own motives and acts, character gathers the wheat into the garner, and burns the chaff in the fire of the spirit. The judgment, the sentence, and its execution are immediately performed. The judgment day is not deferred. It is now and here. The court of character is continuously in session, and has no adjournments. In human life the sheep and the goats separate themselves, and each soul inevitably goes to the place assigned by the quality of its life.

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