FROM OUR EXCHANGES

[The Congregationalist.]

If the peculiar beauty and power of Christ's life can be reproduced to some extent in a multitude of other lives, the one from whom they derive their incentive and their pattern will always have his full measure of honor. We can never effectually safeguard the majesty of our Redeemer merely by creedal statements about him. We can never increase his influence over men by putting up bars in the vain effort to keep away any one who sincerely desires to be associated with him. In proportion as we love and trust our Lord we shall be calm and confident concerning the world's appreciation of him. Jesus Christ's own royal, matchless personality will by its own inherent force, in an increasing measure, command the world's homage. If we really want to contribute something toward that universal esteem, if we really want to suppress what seems to us inadequate views of his person and to perpetuate some of the lofty and hallowed conceptions that go back even beyond the days of Nicea, the best way—the way which he approves most—is not to constitute ourselves sole arbiters as to whom he will receive, but to exhibit the type of character which he forms in every one who wills to do the will of the Father.

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