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of Christ's promises. “The kingdoms of this world” are his. “All power is given unto him in heaven and in earth.” But the question is, How much does man, the steward, concede to Christ, the master and proprietor? We must not forget that we are to act as though we believed the fact that all our resources are essentially Christian. They belong to God, whether we admit it or not.
" This is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.” “ All things are possible to him that believeth.” “If God be for us, who can be against us?” “How shall he not with him also freely give us all things ?" Inspiration perfectly answers its own question.
“ For all things are yours; whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas, or the world, or life or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours; and ye are Christ's; and Christ is God's." No wonder the apostle cries out in holy triumph in the face of foes, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."
His abiding presence inspires us; the memory of his past dealings impels us; the promise of his coming draws us. We are encompassed about with omnipotence. Let individual Christians stand shoulder to shoulder, not inquiring of one another whence we came, and how we are called, but rather, what we desire and whither we are tending. Our symbol a cross, standing luminous by the side of an empty grave. In hoc signo vinces. .“ Thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” When these truths become the common experience of individual Christians, the millennial light will burst over the mountains.
XVII. THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.
“When Jesus ascended up on high and led captivity captive,” he “ gave gifts unto men.” “When the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, he shall testify of me, and ye also shall bear witness." " Ye also.” The Holy Spirit is not our accompaniment; we are his.
The office-work of the Holy Spirit is now more intelligently and more extensively recognized in religious effort,as the sole dependence of the church for effective work, than has been the case in centuries. This has given tone and character and potency to religious experience, and heroism and endurance to religious zeal. It has inspired the thought and experience of the priesthood of believers with its personal dignity and personal responsibility, taught by evangelical Protestanism, and has expanded it into spiritual and practical results, with the highest type of piety and personal godliness yet attained by relatively large numbers in any age. It has inspired this Conference, with the universal approval of good men of all varieties of evangelical thought, of the new plans and purposes for utilizing dormant Christian energies, and Christianizing the thoughtless and neglected, and for massing the forces of righteousness.
Resources of history, character, money, machinery, education, numbers, the press, a chosen race, and the divine promises, are all necessary instruments, but they are strengthless and useless for good, either singly or in combination, until baptized by the Holy Spirit; then, singly, they take on strength, and, massed, they become as omnipotent as God. These human appliances, wielded by the Holy Spirit sent by Christ, shall become like him, sweet in sympathy, pure in holiness, vital with love. If from this time forth in this capital city, where is located the fountain of our country's law and the throne of our nation's power; if in this favored land, the saved sons of men would put on the whole armor of God; if all the daughters of Zion would clothe themselves with the beautiful garments of salvation, and, baptized by the Holy Spirit, would move together for the renovation of a heritage once uncussed with sin—no pen or pencil could picture the result. Godless temples would tumble; incense burning to unknown gods would be quenched; air polluted with blasphemy would be purified; ignorance would fee away; the flood-gates of intemperance would be closed; the fires of passion would be quenched; and fountains of bitter tears would be dried up. Every hill-top would glimmer with the light of truth, and every valley show the temple of our God.
“In the wilderness would waters break out, and streams in the desert, and the ransomed of the Lord would come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their head, and sorrow and sighing would flee away.”
“Come, Holy Ghost, our hearts inspire;
Let us thine influence prove;
Fountain of life and love." In our centennial year the French people proposed to place, and have since placed at the gateway of our commerce, upon an island in New York Harbor, a bronze statue of liberty, more than a hundred feet in height, standing upon a pedestal of the same elevation. This majestic statue towers by day against the sky, while by night streams of light radiate from the head. It is the first object seen by those who come down to the sea in ships as they approach our coasts from every clime, telling them the story of our free institutions. Let us pray that Jesus, the great liberator of our race, may so get the mastery in this nation that the immigrant coming to our shores, and entering the gateway of our liberties, shall find his eyes looking first upon works of righteousness; and that the first sound that greets his ears shall be a voice crying, “Behold the lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.” . Then shall we not only rejoice in the centennial of our national liberties, but in the millennium of gospel liberty.
THE CHRISTIAN RESOURCES OF OUR
ADDRESS BY PRESIDENT D. C. GILMAN, LL. D.,
The speaker to whom we have just listened with the greatest interest, has gone over so wide a field, and yet has shown so much power of compressing what he has to say, that those of us who follow can only take up some of the subordinate themes which he has introduced, and expand them. I invite your attention to the intellectual resources of this country, and especially their relation to the advancement of religion. But I find even this theme far too suggestive. I should be glad to spend all the time allotted me in a discussion of popular education, as secured by the American system of common schools ; but instead, I can only say, Long may they live. May their imperfections be removed, their deficiencies supplied, and may they never fail to receive the confidence and support of Christian people. It would be an agreeable task to devote my half hour to the American system of college education, and to show how, under the influence of Christian churches, the higher general instruction of the country has hitherto been supported ; but instead, I can simply express the hope that these institutions may continue to be successful in training up youth for the service of church and state.
I choose a different phase of the subject, and remind you that we have entered upon a new epoch—the age of universities as distinguished from colleges, and that their influence upon the advancement of Christian faith has not yet been measured among us. If there are any persons present unfamiliar with the terms employed in college circles, let me remind them that calling an institution a university does not make it one. Now, as formerly, there are nominalists and realists. You may have the name without the substance; you may have the reality without the charter or the style. For example, the Smithsonian Institution and all the allied organizations for scientific activity in Washington, exercise two at least of the most important functions of a university --" the advancement and diffusion of knowledge among men." They constitute a university. Elsewhere, likewise, are men at work in faithful, laborious researches without the aid of university resources, but in the full possession of the university spirit. If it is necessary before this audience to distinguish between colleges and universities, let me say that colleges are to teach what is known, to discipline youth in habits of intellectual vigor, to develop character; while universities are partly for providing professional education and partly for promoting inquiry, investigation and discovery in all departments of human thought. The best collegiate professors are gifted teachers; the best university professors are gifted thinkers. Perhaps the highest duty of a university is the ascertainment of truth. They save from the inheritance of the past the gold which is buried; they dig from hidden veins the precious ore which has never been brought to light; and the old gold and the new, refined and stamped, are blended in the currency of mankind. During the last twenty or thirty years great progress has been made in this country, in the actual development of these ideas, and we are living in the foundation days of universities—some of them built upon sand, and some of them on rocks.
It is quite worth while, in a conference like this, to consider whether these establishments growing up in every part of the land are to be helps or hindrances to religious faith. Many persons are filled with apprehensions, particularly as they see certain doctrines in which they have trusted, proved erroneous, and statements which they have thought to be facts, abandoned as derelicts. Under these circumstances a survey of a broad field is called for
-a survey which will clearly show that in the long run universities uphold ideality, spirituality and faith.
I can do little more than indicate in this brief address, the line of arguments which may be followed when universities are assailed as the foes of Christianity.
Universities are in fact the children of the church. The great historic foundations, from the time of Bologna—about to celebrate its eight hundredth anniversary-attest the fostering care of the church before the days of the Protestant Reformation; and from this later date until now, the various religious bodies of the world