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body shall be full of light." As the star guided the Magi, so are we guided by the One who absolutely controls

us; we do not move without Him, and we are sure to find the wise way. The way of wisdom is pleasantness and peace. “One thing have I desired of the Lord, and that will I seek after ; to behold the beauty of the Lord.”

Thus Mary Magdalene was led into wisdom. She was in great distress and there appeared no way out of it, but she persisted in the one thing ; she wanted her Lord, and could not do without Him. " They have taken away, my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him." She loved intensely, and she proved : “I love them that love me and they that seek me early shall find me."

She does not allow angels nor apostles to divert her from her one object. She proved that wisdom will bring thee to honour when thou dost embrace her.

Thus Mary of Bethany sat at His feet and heard His word; He was her object. Martha loved Him, but she was occupied with her service towards Him, and thus lost the good part which shall not be taken away. When we find the Lord, we find our Solomon, we see His wisdom-heavenly things ; His things are revealed to us as we are in testimony. We are in the circle of all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge, we are coloured and formed in this association to see clearly what suits Him. It is true wisdom when I can see the course for Him in a scene of darkness, pretension, and the form of godliness. I cannot know what suits Him in this scene if I have not been in company with Him, where everything is suited to Him, where wisdom is unhindered in its influence. Then I come into this scene, not occupied with, or distracted by the things here, but, like Moses coming from the monnt, or Mary of Bethany from His feet, or Mary of Magdala from His side, to declare and present that which is suited to Him, an entirely new order of things introduced into the midst of the confu. sion and disorder here.

No one has wisdom now but the one


manna was.

who knows what suits “ the Christ;" because now no can truly be according to God unless he has definitely before him the mystery of God in which are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

When the Lord is one and His name one, it is not only that I am led to act in every step for Him, but there is a very marked effect in myself. With Israel, where the cloud was, there the

They watched for the cloud, and then they surely found the manna; so with us. The more the Lord is before my heart, the more I am rewarded by His present favour. If I can say, My soul followeth hard after thee,” I can surely add, “ Thy right hand upholdeth me." And that is not all; I become a body of light, I become characteristic and demonstrative of the peace that governs me in my conduct and ways. I have "the wisdom that is from above, first pure, then peaceable gentle and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy." Surely, blessed Lord, we can say of Thy wisdom,“ She is a tree of life to them that lay hold of her, and happy is everyone that retaineth her.”

FRAGMENT. In the Epistle to the Ephesians the stand-point is ascension. God has “raised us up together and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ. You are brought entirely into another world, and your privilege is to be so completely there in spirit as always to look down.

Do you look down upon things as Christ looks on them ? Do you look down upon things at the present time in the church in the mind of Christ? Have you His thoughts about them ? How do you think about your domestic circumstances ? How does He think about them ? He sees exactly. Does He find in you what would be an expression of your being a member of that body of which He is the Head ? I believe the very question so put would realise to one's soul, and show one the blessedness of what it is to be so with Him, and bring in the light on every step, that we should judge and refuse everything that is practically inconsistent with Him there. He has His thoughts. The word contains them. The Spirit of God wrote what those Ephesians should be. If they had kept it in their hearts they would never have forgotten their first love. He had a claim to everything from them. He who had left heaven and given up everything to bring them into that vital relationship, and fellowship with Himself, as member of His body; so that what the Head thought, the feet should do.

G.V. W.



MATTHEW 1. 21. We search the records of Thy past eternity,

No tongue His name declares * Beings angelic, great in power and might, Not one Thy counsel shares.

* Proverbs viii. 22-31; XXX. 4,

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