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TE HOA MAORI

Ka totohe nga mohio tangata ki te rongo

pai a te Atua.

Ka kawhau o Paora. Ko ia anaki e tu

ana mo te Atua taha. Whakarongo ki nga

take o tona korero. Ko te take tuatahi—Ko

te Atua, me nga tangata ahua ki a ia—

engari te Atua ngaro ki a ratou. Ko te

tahe tuarua—Te hara o nga tangata me te

karangatanga o te Atua kia ripeneta. Ko

te take tuatoru—Te ra o te whakawa me

te Karaiti i te kororia te kai whakawa. Ko

te take tuawha—Te tangata kua pana i te

ao, engari kua toronatia ki runga.

Ano te kaha o te kauwhau o te tangata o

te Atua. Ano hold tona totohe ki te

whakaaro nui o nga tangata e whakarongo

ana ki a ia. Kei runga rawa te Atua; he

mea hanga te tangata, aue, he tangata hara,

he tangata mate hoki ia, aue ano, ka korero-

tia e ratou o ratou mahi ki te Atua tonu;

note mea, kua oti ra te tuhituhi "E ora

ana ahau e ai ta te Ariki, ina e piko katoa

nga turi ki au, a e whakaae nga arero katoa

ki te Atua. " Roma 14. 11.

Hei runga i te marama o tenei korero e

hara ranei i te mahi tika mo nga tangata kia

ripeneta ratou ki te Atua ? Kei hea te mea

tika atu i tera korero—Ka whakaae nga

arero ki te Atua, me o ratou ahua he ki te

aroaro o te Atua ? Me pehea ka taea e te

Atua ki te titiro atu ki te tangata he,

mehemea e pupupuri ana e whakatika ana

hoki te tangata he i tona mahi kino. Engari

ka ripeneta te tangata ki te Atua ka hohoro

te Atua ki te murua i tona hara. A ka

hari te rangi, no te mea e ki ana te kupu nei

l" He hari ano kei te aroaro o nga anahera o

te Atua mo te tangata kino kotahi ina

ripeneta. " Ruka 15. 10.

He mea pai rawa atu te matakitaki ki te

tangata e ripeneta ana. Aeha ki te ao nei,

engari he mea pai ki te rangi he mea hari

hoki. Ko te take o te hari kua hoki

te tangata mahi he ki te mahi tika

ki te aroaro o te Atua. Hei reira ka

taea e te Atua ki te whakaputa te kaha o

tona aroha ki te murua te hara o taua

tangata, he mahi nui tera na te mate nui o

Tana Tama. Hei reira ka koa nga anahera

ki te titiro atu ki te tangata ripeneta me te

mahi tohu o te Atua.

E te kai korero ! E mohio ana ranei koe

The day of judgment, the appointed

Judge, the risen Christ in glory—the Man

rejected from the earth, but enthroned on

high, —form the third.

With what fervency the man of God

speaks and with what power he deals with

the conscience of his hearers. God is sup-

reme; man is a creature, and, alas! a sinful

fallen creature; and, solemn fact, he has to

give account of himself to God; for it is

written, " As I live, saith the Lord, every

knee shall bow to me, and every tongue

shall confess to God" (Rom. xiv. 11).

Iu the light of this, what more right than

the sinner's repentance toward God! Could

you conceive of anything more consistent ?

A creature getting into his right place be-

fore his Creator, owing His authority, and

confessing his sin. How could God meet a

guilty sinner save in judgement, if he did

not take the place of repentance? And

mark, heaven rejoices when he does.

" There is joy in the presence of the angels

of God over one sinner that repenteth"

(Luke xv. 10),

It is a blessedly interesting sight to see a

sinner repenting. The world may not think

much of it; but heaven does, and rejoices

over it. And why ? Because another fallen

rebellious creature has got into his right

place with God, has recovered himself, and

God is left free to come forth in grace, on the

ground of the precious death of His Son,

and pardon and save. Those unjealous

beings in heaven rejoice in the sinner's

blessing, and in the exercise of God's grace

on his behalf.

Beloved reader, do you know what repen-

tance towards God is ?—repentance to sal-

vation not to be repented of. True repent-

ance goes with something else, viz., "faith.

toward our Lord Jesus Christ. " A repent-

ant sinner sees that God has provided a sac-

rifice, and that the blood of that sacrifice has

made anotement for the soul. By faith

he reposes in that blood, and in Him who

shed it, and the blessed result is—salvation.

Oh, sweet thought, sweeter still as the

years roll by, is that of God's salvation for

poor sinner who deserved it not! And

wondrous thought, that while it only cost

God but a word to call into existence the