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My task, a joyous task,
To lighten life's burden,
To brighten life's way,
To make the world better,
And life a blessing to man,
To be able to say,

At the end of each day,
At the end of each year,
I have lived for both God and man,
My neighbor as well as myself,
And when life is o'er as the year is done,
I know I shall see the face of MY KING.

THE AUTHOR.

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In the words of Christ, the great text for the UNPARDONABLE SIN, the Master gives the clew and lays the foundation for our argument. Mt. 12:31-32. Jesus the all wise and infinite Saviour tells us, “All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men. (Note he said ALL sin and all blasphemy shall be forgiven-save the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost). Why not this also able to be forgiven? Is it a greater sin than any other? We think no greater than any other sin, for every sin is against an Infinite God, the sin is against INFINITY. Nothing can be greater than the sin against INFINITY. Now look here, SEE WHAT THE MASTER SAYS, THE SIN AGAINST "THE SON OF MAN" may be forgiven, and that's a sin against INFINITY. Jesus being both God and man, Son of Man, Son of God, THE GOD-MAN, but this can be forgiven. Notice this: “The sin against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.” There is a distinction in the Sin against the Son of Man, -Jesus, and the Sin against the Holy Ghost. Remember this. This distinction the Master points out leads to the understanding of what the UNPARDONABLE SIN IS. Jesus shows us what He means, and why this sin can not be forgiven. This is just the foreword, the explanation, that Jesus, the Saviour, makes in His statement, which is so plain, none should fail to grasp it; and all would, if they only paused to answer why the SIN AGAINST THE SON OF MAN COULD BE FORGIVEN, WHILE THESINAGAINST THE HOLY GHOST COULD NOT.

Then in Hebrews 10:26-29 Paul takes up the Master's argument and presents it to us in a new light, adding force to what the Master has already told us. "He that despised Moses' law, died without mercy,” under the witness of two or three. He adds: The Law God delivered to Moses upon fire crowned, smoke wreathed Sinai. Then the writer to the Hebrews takes up the argument as the Master in Mt. 12:31-32 has presented it, “Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, (Christ said the 'Son of Man,' -it's the same person, Jesus, the Saviour of the world, Jno. 3:16-17, Christ the anointed Lamb of God, Jno. 1:29) and hath counted the blood of the covenant wherewith he was sanctified an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace ?" Ah! we have it here in its fulness, God

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