If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies,…
The King of the Lacedaemonians being once asked why it was that Sparta was not surrounded by walls, is said to have pointed to the citizens, all filled with one and the same enthusiasm — one united band — and to have answered, "These are the walls of the Spartan State. With these, thus separate and yet one, all enemies can be repelled." So is it with the city of God, Christ's own Church. Its citizens, when they are of one mind and heart, are its unassailable bulwarks. The gates of hell cannot prevail against it. Thus, when warfare is over and victory is won, in the city of Peace, where no bulwarks can ever be needed, those who have overcome will join in — "The undisturbed song of pure consent, Aye sung before the sapphire-coloured throne."
(J. Hutchinson, D. D.)
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