The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God;…
I. HOUSES WHERE CHRIST WILL DWELL.
1. The human heart.
2. The Christian family.
3. A spiritual Church.
II. THE CHIEF GLORY OF A CHRISTIAN CHURCH — not the building, nor the form of service, nor the social position of its members, nor the eloquence of the preacher, nor its past history — but the CHRIST who dwells within it.
III. THE SELF-MANIFESTING NATURE OF TRUE RELIGION. If Christ be within the heart, the family, or the Church — the fact will be known abroad. Though the rose is not seen its fragrance is perceived. Its glitter betrays the presence of gold. Clouds cannot conceal the sun, for the daylight declares its ascendency.
IV. THE CHIEF DRAWING POWER OF CHRISTIANITY. If we would draw the multitude we must do it, not so much by eccentricities — advertisements, as by obtaining the presence of Jesus Christ. He will draw all men unto Him. Christ within will attract the multitude without.
Parallel VersesKJV: The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God;