CCXC. The Conqueror.

REV. vi. 2. “And I saw, and behold a white horse: and He that
sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto Him:
and He went forth conquering, and to conquer.”

BEHOLD the combat beyond all others important, the
combat between Christ and Satan for the human soul.
I. First the cause of strife, the soul. A colony of heaven
had been taken by the powers of hell, and the effort to
restore it to allegiance was the main cause of this celestial
The domination of Satan over the human soul is despotic,
degrading, and destructive.
II. Look at the battle. The Divine Saviour stronger
than the strong man armed as our champion. The first
grapple seems to have been the temptation in the wilder-
ness, the next in the performance of miracles, the next
the death grapple, the last the rising from the dead and
ascension into heaven.
III. The victory that He gained. It was complete, it
was benevolent, it was unchanging.
The attack which the Saviour made upon the enemy
was such as to tear away the very source and energies
of his power. In the time of the Lord’s victory we do not
see traces of carnage, nor hear orphans wailing the dead;
but a voice breathes the comfortable word, “They shall not
hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain.” The triumphs
of the Saviour brighten with the lapse of time. Time
cannot tarnish their lustre, nor death itself destroy.
W. Morley Punshon, D.D.

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