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November 2013

  from T V Moore

Thomas V Moore (1818-71) was a Christian minister who trained at Princeton Seminary and pastored churches in Pennsylvania, Virginia and Tennessee in the United States. He became one of the leaders of the Presbyterian Church in the South. He is remembered especially for his Commentary on Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi and his book The Last Days of Jesus (with its subtitle, The appearances of our Lord during the forty days between the Resurrection and Ascension). It is from this that the following extracts are taken.
On waiting ‘for the promise of the Father’
Here is one of the most difficult duties to which a Christian is ever summoned. To work for the promise is easy, to wait for it is often very hard. There is a restless eagerness to enjoy what is hoped for, that makes us uneasy under any delay in the fulfilment of the promise …

But how must we wait? In idleness? In slumber? No; we must wait as the husbandman waits for the early and latter rains, who labours while he waits; wait as the watchman waits for the dawn, who watches as he waits; wait as the wise virgins waited, who trimmed their lamps as they waited, and kept oil in their vessels with their lamps. We know how the disciples waited, and thus also are we to wait. They waited in prayer, not merely secret but social and united prayer, and so must we. They waited in labour, striving to do all that they could to be ready for the blessing, and so must we. They waited in love and united action, being all with one accord in one place, and so must we. They waited in holy seclusion from the world, wrestling with God for the promise, and so must we. They waited in faith, assuredly looking for the gift of the Holy Ghost, as so must we.

On the intercession of the Holy Spirit
… Here we reach a most important fact that is often overlooked, the intercession of the Holy Ghost. We think almost exclusively of the intercession of Christ, forgetting that there is another intercession that is also most priceless to us, and should ever be cherished. There is an important distinction between these two intercessions, though a distinction but little regarded. Christ intercedes as Mediator with God; the Holy Spirit, as Paraclete, Pleader, with man. Christ intercedes as a Priest, completing the sacrificial and sacerdotal work which he assumed as our representative; the Holy Spirit, as an applier of this priestly work to the human heart. Christ intercedes with the Father on the ground of his merit, having purchased a right to the travail of his soul; the Holy Spirit, on the ground of compassion, pleading only the guilt and ruin of man. Christ intercedes in heaven; the Holy Spirit, on earth.

Hence we are brought to a most touching fact in our spiritual relations, that a double intercession is ever going on in regard to us, if we are God’s children; Christ making intercession by his blood in heaven, the Holy Spirit making intercession for us, with groanings that cannot be uttered, on earth; the one at the throne of glory above, the other at the throne of grace below; the one preparing a place for us in the inheritance of the saints in light, the other preparing us for that place, by working in us a meetness for this heavenly inheritance.