You have a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy.
I. THE UNDEFILED FEW.
II. THE PRESENT POWER OF CHRIST'S UNDEFILED FEW. It would appear to be one of the Divine arrangements that the many should be blessed in the power and influence of the few. No single phase of human life but has been lifted up into dignity for ever through the example of some noble moral hero. There are ever the few in political life who see clearly, grasp principles vigorously, and lead aright the unthinking many. There are many students in the walks of science and literature who never reach beyond the common level, and in each age there are a few men of genius like Bacon, and Butler, and Newton, and Herschell, who rise high up above their fellows, the giants of the intellectual world. The principle may even be seen working within the Church.
III. THE FUTURE GLORY OF CHRIST'S UNDEFILED FEW.
1. They who struggle after goodness now shall find themselves then settled in goodness for ever. He who tries to reach Christlike purity daily finds his dangers growing less, his temptations becoming fewer, his struggles ever more surely ending in the victory of the good.
2. Above all, these undefiled few shall have a communion with Christ of an extraordinary intimacy and preciousness. "With Me."
(R. Tuck, B. A.)
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