As you well know, there were twelve Apostles; St. Simon and St. Jude were two of them. They preached the Gospel of CHRIST; and they were like CHRIST, as far as sinful man may be accounted like the Blessed SON of GOD. They were like CHRIST in their deeds and in their sufferings. The Gospel for the festival [John xv. 17.] shows us this. They were like CHRIST in their works, because CHRIST was a witness of the FATHER, and they were witnesses of CHRIST. CHRIST came in the name of GOD the FATHER ALMIGHTY; He "came and spoke," and "did works which none other man did." In like manner, the Apostles were sent to bear witness of CHRIST, to declare His power, His great mercy, His sufferings on the cross for the sins of all men, His willingness to save all who come to Him.

But again, they were like CHRIST in their sufferings. "If the world hate you," He says to them, "you know that it hated Me, before it hated you. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own; but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted Me, they will also persecute you; if they have kept My saying, they will keep yours also."

Thus, they were like CHRIST in office. I do not speak of their holiness, their faith, and all their other high excellencies, which GOD the HOLY GHOSTgave them. I speak now, not of their personal graces, but of their office, of preaching, of witnessing CHRIST, of suffering for being His servants. Men ought to have listened to them, and honoured them; some did: but the many, the world, did not,—they hated them; they hated them, for their office-sake; not because they were Paul, and Peter, and Simon, and Jude, but because they bore witness to the SON of GOD, and were chosen to be His Ministers.

Here is a useful lesson for us at this day. The Apostles indeed are dead; yet it is quite as possible for men still to hate their preaching and to persecute them, as when they were alive. For in one sense they are still alive; I mean, they did not leave the world without appointing persons to take their place: and these persons represent them, and may be considered with reference to us, as if they were the Apostles. When a man dies, his son takes his property and represents him; that is, in a manner he still lives in the person of his son. Well, this explains how the Apostles may be said to be still among us; they did not indeed leave their sons to succeed them as Apostles, but they left spiritual sons; they did not leave this life, without first solemnly laying their hands on the heads of certain of their brethren, and these took their place, and represented them after their death.

But it may be asked, are these spiritual sons of the Apostles still alive? no:—all this took place many hundred years ago. These sons and heirs of the Apostles died long since. But then they in turn did not leave the world without committing their sacred office to a fresh set of Ministers, and they in turn to another, and so on even to this day. Thus the Apostles had, first, spiritual {3} sons; then spiritual grandsons; then great grandsons; and so on, from one age to another, down to the present time.