The planet Neptune is under the genial and mighty influence of the sun, though nearly 3,000,000,000 (three thousand million) miles away from it! What a mighty attraction the sun has! That star circles round it without the least aberration from its perfectly regulated orbit in the acknowledgment of the sun’s inherent power.
And so we may add to Dr. Chalmers’s well-known apophthegm, “the expulsive power of a new object,” the attractive power of the same; for Christ not only expels the evil, but He wins the heart. He wins by weaning, or rather He weans by winning. “He must increase, but I must decrease,” said the devoted Baptist. As Christ rises, so self wanes and fades, morally into its wretched nothingness. So may it be.