Pearls of Paradise
His Name Shall Be Called
By Dr. Clinton N. Howard (First published in 1925.)
“Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:5-11.
A name that is above every name! A name that is above the archangel Gabriel who stands in the presence of God and was sent from Heaven to earth to announce the birth of the Saviour of the world.
A name that is above the archangel Michael, who cast the great red Dragon, called Satan and the devil, out of Heaven for insurrection against the throne of God.
A name that is above the seven angels of Revelation that is to sound the seven last trumpets of God.
A name that is above the twelve angels that stand before the twelve gates of the Holy City, the New Jerusalem, having the glory of God, with walls of jasper, gates of pearls, and streets of gold, the eternal abode of those whose names “are written in the Lambs book of life…and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.”
A name that is above the angel of the Lord that appeared unto Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, Moses, Samuel and David, Elijah, Isaiah and Jeremiah! A name that is above all the angels of the skies!
For unto which of the angels said He at any time, “Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee”? And unto which of the angels said He at any time, “Sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool”? And again, “I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son”?
Of the angels He saith, “Who maketh His angels spirits, and His ministers a flame of fire.” But unto the Son He saith, “Thy throne, O God, is forever and ever: a scepter of righteousness in the scepter of thy kingdom.”
And again, when He bringeth in the firstborn into the world, He saith, “Let all the angels of God worship him.”
A MOHAMMEDAN (MOSLEM) ROSARY
It was my high privilege as Chairman of the World Peace Commission to attend the opening session of the Conference for Limitation of Armament, called by President Harding at Washington during the early months of his administration.
Among the high commissioners attending, representing the world powers, was an interesting and extraordinary personality. In any group of distinguished men he would attract immediate attention by his manner, attire, color, conduct and character.
While every other head was uncovered, this high commissioner kept his hat on. During the invocation of the President’s pastor, all stood save this one man. When the President of the United States was introduced to deliver his address of welcome, all stood with bared heads but this one high commissioner representing more than 250,000,000 people, who kept his head covered, following the custom of his race, station, religion and nation. His white turban was wound closely around his head and climbed to a great height, setting like a pyramid upon his finely-chiseled, dark-skinned, dignified head.
Around his neck was a string of beads, which he fingered with reverence, pushing them from right to left, one by one, until he made a complete circuit of his neck. He presented a weird and mystic appearance, until one understood the significance of his oriental adornment.
He was the commissioner from India, a high-caste prince from that land of mystery, a Mohammedan (Moslem) nobleman. There he sat in silence, pushing his beads, at times moving his lips in inaudible speech. He aroused my curiosity, and I resolved to learn the significance of his oriental adornment.
Introduced by an official of the government, I made bold to inquire, “What is the significance of that string of beads around your neck?
“String?” said he. “This is not a string,” pushing the beads close together to disclose its character and color.
“That” said he “is a golden cord that binds my soul to my Allah God.”
“And the beads?” I inquired.
“Beads?” said he. “These are not beads; they are gems, gems of glory; they are jewels, jewels of joy; they are pearls, pearls of paradise! This is my rosary,” he said. “Each one of these gems, jewels and pearls, ninety-nine of them in all on this cord of gold, represents the ninety-nine beautiful names of Allah, the God of the Koran, the holy book of m y religion, and I was worshipping my Allah God, calling upon him by every one of his ninety-nine beautiful names by which he is known in the book of my religion. I challenge you,” said he, “I challenge you as a Christian, to match my rosary! I have a better speaking acquaintance with my Allah than you have with your Christ. I know my Allah by his full name, and I challenge you to match me gem, jewel for jewel, pearl for pearl.”
And I could not. I could not accept the challenge of a man from a pagan land. I was brought up in a Christian home, in the nature and admonition of the Lord, with a family altar, the songs of Zion, and the daily reading of the Bible; but here was man from a pagan land, to which we send our missionaries to change his religion to ours who had a better speaking acquaintance with his Allah God than I had with my Lord Christ, and who could call him by every one of his beautiful names by which it is know in the book of his faith. “My rosary,” he said, ”my rosary!”
A PROTESTANT ROSARY
I resolved to have a rosary of my own, seen by the eye of God alone: invisible though it might be to the eye of man. I began writing down one after the other all the names of our Lord I could call to mind, but I could not approximate the pearls of paradise on the rosary of my Mohammedan (Moslem) friend.
I consulted Cruden’s Concordance to find there some fifty names of our Lord, but I discovered that some of Cruden’s names were not on my list and that some of my memory names were not on Cruden’s list, and concluded that neither one had them all.
Where shall I find them? In what book? Only one: the Book of books. “Search the Scriptures.” Said the Lord…”they are they which testify of me.” “Seek, and ye shall find.” “Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.” I searched the Scriptures, and as I searched, I wrote down each name in consecutive order, from the first name found in the first book and the first chapter and the first verse of the New Testament, to the last name found in the book, the last chapter and the last verse, and I made a startling, enlightening and comforting discovery, and bowed my knee at the name of Jesus. “That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow.” It was the first time I knew Him by His full name.
His first name in the New testament was brought from Heaven to earth by the angel Gabriel to the humble home of the virgin mother before His birth, as told in the Gospel according to Luke, in what Wm. E. Gladstone called the most beautiful book that was ever written, and when asked by Queen Victoria what he regarded as the most beautiful story in the most beautiful book, he replied, “The story of the birth of the birth of our Lord as told by Doctor Luke.”
Not by Matthew, Mark, or John, but by Doctor Luke, who was not to be deceived by the story of a virgin-born child unless it was divinely authenticated, this is the story he called “the literary gem of the ages.”
“In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was SENT from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women…Fear not Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus.” And my rosary began! I had my first pearl, The Pearl of Greatest Price, as the beginning of the string, “He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest:” and I had my second pearl, “and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of His father David: And He shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.”
And Mary said, “How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.”
And I had the third pearl for my rosary, brought by the heavenly messenger ‘sent from God,” Jesus, the Son of the Highest, Son of God, the first three pearls at the beginning of the string, found in the first chapter of the Gospel of Luke.
And Mary said, “Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word.” (Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, “Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us,” MT.1:22.tells us. And I had my fourth pearl.)
“And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, (fifth) which is Christ (sixth) the Lord,” and I had my seventh pearl: Jesus, Son of the Highest, Son of God, Emmanuel, Saviour, Christ, Lord, the first SEVEN names brought from Heaven before the star of the East led the wise men to the place of His birth.
A MYSTICAL NUMBER
The humanity, the divinity and the deity of our Lord is confirmed from Heaven by this mystical number of seven. Every claim made by our Lord for Himself, by the prophets who foretold Him, by His disciples and apostles who followed Him, by the evangelist who wrote of Him, is confirmed by the two heavenly witnesses in those SEVEN names given Him from Heaven.
In the controversy with the Jews as recorded in the twenty second chapter of Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus turned on them with the question: “What think ye of Christ? Whose son is he?” here is the answer sent from God out of Heaven…Jesus, Son of the Highest, Son of God, Emmanuel, Saviour, Christ, Lord! Seven names sent from heaven before He was given a name on earth, after His birth. And the first name is found to be the seventh word of the first book first chapter, first verse, and the first line of the New Testament.
The book of the generation of Jesus”, seven! Not of Mark, in whose name there are but four letters; not of Luke or John, in whose name there are likewise four letters, but in Matthew, in whose name there is the key number of the Bible M-A-T-T-H-E-W, seven! And I read on to the last book and the last chapter, and the last page to find that the last name of our Lord in the New Testament Revelation ends with seven.
He fulfilled His mission, He finished His work, He purchased our redemption, was crucified, buried, resurrected, ascended, “and sat down on the right hand of the majesty on high.” Back home on His throne, He gave to John in the Revelation His last recorded name, in the last book, the last chapter, and almost the last verse; “I am Alpha (one) and Omega, (two) the beginning (three) and the end(four) the first (five) and the last(six)…I Jesus”, seven. First name on earth, last name in Heaven; Jesus first and Jesus last. So when I brought my complete rosary together, I had Jesus, The Pearl of Greatest Price, at both ends of the string!
Seven hundred times in the New Testament He is called Jesus, another seven. ”Thou shalt call His name Jesus: for He shall save His people from their sins.”
“…ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold,…But with the precious blood of Christ.” “And the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin.”
That is the glad tidings of great joy that shall be to all people. “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour.” “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” That is the Gospel; that is the Word that Paul exhorted Timothy to preach, the Word that became flesh and dwelt among us, “God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Himself,” confirmed by the first seven names given Him from Heaven. I read on to discover that the first name given Him on earth after His birth was a confirmation of the seven names given Him from Heaven before His birth, as told in the second chapter of the Gospel according to Matthew. He, Joseph, arose, and “took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt: And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, out of Egypt have I called my son.” He that hath ears to hear, let him hear, “my Son.” And I had my eighth pearl. “And he came and dwelt in a city called Nazareth: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophets, He shall be called a Nazarene.” And I had my ninth pearl.
“then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John to be baptized of him…And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and , lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him: And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” And I had my tenth pearl.
“The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto to him , and saith, Behold the Lamb of God.” And I had my eleventh pearl.
“One of the two which heard John speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto him, we have found the Messiah.” And I had my twelfth pearl.
I have given to you consecutively and in the order of their occurrence the first twelve names of our Lord found in the New Testament: Jesus, Son of the Highest, Emmanuel, Saviour, Christ, Lord, My Son, The Nazarene, My Beloved Son, The Lamb of God, Messiah, twelve!
‘Philip findeth Nathanael, and saith unto him, We have found Him, of whom Moses…and the prophets, did write, Jesus of Nazareth” Thirteen…”Nathanael answered and said unto him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel.” Fourteen!
‘When Jesus came unto the coast of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?…And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
Shall I go on? Would God, as the Hebrew damsel said to Naaman whom she advised to go to Samaria to see the prophet Elisha that he might be healed of his leprosy, would God that time would permit me to give the time, place, circumstances, chapter and verse, And quote each passage where are found the names of our blessed Lord, in their consecutive order, every gem, jewel and pearl “that he might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God: and that believing ye might have life through his name.” “That ye might behold his glory, the glory as the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. “For Go, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in out hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of JESUS Christ.” Would God that I could, as “he telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names.” Impossible!
A CASKET OF JEWELS
All I can do is to give you the names of our divine Lord from the cradle to the cross, from His crown of thorns to His throne of glory, in constellations of character and kind, and let you string them one by one on your own invisible cord of gold, with Jesus, His first and last name on earth and in Heaven, at each end of the rosary Jesus first and Jesus last, and between His cradle and His glorified name you will have a galaxy of gems, a casket of jewels, a heavenly Son-burst of pearls, giving you an invisible rosary longer than that word by my Mohammedan (Moslem) friend. Gems, of glory, jewels of joy, pearls of paradise, dazzling in brilliance, transcendent in beauty, revealing the majesty and the divine personality of the Son of God from glory to glory. “Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high.”
WHO NAMED HIM?
Not one of those names was given Him by His mother Mary; not one of them by Joseph, the foster father of Jesus (Luke). He was named by His Father, God. He was named by the prophets and the angels before He came, and by those who knew Him, those who followed Him, those who believed on Him, those who worshipped Him while on earth, and by heavenly messengers and a voice from the throne, after He had returned to His heavenly home. Named, as we read in the Gospel of John, ‘When they saw His glory and learned of Him.’ Know your Lord by His full name and you will see His glory when you wear your rosary, and count your pearls one by one. It begins at the cradle and ends at the throne.
PEARLS OF PARADISE
He is called Jesus, The Young Child, thy Holy Child, The Nazarene, Jesus of Nazareth.
He is called LORD, Lord Jesus, The Lord from Heaven, The Lord of Glory, The Lord of Righteousness, The Lord of the Holy Prophets, The Lord our Saviour, My Lord and my God.
He is called Jesus Christ, Christ Jesus, Lord and Christ, The Lord Jesus Christ, The Christ of God, Lord Jesus Christ, Lord of Sabbath, Lord of Hosts, Lord of Heaven and Earth, Jesus Christ our Lord, Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
He is called Jesus Christ our Righteous, Saviour, Emmanuel, Teacher, Rabboni, Master, Governor, Law Giver, Forerunner, Redeemer, Messiah, Shiloh, Deliverer, Mediator, Intercessor, Messiah and Prince, A Prince and a Saviour, Mighty to Save. He is called The Surety of a Better Testament, The Just One, The Holy One, The Holy and the Just, The Holy and Righteous One, The Holy One of God, The Faithful and True Witness, A Witness to the People, A leader and Commander of the People, The Consolation of Israel, The Lion of the Tribe of Judah.
He is called The First Fruits, The First Begotten, The elect of God, A Branch of Righteousness, The Second Adam, The Last Adam, King of Zion, The King of the Jews, The King of Saints, The Prince of the Kings of the Earth, The King Eternal, Immortal, Invisible, God Manifest in the flesh.
He is called The Righteous Judge, The Judge of Israel, The Judge of all the Earth, The Desire of all the Nations, The Ensign of the People, and The Captain of the Lord’s Hosts, A Banner Upon the High Mountain.
He is called The Messenger of the Covenant, A Minister of the Sanctuary, The Author and Finisher of Our Faith, Our Advocate, Our Advocate With the Father, Our Peace, Our Ransom, Our Passover, Our Great High Priest, A priest Forever After the Order of Melchisedec, King of Righteousness, King of Salem, King of Peace!
He is called The Man Christ Jesus, A Man Approved of God, The Firstborn Among Many Brethren, a Friend That sticketh closer than a brother.
He is called The Master, Your Lord and Master, Good Master.
He is called The Horn of Salvation, The Captain of our Salvation, The Brightness of the Father’s Glory, The Glory as of the Only Begotten, The Image of Invisible God, The Express Image of His Person, The Fullness of the Godhead Bodily, The Bridegroom, The Beginning of the Creation of God.
We have passed the Mohammedan’s (Moslem's) rosary! 106 to ninety nine, but we are not through.
He is Called The Way, The Truth, The Life, The Tree of Life, The Light of Life, The Word of Life, The Bread of Life, The Prince of Life, Life Eternal.
He is called The Water of Life, The Living Water, the Living Bread, The Bread Which Came Down From Heaven, The True Bread From Heaven, The Hidden Manna.
He is called The Door, The Door of the Sheep, The Chief Shepherd, The Good Shepherd, That Great Shepherd of the Sheep, THE Shepherd and Bishop of Your Souls, A Lamb Without Spot or Blemish, A Lamb Slain Before the Foundation of the World.
He is called The Vine, The True Vine, The Root of Jesse, The Root and Offspring of David.
He is called The Prophet of Nazareth, A prophet Mighty in Word and Deed, The Prophet of the Highest.
He is called The Day Star, The Day Spring From on High, Heir of All Things.
He is called A Tried Stone, A Living Stone, An Elect Stone, A Sure Foundation, A Stone Chosen of God and Precious.
He is called That Rock, That Spiritual Rock. The Rock of Ages.
He is called Faithful and True Witness, The Apostle and High Priest of Our Profession.
He is Called I AM!
He is called That Man of Sorrows, A Friend of Sinners, The Gift of God, The Unspeakable Gift, God Blessed Forever.
He is called The Light of the World, A Quickening Spirit, The Firstfruits of Them That Slept, The First Begotten of the Dead, The Resurrection and the Life—160!
He is called The Head of the Corner, The Head of the Church, The Head of Every Man, The True Light Which Lighteth Every Man Which Cometh Into the World.
He is called The Rose of Sharon, The Lily of the Valley, The One Altogether Lovely, The Fairest Among Ten Thousand, The Bright and Morning Star.
He is called the Power of God, The Wisdom of God, The Gift of God, The Word of God, The Image of God, The Lamb of God Which Taketh Away the Sins of the World, God’s Elect.
He is called The First and the Last, The Beginning and the End, Alpha and Omega, Ancient of Days, King of Kings and Lord of Lords, Blessed and Only Potentate, God With Us, God Our Saviour, The Only Wise God Our Saviour, The Lord Which Is, Which is to Come.
He is called The Almighty.
He is called The Son of Mary, the Son of Man, The Son of David, The Son of Abraham, The Son of the Blessed, The Son of Righteousness, The Son of the Highest, My Son, The Son of God, The Son of the Living God, God’s Dear Son, The Son of His Love, The Only Begotten Son of God, and This is My Beloved Son in Whom I am Well Pleased!
A WARLESS WORLD
TWO hundred names and I am not done! I have saved the crowning name last, without which my rosary would be incomplete. The most promising, prophetic and exalted name by which our Lord is called is that great name given Him by the prophet Isaiah seven hundred years before He came, and the first name given to our Lord in the Bible, the pearl of all the prophets, the world’s one hope for a better tomorrow: A world without war!
“It shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills, and people shall flow unto it…And they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: Nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they make war any more.
“All the armor of the armed warrior, and all the garments rolled in blood; but this shall be with burning and fuel of fire…For the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea….He shall judge among the nations…And my people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in secure dwellings, and in quite resting places….For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountain and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands….They shall sit every man under his vine and under his fig tree; and none shall make them afraid: for the mouth of the Lord of Hosts hath spoken it….the zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.”
AND THE REASON
“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulders: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the might God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace!” Two hundred and eight names! One hundred and nine more gems, jewels and pearls than my Mohammedan (Moslem) friend had on his cord of gold!
Pearls of Paradise, Pearls of Prophesy, Pearls of Peace, proclaiming the pre-existent, eternal and never-changing Christ, “the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.”
“…who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that He by the grace of God should taste death for every man…by whose stripes you were healed.”
Hallelujah ‘tis done, I believe on the Son,
I am saved by the blood of the crucified one!
And my rosary is done!
THE GREAT CONFESSION
“great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.” And finally, when back on the throne in His Heavenly home, John the Revelator heard the “angels round about the throne and the beast and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands: Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power. And riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing…unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever”!
“Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name….and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come…That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
We are now ready to make the great confession of Simon Peter, “Thou are the Christ, the Son of the living God.
THE WAY OF SALVATION
“Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.” For “if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.” Not when you die, not next year, month or week, not tomorrow, NOW! “Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.”
“And this is eternal life, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.”
“Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.”
DAY STAR FROM ON HIGH
I wrote them all down as the train carried me on the long journey from Washington to Miami, where I spoke on the succeeding Sabbath at a mass meeting in the White Temple at which William Jennings Bryan preached, where for the first time I wore my invisible rosary, and used my gems, jewels, and pearls to glorify the Son of God.
As I climbed to the heights of glory in exaltation of our Lord, the presiding officer, seated on the platform, was visibly affected. He made no effort to display or conceal it, but the audience observed it. At the close Mr. Bryan arose and said, “I never saw the King in all His beauty until now.”
Mrs. Bryan was a wheel- chair invalid and unable to attend the meeting. Despite the fact that the hour of adjournment was late and another engagement was to be filled at the First Presbyterian Church at the evening service, Mr. Bryan insisted that I go along to his home at Villa Serena, five miles out, and repeat a certain portion of the address to Mrs. Bryan, who had been impatiently awaiting his return. Promising to take me in his car to the evening service. What occurred at the bedside of Mrs. Bryan, when, for the first time she saw “The Day Star from on high,” is forbidden, as when Jesus said to the disciples who were with Him on the Mount of Transfiguration, “Tell the vision to no man,” It was an undiscovered pearl.
The next day Mr. Bryan wrote me a letter, repeating what he had urged on me at his home, saying, I want you to have printed your address of yesterday on “Pearls of Paradise.” It is the greatest argument for the divine origins of Christianity and the divinity of Jesus that I have ever heard or read. I hope the world can hear this message.”
I continued giving the address, at the International Bible Conference, Winona Lake, in leading churches, Boston to Los Angeles, several times in my home city, Rochester, New York, and at scores of Chautauqua assemblies from coast to coast.
Reminded by Mr. Bryan again and again, “You must print it!”
Upon his death, July, 1925, as his body was lowered into mother earth in Arlington Cemetery, Washington, I resolved to print it. It has since gone around the world.
PRINT IT! PRINT IT!
Here it is after thirty years! Multitudes who have heard it have said, “Print it.” Many pastors have asked for and been sent a copy, and were I to include the letters from those who have been blessed by it, whose faith has been restored by it, reactions from those who have heard it delivered, they would fill a book.
I conclude with two: In a Pacific Coast campaign as chairman of the world peace Commission, when I was announced to give “The pearls of Paradise” in Portland, there came to my hotel a former well-known evangelist, who was a member of L. Wilbur Chapman’s Simultaneous Revival.
He volunteered to drive me to the meeting. He had left the ministry, quit the church and rejected everything he used to preach, and classed Christ with Mohammed, Buddha, and other teachers. I prayed for him and myself all the way to the meeting, while he did the talking. On the return trip to the hotel he spoke not a word. After midnight he returned to my room, threw himself on his knees, wept like a child and cried, “I have found Him of Whom Moses and the Prophets wrote…Jesus Christ, the Son of God.”
On one occasion the late Clarence A. Barbour, president of Brown University and my pastor at Lake Avenue Baptist Church, Rochester, New York, for eighteen years, where I was his deacon, was in my audience. No one would think of Dr. Barbour as an emotional man, but how deep the current of his life ran, only those who loved him knew him. He tarried until most of the congregation had departed, took my hand and with deep emotion, said, “I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.”
Are you wearied with the length of the “Pearls of Paradise"? “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.”
Addition by Gary Amirault, Tentmaker Ministries: While millions over the centuries have come to know Jesus Christ as their personal savior, few have come to know Jesus the Christ as the "Savior of the world" even though there are many verses in the Bible pointing to that truth.
"This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance. for to this end we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially those who believe. These things command and teach." 1 Timothy 4:9-11
"Now we believe, not because of what you said, for we ourselves have heard Him and we know that this in indeed the Christ, the Savior of the world." John 4:42
"And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world." 1 John 4:14
"Behold, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world." John 1:29
If only the Church would believe this glorious truth, it would change the world.
"And there are also many other things that Jesus did, which if they were written one by one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. Amen." John 21:25