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down, and souls gathered through the preached “gospel of the kingdom," and was, of course, true; word, and baptized by the Holy Ghost into the but the call of the One Body has intervened, through One Body, (i.ē. the call of the Church,) nowhere the failure of Israel as a nation. But after the call appears in that epistle. Believers from Gentilism

or translation of the Church or Bride to her place in are nowhere taken up even as “ brethren,” much less the heavens (1 Thess. iv.) then will James's line of as members of the One Body. It is true that, in truth be resumed, and the return of the Lord to the Acts xv. James does admit the divine teaching given earth become the one hope of believing Jews and to Peter, that the Gentiles are no longer to be con- Gentiles. sidered common or unclean," in a ceremonial Had James's mind been occupied with the Call of sense, and he deeply rejoiced in Gentile believers the Church it is strange he has made no reference to coming into blessing with the Jew, (Acts xxi. 20,) it in his epistle; is it not?

; standpoint as

a teacher, with his people,”—a word that will, indeed, be ful- are further justified by the absence in his epistle of filled in the times of the restoration of the kingdom these other important doctrines found in the epistles to Israel, in Millennial days, when Mount Zion shall of Paul to the churches. (1) There is nowhere in it a have become the joy of the whole earth. This was simple broad statement of the Gospel of the Grace of the plane of James's spiritual vision and the level God-salvation to everyone that believeth. of his teaching. At least, we have no evidence in 2. The Holy Spirit, also, is not referred to by the Word of his taking the higher range of truth James, either in regard to His person or office, as involved in the building of the One Body, composed Sealing, Indwelling, Leading, and Teaching the of both Jew and Gentile, having its place and hope saints. This is not remarkable, considering that the in the heavens.

Holy Spirit's special work has reference to the forJames's address in Acts xv. strongly confirms this mation of the One Body. view—that he simply held that the Gentile would “In whom, after that ye believed, ye were sealed by that share in Divine blessing with the Jew:

Holy Spirit of Promise." (Eph. i.) “And after they had held their peace, James answered,

While, therefore, Paul takes the high groundsaying, Men and brethren, hearken unto me: Simeon (Simon “Walk in the Spirit [i.e. in the leadings of the Holy Spirit), Peter) hath declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, and ye shall not fulfil the lusts of the flesh;' to take out of them a people for his name.

And to this agree the words of the prophets; as it is written, After this I will

James's range is— return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I thyself, thou shalt do well.”

"If ye fulfil the royal law, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as will set it up: that the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called, saith James has a keen eye for the workings of the old the Lord, who doeth all these things."

nature in believers, and strenuously denounces them; James seems to have considered that Jewish Paul urges us, as new creatures and a heavenly Christians might circumcise children, and go on with people, to reckon ourselves “dead indeed unto sin, the Law just as they did before they believed, (Acts but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord." xxi. Gal. ii.); the only real difference being—the

The Apostle Peter, who moved more about among belief that Jesus of Nazareth was the Messiah and a the Gentile brethren, is seen, in the Word, to be more confidence in His return, their old standing as God's lifted above the Jewish aspects of truth than James. favoured people being regarded as thus confirmed It is not clear to me that his first epistle is addressed and perpetuated to them. James takes up the to Christians generally; but his second is evidently "twelve tribes scattered,” (it seems to me,) not as

so addressed. Nevertheless, his apprehensions of the sinners saved by grace through faith, but as God's coming of the Lord are rather those of His coming people, for whom indeed Messiah had been cut off, to the earth in judgment than His coming into the not for Himself. I am convinced he laboured with air and calling the Church up to Himself. This the one object, of proving to his countrymen that wonderful antecedent event, we may well suppose, Jesus was the Christ, and as believers were more

was in his mind, when he refers to the things in the and more added to the assemblies, * and as that writings of “our beloved brother Paul” hard to be generation was not to pass away, he knew, without understood. (2 Pet.) terrible judgments coming upon Jerusalem and the

The Apostle John is exalted and spiritual in his stiffnecked Jews (Matt. xxiv.), so he could comfort teaching, he ignores earthly distinctions; enlarge believers with the assurance that the coming of the

on our being sons of God, and our being changed s Lord drew nigh, that return having to be preceded the Lord's coming into His likeness; and is very fu by a purgation of judgment.

and clear on the indwelling of the Holy Ghos Thus I am obliged to think that James was occu

Nevertheless, there is evidence in the “Galatians pied with the Jewish hope of the return of the Lord that at first even he was devoted to the circumcision Jesus Christ to the earth, to reign in righteousness

Supposing the reader has not followed me 2 on the throne of His father David. This is the everything I have advanced, he will doubtless adm.

that truth will ever be revealed in proportion to fa * In Acts xv. the elders with James say to Paul—“Thou fulness. Paul was most faithful to the Lord's comma. seest, brother, how many thousands of Jews there are which of going to all nations; and consequently, he ha believe !"-literally, how many tens of thousands.

the highest honours, is caught up into the this:

&c.

J. E.

heavens, receives the most exalted revelations, and is have impressed me with the idea that they think this,-and honoured in having to present the highest truth. l of the comforts of Christ just at that moment, expect to feel His All that James says is true most valuable truth- blood flow"-to feel “precious drops bedewing their souls"but it is uttered from an earthly and Jewish point of “to realize the living bread actually nourishing them,” &c.; view. As the Lord overruled and brought special

Now is this right ?-or good out of Paul's persistent going up to Jerusalem, so, doubtless, the Lord overruled for good James's then Christ is consciously fed on; He is not communicated to

(1.) Except as our faith is in happy, lively exercise, and tenacity to his countrymen and his country's hope : the souls of His people any more then than at other times. but whether it was most in keeping with His com- (2.) The joy that should be looked for is the joy of obedimand to begin, but not to stop at Jerusalem, may with a contrite heart-not any strange mysterious emotions

ence—the joy of remembering Jesus gratefully, humbly, and allowably be doubted.

connected with Christ, received in a fuller and more manifest It may also be regarded as certain, that if converts manner than at other times, when the bread and wine are reare left on low ground by their teachers, they will ceived. be hindered themselves and hinderers of others. We Dear Christians often speak of not getting on at the Lord's

A word or two from you, dear brother, would be of value. cannot take lower ground than God has given us Table--making certain happy feelings—not practical obediwithout injury. Jerusalem became a source whence ence—the first thing to be looked to. issued teachers who greatly troubled the brethren. I fear lapsing into a cold rationalistic, meagre, Zuinglian Not apprehending the setting aside for a time of the view on the one hand, and into a superstitious one on the other national hope, they pressed the brethren from among

-but, although my thoughts are very different from those of the Gentiles to receive the mark in the flesh of many, I have earnestly sought light from His word.

Your late "precious” article took up the doctrinal side of the national favour-circumcision! So, also, how true it question. It is on the experimental side, that for myself and is that Christians who have been brought up under others I respectfully ask your judgment. Law will be unable to teach others any higher truth.

Your loving brother,

W. S." From these considerations we learn, too, the im

ANSWER.–We quite coincide with you, that there is no portance of our giving primary heed, as Gentiles, to justification for the thought of special ólessing being contemthe letters to the Gentile churches by the apostle to plated in the act of partaking of the Lord's Supper, as though the Gentiles, who received truth afresh directly from the bread and wine were really Christ. the Lord for us.

There surely ought, however, to be full communion with the “Head of the Church" on the occasion. And if that be so, we need not say, there will be much conscious happiness in the believer. We are convinced that the true reason of so much

disappointment being felt by Christians at the Lord's Table, Address Letters for the Editor, care of Printer, 335, Strand, w.c. arises from the practical selfishness of heart, in which many seek

communion in the body and blood of Christ.

Breaking of bread is the commemoration of our Lord's selfW. S., ISLINGTON.-We give your letter entire, the sub- SACRIFICE, and should be accepted in a spirit of SELF-FORGETject of enquiry being one of great importance.

“ DEAR BROTHER, -I trust you will not think the following If we have really first SCRUTINISED (examined) ourselves; question trivial or idle, as I believe it enters very largely into we shall be glad to take refuge in Christ, to think of Him only, much of the unuritten, floating theology of many believers. and thankfully show forth his death, till he come.

It is the teaching (if I am not greatly mistaken) of the word It is not a little remarkable, that the Gospel by the Apostle of God, that his people are " born from above"-"created John, which gives the believer that profound truth to which anew in Christ Jesus'.

begotten again by the word of His you have referred in the 6th chapter, is silent on the truth "-having a new nature-the seed of God-implanted in subject of the commemorative feast which our Lord instituted their souls.

on the night in which he was betrayed! Should we not learn The Spirit of God also dwells in their hearts-and by His from this that the disciples of Jesus are to feed upon him by gracious loving ministry this new nature is fostered and faith continually, and not only on special occasions. cherished, and grows stronger, and becomes more influential in

Very touching is the way in which scripture speaks of "the spite of the old nature, which remains corrupt, as before. supper.". Our Saviour himself simply reminds us of His body

Now just as our bodies require food-so does this, the new and His blood shed for us for the remission of sins! Then he nature, require nourishment. This, in His grace, Jesus is adds-oh, how graciously, as knowing how often we should pleased to supply in His own person. He is the true bread--the forget him—"Do this in remembrance of me!" living broad--the hidden manna. (John vi.). We eat him and He does not promise a special blessing for those who accept live by him. His flesh meat indeed, His blood is drink the token of his amazing love for poor lost sinners! Alas, for indeed,

the selfishness of our hearts, that cannot be content to utter Now, our hands supply our material bodies with the food thanksgiving only when contemplating the perfect love of God!. set before us-50 faith brings to our souls the hidden manna, So also the Apostle Paul. He reproves the Corinthians for the living bread.

their selfishness— they were making " the supper" an occasion Hence, the more we act by faith in Christ, the more will our of self-gratification. He reminds them of the Saviour's perfect souls be nourished by Him." I write, however, dear brother, to

on the very night on which he was ask your thoughts as to the relation of all this to the Lord's betrayed, that the Lord provided us with the bread Supper.

Then he says the Lord gave thanks, I suppose that our taking the bread and wine is a sym- and we are to do the same. “ After the same manner [i.e. bolical expression of the fact that we are of the number of GIVING THANKS] also the cup, when he had supped, saying, those that eat the flesh and drink the blood of our precious This cup is the new testament in my blood ; this do ye (give Saviour.

thanks] as oft as ye drink of it, IN REMEMBRANCE OF ME. For But at the moment of receiving the elements, do we partake as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, show yo the of Christ in a manner different to that in which we do at other Lord's death till he come." times? Do we THEN eat His flesh and drink his blood more May we not paraphrase the inspired teaching thus?—“Don't. truly, or in a greater measure ?

seek to gratify self. Judge yourself, that you may love Jesus Many of God's children, by their prayers and expressions, wholly. Be full of THANKSGIVING to God for his unspeakable

TO CORRESPONDENTS.

FULNESS.

grace.

It was

and the wine.

gift. Think upon Jesus, and the gift of HIMSELF for you. ship (see context). We commend the entire chapter to your Show forth the Lord's death, for it was the Lord who died prayerful consideration. for you. Finally, think of his return. By faith, you have Scripture furnishes no catechism by which to test a brother's looked upon his death ; soon you shall behold his glory!" attainments. The only admissible questions are, whether he

The individual believer is truly included in the one loaf; but be obedient to the faith, and whether we have hearts of grace to his individuality ought to be forgotten. He should joy in the receive him in love, for Christ's sake. If one who is flagrantly unity of the many members of the body of Christ, represented opposed to truth should desire fellowship with you, you would by the one loaf. But the great thing is, to get rid of self, and reply, “I cannot receive you in love; I consider you are acting REJOICE IN THE LORD,

as an enemy to my Master, and while you continue thus, i N. B. S.-We truly rejoice to hear that the testimony main, must doubt the sincerity of your confession of faith.” This tained by your little assembly, is, through the Lord's grace,

would apply to anyone holding false doctrine of the character still in activity. May you be preserved, together with the set forth in the Scripture to which you refer, viz., the 2nd loved ones in Christ Jesus in fellowship with you, in patient epistle of John. stedfastness. "In due season we shall reap, if we faint not."

But it would not be truthful to reject a Christian because he We believe that the twos or threes gathered out in the name of had been under the teaching of Mr N., for he, certainly, does the Lord Jesus, and continuing to meet in simple confidence in confess that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh.' Although the his assured presence, are very precious in the sight of Him who brother named has been a teacher of grievous error, yet those hath loved us, and given himself for us. The weaker we feel, brethren have been quite false, both in principle and action, the greater the demand upon our faith, and consequently the who have endeavoured to confound his misconceptions with more fully is our Lord glorified in us.

“the Antichrist” indicated in the second epistle of John. Respecting the paper on Matt. xviii. 15–17, in our No. for

2nd. You enquire as to the method adopted by "the March, we do not think that the effect intended to be wrought Brethren" of visiting, by delegates, any candidate for comin an erring brother who wilfully rejects the representations munion and proposing him one Lord's day, receiving him the and remonstrances of the faithful is to bring him back to first next, &c., &c. You say, "Is it Scriptural ?" We answer, principles. The 6th chapter of the Hebrews shows you cannot Certainly not.", Moreover the whole scheme is utterly want. do that. After Peter had denied his Master, it was not by ing in heart. We are convinced that many dear Christians are preaching the Gospel to him that he found restoration--but it kept out of fellowship through the adoption of those miserable was remembrance of the knowX Love of the Lord Jesus which formalities. Young believers require above all things, the broke him down. The Saviour alone could deal with him. practical evidences of love-such love as is ready to go after We believe

this is the true result of withdrawing from personal them and care for them, and build them up in their most holy fellowship with a rebellious Christian. He cannot endure long of a formal examination and publication of names! How many

Instead of this, you have the cold, systematic, parade without sympathy; and finding his brethren have been compelled to shrink from his naughtiness, he feels his isolation, have waited weeks, and even months before they have found and is glad to confess, and to seek restoration at the hands of any response to their desire for fellowship! And how many his wounded Redeemer.

crave after the affectionate intimacies of brotherhood, who fel We think that a brother walking in unrighteousness, though themselves altogether unequal to the ordeal of a theological for a time to be regarded as a publican, is yet to be dealt with examination ! in perfect grace. It was in that way our Lord was associated

You may well say, “There is too little of the practical with publicans and sinners. He could meet with them, in abiding grace of the Christ within." grace, and eat with them, that he might do them good, but he

It is sad indeed to read of the unseemly disturbances you could not have fellowship with them in their ways. So, too, recount as taking place at your meeting. Far better for those of we are to be ever ready and watchful to restore an erring you who shrink from such. God-dishonouring ways, to meet brother, but so long as he is opposed to righteousness we can

apart. You need not be afraid of the charge of schism-there is not companion with him. He may even, alas! through wilful.

no schism in departing from a merely human organization. On ness, eat and drink at the same table; but in that case he is the contrary, it is of the true unity of the Spirit to stand apart eating and drinking condemnation to his own soul. We must unity of all who hold the one Head, because we are outside ci

from strife and confusion. We, ourselves, love and hold the leave him in the Lord's hands. It is very solemn. We think your friend's suggestion that the offence being

all confederacies. named to the church implies that “the local assembly must J. C., London.-If we had more space at our disposal, we "take the matter in hand,” can only apply in so far that all would willingly insert your gracious and loving epistle

. We the members are now to act in the same way as the specially much fear, however, that the doctrinal errors of both the bre aggrieved brother; they must all henceforth avoid personal thren you name have carried them beyond the reach of gent! fellowship with the offender.

and brotherly remonstrance. There must be a continual appa! Many thanks for your kind wishes and prayers.

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In looking at our Lord's ways, we see that He not

But, in unspeakable grace, He also takes the place of BELOVED, It is more blessed to give than to receiving from us ! Truly it was no small honour put receive." We have it from the Apostle Paul, that these upon Simon the Pharisee when the Lord consented to are the words of the Lord Jesus and we are told " we dine at his table. And it was even more blessed for ought to remember them.”. (Acts xx. 35.) It is very Zaccheus to receive those gracious words, • Make precious to be reminded of these words of Jesus, haste and come down, for to.day I must abide at thy

The capability of giving is essentially of God; for all house." Again we see a more blessed one in Martha, things are His. In His great lovingkindness to you the sister of Lazarus. And again other more blessed. aad me, beloved, our Father has made us partakers ones in the "women who followed Jesus," and minof this high prerogative. He has honoured us with istered to him of their substance. What a scene! The the more blessed position of being givers ! We who had Creator and sustainer of the world, voluntarily disrobed nothing, and were ready to perish!

of his glory, and not only consorting with poor sinners, In Old Testament times, God ever placed His people His fallen creatures, but accepting at their hands the in the happy condition of being able to give. It might supplies of His passing necessities, in the position he be after the manner of Abraham, or Jacob, or Joseph, had taken as a homeless stranger. or David, or the

poor

widow who cast her two mites He came to His own and proved that His own knew (all her living) into the treasury of God's house at Him not. But as many as received Him to them gave Jerusalem.

He power to become the sons of God, even to them But you, beloved, are not only of God's people; you that believe in His name! Yes, practically to become are a son or daughter of the Lord Almighty. "Now sons of God, by taking up His mind and His ways. are we the sons of God.”—And we are to walk in the Like Jesus, we too are to go about doing good. footsteps of the only-begotten of the Father. It is Nor are we shut out from the very highest place of from the meek and lowly Jesus, we learn that " it is the more blessed, occupied by those dear women who more blessed to give than to receive.” Nor have we this ministered personally to their Saviour when on earth. teaching in His words only, but also in His ways. For though the meek and lowly Jesus, as the risen Son " He went about doing good." (Acts x. 38.)

of Man is now seated at the right hand of the Majesty How aptly and simply those words express the loving on high, he has many poor disciples in the world, and activities of that “poor man,who became poor that he says whatever we do to them he regards as done to we might be made rich. Through Him, we are rich Himself ! in faith, and heirs of glory. But, even now, because Beloved, I ask my own soul and

yours, we trust in Him, what honour he puts upon us in this really understand this? Do we that know all who believe present scene of groaning and sorrowing! He deals in Jesus during this present dispensation, are members of with us as he did with those who loved Him while he His body, of his flesh and of his bones ?” (Eph. v. 30.) was on earth-for He is “Jesus Christ the same yes- It is an overwhelming thought. Who can fathom terday, and to-day, and for erer.” When he would it? Yet it is true, and I love to think of all Christians feed the hungry multitudes, he said to his disciples, as members of that “one body," however poorly I may " Give ye them to eat.” This he said to prove them; act my part as having a place in the mighty mystery but he afterwards enabled them to do as he had com- concerning Christ and the Church. (Eph. v. 32.) manded. He knew

they would be apt to think that My Brother, my Sister-There are members of that they must comply with His requirement from their own body of Christ now suffering from hunger, as Jesus resources! They had therefore to learn that lesson, suffered when he sojourned here below. He accepted " Without Me ye can do nothing.” But as soon as the lowly attitude of receiving the ministries of those they saw how impossible it would be for them to meet who loved him; and now he has left many in a similar the need of the hour, the Lord took the scanty supply condition of trial. How far are you and I occupying which happened to be at hand, and putting His blessing the blessed position of ministering to them? upon the same, enabled his disciples to give a super- Delightful, indeed it is to learn of Jesus, both how to abundance to the fainting thousands !

give and how to receive.

To witness His gracious Thus it is ever with our gracious Redeemer. We ways in all the circumstances through which he passed, have only to wait upon Him for supplies, get His and to notice the manifestation of divine grace he blessing upon that which we have, and then His word caused to flow out from others. But are we imitating' ie, “ Freely ye have received, freely give.”

Him? In any measure are we imitating him ? If so, truly

" Do we

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FURTHER SUGGESTIONS RESPECTING THE

blessed are we-Jesus said so, and we shall know it; wickedness ?” (1 John v. 19.) Satan is the god of both now, in keeping His commands, and soon in that it, and the Son of God is rejected. place where every man's work shall be made manifest. Of those who are Christ's, He has said, “They are “Behold I come quickly, and my reward with me, to give to

not of the world even as I am not of the world." every man according as his work shall be." (Rev. xxii. 21.) (John xvii.) It will soon be too late to desire the opportunities of using this phrase, “ Redeemer of the world ?"

What can be the effect, upon the unconverted, of

Does doing good which are now within our reach.

it not of necessity blot out the vast distinction between As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all, those who believe and those who believe not, a needful especially unto them who are of the household of faith.(Gal. vi. 10.)

separation, which the Bible invariably maintains ?

But now look at the beforenamed expression in conIt is mournful to think of the many believers left

nection with the petition, Have mercy upon us miserable unknown to, and uncared for, by their brethren and

sinners." sisters, though of the same family of God, and bought

If the world be redeemed, why this prayer for mercy with the same precious blood of Christ. Many true

miserable sinners : Christians are suffered to end their earthly pilgrimage

upon in the workhouses ! It is a common occurrence.

Be assured, beloved, you have no justification from Others

the word of God for such glaring inconsistencies are in receipt of parish allowance, and others again are left pining in the direst straits. I am uttering no ex

Then as to your next sentenceaggerated sentiments, but am speaking of facts!

"O God the Holy Ghost, proceeding from the Father and the Soul, May we all be fully occupied in deeds of love

hare mercy upon us miserable sinners." towards the members of the body of Christ.

Here we have another specimen of man's vanity, and The Lord make you fruitful in every good word and his wretched attempt to be "wise above that which is work, to the praise of his name, and your own un

written.” As we have already remarked, in a previous speakable joy.

number of this paper, the Holy Spirit of God does not Yours ever, present himself, when worship is in question, as a

But A lover of the Good Shepherd, and of all his flock, person separate from the Father and the Son.

He is the blessed one who incites believers to true worship. He leads us to cry Abba, Father; and also to adore Jesus as our Lord. We appeal to the Scrip

turesLITANY, IN THE "BOOK OF COMMON PRAYER.”

"And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of

his Son into your hearts, crying, “ Abba, Father.” (Galatians It is to those who believe in our Lord Jesus Christ iv. 6.) our words are addressed, for all such are beloved for Then His name's sake.

“No man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy As to the second sentence of the Litany

Ghost.” (1 Cor. xii. 3.) O God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy upon us This is no theoretical question, beloved. It is of 66 miserable sinners."

deepest moment to those who would worship God "in In what sense is the Son of God here addressed as Spirit and in truth." " Redeemer of the world ?"

Seeing that the Scriptures were written under the The name of our Lord, given before his birth, was inspiration of God's Holy Spirit, surely he has rightly Jesus—i.e. Saviour—"for," said the angel, “He shall instructed us in the way in which he would have us save his people from their sins."

regard His holy person ? Who, then, are his people ? Those who have,

Let us not be misunderstood. We feel, in speaking and those who do, and all who shall, believe in on this subject, we are indeed on holy ground. Who Him.

can explain the mystery of the Godhead ? Who can Is he the Redeemer of the world ?

The purchase speak of the infinite condescension of God in indvelling price, even his own precious blood, was indeed suffi- believers by His Holy Spirit ? cient to redeem all. But the scriptures teach us that We do not attempt in any way to solve that which the infinite sacrifice is efficacious only to those who infinite wisdom alone can comprehend. trust in Him. And how few, comparatively, are All we desire is that, as sons of God, you should these! Those who testify of the truth as it is in attend to, and act upon, that which the Spirit of God Jesus have still to exclaim, as of old, "Who hath teaches, rather than follow the teachings of men. believed our report?” The number is lamentably Now not only does the Holy Ghost not preses!! small.

himself as the object of worship, or as one of whom To us who are saved, through faith, the Scripture we are to ask mercy, but he is with God's people is : says

pure grace. He himself is given to believers, as the “Our Sariour Jesus Christ gare himself for us, that he might re- token and seal of God's love. deem us from all iniquity.(Titus ii. 13, 14.)

Hope maketh not ashamed, because the lore of God is the Is that true of the world ? Is the world redeemed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given to 4. from all iniquity? Is it not, on the contrary, most (Rom. v. 5.) solemnly evident that “ The whole world lieth in How can you pray to one who, in infinito loro, i

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