Sermons: Bearing on Subjects of the Day
THOUGH God created the heavens and the earth in six days, and then rested, yet He rested only to begin a work of another kind; for our Lord says, “My Father worketh hitherto,” and He adds, “and I work.” And at another time He says, concerning Himself more expressly, “I must work the works of Him that sent Me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.” And when that night came, He said, “I have finished the work which Thou gavest Me to do.” “It is finished.” And in the text we are told generally of all men, “Man goeth forth unto his work and to his labour until the evening.” The Creator wrought till the Sabbath came; the Redeemer wrought till the sun was darkened, and it was night. “The sun ariseth,” and “man goeth forth,” and works “till the evening;” when “the keepers of the house tremble, and the strong men bow themselves, and those that look out at the windows are darkened, and desire fails, because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets;” when “the silver cord is loosed, and the golden bowl is broken, and the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns unto God who gave it.”
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Adam had to dress paradise; fallen man to “eat bread” from the blighted ground “
in the sweat of his face;” the labourers worked in the vineyard, some through the “
heat of the day,” others in the eventide; and the Apostles and their followers ...
“The word of God,” says the Apostle, “is quick and powerful, and sharper than any
twoedged sword;” and therefore it did but probe and wound those who were
unprepared for it, and they could but cry out, “O, wretched man that I am, who
He speaks of himself as an Apostle, or one sent unto his brethren; as ministering
about holy things; as having ... Have we not power to lead about a sister, a wife,
as well as other Apostles, and as the brethren of the Lord, and Cephas?
Blessed will they be then, and only they, who, with the Apostle, have ever had on
their lips, and in their hearts, the question, “Lord, what wilt Thou have me to do?”
whose soul “hath broken out for the very fervent desire that it hath alway unto ...
12:11 “In nothing am i behind the very chiefest apostles, though i be nothing.” SO
says St. Paul, ... “I am the least of the Apostles,” he says, “that am not meet to be
called an Apostle, because I persecuted the Church of God.” “Not that we are ...