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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Of those who have been saints, we must suppose the greater number are such
as, more or less, have been preserved in holy obedience from their baptism
upwards; the few are those who, after their baptism, have sinned grievously, and
... lost the fulness of that blessedness which baptism conveyed to them. Oh,
happy they, who have not this consciousness, yet without on that account
ceasing to be watchful and fervent in spirit! O my brethren, make much of your
virginal state, ...
On one occasion He said, with reference to His baptism in Jordan, “Thus it
becometh us to fulfil all righteousness.” Every holy rite of the law did He go
through for our sakes. And so too did He live through all states of man's life up to
a perfect ...
He consecrated His Apostles to suffer, when He said, “Ye shall drink indeed of
My cup, and be baptized with My baptism;” to teach, when He said, “The
Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, He shall teach you all things;” and to rule,
when He ...
No other means have been pointed out to us for attaining regeneration, or the
new birth; so that, while Baptism is said to take us out of a state of nature into a
state of grace, if a man is not born again in Baptism, it does not appear how he is