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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He speaks of himself as an Apostle, or one sent unto his brethren; as ministering
about holy things; as having necessity laid upon him; and as making himself “
servant unto all, that he might gain the more.” “And unto the Jews,” he says, ...
afflictions, in necessities, in distresses, in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in
labours, in watchings, in fastings; by pureness, by knowledge, by longsuffering,
by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned, by the word of truth, by the ...
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
... holy and pleasing to God than those who have never fallen. There are a
multitude of persons who go through life in a safe, uninteresting mediocrity. They
have never been exposed to temptation; they are not troubled with violent
It was not till years afterwards that the Holy Spirit said, “Separate Me Barnabas
and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.” What a lesson is this for
patient waiting on God! “O tarry thou the Lord's leisure;” wait till He speaks.