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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But St. Paul tells us that he reversed in his own case this ordinance of God. ... But
what was St. Paul's culture? what was the ground on which he worked? and did
he treat it gently, or was he severe with it, to bring it into subjection? Did he ...
Nor is St. Paul's instance solitary; stranger cases still have occurred in the times
after him. Not unregenerate sinners only like him, but those who have sinned
after their regeneration; not sinners in ignorance only, like him, but those who
... to which souls which have served God from their youth up have in fact attained,
there is none so high but, as far as we are given to know or judge, has been
attained by men who have sinned and repented, as St. Paul's instance shows us.
St. Paul's words, “judged.” He does not abandon them, but He makes their sin “
find them out.” And, as we well know, it is His merciful pleasure that this
punishment should at the same time act as a chastisement and correction, so that
Yet, after all, how different their lives are from that described as a Christian's life
in St. Paul's Epistles! I do not mean different in regard to persecutions,
wanderings, heroic efforts, and all that is striking and what is called romantic in
the Apostle's ...