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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And the history of those fresh Gospel labourers is presented to us in today's
Epistle, in the pattern of St. Paul, who “went a warfare;” who planted a vineyard;
who ploughed, and thrashed, and trod out the corn; for necessity was laid upon
... Noah in the morning, Abraham at the third hour, the chosen people at the sixth
and ninth, and Christians at the eleventh—all, so far as the duty of work, have
one religion. And thus, says St. Paul, “Do we then make void the law through faith
It is one of those passages in which St. Paul speaks of himself and his brother
labourers in the vineyard; and from this instance you will be able to decide how
little Christ has saved those whom He loves from toil and trouble. Christ, we know
, is ...
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 ...
... Paul, “the time is short; it remaineth that both they that have wives be as though
they had none; and they that weep, as though they wept not; and they that rejoice
, as though they rejoiced not; and they that buy, as though they possessed not; ...