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, ...
... the time is short; that it is the last time; that there is a “present distress;” that they
have much to do in a little time; that “the night cometh when no man can work;”
that their Lord is at hand, and that they have to wait for Him. “This I say, brethren,”
If they are reconciled to God, surely they may well be reconciled to their brethren;
if Christ condescends to be their meat and drink, surely the holiest of men need
not scruple to wash their feet. I am now speaking of the inward feeling of our ...
And penitents often have actually put themselves into some new state or rank in
life, which thus constituted their penance, and saved their brethren from the task
of taking notice of their past sins, and enabled them to forget that they are ...
O my brethren, make much of your virginal state, if you possess it, and be careful
not to lose it; lose not the opportunity of that special blessedness, which none but
they can have who serve God from their youth up in consistent obedience.