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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... the Author always from the first publication of the series so called by its Editors,
entertained a doubt whether it had been wellchosen, as being, if not in itself
inappropriate, yet certainly inapplicable to some of those Sermons which he
It may be said that the labourers, who represent the Jews, complain that those
who were called in the evening, that is, Christians, had worked but a short time,
and in the cool of the day. “They murmured against the goodman of the house, ...
For we are called, as is evident, in the world's evening, not in our own. We are
called in our own morning, we are called from infancy. By the eleventh hour is not
meant that Christians have little to do, but that the time is short; that it is the last ...
“I am the least of the Apostles,” he says, “that am not meet to be called an Apostle
, because I persecuted the Church of God.” “Not that we are sufficient of
ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves.” And in the text he speaks of himself
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 ...