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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Yet compare the state of Adam in the second chapter of Genesis with that of St.
Paul in the ninth chapter of his first Epistle to the Corinthians, and it will be plain
that our blessedness under the Gospel is not the removal of labour, but the gift of
not the removal of labour, but the gift of strength; that the original paradise is not
yet restored to us with its repose and security, and that our duties still are not
those of Adam innocent, but of Adam fallen. Adam, for instance, was surrounded
And these good gifts of His, by which our life is strengthened, send the soul forth
out of itself in search of sympathy and fellowship; they end not in themselves, nor
can be enjoyed in solitude; they create, and convey, and blend with social ...
In the gifts then promised to the Apostles after the Resurrection, we may learn the
present influence and power of the Mother of God. Such seems to be the
connexion between the feast with which our Lord began, and that with which He
I mean, they may make it a point ever to pray God for that gift, or that state which
they covet. If they desire to be humble, and of little account in this world, let them
not at once make any engagement or profession to that effect, but let them daily.