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 still their visitation is of the nature of a judgment; and no sinner knows what
kind, what number of judgments, he has incurred at the hands of the righteous
Judge. I say that repentant sinners are in this respect different from innocent
There must be something natural, I mean something in accordance with deep
principles in our nature, in this action of our Lord's, considering how widely
similar observances have prevailed, how congenial they are to us, and that He
who thus ...
They cannot manage themselves; they must be guided by others; the neglect of
this simple and natural rule leads to very evil consequences. We should all of us
be saved a great deal of suffering of various kinds, if we could but persuade ...
... is to take its chance; it is not to be learned, but it can be performed by each
man for himself by a sort of natural instinct. ... is thus to be his own guide and
instructor at the very time, when by the nature of the case he is in error and
Let us turn our mind heavenward; let us set our thoughts on things above, and in
His own time God will set our affections there also. All will in time become natural
to us, which at present we do but own to be good and true. We shall covet what ...