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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When persons are in acute distress about their sins, they are sometimes tempted
to make rash promises, and to take on them professions without counting the cost
. They think their present state of mind will last for ever; it changes—but their ...
engagement or profession to that effect, but let them daily pray God that they may
never be rich, never be in high place, never in power or authority; let them daily
pray God that their dwelling may be ever lowly, their food ordinary, their apparel ...
... that they should receive “houses and lands, with persecutions.” Such is the
kingly power of Christ,—reached through humiliation, exercised in mortification. 2
. Take another instance. How much is there to admire and revere in the
One sorrows to think that the soldier is by his profession but a material and brute
instrument; one owns that great defect in earthly royalty, that it is worshipped
without worshipping, that it commands without obeying, and resolves and effects
But till then, it is our very profession, as children of the kingdom, to walk by faith
not by sight. And hence many warnings are given us in the New Testament,
against our forming absolute judgments of men and things, from what we see; ...