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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... which are pointed out at some length in the Appendix, Note C. of the Author's “HISTORY OF HIS RELIGIOUS OPINIONS,” are retained in this Edition.
... and whereas our Lord, in His Sermon on the Mount, speaks of three great duties of religion, prayer, almsgiving, and fasting—our duties towards God, ...
... and Christians at the eleventh—all, so far as the duty of work, have one religion. And thus, says St. Paul, “Do we then make void the law through faith?
... that, even when his repentance is sincere, he will settle down in an inferior, secondrate sort of religion; he will have no fervour, no keenness, ...
... of those whose religious history has been altogether different, who have not sinned as they, nor suffered as they, nor struggled and toiled as they.