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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Christmas comes first, and Septuagesima afterwards: we must have grace before
we work, in order to work; but as surely as grace is conferred on us, so surely is a
work enjoined. It has been pretended by these teachers that works were only ...
If they are reconciled to God, surely they may well be reconciled to their brethren;
if Christ condescends to be their meat and drink, surely the holiest of men need
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friends, or to inferiors or superiors, but only to our intimates, yet still may feel all
Christian love towards them, so we surely may observe certain rules for a time, or
for a permanence, towards those who have been open sinners, simply as a ...
... surely come, it will not tarry.” Never regard how long you have to wait; be it for
years, suffer it. Say not time is short, for God can make it long. If He use you not,
even till the eleventh hour, He can make that hour a thousand, and can reward ...
As the creed is in one sense a prayer, so surely such a prayer may in some
sense be considered a profession. Yet even such a prayer let not a man begin at
once; let him count the cost before offering it, for this reason, because, assuredly,
it is ...