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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Nay, moreover, who kept under his body, and brought it into subjection, lest after
he had preached to others, the end should come, and he should be a castaway.
Thus the Service for this day carries us from the creation of all things to the ...
... “What things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ; ... not as though I
had already attained, either were already perfect; but this one thing I do,
forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things
which are ...
He speaks of himself as an Apostle, or one sent unto his brethren; as ministering
about holy things; as having necessity laid upon him; and as making himself “
servant unto all, that he might gain the more.” “And unto the Jews,” he says, ...
... they took under the sun.” But it is otherwise with us. Earth and sky are ever
failing; Christ is ever coming; Christians are ever lifting up their heads and
looking out, and therefore it is the evening. We may not set our hearts on things
... the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the
hearts,”—then shall we “discern between the ... and when we rest: whether we
eat or drink, or whatever we do, may we never forget that “for all these things God