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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This solemn truth, that we are sent here to do a work, is in various ways set
before us in the Service appointed for this day. First, we read, in the beginning of
Genesis, of Almighty God's work in the creation of the world, which is the
archetype of ...
afflictions, in necessities, in distresses, in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in
labours, in watchings, in fastings; by pureness, by knowledge, by longsuffering,
by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned, by the word of truth, by the ...
One reason is thereby to enforce the following parallel truth; for if it is true that a
sinner may become a saint, it is at least as true that an innocent person, who has
never fallen into gross sin, notwithstanding need not be a saint. It frequently ...
... commonly dimmed than by the small and gradual accumulations of daily
impurities, and that souls may silently be overspread and choked up with mere
dust, till they reflect back no portion of the heavenly truths which should possess
away from our eyes, and we must anticipate that great and solemn truth, which
we shall not fully understand until we stand before God in judgment, that to us
there are but two beings in the whole world, God and ourselves. The sympathy of