"Whosoever is born of God do not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God."
"Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect." Matthew v. 48.
In the 43rd verse, the Savior says, "Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbor, and hate thine enemy; but I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you and persecute you; that ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? Do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? Do not even the publicans so? Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect."
"Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect."Matthew v. 48.
THE Bible abounds with governmental analogies. These are designed for our instruction; but if we receive instruction from them, it is because there is a real analogy in many points between the government of God and human governments.
"What must I do to be saved?" Acts16:30.
I bring forward this subject today not because it is new to many in this congregation, but because it is greatly needed. I am happy to know that the great inquiry of our text is beginning to be deeply and extensively agitated in this community, and under these circumstances it is the first duty of a Christian pastor to answer it, fully and plainly.
Be not conformed to this world. Romans 10:2
It will be recollected by some who are present, that some time since I made use of this text in preaching in this place, but the object of this evening's discourse is so far different that it is not improper to employ the same text again. The following is the order in which I design to discuss the subject of CONFORMITY TO THE WORLD.
"Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; let him know that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins." James 19,20.
A subject of present duty and of great practical importance is brought before us in this text. That we may clearly apprehend it, let us inquire.
Death to Sin through Christ
Directions to Sinners
False Comfort for Sinners
God's Love Commended to Us
Sin is the most expensive thing in the universe. Nothing else can cost so much. Pardoned or unpardoned, its cost is infinitely great. Pardoned, the cost falls chiefly on the great atoning Substitute; unpardoned, it must fall on the head of the guilty sinner.
Governing the Tongue
How to Change Your Heart
Justification by Faith
Love of the World
Means to be Used with Sinners
THE Bible often ascribes to unconverted men one common heart or disposition. It always makes two classes, and only two, of our race--saints and sinners; the one class converted from their sin and become God's real friends; the other remaining His unconverted enemies.
"Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet, and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place."-Isaiah xxviii. 17.
ALL men know themselves to be sinners against God. They know also, that, as sinners, they are in peril and are not safe.
IN this last passage, the apostle states, with unusual fullness, the theological, and, I might even say, the philosophical design of Christ's mission to our world--that is, o set forth before created beings, God's righteousness in forgiving sins.
"Quench not the Spirit."-1 Thess. v. 19.
I cannot conclude this course of lectures, without warning converts against backsliding. In discussing this subject, I will show:
I. What backsliding in heart is not.
II. What backsliding in heart is.
III. What are evidences of backsliding in heart.
IV. What are consequences of backsliding in heart.
V. How to recover from this state.
"Blessed are they who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled."-Matt. v. 6.
THERE are a great many things in the experience of Christians, which, traced out in their natural history, are exceeding interesting.
"Wilt thou also disannul my judgment? Wilt thou condemn me, that thou mayest be righteous?"-Job xl. 8.
ALTHOUGH in the main, Job had spoken correctly of God, yet in his great anguish and perturbation under his sore trials, he had said some things which were hasty and abusive. For these the Lord rebuked him.
The Holy Spirit of Promise
THERE are many who believe that a loose indefinite infidelity has rarely, if ever, been more prevalent in our country than at this time, especially among young men. I am not prepared to say it is an honest infidelity, yet it may very probably be real.
The Prayer of Faith
"And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. (This he said, signifying what death he should die.)"-John xii. 32, 33.
IN order to make this subject plain, I will read the passage referred to-Num. xxi. 6-9. "And the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died.
Elihu also proceeded and said, Suffer me a little, and I will shew thee that I have yet to speak on God's behalf. I will fetch my knowledge from afar, and will ascribe righteousness to my Maker."-Job xxxvi. 1-3
"Of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage."-2 Peter ii. 19.
I PROPOSE in my present discourse to discuss the moral state of the sinner.
"And the Lord said, My Spirit shall not always strive with man."-Gen. vi. 3.
The Spirit of Prayer
"The wages of sin is death."-Romans 6:23
THE death here spoken of is that which is due as the penal sanction of God's law.
THE WICKED HEART SET TO DO EVIL
"Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil."-Eccl. viii. 11.
THIS text manifestly assumes that the present is not a state of rewards and punishments, in which men are treated according to their character and conduct.
To Win Souls Requires Wisdom
"I will trust in the mercy of God forever and ever."-Ps. 52:8.
"For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith."-1 John 5:4.
THE discussion of this text naturally leads us to make four inquiries
I. What is it to overcome the world?
II. Who are they that overcome?
III. Why do they overcome the world?
IV. How do they do it?
"It is impossible but that offences come; but woe unto him through whom they come!"-Luke xvii. 1.
AN "offence" as used in this passage, is an occasion of falling into sin. It is anything which causes another to sin and fall. It is plain that the author of the offence is in this passage conceived of as voluntary and as sinful in his act; else the woe of God would not be denounced upon him.