Then you are at peace. He has promised to acknowledge our profession; and " He is faithful."3. Faith, hope, and love — this is the threefold result of Christ's entrance into heaven, spiritually discerned.A believing, hoping, and loving attitude of heart corresponds to the new covenant revelation of Divine grace.1. "Truly that is everything good," answered Luther. It is an error to suppose that assurance of personal salvation does not admit of degrees; in other words, that it may be as full and strong in one just entering on the Christian life as it can be in one who has kept the faith for many years, and has passed through the varied experience of the Christian course. Herein is the importance of the doctrine of original sin. (3) Get your hearts beforehand " sprinkled from an evil conscience." One evening he perceived a shadow by the side of the gun. "He is faithful that promised.A sure promiseG. If you ask how you have renewed your vows, I reply: you have done it many a time at the table of communion. We are to please not ourselves, but our brother unto edification. It is hold fast your profession of faith, your confession of hope; that is to say, stand to what you have done by way of avowment of these things. Colwell. A. Morris, D. D.)Approach to GodAnecdotes of Luther.On one occasion the Reformer paid a pastoral visit to a young scholar who was in his last illness, and one of the first inquiries made was, "What do you think you can take to God, in whose presence you are so shortly to appear?" There is no other worthy of trust, none else reliable but Jesus. (4)By the supporting and staying effects of holy patience. H. Newman, D. D.Among the reasons which may be assigned for the observance of prayer at stated times, there is one which is very obvious, and yet perhaps is not so carefully remembered and acted upon as it should be. Not as the morning cloud and early dew, &c.3. Conscience, God's secretary, is writing down everything that we do, "whether it be good or whether it be evil." Then, the promise of the Holy Ghost. We must keep the shutters open and the windows clean, so that plenty of pure light can get in if we wish to see things plainly. God has nowhere declared concerning any of us, as individuals, that we shall be saved; all that He has revealed on this subject respects us as characters. The answer to this question will depend upon the way in which we injure our consciences. Boston, D. D.I. Constantly keep up your confession. (Owen Clarke. "By their fruits," said our Lord, "ye shall know them." )Divine promisesR. THE DUTY ENJOINED.1. or refuse to go forward? We have made A PROFESSION OF OUR FAITH, AND A CONFESSION OF OUR HOPE, By the memories of the day when you made that profession, be firm in it to the end. All our powers surrendered to God.2. While pacing the deck at night, on the lonely seas, and talking with a pious shipmate, he became convinced of his need of a Saviour and became His disciple, remaining true to his profession to the last. And the more we realise Jesus as the living Lord, the more shall we look forward, waiting for His coming, and going forth to meet Him. Not to say: "I am safe," or, "I shall enjoy religion"; but to consider the work of your fellows and the wants of others. This promise is not the promise of any man or angel, but of God; this is more than if all the best men and all the holy angels had bound themselves unto us and given us all security, which possibly they could. But suppose we have thick, heavy shutters to the window, and keep them closed. Always setting the Lord before us, etc. WHAT WE ALREADY HAVE by the grace of God. The moment he heard that two of his sailors were meeting for reading and prayer behind one of the guns, he sent for one of them, and instantly ordered a portion of the lower deck to be curtained off, and gave orders that no one should molest them. TO draw near "with a true heart," means to worship God with sincerity, which is an indispensable ingredient in Christian piety. And God makes use of conscience as His detective police to find out those who have sinned secretly.II. (1)Insensible sinners will .not (John 5:40). "He is faithful that promised." And the more we realise Jesus as the living Lord, the more shall we look forward, waiting for His coming, and going forth to meet Him. John Gill's Exposition of the Bible. Our text points to Him who fills the throne itself; we are contemplating Him as engaged to us by a covenant ordered in all things and sure; and as having communicated in consequence exceeding great and precious promises, while He is faithful to each and every promise which He has thus made.2. Then you are at peace. It is so delicate that it can feel the slightest touch. Only God. If we stop when it says " stop," if we do what it tells us to do, then we shall always hear it; but if we get into the habit of not heeding its warning, and not doing what it tells us to do, then by and by we shall cease to hear it.III. How are we to get rid of this trouble? The privilege is right of access unto God, the duty is that of approach; and no man values the right of access who does not desire to approach. Bear one another's burdens. "He is faithful that promised.A sure promiseG. For a long time he was alone; no other sailor joined him. We are to hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering, because He is faithful that has promised. Now nothing can be more unscriptural than such doctrines. What is meant by full assurance of faith? Oh, the joy of the young sailor to have a comrade with him! Our text points to Him who fills the throne itself; we are contemplating Him as engaged to us by a covenant ordered in all things and sure; and as having communicated in consequence exceeding great and precious promises, while He is faithful to each and every promise which He has thus made.2. (2)Opposition of world. There is a way to the throne never trod, nor designed to be trod, by any but sinners such as you, and the like of you. We have a blessed hope, a hope most "sure and steadfast, which entereth into that which is within the veil." THE DUTY ENJOINED.1. On examination it was found that the charge was wholly groundless, and that these accusing voices were imaginary, being but the echo of a guilty conscience. When a robbery has taken place, or a murder has been committed, the business of these men is to try and find out the guilty ones. It is an ever-present tense — "He that believeth hath eternal life."2. Nothing else but faith in full, vigorous, healthy exercise. Spurgeon. To this I reply at once that there is such a thing, and that Christians may not only speak of it, but ought to seek earnestly, each one for himself, to attain to it. These promises are not mere movements of the Divine mind arising only under the exigencies of new circumstances or of events which spring up in the progress of time, but they flow from the deep fountains of His own grace and love; they embrace all that which is involved in the gift of His dear Son, the great work of the Saviour, the communications of the Divine Spirit, and in the application of every blessing which God has engaged to bestow on His Church on earth. Nothing unforeseen or unexpected can occur as a reason why we should doubt the Divine faithfulness.5. Then it begins to strike and ring, and makes such a racket as is sure to wake any ordinary sleeper. And this must be taken into account in saying how the injured conscience can be healed. There is not a single moment of the day, there is not a circumstance or surrounding, in which the believer may not be kept dwelling in the secret place of the Most High. Water baptism is an outward sign of the inward grace of purification.III. There must be decision of character. Water baptism is an outward sign of the inward grace of purification.III. Constant in duties; especially prayer, praise, reading the Divine Word, etc. No class of men, in a moral point of view, suffer so much as they.An evil conscienceWhen Professor Webster was awaiting his trial, he brought against his fellowprisoners the charge of insulting him through the walls of his cell, and screaming to him, "You are a bloody man!" God is on a throne of grace in Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 5:19).2. (3) As servants of the house, to serve our Lord, to wait upon Him, and behold His glory (Psalm 116:16). THE DUTY ENJOINED.1. It is always right, it is always holy, and it is always trustworthy; his word is more than enough. )Faith, hope, and loveA. Yes, it is a sure way, if you only mind the clock, and get up when it calls you. Are you to come to His table? Now nothing can be more unscriptural than such doctrines. As IT IS THE EXPRESSION OF THE CHRISTIAN'S EXPERIENCE — "He is faithful that promised." Come back, sinners, draw near towards God and duty. He has promised to give us grace to hold fast our profession; and "He is faithful."2. Gratitude for past mercies. Clear glass. You are yet afar off. Campbell.I. Guilt is again contracted, and must be again repented of and washed away.1. Afterwards it would heal over, and the skin would grow again, but the new skin would be very different from that on your hand now. When you are brought by the Holy Spirit to a just consideration of your own state as sinners, and with your eyes fixed upon the Infinite One, and stripped by transgression of all the rights with which you were originally invested, and when you see the manner in which God bestows everything out of His own fulness, and supplies your daily and your hourly wants; it is not on yourself or fellow-men that you can depend, for they are weak and evanescent as you are. With striking confidence the youth at once replied, "Everything that is good, dear father — everything that is good!" It will expose to difficulties and sufferings. Besides, God's mercy is like His power, and as He is able, so is He willing to do what He hath promised, and He hath signified His will and purpose, through faith, by His power to preserve us unto salvation.3. (Owen Clarke. you may draw near to God. Constantly keep up your confession. It is not on your own works and your own productions that you can repose. And why did He send them? There they are! H. Spurgeon.I. The bishop said that the sound of that pen made him very careful to say nothing but what was strictly true. "Nothing," says the sagacious Andrew Fuller, "can be an object of faith except what God has revealed in His Word; but the interest that any individual has in Christ, and the blessings of the Gospel, more than another is not revealed. There must be constancy of spirit. It takes hold of God through His gracious word of promise; it looks at the atoning sacrifice of Jesus; it stands by that sacrifice, and embracing that Saviour as the only hope, the soul contemplates a faithful God. This promise is not the promise of any man or angel, but of God; this is more than if all the best men and all the holy angels had bound themselves unto us and given us all security, which possibly they could. Heart established, mind fixed, soul stayed upon God. THE PROFESSION REFERRED TO.1. Not only draw towards God, but come forward, and draw near to Him as a God in Christ. As well might he endeavour to escape from his shadow when the sun is shining. "Nothing," says the sagacious Andrew Fuller, "can be an object of faith except what God has revealed in His Word; but the interest that any individual has in Christ, and the blessings of the Gospel, more than another is not revealed. "To provoke one another." Besides, God's mercy is like His power, and as He is able, so is He willing to do what He hath promised, and He hath signified His will and purpose, through faith, by His power to preserve us unto salvation.3. 20).3. Why? that black future! The first inference from the whole subject is, whoever neglects the means of grace, deprives himself of religious enjoyment.2. Then Adam's sin increased, and multiplied itself within us; there was a change, but it was for the worse, not for the better; and the new nature we gained, far from being spiritual, was twofold more the child of hell than that with which we were born. He has promised to give us grace to hold fast our profession; and "He is faithful."2. "LET US DRAW NEAR." There must be perseverance in practice. To the sinner. But Christ's faithfulness is here laid down as the great motive.1. He shed His precious blood and died for us on purpose that our sins may be pardoned, and we may be at peace with God. By not minding what they say. They met for many nights behind the gun, reading and praying. This faithfulness presupposeth His power and His promise, and it is the immutability of His will, for as He is unchangeable in His being, so He is in His promise (1 Samuel 15:29; Malachi 3:6). And God makes use of conscience as His detective police to find out those who have sinned secretly.II. We are to please not ourselves, but our brother unto edification. It is God's presence makes holy ground; God's immediate presence in Christ makes any place the holiest of all: and this is it into which we are to draw nigh, and in which we are to abide. If we profess hope, we must also rejoice, though we be in tribulation; we must view the sufferings and trials of this present life as not worthy to be compared with the coming glory. CONSIDERING ONE ANOTHER.1. H. Newman, D. D.)Healing the evil conscienceR. Faith has for her object the truth, teaching us to cleave surely thereto, and looking upon the word and promise of the thing that is promised; hope has for her object the goodness of God, and looks upon the thing which is promised in the word, that is, upon such matters as faith teaches us to hope for. And so God has given to our souls that which we call conscience, and which shows us what is right and what is wrong — what we ought to do and what we ought not to do. Saphir.The apostle's great argument is concluded, and the result is placed before us in a very short summary. We are the body of Christ, and members one of another. But if you turn over and go to sleep again for two or three mornings, the alarum-clock will lose its power, or rather you will lose your power of hearing it or of being awakened by it. God has put these eyes in our bodies that we may see where to go and what to do. And however long we have laboured at it, still how much unconscious, unavoidable sin, the result of past transgression, is thrown out from our hearts day by day in the energy of our thinking and acting!3. Conscience, God's secretary, is writing down everything that we do, "whether it be good or whether it be evil." We only retain our hold by pressing onwards, etc. But God will not, God cannot, for God who hath promised is faithful; for as He cannot forget or be hindered by any contrary power, so He cannot change His will. And can we see anything in the room when the shutters are closed? Mackey. None of the promises, how conditional soever in their form, are altogether beyond the reach of sinners, so long as they are in the land of the living and place of hope.5. Another Jack Tar was creeping along, and said, "May I come?" You will sleep quietly on, just as though the alarm had never been given. Only God. Stedfastness is essential to our final salvation.4. That gnawing canker! WHAT IS THE USE OF CONSCIENCE?1. And there, by "standing fire," by standing firm, true to what was his duty, God has blessed that solitary sailor, and made him a spiritual father to at least thirty of the men on board the ship.Confidence in deathIn the reign of Queen Mary of England, a man named Palmer was condemned to die. (3)By the cheering attractions of a lively hope. Be not faithless to the Crucified.(C. 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