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SermonVol. 2, Sermon 18 - The Good Shepherd
      Preached March 20, 1853 "I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep."-John x. 14, 15. As these words stand in the English translation, it is hard to see any connection between the thoughts that are brought together. It is asserte ...read
SermonVol. 2, Sermon 19 - The Doubt of Thomas
      Preached Easter Day, March 27, 1853 "Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed."-John xx. 29. The day on which these words were spoken was the first day of the week. On that day Thomas received demonstration that his Lord was risen from the dead. On ...read
SermonVol. 2, Sermon 20 - The Irreparable Past
      Preached May 8, 1853 "And he cometh the third time, and saith unto them, Sleep on now, and take your rest: it is enough, the hour is come; behold, the Son of man is betrayed into the bands of sinners. Rise up, let us go; lo, he that betrayeth me is at hand."-Mark xiv. 41, 42. It is upon two sentences of this passage that our attention it to b ...read
SermonVol. 3, Sermon 1 - THE TONGUE
      Preached April 28, 1850. "Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth! And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell."--St. James iii ...read
SermonVol. 3, Sermon 2 - THE VICTORY OF FAITH
      Preached May 5, 1850. "For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?"--1 John v. 4-5. There are two words in the system of Christianity which have received a meaning so new, and so e ...read
SermonVol. 3, Sermon 3 - THE DISPENSATION OF THE SPIRIT
      Preached Whitsunday, May 19, 1850. "Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit."--1 Corinthians xii, 4. According to a view which contains in it a profound truth, the ages of the world are divisible into three dispensations, presided over by the Father, the Son, and the Spirit. In the dispensation of the Father, God was known ...read
SermonVol. 3, Sermon 4 - THE TRINITY
      Preached May 26, 1850. "And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ."--1 Thess. v. 23. The knowledge of God is the blessedness of man. To know God, and to be known by Him--to love God, and to be loved by Him--is the most preci ...read
SermonVol. 3, Sermon 5 - ABSOLUTION
      Preached June 2, 1850. "And the Scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is this which speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?"--Luke v. 21. There are questions which having been again and again settled, still from time to time, present themselves for 're'-solution; errors which having been refuted, and cut up ...read
SermonVol. 3, Sermon 6 - THE ILLUSIVENESS OF LIFE
      Preached June 9, 1850. "By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: fo ...read
SermonVol. 3, Sermon 7 - THE SACRIFICE OF CHRIST
      Preached June 23, 1850. "For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead; and that He died for all that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto Him which died for them, and rose again."--2 Corinthians v. 14, 15. It may be, that in reading these verses som ...read
SermonVol. 3, Sermon 8 - THE POWER OF SORROW
      Preached June 30, 1850. "Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing. For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death."--2 Corinthians vii. 9, 10. That ...read
SermonVol. 3, Sermon 9 - SENSUAL AND SPIRITUAL EXCITEMENT
      Preached August 4, 1850. "Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit."--Ephesians v. 17, 18. There is evidently a connection between the different branches of this sentence--for ideas cannot be properly contrasted which have not some ...read
SermonVol. 3, Sermon 10 - PURITY
      Preached August 11, 1850. "Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled."--Titus i. 15. For the evils of this world there are two classes of remedies--one is the world's, the other is God's. The world proposes to remedy evil by adjusting the ci ...read
SermonVol. 3, Sermon 11 - UNITY AND PEACE
      Preached February 9, 1851. "And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful."--Colossians iii. 15. There is something in these words that might surprise us. It might surprise us to find that peace is urged on us as a duty. There can be no duty except where there is a matter of obed ...read
SermonVol. 3, Sermon 12 - THE CHRISTIAN AIM AND MOTIVE
      Preached January 4, 1852. "Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect."--Matthew v. 48. There are two erroneous views held respecting the character of the Sermon on the Mount. The first may be called an error of worldly-minded men, the other an error of mistaken religionists. Worldly-minded men--men that is, in ...read
SermonVol. 3, Sermon 13 - CHRISTIAN CASUISTRY
      Preached January 4, 1852. "Is any man called being circumcised? let him not become uncircumcised. Is any called in uncircumcision? let him not be circumcised. Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God. Let every man abide in the same calling wherein he was called. Art thou called being a s ...read
SermonVol. 3, Sermon 14 - MARRIAGE AND CELIBACY
      Preached January II, 1852. "But this I say, brethren, the time is short: it remaineth that both they that have wives be as though they had none; and they that weep as though they wept not; and they that rejoice as though they rejoiced not; and they that buy, as though they possessed not; and they that use this world as not abusing it: for the fa ...read
SermonVol. 3, Sermon 15 - THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH A FAMILY
      Preached January 11, 1852. "Our Lord Jesus Christ, of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named."--Ephesians iii. 14, 15. In the verses immediately before the text the Apostle Paul has been speaking of what he calls a mystery--that is, a revealed secret. And the secret was this, that the Gentiles would be "fellow-heirs and of the sam ...read
SermonVol. 3, Sermon 16 - THE LAW OF CHRISTIAN CONSCIENCE
      Preached January 25, 1852. "Howbeit there is not in every man that knowledge: for some, with conscience of the idol, unto this hour, eat it as a thing offered unto an idol; and their conscience being weak is denied. But meat commendeth us not to God: for neither if we eat are we the better; neither if we eat not are we the worse. But take heed l ...read
SermonVol. 3, Sermon 17 - VICTORY OVER DEATH
      Preached May 16, 1852. "The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."--1 Cor. xv. 56, 57. On Sunday last I endeavoured to bring before you the subject of that which Scripture calls the glorious liberty of the Sons of God. The two points on which ...read

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