Imperfection of Human Knowledge "We know in part." 1 Cor. 13:9.
1. The desire of knowledge is an universal principle in man, fixed in his inmost nature. It is not variable, but constant in every rational creature, unless while it is suspended by some stronger desire. And it is insatiable: "The eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear with hearing;" neither the mind wit ...read
In What Sense We Are to Leave the World "Come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, And I will be to you a Father, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty." 2 Cor. 6:17, 18.
1. How exceeding few in the religious world have duly considered these solemn words! We have read them over and o ...read
Justification by Faith "To him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness." Romans 4:5. 1. How a sinner may be justified before God, the Lord and Judge of all, is a question of no common importance to every child of man. It contains the foundation of all our hope, inasmuch as while we are at enmity with Go ...read
Law Established through Faith, 1 "Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: Yea, we establish the law." Romans 3:31.
1. St. Paul, having the beginning of this Epistle laid down his general proposition, namely, that "the gospel of Christ is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth;" -- the powerful means, whereby God makes every believer a par ...read
Law Established through Faith, 2 "Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid! Yea, we establish the law." Rom. 3:31.
1. It has been shown in the preceding discourse, which are the most usual ways of making void the law through faith; namely, First, the not preaching it at all; which effectually makes it all void a stroke; and this under colour of preaching Christ a ...read
National Sins and Miseries Preached at St. Matthew's, Bethnal-Green,
On Sunday, November 12, 1775,
For the benefit of the Widows and Orphans of the Soldiers who lately fell, near Boston, in New-England.
"Lo, I have sinned, and I have done wickedly: But these sheep, what have they done?" 2 Sam. 24:17.
1. The chapter begins, "And again the anger of the Lord was kindle ...read
Of Evil Angels "We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against wicked spirits in heavenly places." Eph. 6:12.
1. It has been frequently observed that there are no gaps or chasms in the creation of God, but that all the parts of it are admirably connected together, t ...read
Of Former Times "Say not thou, What is the cause that the former days were better than these? for thou dost not inquire wisely concerning this." Eccles. 7:10.
1. It is not easy to discern any connexion between this text and the context; between these words and either those that go before or those that follow after. It seems to be a detached, independent senten ...read
Of Good Angels "Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?" Heb. 1:14.
1. Many of the ancient Heathens had (probably from tradition) some notion of good and evil angels. They had some conception of a superior order of beings, between men and God, whom the Greeks generally termed demons, (knowing ones ...read
Of Hell "Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched." Mark 9:48.
1. Every truth which is revealed in the oracles of God is undoubtedly of great importance. Yet it may be allowed that some of those which are revealed therein are of greater importance than others, as being more immediately conducive to the grand end of all, the eternal salv ...read
Of the Church "I beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, with all lowliness and meekness, with long-suffering, forbearing one another in love; endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, ...read
On Attending the Church Service "The sin of the young men was very great." 1 Sam. 2:17.
1. The corruption, not only of the heathen world, but likewise of them that were called Christians, has been matter of sorrow and lamentation to pious men, almost from the time of the apostles. And hence, as early as the second century, within a hundred years of St. John's removal from th ...read
On Charity "Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to fe ...read
On Conscience "For our rejoicing is this, the testimony of our conscience." 2 Cor. 1:12.
1. How few words are there in the world more common than this, Conscience! It is in almost every one's mouth. And one would thence be apt to conclude, that no word can be found which is more generally understood. But it may be doubted whether this is the case or no; alt ...read
On Corrupting the Word of God Preached about the year 1728
"We are not as many, who corrupt the word of God: But as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ." 2 Cor. 2:17.
[1.] Many have observed, that nothing conduces more to a Preacher's success with those that hear him, than a general good opinion of his sincerity. Nothing gives him a greater ...read
On Dissipation "This I speak -- that ye may attend upon the Lord without distraction." 1 Cor. 7:35.
1. Almost in every part of our nation, more especially in the large and populous towns, we hear a general complaint among sensible persons, of the still increasing dissipation. It is observed to diffuse itself more and more, in the court, the city, and the coun ...read
On Divine Providence "Even the very hairs of your head are all numbered." Luke 12:7.
1. The doctrine of divine providence has been received by wise men in all ages. It was believed by many of the eminent Heathens, not only philosophers, but orators and poets. Innumerable are the testimonies concerning it which are scattered up and down in their writings; agreeable ...read
On Dress "Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of -- wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; "But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price." 1 Pet. 3:3, 4.
1. St. Paul exhorts all those who desire to "be transfo ...read
On Eternity "From everlasting to everlasting thou art God." Psalm 90:2
1. I would fain speak of that awful subject, -- eternity. But how can we grasp it in our thought? It is so vast, that the narrow mind of man is utterly unable to comprehend it. But does it not bear some affinity to another incomprehensible thing, -- immensity? May not space, though an u ...read
On Faith "Without faith it is impossible to please him." Heb. 11:6.
1. But what is Faith? It is a divine "evidence and conviction of things not seen;" of things which are not seen now, whether they are visible or invisible in their own nature. Particularly, it is a divine evidence and conviction of God, and of the things of God. This is the most compr ...read