Sermons on National Subjects, 29 - JEREMIAH'S CALLING
Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.--JEREMIAH xxiii. 5.
At the time when Jeremiah the prophet spoke those words to the Jews, nothing seemed more unlikely than that they would ever come true. The whole Jewis ...read
Sermons on National Subjects, 30 - THE PERFECT KING
Tell ye the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy King cometh to thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt, the foal of an ass.--MATTHEW xxi. 5.
You all know that this Sunday is called the First Sunday in Advent. You all know, I hope, that Advent means coming, and that these four Sundays before Christmas, as I have often told you, are called Adven ...read
Sermons on National Subjects, 31 - GOD'S WARNINGS
It may be that the house of Judah will hear all the evil which I purpose to do unto them; that they may return every man from his evil way; that I may forgive their iniquity and their sin.--JEREMIAH xxxvi. 3.
The first lesson for this evening's service tells us of the wickedness of Jehoiakim, king of Judah. How, when Jeremiah's prophecies agains ...read
Sermons on National Subjects, 32 - PHARAOH'S HEART
And the heart of Pharaoh was hardened, and he did not let the people go.--Exodus ix. 17.
What lesson, now, can we draw from this story? One, at least, and a very important one. What effect did all these signs and wonders of God's sending, have upon Pharaoh and his servants? Did they make them better men or worse men? We read that they made them ...read
Sermons on National Subjects, 33 - THE RED SEA TRIUMPH
Preached Easter-day Morning, 1852.
This is a night to be much observed unto the Lord, for bringing the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt.--EXODUS xii. 42.
You all, my friends, know what is the meaning of Easter-day--that it is the Day on which The Lord rose again from the dead. You must have seen that most of the special services fo ...read
Sermons on National Subjects, 34 - CHRISTMAS DAY
For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government shall be on His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The Mighty God, The Father of an Everlasting age, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, a ...read
Sermons on National Subjects, 35 - NEW YEAR'S DAY
But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and He that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not b ...read
Sermons on National Subjects, 36 - THE DELUGE
My spirit shall not always strive with man.--GENESIS vi. 3.
Last Sunday we read in the first lesson of the fall. This Sunday we read of the flood, the first-fruits of the fall.
It is an awful and a fearful story. And yet, if we will look at it by faith in God, it is a most cheerful and hopeful story--a gospel--a good news of salvation--like e ...read
Sermons on National Subjects, 37 - THE KINGDOM OF GOD
The kingdom of God is within you.--LUKE xvii. 21.
These words are in the second lesson for this morning's service. Let us think a little about them.
What they mean must depend on what the kingdom of God means; for that is the one thing about which they speak.
Now, the kingdom of God is very often spoken of in the New Testament. Indeed, it ...read
Sermons on National Subjects, 38 - THE LIGHT
But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light. Wherefore He saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.--EPHESIANS v. 13, 14.
St. Paul has been telling the Ephesians who they are; that they are God's dear children. To whom they belong; t ...read
Sermons on National Subjects, 39 - THE UNPARDONABLE SIN
Wherefore I say unto you: All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men; but the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit shall not be forgiven unto men. And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of Man, it shall be forgiven him; but whosoever speaketh a word against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, either in this world, or i ...read
Sermons on National Subjects, 40 - THE SPIRIT OF BONDAGE
For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry Abba, Father.-- ROMANS viii. 15.
Some of you here may not understand this text at all. Some of you, perhaps, may misunderstand it; for it is not an easy one. Let us, then, begin, by finding out the meaning of each word in it; ...read
Sermons on National Subjects, 41 - THE FALL
As by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed on all men, for that all have sinned.--ROMANS v. 12.
We have been reading the history of Adam's fall. With that fall we have all to do; for we all feel the fruits of it in the sinful corruptions which we bring into the world with us. And more, every fall which we hav ...read
Sermons on National Subjects, 42 - GOD'S COVENANTS
I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.--GENESIS ix. 13.
The text says that God made a covenant with Noah, and with his seed after him--that is, with all mankind; with us who sit here, and our children after us, and with all human beings who will ever live upon the face of the earth. God ...read
Sermons on National Subjects, 43 - THE MYSTERY OF GODLINESS
Great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached to the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.--1 TIMOTHY iii. 16.
St. Paul here sums up in one verse the whole of Christian truth. He gives us in a few words what he says is the great mystery of godliness.
Sermons on National Subjects, 44 - THE WORK OF GOD'S SPIRIT
If I go not away, the comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send Him unto you. And when He is come, He will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: of sin, because they believe not on me: of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more: of judgment, because the prince of this world is ...read
Sermons on National Subjects, 45 - THE GOSPEL
Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; by which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain: for I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to t ...read
Sermons on National Subjects, 46 - GOD'S WAY WITH MAN
And ye shall know that I am the Lord, when I have wrought with you for my name's sake, not according to your wicked ways, nor according to your corrupt doings, O ye house of Israel, saith the Lord God.-- EZEKIEL xx. 44.
In this chapter the prophet Ezekiel argues with his sinful and rebellious countrymen, and puts them in mind of all that God has ...read
Sermons on National Subjects, 47 - THE MARRIAGE AT CANA
There was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there. And both Jesus was called, and His disciples, to the marriage.--JOHN ii. 1, 2.
It is, I think, in the first place, an important, as well as a pleasant thing, to know that the Lord's glory, as St. Paul says, was first shown forth at a wedding, at a feast. Not at a time of ...read
Sermons on National Subjects, 48 - PARABLE OF THE LOWEST PLACE
And He put forth a parable to those which were bidden, when He marked how they chose out the chief rooms; saying unto them, when thou art bidden of any man to a wedding, sit not down in the highest room, lest a more honourable man than thou be bidden of him; and he that bade thee and him come and say to thee, Give this man place; and thou begin wit ...read