"Sir," said a poor maniac, that had escaped from bedlam, and was passing along the streets of London, to a gentleman he met at the angle of one of the streets, "did you ever thank God for reason?" Oh I to have to do with God in peace, and reconciliation, and adoption; to have to do with God, not because we must, but because we would be "made willing in the day of His power," to have His love constraining us so that we yield ourselves to Him as "those that are alive from the dead, and our poor members as instruments of righteousness unto God." Piercing.6. His text has been Psalm 95, which refers to the tragic example of Israel in the wilderness. Lawson. For the law is compared to a two-edged sword, which, being used by a powerful and skilful hand, doth manifest how sharp and cutting it is; for it pierceth quickly into the inward parts, and divideth between soul and spirit, and the bones and marrow, which are most nearly united, and more hidden and secret in living bodies. "Sanctify them in the truth: thy Word is truth." The Word of God has always been found, from the beginning, capable of penetrating deeply into the heart of a sinner; of producing a sudden and terrible alarm in the conscience, of striking conviction into the trembling frame, and lowering the rebel to the ,lust. For the law is compared to a two-edged sword, which, being used by a powerful and skilful hand, doth manifest how sharp and cutting it is; for it pierceth quickly into the inward parts, and divideth between soul and spirit, and the bones and marrow, which are most nearly united, and more hidden and secret in living bodies. can we ever cease to have that relationship to Him that the creature has to the Creator, the relationship that a child has to a parent? See to it, "for to whom much is given, of him shall be much required."VIII. Not only are they the words of eternal life, but they bring life to those who will obey them. He is the life, He has life in Himself, and He came to quicken and to give us life abundantly. This, too, is a severe progress, involving much struggle and self-denial. The word of God in conscience is more, much more, than this. in Manasseh, when, of the most horrible idolator that was ever heard of, it made him a zealous worshipper Of the true God? Thompson. Angels and men — saints and sinners — are alike the objects of His scrutiny. -------------------- It was realised by the old patriarchs as their true city and country, while they lived the tent-life here. Our word of account is to God. It has the power because it has life. When health is used up, money used up, and sound human senses used up, Christianity begins."(C. What an independence, what a dignity would it give to it! It is a terrible thought that men have to do with God in all that they have, and abuse, and prostrate to their own destruction; it is all from God, and they cannot say in one thing they have that it is not from Him. The Gospels REFLECTIONS.1. The two-edged sword was perfected by the Romans, and was the weapon that allowed them to conquer the world. Whether a man is racked with pain all his life, or disordered, as some are, from their mother's womb; whether he is blessed with health and a cheerful mind, or if he has anything that relieves him in this vale of tears, any flower that blooms in the desert, any star that brightens the dark sky of our fallen lot; is it not all from God? The Blue Letter Bible ministry and the BLB Institute hold to the historical, See to it, "for to whom much is given, of him shall be much required.". It is doing what all the philosophy in the world could never do. Many people have great emotional experiences that they think are spiritual experiences. What a forgetfulness do we see everywhere, and first of all in ourselves, of the great principle of the " Godward Word," of the "with whom we have to do" of this text. The author has been warning the Hebrew church of the danger of cultural Christianity. I believe in a personal God. )God is presentK. But there is another class of hearers on whom considerable impression is often made by the preaching of the gospel, who, while they remain in church, and are actually hearkening to the solemn truths of religion, feel an interest in what is said, feel its power, and wish to use it for their guidance; and in whom there seems the best moral promise presented of such an attempt at amendment of life, as would issue in genuine conversion. "There are," St. Paul says, "so many kinds of voices in the world" — say a hundred, say a thousand — "and no one of them is without signification." This is only because the hearers are utterly inattentive; because they give no heed whatever to the statements of the preacher; but go through the business of the sanctuary as a matter of form, in which they have no interest. the man dropped the bag in a fright, and said, "Which way, child? " The Word of God is a personal word — it speaks to the personal being, as God made and as God sees him. 2. "Whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that through patience and through comfort of the Scriptures we might have hope." St. Paul in Ephesians 6. speaks of "the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God." Hebrews RESISTING UNTO BLOOD Hebrews 12:4‘Ye have not yet resisted’ - then others had done so; and the writer bids his readers contrast their own comparative immunity from persecution from the fate of such, in order that they may the more cheerfully do the easier task devolved upon them. You have the words of eternal life.". The Word speaks in con-science — speaks to the consciousness — but who speaks it? S. The Word of God, which is the real speech and utterance of all these voices, comes at last to the man himself in conscience. This active vigour and efficacy is illustrated by a similitude. C. Miller, D. D.Do not preach about Providence; preach about God. "Father," said the boy, "you forgot to look somewhere else." 2. It is no marvel if to such as these the Word of God should not be as a "sword." Pentateuch The Bible is often referred to as the living Word. The Whole Bible c. It takes the word of God to make the distinction, the word of God feeds the spirit of man. 1. Individual instructors or editors may still require the use of URLs. (Preacher's Promptuary of Anecdote. If there be anything like honesty in the mind of the student of Scripture, he must, we are persuaded, be continually startled in his pursuit, in finding his ,own thoughts and motives and designs set in order before him. Hebrews 4:12 Sermons: For the word of God is living, and active, and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing even to the dividing of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and is able to discern the thoughts and intentions of the heart. It is piercing. So He has likened the Word of God to a seed. "The sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God." You shall find it to be a lively and mighty Word, one way or other, either to save you or to condemn you. S. Patterson.I. 2. To the humble, pious, faithful disciple also the Word of God is a sharp instructor, a penetrating sword; often bringing truths to remembrance, which in mortal weakness had been forgotten; often giving a new colour and force to truths already in the mind. Since its powers are so peculiar, let us not resist the Word of God. The very conception of the spiritual is enshrined in the bosom of God's Word. The spirit of the man has other words besides this to utter in the ear with which it has to do. It is staggering to hold one in your hand when you stand at the base of the tree from which the seed dropped. God is called the Living One; and Christ the Lord calls Himself the Living One. We now inquire, what is the meaning of the Word of God giving life. I cannot call my "holy things" holy, for they are full of sin. If we did not make ourselves, if we did not string the harp, we cannot keep it attuned; if we did not form the mechanism we cannot keep it from decay and dissolution. Pauline Epistles On the contrary, it is a trumpet call to decision. the man dropped the bag in a fright, and said, "Which way, child? " And the Word which proceedeth out of the mouth and heart of God, the Word of which Christ is the substance, and which is given and watched over by the Spirit, is also living; for God's words are spirit and life. (1)With the one edge it corrects and converts. 2. The words "manifest," "naked," "opened," express the intensity and clearness of the vision which He exerts throughout the vast and varied sphere. But while the earthquake and the fire declare the approach of the Lord, it is in the still small voice that the Lord at last appears to take up His permanent abode. That we come to it for quickening for our own souls.3. The spirit of the man has other words besides this to utter in the ear with which it has to do. 5. Melvill, B. D.We may affirm of the Bible, that he who reads it with attention, will find his own portrait given with so much accuracy, his heart so dissected and laid bare for his inspection, that there will be nothing left for him but to confess that the Author of the Bible knew him better than he knew himself; knew him better than he would have been known by any being who could not read the thoughts and search the spirit. It comes not to flatter and to soothe; it comes not to encourage us with half-true, half-false encomiums; it does not call the flesh Spirit, but condemns it as flesh and enmity against God. How would it put an end to that running to and fro to give in our account, which makes so many lives so servile and so contemptible? 2. THE LESSONS WHICH WE SHOULD LEARN THEREFROM. You must by the very necessity of the ease, having heard the Word, either receive or reject it.(F. My friend, here is a great truth. And then we Christians — professing Christians — we have the law of God written again, republished by the Divine Registrar; the law so plain and so simple that any man that has a heart can understand it, and so beautiful, and bountiful, and benevolent, and perfect, that no man with any right moral sense can find fault with it or deny it. Then again, with regard to the conscience, the Word of God is quick and powerful, for it annihilates the spirit of self-defence, extenuation, and apology, together with those self-righteous principles which exist in the unregenerate man.3. If we mean to do good we must come unto men's hearts, not in word only, but with power. There is not sound only, but voice in both these — a voice implying a personality, and a voice presupposing an auditor. Consequence modified, which is a true description of Providence, tells of a power working which is no mechanical agency; in other words, of a mind purposing, and realising that purpose in ceaseless processes of adaptation. -------------------- What is there in me pleasing to God? Nothing certainly has occurred since the psalmist's day which could be supposed to have cancelled promise by performance. It is a terrible thought that men have to do with God in all that they have, and abuse, and prostrate to their own destruction; it is all from God, and they cannot say in one thing they have that it is not from Him. "Against Thee, and Thee only, have I sinned and done this evil in Thy sight." The representation of the text ought to enhance our estimation of the Divine Word. Satan moves not for a thousand squibs and wit-cracks of rhetoric. Since its powers are so peculiar, let us not resist the Word of God.5. "Sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the Word." To the Being who, in Himself, is infinitely great and glorious, we bear a very close and momentous relation. There is no encouragement to the dallying, to the procrastinating, to the fastidiousness and the waywardness, which is characteristic of the generation. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. How much more cautious ought you to be when you know, not a holy man, not an angel of God, but God Himself, the Holy One, is inspecting your heart, your tongue, your hand, every moment, and that He Himself will surely call you to account for all yea think, speak, or act!(J. THERE IS " NO CREATURE THAT IS NOT MANIFEST IN HIS SIGHT"; yea, "all things are naked and open to His eyes." )God a PersonJ. Was it not mighty by twelve men, over all the world, when it subdued by their ministry all nations to Christ? The Word of God, which is the real speech and utterance of all these voices, comes at last to the man himself in conscience. It shows the moral nature of what is interior and hidden in mental operations. 1. The man stared, and said, "I cannot say that I ever did." Yes, preservation. Hebrews 4:11-13 (ESV) Let us therefore strive to enter that rest, so that no one may fall by the same sort of disobedience. But experience is all against you when you would conclude that Christianity cannot make way without miracle.
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