4. I. Krummacher.). 2. 1. Now, though it is a just judgment of God, that those who have judged others should be punished in their turn, yet the Lord executes this punishment by the instrumentality of men. What is the true meaning of this Divine rule? How happy will be the world when the religion of Jesus Christ shall be universally diffused. Good.). This a criterion which cannot be mistaken. Fall. Let us judge as to which way we are walking in. 3. Doubt loosens the moral hold of the principle of the Bible upon our personal obedience. But prayer is indeed work. Because we and they both bear the same stamp and impress of heaven. If the bell be cracked, the sound must needs be jarring. It is fall, total and irreparable, for ever. The foundations. (E. R. Colder, D. D.). Christ therefore reproves both evils: the excessive sagacity, which arises from a defect of charity, when we sift too closely the faults of brethren, and the indulgence by which we defend and cherish our own sins. They regard it as an outlet for feeling, a means of discipline; but less worthy the energies of a thinking man than hard work. All outward impieties are the branches of an atheism at the root of our nature, as all pestilential sores are expressions of the contagion in the blood. Profession, feelings, are deceptive. It may be a feeling of voluntary unbelief. (Charnock.). True religion is likened to a man’s own house. Earnestness of conviction apparent. Men’s practices are the best indexes of their principles. II. I. 3. What peculiarities of flavour should there be in children’s fruits? It is so in small things. 2. the door is too narrow.” Ah! First, we learn from it, that this rule of prayer is laid down and prescribed to us, that we may be fully convinced, that God will be gracious to us, and will listen to our requests. Hitchens.). 4. To many men it might well seem that the Word of God had become petrified, for they receive it as a hard, lifeless creed, a stone upon which to sharpen the daggers of controversy, a stumbling-block for young beginners, a millstone with which to break opponents’ heads, after the manner experienced by Abimelech at Thebez. God seems to let us make our own laws. Does it not even elevate the monarch in your esteem? By this standard Christians are to judge. (Canon Liddon. Our Lord refers here to the disposition of the father rather than to his discernment, his willingness more than his wisdom. Now, my friend, I can tell you the day and hour you are going to be converted.” The man looked at me, and I have no doubt thought I was a little wild. The secret wells are for the most part discoverable from the verdure which is nourished by their presence. Orderly; think about what you are going to ask. There is an inseparable connection between the present and the future. He expressly says, that many run along the broad road: because men ruin each other by wicked examples. The faith and hope of the Christian may be rudely assailed in the present life. “Inwardly they were ravening wolves.”. 1. 7. The points of resemblance between the converted and the unconverted professor. II. If, for example, we place before our minds what Paul requires in bishops, (1 Timothy 3:1; Titus 1:6-9,) that description will be sufficient of itself to condemn the whole mass of Popery: for the Popish priests seem as if they purposely intended to present an opposite picture. 5. II. The practical nature of Christianity as a decisive proof of its divinity. Home > Study Desk. The fallen house involves the eternal ruin of the inmate. III. II. Design. Address those who do not pray. How much more must this be so in greater matters! Self-love is the measure, but not the principle, of our action. I. On the silver is embossed a representation of the mote and the beam; a man with a spiked log sticking into his eye is trying hard to pick a tiny grain out of the eye of another. III. We see how all flatter themselves, and every man passes a severe censure on others. They have not escaped His control. ), I know nothing broader than Christianity; not one of the ideas of which it has taken hold that it has not enlarged in infinite proportions. III. Because action is the highest perfection and drawing forth of the utmost power, vigour, and activity of man’s nature. III. The judgments God has sent on the world. 2. Explain the false pretences to the favour of God and the kingdom of heaven. The Divine assistance was afforded to Jesus; God confirmed what He said, and miracles were wrought. 3. Everywhere the flame breaks out with the rapidity of lightning. (Professor Hitchcock. ), There are divers sorts of judging which it is requisite to distinguish from the judging prohibited:-. That it is one thing to hear and another to do the will of God. 1. The influence of genuine Christianity is always practically holy. II. All his hopes of pardon, etc., founded on Christ alone. Click the Bible to visit the new StudyLight.org being developed!! They “ come in sheep’s clothing: “in the garb of, The first appearances of error are many times modest. 5. I. The two criteria on which men most chiefly rest for the guidance “of their religious opinions would here be of no avail; authority would be claimed by the prophet; and private judgment might possibly lead his votaries astray. That self-improvement is a necessity qualification for the improvement of others. Must hear both sides. In matters of report and representation of other men, and their actions. Some of its paths lead to destruction of health. 3. 4. Home > Study Desk. I. The designation-“Whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them.”. Application: What an advantage religion is to mankind in the present life. (William Jones.). 3. Some are like quiet cottage homes, with no splendid outside or towering pinnacles, but full of homely peace and quiet usefulness. A.). That it may be attended with bad consequences of ill treatment to ourselves-“lest they turn again and rend you.” (J. Abernethy, M. The general meaning of the passage is, that true piety is not fully distinguished from its counterfeit, (485) till it comes to the trial. The Lord assigns no limit to the research. D.). 3. Ruinous. Many different flavours in fruits, yet there is something common to them which makes us approve of them all. (J. E. (C. H. 5. 2. The inward disposition of the mind which inclines persons to judge the actions of their neighbours with. Every one’s real life is his own home. 1. (Anon.). 1. Be as merciful as you can be to the sinner. 1. This ought to be carefully observed. Matthew 7:23 - And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness .' He shall reign with God in glory. Total: Irrevocable. ), The bread of God’s Word not to be petrified by preachers, Petrarch’s works are said to have laid so long in the roof of St. Mark’s, at Venice, that they became turned into stone; by what process deponent sayeth not. We live and move and have our being upon the edge of a ring of precipitous and abysmal darkness. Cries of alarm are raised, for there is an unfortunate sleeper above this furnace which is going to consume him. Do not trust to feelings, or words, in yourselves or others, look at your life; a real and a false diamond are very much alike, and yet there is all the difference in the world in their value. All true and obedient believers will be admitted into the heavenly kingdom. It was great as to the sacrifice of property. 2. It is the noblest kind of human action, in which man realizes the highest capacity of his being. IV. What shall I say of outward obstacles? 1. He might have simply used the word preach, but purposely employed the more honorable appellation, in order to show more clearly, that an outward profession is nothing, whatever may be its brilliancy in the eyes of men. 2. ), There is a variety of mineral which, when held before the light, exhibits translucency only on its edges. Now take the affirmative part. God has told us the way is difficult. Other parents are not suffered to continue, by reason of death. 2. Fortuity. Spurgeon. 1. (G. T. It was a general expectation among the Jews that, under the reign of Christ, their condition would be delightful, and free from all contest or uneasiness. The rectorial justice of God demands it. Their hypocrisy, I do own, is at length discovered; for nothing is more difficult than to counterfeit virtue. The enmity of the world against religion. 3. 2. 2. 5. ), 1. 3. For the teachings of Jesus are only understood as they are put into practice. The moral condition of earthly parents-“evil.”. We must not think that he takes no notice of us, when he does not answer our wishes: for he has a right to distinguish what we actually need. III. II. A.). “We want more vital godliness,” protests the false pretender. 2. Click the Bible for the all new StudyLight.org!! The wise and the foolish building for eternity, I. Good.). The danger of delaying to place your building upon the right foundation. A. We have every one of us a house to build; or, in other words, a soul to save. 1. The importance of finding in Jesus the authority in the affairs of the soul, and also of the mind when brought up against eternal questions. Arnot. The eating of it (Leviticus 7:11-21), on which occasion the prohibition of eating fat or blood is repeated (Leviticus 7:22-27), and the priests' share of it, Leviticus 7:28-34. So the fruitfulness of good works of the believer, amidst the deadness and sterility around him, proclaim the Christian’s life. 4. Any time; some times better than others. II. On the contrary, we are all by nature unholy, and prone to rebellion. The end to which they come. I. I. And this is what I have repeatedly hinted, that the instructions which are related by the other Evangelists, at different times, according to the order of the history, were here collected by Matthew into one summary, that he might bring more fully under our view the manner in which Christ taught his disciples. Sometimes it is the temptations of worldly companionship and influence that try our foundations. ), Prayer the characteristic action of religion. Notice three things. The experience of God’s people. 2. We have in these words, not formal definition of prayer, but an incidental definition, and most complete. There is a similar expression in the Apostle James, Be not many masters, (James 3:1.) Whence comes this, but because God, of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, (Ephesians 3:15,) drops into their hearts a portion of his goodness? I. 2. ), The vicious reproving vice, is the raven chiding blackness. ), Christ an unconventional but model preacher. In certain states of the body men lose all appetite for food. It arose from the purity of His character. Search using our Online Bible by Topic, Verse Reference or Phrase. “That faith (he says) is true, which has its roots deep in the heart, and rests on an earnest and steady affection as its foundation, that it may not give way to temptations.” For such is the vanity of the human mind, that all build upon the sand, who do not dig so deep as to deny themselves. While I have been careful to inform my readers, as to the order of time which is observed by Luke, they will forgive me, I hope, for not being more exact (472) than Matthew in the arrangement of the doctrine. Because if we be just and generous in time of our prosperity, it will cause a like affection in others to us. I. The Spirit of God shows a man the Rock. Our Lord condemns-, 1. Wholesome meat often is distasteful, coming out of nasty hands. 4. These words imply, that those who are destitute of what is necessary, and yet do not resort to this remedy for their poverty, are justly punished for their slothfulness. It does not say when you shall receive. The whole Trinity combine before there can be prayer. But will God answer prayer when it takes the form of a petition for some specific blessing which must be either granted or refused? 4. We can scarcely help it unless we are untrue to nature. As to the admission to sacred privileges and functions in the Church. II. 2. As another corrective we are reminded of our own imperfections. The true qualification for admission into the kingdom of heaven. III. This is a mistake. 3. To the practice of neighhourly charities and compassions. Will appear from the following considerations:-. 1. It is one which men apply continually in judging of each other’s conduct. 2. II. The natural affection of earthly parents. The tests by which the false and the true may be known. The first instance of His superiority is derived from His knowledge. 1. It is easy to see the connection between the character of those who do the will of their Father who is in heaven, and the prospects of future bliss. Wide enough to admit spiritual ignorance. Each would like to retain his favourite inclination. There is the foundation of the formalist, hypocrite, presumptuous enthusiast. The building. 2. As illustrated by the well-known comparison which is here employed. The sayings of Christ are eminently practical. I. Some of these paths lead to the destruction of life. The want of a good foundation does not always show at once, but sooner or later the trial comes. Avoidance of passing rash judgments on others. 3. A.). III. Inducements to comply with this admonition. For what will be the consequence, if nobody is invited by pious teachers, until by his obedience he has anticipated the grace of God? That in the duties of the second table we have more light than we have in the first, for in the first we are to love God with all our heart (Matthew 22:26; Matthew 22:37), but the love to our neighbour is a measure more discernible. He means, that the Gospel, if it be not deeply rooted in the mind, is like a wall, which has been raised to a great height, but does not rest on any foundation. For the temptations, by which we are tried, are like billows and storms, which easily overwhelm unsteady minds, whose lightness is not perceived during the season of prosperity. Christ extends his discourse farther: for he speaks not only of false prophets, who rush upon the flock to tear and devour, but of hirelings, who insinuate themselves, under fair appearances, as pastors, though they have no feeling of piety. We are not powerless: prayer is left to us. Also want of consideration. To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use the convenient. Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible. On this Rock we must build if we would escape everlasting destruction. Censuring is an impious practice in regard to God. It is on this ground that God is said to hear prayer in Scripture. The text may refer to the lukewarm and indifferent. I. 4. Conclude, then, it is surely somewhat worth that must cost all this. Meditate with me on these words. Our Saviour directs us to reform our own conduct before we undertake to sit in judgment on that of others. Let us observe the kingdom of God in the light of this text. He uses the metaphor seek, because we think, that those things which our wants and necessities require are far distant from us — and knock, because our carnal senses imagine, that those things which are not immediately at hand are shut up. (C. H. Home > Study Desk. “Zeal has vanished,” exclaims the idle talker. What one flavour should there be in all fruits? A bad liver cannot be a good counsellor or bold reprover; such a man must speak softly for fear of awaking his own guilty conscience. 4. That he never reckoned them among his own people, even at the time when they boasted that they were the pillars of the church. It is like a strait shoe that presses the foot. The sinner’s immediate duty. But it is more than just asking; it is confession, adoration, thanksgiving and fellowship with God. Is it true that prayer is little else than the half-passive play of sentiment? There are a few persons who are fond of looking at foundations, and questioning whether they rest on the right place; others make the far more vital mistake of not searching into them enough. Some persons go on building for sixty years, and have nothing to show worth calling a life. 5. How deplorably human nature is capable of being corrupted. Their evil designs. Doth not this establish revenge and retaliation? The fearful and tremendous overthrow which awaits such hearers of the word. It seems not to be so perfect a rule: because many desire and wish much evil to themselves. Christ reminds the Apostles, and, through them, all the teachers of the Gospel, to reserve the treasure of heavenly wisdom for the children of God alone, and not to expose it to unworthy and profane despisers of his word. He lives in peace and plenty on earth. The plans and toils of the wicked are vain. 4. Because it is the way of humility. He condemns the habit of communicating to others the rash and severe judgments we have formed, when no necessity requires it. A prophet in the strict sense of the word is one who foretells future events. 1. He went on building in face of difficulties. A happy, holy chamber of memory, of which they two alone will have the key. 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