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name of the Lord." -Acts xxii. by which the Eternal Spirit 16.
does cleanse." (Ezek. xxxvi. The narrative in the ninth
25, 27; 1 Cor. vi. 11; Titus chapter records the execution
iii. 7 ; Eph. v. 25, 26; Rev. of this proposition but not i. 5, 6; vii. 14.) Thank God the proposition itself. Here it is possible on this earth to Ananias calls upon Saul to separate the sin from the be baptized ; there we sinner. told that after he had received IL It is a PRAYING work. his sight "he arose and was “Calling upon the name of baptized.” The discrepancy | the Lord.” The correcter here is not contradictory, but reading seems to be “calling supplementary. The words
on his name "—airov rather suggest three remarks con- than kuplôv. Christ's name, cerning the work of getting however, is Himself; to call rid of sin. It is a possible,
upon his name is to call a praying, and an urgent upon Him. First: Christ is work.
the only cleanser of human I. It is a POSSIBLE work. souls. His work is to wash “Be baptized and wash away
away the sins of the world. thy sins.” The Holy Word To purify the moral garments represents the sinful state of of humanity. To make them thesoul under different figures. white, “ without spot, or Sleep, slavery, disease, death, wrinkle,” &c. Secondly : pollution. Here pollution Prayer is the ordained means the words imply that it is a of attaining his cleansing cleansable pollution. It is influence. “Whosoever shall not ingrained. It is a some- call upon the name of the thing separable from the soul. Lord, shall be saved.” (Rom. It can be washed away. Bap
x. 13.) The prayer addressed tism to Saul, would not only to Him in the upper-room at be, what it ever was, the or- Jerusalem, brought down his dinance by which men passed cleansing influences on the from one religion to another, day of Pentecost. You may but would symbolize that get wealth by industry ; inmoral cleansing of the soul telligence by study; wisdom which he so deeply needed. by experience; but moral No water, of course, can wash | purity only by prayer. Prayer the soul; all the waters of takes the soul up to the the Atlantic could not cleanse fountain opened for the washone moral stain. There is, ing away of all uncleanness. however, a spiritual water,
III. It is an URGENT work. "the truth as it is in Jesus,
'Why tarriest thou ?" Or
more literally, why art thou | dency of man to pray implies about acting, instead of acting the oul's innate belief in really? Do not hesitate a some of the leading facts of moment. Be prompt. What theology, such as the being, thou doest, do quickly. The the personality, the presence, importance of promptitude and the entreatability of God. may be argued-First: From II. HERE IS A COMMON the greatness of the work. THING REACHING THE WONEternity depends upon it. DERFUL. The trance, EKOTAOIS, Second : From the time is the state in which a man already lost. The whole life has passed out of the usual should have been given to it, order of his life, beyond but much has run to waste. the usual limits of conscious Third : From the increase of ness and volition. To this difficulties. Disinclination, “ecstasy" of the Apostle Paul insensibility, force of habit, we owe the mission which increase. Fourth: From the was the starting-point of the character of the future. It history of the universal is (1) brief ; (2) uncertain. Church, the command which
bade him “depart far hence
unto the Gentiles." It is A COMMON THING REACHING supposed by some, and with THE WONDERFUL.
much probability, that it is “While I prayed in the temple,
to this trance Paul refers I was in a trance."-Acts xxii, 17. (2 Cor. xii. 1-5) when he I. HERE IS A COMMON THING. speaks of being caught up to A man praying. Prayer is the third heaven. Now, it an instinct of the soul. was prayer, a common thing, Danger seldom fails to rouse that conducted Paul into this this instinct into the pas- wonderful state of ecstasy. sionate supplication even of CONCLUSION.--First: Learn the most depraved (see Psa. the sublime possibilities of the cvii. 13). Volney in a storm human soul. By a mysterious at sen, a striking example of power of abstraction it can this. Alas! more than half close upall the physical senses, the prayers of the world are shutout the external universe, worthless. All worthless and transport itself as on the prayer may be divided into wings of an angel into a world two classes. First: Prayer where there are scenes too addressed to the wrong god. grand for description, and Second : Prayer addressed to communications surpassing the right God in a wrong utterance.
Isaiah, Ezekiel, way. The universal ten- | Daniel, John, as well as Paul, were often transported to
Gabriel touched these supernal states. Second: him about the time of evenLearn the incomparable worth ing oblation, and said, “0, of true prayer. It was while Daniel,” &c. (Dan. ix. 21Paul was praying that he got 23.) While Peter was prayinto this trance. Prayer is ing on the housetop, he fell the road into the celestial. into ecstasy, and a man stood, While Daniel was praying, &c. (Acts x. 9, &c.)
Seeds of Sermons on the Booli of
LABOUR AS ENHANCING THE RE
LATIVE VALUE or A MAN'S Possession. "The slothful man roasteth not that which he took in hunting : but the substance of a diligent man is precious."-Prov, xii. 27. The original word here translated "slothful,” is in several other places rendered “ deceitful.” Slothfulness is almost necessarily connected with deceit. The idle man is a dreamer; he lives in false hopes. He makes promises that prove fallacious, because he has not the industry to work them out. Slothfulness stands almost always nearly akin to falsehood. The text means one of three things. First: Either that the slothful man is too lazy to “roast” and to prepare for food what he happened to strike down without much effort in the field. Or secondly: That which he “roasts” and prepares for food he had no hand in procuring, and that he lives on the production of other men's labours. He has “roast" meat, but that which heroasts is not what he himself took in hunting, Or thirdly: That what he caught in the field was so easily caught, caught with such little effort, that
he did not value it enough to prepare for food :-He did not take it up, carry it home and prepare it for the table. The last, I think, was the idea that Solomon had in his mind when he wrote this text. The last clause indicates this: “But the substance of a diligent man is precious," as if he had said, The slothful man does not value sufficiently what he has without labour caught in the field to prepare for food; but what the industrious man has, as the result of his work, is precious to him. The general principle, therefore, contained in these words is this:- That labour enhances the relative value of a man's possession. This principle is capable of extensive illustration ; it applies to many things.
I. IT APPLIES MATERIAL WEALTH. Two men may possess property of exactly the same amount, of exactly the same intrinsic and marketable value, but whilst the one has gained it by long years of industry, it has come to the other by accident or fortune, or in somo way entirely irrespective of his labour. Is the property equally appreciated by these two men? Is there not an immense
difference in the value attached One gathers the fruits, one gathers the to it by its different proprietors ?
One soweth the seed again! Yes; it is a very different thing There is not a creature from Englani's to him who has got it by work to king what it is to him who has fallen To the peasant that delves the soil, into possession of it without any
That knows half the pleasure the sea.
sons bring, labour or anxiet
If he have not bis of toil." II. IT APPLIES TO SOCIAL POSI
BARRY CORNTALL. TION. One man is born to social influence; he becomes the centre of an influential circle, and gets THE TRUE PATHWAY OF SOULS. a position of extensive power,
“In the way of righteousness is life; with no effort but that which is
and in the pathway thereof there is to involved in a small amount of death."-Prov. xii. 28. mental culture. He is a country The life of souls is a journey squire; he is a member of Par- beginning at the first voluntary liament; he is a peer of the thought, and running on from realm; and all rather by what
stage to stage through intermi. is called fortune than by 'anxious
nable ages. Wonderful pilgrim. and persevering toil. The other
age is the pilgrimage of souls ! man gets to such positions by What is the true pathway of long years of arduous and inde- souls? This is the grand ques. fatigable labour. Are these po- tion of being. sitions of the same value? To
I. IT IS A RIGHTEOUS the eyes of the world they are of
way. The way of righteousness." the same worth, but to these men
What is the righteous way? The they are vastly different things.
way that the righteous God has III. IT APPLIES TO CIVIL LI- marked out. Nothing can be more BERTY, Civil liberty IS AN INVAL- axiomatic than this, that the path UABLE POSSESSION. It is the grand- that the great Proprietor and est theme of political philosophy; Creator of souls has marked out is it is the ideal of patriotic poetry; the right path, and the only right it is the goal in the race of nations.
path. The path of “righteousness But what a different thing it is to is, First: The path in which His the men, who have just won it by character is the supreme attraction of struggle, bloodshed, and sacrifice, souls. In the true pathway all to what it is to those who, like the affections of the soul run after us, the modern men of England, Him as rivers to the ocean. He have come into it as an inherit- is always the grand object before ance !
the eye, filling the horizon, and IV. IT APPLIES TO RELIGIOUS brightening all the scenes through PRIVILEGES. To have the right to which they pass. Secondly: His formour own religious convictions, will is the supreme rule. Wherever and to express them freely and that will lead is the path of fully; to worship our own God in righteousness. His will is revealed our own way, what a priceless
in different forms of expressions boon is this! Yet do we value it For example: "This is the will of as those who gained it after long God, that ye believe on his Son." years of persecution and battle? Again: “This is the will of God, Thus it is that labour enhances even your sanctification." the value of our possessions. The true pathway of souls "Weave, brothers, weave! Toil is ours;
II. A BLESSED PATHWAY. In But toil is the lot of man;
the way of righteousness is life ;
AND THE UN-
and in the pathway thereof is no to serve the interests of his death.
children, and nothing is more First: In this pathway is life. gratifying to his paterna) nature The highest-mental-social, and than to sue them rightly attended religious life. Secondly: In this pathway is life only. “There is II. The no death.” No death of any kind, "A scorner heareth not rebuke." no decay of faculties, no waning Scorn is derision, contempt, and of hopes, no wreck of purposes, no may be directed either to a person loss of friendships. Each traveller or a thing. It is not necessarily steps on in the buoyant energy of a wrong state of mind, its moral immortal youth through lovely character, good or otherwise, deEdens of unfading life.
pends upon the person or thing to which it is directed. Some
persons justly merit derision; THE TEACHABLE
some things merit contempt. A
son who scorns either the person * A wise son beareth his father's in
or the counsels of his father, is not struction : but a seorner heareth not in a state of mind to hear rebuke rebuke."-Prov. xlii. ..
- he is unteachable.
The son I. THE TEACHABLE BON.
who has got to, scorn the characwise son heareth his father's instruction." Solomon, of course,
father has reached the last degree supposes that the father is what of depravity, and passed beyond & father ought to be. There are the pale of parental instruction:men sustaining the paternal re
“The sport of ridicule and of detraction lationship who can scarcely be Turns every virtue to its bordering called fathers. They have not
fault, the fatherly instincts, the fatherly
And never gives to Truth and Merit that
Which simpleness and true desert should love, the fatherly wisdom, the
SHAKESPEARE. fatherly royalty. A son would scarcely be wise in listening to men of this class. When we are
MAN SPEAKING. commanded to honour our father, “A man shall eat good by the fruit of and to honour the king, it is
his mouth: but the soul of the trans
gressors shall eat violence. He that always supposed that the father
keepeth his mouth keepeth his life ; but and the king are honour-worthy, he that openeth wide his lips shall have and realize, to some extent, the destruction."-Proy, xii. 2, 3. ideal of the relationship. He who I. THE SELF-PROPITING attends to the instruction of a SELF-RUINOUS IN SPEECH. Hero father, Solomon gays, is wise. He we have, First: The self-profiting is wise, First : Because he attends in speech. “A man shall eat good to the Divine condition of human by the fruit of his mouth.” The improvement. The Creator has speech of a good man which is ordained that the rising genera
enlightened, truthful, pure, genetion should get its wisdom from rous, is of service to himself in the teachings of its parents. It is many ways. By it :-(1.) He by generations learning of its promotes the development of predecessors, that the race ad- his own spritual being. (2.) He vances.
Secondly: Because he gratifies his own moral nature. gratifies the heart of his best earthly (3.) He produces in hearers results friend. The counsels of a true which are delightful to his own father'are always sincere, dictated observation ; thus “he eats good by the truest love, and intended by the fruit of his mouth.” Here