The Christian Helper; Or Gospel Sermons for Congregations and Families Volume 2

The Christian Helper; Or Gospel Sermons for Congregations and Families Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1858 edition. Excerpt: ...in their bodies and in their spirits." But the cultivation of this garden was not their whole duty. They were also to keep it. This implies that they were liable to abuse their privileges, to do wrong, to sin, and fall from their state of primeval innocence and purity--that they had foes against which they must guard, or they would be surprised, deceived, and robbed of their priceless treasures, their sweet and holy enjoyments. Hence they must watch as well as work; and, while cultivating their powers and faculties, keep the garden of the heart with all diligence. And such, indeed, was the fact. With the higher endowments of his being, man had animal passions and sensual appetites, " the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye, and pride of life." And by these he was liable every moment to be deceived, thrown off his guard, and slain. Hence the propriety and the importance of the injunction, that by dressing and keeping the garden, the Eden of innocence, purity, and joy, he should obey the divine command, and secure the great end of his earthly existence. But, alas, " the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field." The animal appetites were blind, and clamorous for gratification. Carnal mind whispered that the prohibition of the Creator was unjust, and the threatening untrue. And thus when the woman looked upon the " tree of the knowledge of good and evil," she was deceived. To her blinded eyes the tree appeared pleasant, the fruit seemed " good for food, and to be desired to make one wise." And thus, blinded and deceived, she put forth her hand, and " took, and ate, and gave to her husband and he did eat; " and eating they fell, fell from the state of innocence and purity in which...show more

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  • Paperback | 82 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 163g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236502876
  • 9781236502872