Excerpt from A Farewell Sermon Preached in Westminster, Abbey at the School Service, July 24, 1875
Laws are enforced by penalties and sanctions. The sanction of this law is found in the many stripes which Shall be laid on the servant who knew his master's will and did it not.
Here, then, is a law whose meaning we cannot dispute, nor gainsay its justice. Its requirements are strict the penalty for disobedience terrible. It concerns us, therefore, very nearly to know whether we fall within its scope. Yes; all who hear the law are included under it, as having received much; for the law is part of the great gift, the knowledge of the will of God which is contained in the Gospel. This is the pearl of great price for which the thrifty merchant barters all that he has, and blesses him self for the exchange.
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