Lectures on the Epistle of Paul to the Thessalonians
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. 1860 edition. Excerpt: ...of day, and belong to the region of light--the spiritual Goshen--the element of a free, pure, rational, joyous activity--but we being of day, let us be sober.1 Looking out from thence, we behold 'the darkness covering the earth, and gross darkness the people'2--souls immersed in shadows, and slumbering there, struck with spiritual paralysis, or staggering about in their sleep, drugged and drunken with the pleasures of sin; while on every hand are seen also through the gloom the mighty spirits, that 'rule the darkness of this world, '8 passing busily to and fro, silently wreathing the chains of hell in ever multiplying, ever tightening coils around their unconscious but willing thralls. Xor are wa Christians secure from their assaults. As we too once wore the same chains, so the fragments of them cling to us still. For our partial escape from his dreadful tyranny, Satan owes us a bitter grudge. And that is another reason why we, being of day, should be sober--sober in our estimate of our own strength, as well as of those things we once prized so highly. The Apostle now goes on to illustrate, though under a different figure, the dependence of this spirit of sobriety--moderation--temperance in all things--on 'Tfttetf Je /tepaf fores, vrjpufiev. Is. 60: 2. Eph. 6: 12. the habitual contemplation of the truths, objects and glories of that higher sphere of life and light, into which we have been introduced. 'Let us be sober, putting'--or, having put--' on1 the breastplate of faith and love, and, for helmet, the hope of salvation' Christian sobriety, you perceive, has no affinity whatever with torpor or inactivity. It is the sobriety of a sentinel at his post--of a soldier on the battlefield. For the Christian too is a soldier, and 'as a good soldier'...
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