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THE CHRISTIAN LUKEWARM.
The danger of coldness of heart. 1« THE Lord your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. Ye shall walk after the Lord your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and obey his voice, and ye shall serve him, and cleave unto him. ?Be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass : for he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, and straightway forgetteth what manner of man he
But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, hē being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.—3 Because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold; but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
4 " Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God; but exhort one another daily, while it is called “to-day;' lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin. 5 Examine yourselves, whether yo be in
the faith; prove your own selves.—Let us fear, lest a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to como short of it. " For if we suffer, we shall also reign with him : but if we deny him, he also will deny us."
1 Deut. xiii, 3, 4. 2 Jas. i, 22-25. 3 Matt. xxiv, 12, 13. 4 Heb. iii, 12, 13. 52 Cor. xiii, 5. Heb. iv, 1. 72 Tim. ii, 12.
The Saviour's displeasure incurred. 16. These things saith He 2 that liveth, and was dead, 'the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God: 45I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. 5I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would that thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked.'
666 Whosoever shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father who is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father who is in heaven. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. "No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God. 8 And he that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me : and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 'Remember there
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fore from whence thou art fallen, 10be zealous, and repent,
il and do the first works." 1 Rev. ii, 1. 2 Rev. i, 18. 3 Rev. iii, 14. 4 Rev. ii, 4. 5 Rev. iii, 15-17. 6 Matt. x, 32, 33, 38... ?Luke ix, 62.
37. 9 Rev. ii, 5. 10 Rev. iü, 19. il Rev. ii, 5.
Prayer for quickening grace. 16 Let my cry come near before thee, O Lord, for I have gone astray like a lost sheep. ? Wilt thou not revive me again: that I may rejoice in thee? Quicken me, O Lord, according to thy loving kindness; 40 Lord, revive thy work. 5 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy Holy Spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free Spirit. Examine me, O Lord, and prove me; try my reins and my heart. 7Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me and know my thoughts : and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. My soul cleaveth unto the dust": quicken thou me according to thy word. Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way." 1 Ps. cxix, 169, 176. 2 Ps. lxxxv, 6. 3 Ps. cxix, 159. 4 Hab. iii, 2. 5 Ps. li, 11, 12.6 Ps. xxvi, 2. 7 Ps. cxxxix, 23, 24. 8 Ps. cxix, 25, 37.
Exhortation to seal towards God. 1" Seeing that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession; "and let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works; not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together. For it is good to be zealously affected always in a good thing.
461 Ye are the salt of the earth : but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted ? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. 5Know yo not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.
66. Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and the finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds; "and look for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our
viour Jesus Christ; who
that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.” 1 Heb. iv, 14. 2 Heb. x, 24, 25. 3 Gal. iv, 18. 4 Matt. v, 13-16.
51 Cor. vi, 19, 20. 6 Heb. xii, 1-3. 7 Tit. ii, 13, 14.
ILLUSTRATION. Themission of the converted Gadarene.
16 Jesus arrived at the country of the Gadarenes, which is over against Galilee. And when he went forth to land, there met him out of the city a certain man with an unclean spirit, who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains. And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones.
“But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him, and cried with a loud voice, and said, 'What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God ? 3I beseech thee, torment me not.' (For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man.)
4. And there was a good way off from them a herd of many swine feeding. So the devils besought Jesus, saying, “If thou cast us out, suffer us to go away into the herd of swine.' And he said, "Go.' And when they were come out, they went into the swine : and, behold, the whole herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, and perished in the waters. And they that kept them fled, and went their ways into the city, and told everything, and what was befallen to the possessed of the devils. And, behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus, 5and found the man, out of whom the devils were departed, sitting at his feet, clothed, and in his right mind; and they were afraid.