"Provoke one another."3. We have a blessed hope, a hope most "sure and steadfast, which entereth into that which is within the veil." Faith's special object is the blood of Christ. Faith's special object is the blood of Christ. Heart established, mind fixed, soul stayed upon God. Vaughan, M. A.Of course, the expression "sprinkled" is metaphorical. It is so delicate that it can feel the slightest touch. It is no doubt true that to believe in Christ is to trust in Him for our own individual salvation, for the forgiveness of our own sins and the salvation of our own souls. Constantly keep up your confession. "He is faithful that promised." He will abundantly pardon.2. This is our shame; but I notice it here, not so much as a humbling thought, as with a view of pressing upon Tour consciences the necessity of appearing before God at stated seasons, in order to put aside the continually-renewed guilt of your nature. Then Adam's sin increased, and multiplied itself within us; there was a change, but it was for the worse, not for the better; and the new nature we gained, far from being spiritual, was twofold more the child of hell than that with which we were born. We regard the Divine promises themselves. What I have said is a call upon you, in the first place, to daily private prayer. SOME CONSIDERATIONS TENDING TO ESTABLISH OUR CONFIDENCE IN THE DIVINE FAITHFULNESS AS A SECURITY THAT THE PROMISES WILL BE FULFILLED.1. It is so delicate that it can feel the slightest touch. No class of men, in a moral point of view, suffer so much as they.An evil conscienceWhen Professor Webster was awaiting his trial, he brought against his fellowprisoners the charge of insulting him through the walls of his cell, and screaming to him, "You are a bloody man!" Not as the morning cloud and early dew, &c.3. Has the Lord been untrue in His promises to you? Come in, ye blessed of the Lord; why do you stand back? Yet one may be able, and for a time willing, and yet upon several reasons and motives change his mind, for the mind and will of man or angel is not absolutely immutable; and so, though perhaps they will not, yet it is possible, they may fail us. But God will not, God cannot, for God who hath promised is faithful; for as He cannot forget or be hindered by any contrary power, so He cannot change His will. Saphir.The apostle's great argument is concluded, and the result is placed before us in a very short summary. "Provoke one another."3. For example, by faith Noah began physical construction on an arc as commanded, having never seen rain. Campbell. A true heart is a heart purified by trust in Jesus. It is not on your toil, your labour, your skill, or your acquisitions, that you can depend; for whatever your gains, they may take to themselves wings and fly and leave you desolate and utterly worthless. WHAT ARE WE NOW TO DO?1. or refuse to go forward? We are to consider one another as fellow pilgrims; to study our brother's need and sorrow, difficulty and trial; to exercise our mind on our duty and relation to him, that thus we may be helpful to him in his course, and stimulate and encourage him to good works. It is an ever-present tense — "He that believeth hath eternal life."2. If we profess hope, we must also rejoice, though we be in tribulation; we must view the sufferings and trials of this present life as not worthy to be compared with the coming glory. He will abundantly pardon.2. We have compared conscience to the eye of the soul. Conscience is no longer defiled; it is washed, purged. But suppose you should have a red-hot iron applied to your hand. They have all an immediate connection with the Lord Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 1:20).3. "LET US CONSIDER." "LET US HOLD FAST."1. Another Jack Tar was creeping along, and said, "May I come?" The faith that must precede baptism is a faith that must be confessed. We are to hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering, because He is faithful that has promised. And the book in which this is written is " the book of God's remembrance," of which the Bible tells us, and out of which we are to be judged at last.3. We are exhorted to hold fast the profession of our hope without wavering. He will abundantly pardon.2. Nothing unforeseen or unexpected can occur as a reason why we should doubt the Divine faithfulness.5. Not even a feather can rest upon it without your feeling it. THE PROFESSION REFERRED TO.1. If He say the word, it must be done; if He pass His promise, He will perform. First consider our present condition, as shown us in Scripture. And there, by "standing fire," by standing firm, true to what was his duty, God has blessed that solitary sailor, and made him a spiritual father to at least thirty of the men on board the ship.Confidence in deathIn the reign of Queen Mary of England, a man named Palmer was condemned to die. (3) As servants of the house, to serve our Lord, to wait upon Him, and behold His glory (Psalm 116:16). Our present happiness, and our prospect of eternal felicity. There is no other worthy of trust, none else reliable but Jesus. We also draw near to God, in a peculiar sense, when we engage properly in the exercise of secret devotion.II. His place of prayer was amid the noise and din of the sailors. Not only draw towards God, but come forward, and draw near to Him as a God in Christ. H. This means a conscience that has been injured like a diseased eye, so that we cannot see clearly.I. Let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works, labouring and waiting together, and helping one another in the unity of brethren. You know we have what are called detective police. "LET US HOLD FAST."1. )The faithfulness of God the Christian's support in life and deathOwen Clarke. Our text points to Him who fills the throne itself; we are contemplating Him as engaged to us by a covenant ordered in all things and sure; and as having communicated in consequence exceeding great and precious promises, while He is faithful to each and every promise which He has thus made.2. W. Dale, LL. Conscience, God's secretary, is writing down everything that we do, "whether it be good or whether it be evil." )The security of the promiseG. Duty to confess, and to hold fast to the confession.2. Who sent them? Be it so. THE DUTY ENJOINED.1. Hebrews 10:23 : S Heb 3:6. They flow solely from the free and sovereign good pleasure of Jehovah.2. 2. Boston, D. D.)Drawing near to GodT. Next, it is a call upon you to join the public services of the Church, not only once a week, but whenever you have the opportunity; knowing well that your Redeemer is especially present where two or three are gathered together. If we believe that He has come, we also hope that He will come. Let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works, labouring and waiting together, and helping one another in the unity of brethren. Gratitude for past mercies. Not to say: "How little can I do," but how much.2. But the apostle speaks in our text of "an evil conscience." We must keep the shutters open and the windows clean, so that plenty of pure light can get in if we wish to see things plainly. So in the heart of every man there is, deep down, the buried power of conscience, and in days of pain and sickness and loneliness and bereavement, of holy ministry and quickening, the voice of conscience, fathoms deep, is heard in the breast of man, speaking for God and truth, and of judgment to come.(F. Do not in future fall into the same fears. "He is faithful that promised.A sure promiseG. A. Morris, D. D.I. But how must the business of our drawing near to God be managed? "Thy first father hath sinned": this is the legend on our forehead which even the sign of the Cross does no more than blot out, leaving the mark of it. Again, we draw near to God when we engage properly in the exercise of social worship.3. He is a friend of ours who is set over the house of God (ver. And this is what the apostle refers to in the text when he speaks of "having our hearts sprinkled from an evil .conscience."(R. W. Dale, LL. (1)Of course this includes the holding fast of your faith. "Near." Who shall love most, who shall do most, is the only question worth asking- the only provocation Christianity allows.(J. From this two things follow. Hypocrisy is a disease in the vitals of religion; it pretends one thing and intends another. How THIS DUTY MAY BE ACCEPTABLY PERFORMED. Duty to confess, and to hold fast to the confession.2. IT IS A FACT — "He is faithful that promised."1. God has provided abundant resources for our comfort and safety.5. anxiously asked the Doctor. This is held by those who teach that the faith which justifies is a confident assurance that the individual is himself in Christ, and so saved; and it is involved in the opinion of those who teach that every man who is in Christ knows this, and so is assured of his own safety. Some honour God "with their lips, bug their heart is far from Him." The "water" and the "blood" are always in His hand. Sin has set us at a distance from God (Isaiah 59:2).2. We regard the Divine promises themselves. Come back, sinners, draw near towards God and duty. The reason hereof is that His power is absolute and almighty, and nothing can resist or hinder it if once it begin to work. A Christian man is a thoughtful man. Faithfulness is an essential perfection of the Divine nature. Burns, D. D.)An unwavering confessionH. And this shows us how we should act at all times. The truth of God is pledged in the most solemn manner for the accomplishment of His promises.4. We are called upon to hold fast the profession of our faith. We are called upon to hold fast the profession of our faith. In short, we must hold fast our profession. That is Christianity in a sentence. We regard the Divine promises themselves. And however long we have laboured at it, still how much unconscious, unavoidable sin, the result of past transgression, is thrown out from our hearts day by day in the energy of our thinking and acting!3. Let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works, labouring and waiting together, and helping one another in the unity of brethren. 4:16). So in the heart of every man there is, deep down, the buried power of conscience, and in days of pain and sickness and loneliness and bereavement, of holy ministry and quickening, the voice of conscience, fathoms deep, is heard in the breast of man, speaking for God and truth, and of judgment to come.(F. Only God. Nor have I any other proof of my faith's genuineness yesterday, but my exercising faith this moment. Burns, D. D.)An unwavering confessionH. No; great as this privilege is, God has meant something for us infinitely greater. But obviously all this would be in vain if it be not possible for Christians to have some well-founded assurance that they are in a state of salvation. His place of prayer was amid the noise and din of the sailors. For a long time he was alone; no other sailor joined him. We have compared conscience to the eye of the soul. Let us hold fast the profession of hope without wavering.3. Herein is the importance of the doctrine of original sin. Nor have I any other proof of my faith's genuineness yesterday, but my exercising faith this moment. God is omnipotent, and therefore it is not the want of power that can render Him unfaithful.6. For some nights they were the only occupants, but by and by the curtain was opened, and a blue-jacket said, "May I come in?" Boston, D. D.I. ", 2. And conscience is like a window in this respect. We have obtained what the apostle calls "like precious faith": it is a rare jewel, and he is rich that possesseth it. Faith rests on the past, the accomplished work of Jesus; hope looks to the future, the return of our Saviour. Further, consider how many sins are involved in our obedience, I may say from the mere necessity of the case; that is, from not having that more vigorous and clear-sighted faith which would enable us accurately to discern and closely to follow the way of life. Sprinkled from an evil conscience, &c. Conscience no longer accuses; our sins are forgiven. "Thy first father hath sinned": this is the legend on our forehead which even the sign of the Cross does no more than blot out, leaving the mark of it. Nor have I any other proof of my faith's genuineness yesterday, but my exercising faith this moment. The phrase ‘confession of hope’ is remarkable. "Let us hold fast the confession," etc. Yes, it is a sure way, if you only mind the clock, and get up when it calls you. "Thy first father hath sinned": this is the legend on our forehead which even the sign of the Cross does no more than blot out, leaving the mark of it. We can only approach with our heart, and by faith, which has its seat in the heart; with a heart which is in earnest, true, and purposeful in this very work of approach. you may draw near to God. And who shall take them away? Yet here we see God not only making a promise, but also taking an oath (two immutable things)! While pacing the deck at night, on the lonely seas, and talking with a pious shipmate, he became convinced of his need of a Saviour and became His disciple, remaining true to his profession to the last. It cannot be learned or received outside of being reborn into the house of Christ. Believing the promise, they expected in hope the glory of Messiah's reign. Water baptism is an outward sign of the inward grace of purification.III. that black future! (2) Next, to pass from the Jewish law, you will observe that God tells us expressly in the history of the fall of Adam, what the legal ceremonies implied; that it is our very nature which is sinful. By the prayer of faith we appropriate it; but only for the time, not for ever. We have considered how we began this profession, and we have also seen how often we have made it since. This faithfulness presupposeth His power and His promise, and it is the immutability of His will, for as He is unchangeable in His being, so He is in His promise (1 Samuel 15:29; Malachi 3:6). We stand before God as the Israelites at the passover of Hezekiah, who desired to serve God according to the Law, but could not do so accurately from lack of knowledge; and we can but offer, through our Great High Priest, our sincerity and earnestness instead of exact obedience, as Hezekiah did for them. How are we to get rid of this trouble? How are we to get rid of this trouble? They met for many nights behind the gun, reading and praying. Nothing else but faith in full, vigorous, healthy exercise. What a sad state of things this would be! Can we see anything through the window then? And can we see anything in the room when the shutters are closed? Christianity is eminently an individual heart-affair; but it is also eminently social. O. Mackey.Admiral Foote, of the American navy, was a very godly man. Nothing else but faith in full, vigorous, healthy exercise. The great thing for us is to apply the right test to ourselves, and to look for those signs of salvation in ourselves which our Lord and His apostles have laid down, that we might try ourselves by them. We read of persons in the Bible who were just in this condition (2 Kings 6.). "Without wavering." Colwell.I. Renew it.IV. It came to the ears of the commander, who was a Roman Catholic — but I mention this to his honour. Then Adam's sin increased, and multiplied itself within us; there was a change, but it was for the worse, not for the better; and the new nature we gained, far from being spiritual, was twofold more the child of hell than that with which we were born. Always setting the Lord before us, etc. How?1. "To provoke one another." We have compared conscience to the eye of the soul. Campbell. We have considered how we began this profession, and we have also seen how often we have made it since. (1) When this is borne in mind, how important the Jewish Law becomes to us Christians I important in itself, over and above all references contained in it to that gospel which it introduced. We regard the Divine promises themselves. The Redeemer ascended up on high; and He has poured forth the Divine Spirit: it has been granted and it is still continued to the Church.II. (Andrew Murray. This is no back entry, but the most glorious way to the throne. (4) Let your outward conversation be blameless, free from scandalous sins (Psalm 24:4).(T. The doctrine of the Atonement is a promise; it explains the ground on which God grants the pardon of sin. This is a sermon on Hebrews 10:23. "And our bodies washed with pure water," in Christian baptism. I said, "I am very thankful; for it will save you the trouble of quitting them. Finally, we infer from this text, what is elsewhere plainly declared, "Draw nigh to God, and He will draw nigh to you."(T. And this must be taken into account in saying how the injured conscience can be healed. Another error on this head is, that assurance of personal salvation is essential to salvation. Then it begins to strike and ring, and makes such a racket as is sure to wake any ordinary sleeper. We also draw near to God, in a peculiar sense, when we engage properly in the exercise of secret devotion. WE MAY DRAW NEAR TO GOD. D.The doctrine of the Incarnation is a promise; it assures us that God has become man to save us from sin. Instead of checking the bad elements within us, perhaps we indulged them for years; and they truly had their fruit unto death. This faithfulness presupposeth His power and His promise, and it is the immutability of His will, for as He is unchangeable in His being, so He is in His promise (1 Samuel 15:29; Malachi 3:6). We have a joyful, glorious, blessed hope which purifies, and comforts, and strengthens, and sustains us, and this hope is in us now. Not as the morning cloud and early dew, &c.3. It takes hold of God through His gracious word of promise; it looks at the atoning sacrifice of Jesus; it stands by that sacrifice, and embracing that Saviour as the only hope, the soul contemplates a faithful God. Oh, what taunts and curses shall pierce the ears of these who lie down in hell! Oh, what taunts and curses shall pierce the ears of these who lie down in hell! By not giving it good light. Let us think for a minute what it has cost us. Come back, sinners, draw near towards God and duty. And this shows us how we should act at all times. Some honour God "with their lips, bug their heart is far from Him." There must be perseverance in practice. )Drawing near to GodT. Christianity is a spiritual democracy. or refuse to go forward? We have considered how we began this profession, and we have also seen how often we have made it since. Embracing Biblical hope will make it easier to love and easier to have faith, particularly when things get difficult. (2) Draw near in the "full assurance of faith." We can only approach with our heart, and by faith, which has its seat in the heart; with a heart which is in earnest, true, and purposeful in this very work of approach. It came to the ears of the commander, who was a Roman Catholic — but I mention this to his honour. This is a very convenient way of being roused from sleep. "Nothing," says the sagacious Andrew Fuller, "can be an object of faith except what God has revealed in His Word; but the interest that any individual has in Christ, and the blessings of the Gospel, more than another is not revealed. Instead of being smooth and tender like this, it would be rough and hard, and have very little feeling. Another came, and another, and the last account I heard from that ship was this, that every night thirty-two were meeting for prayer, thirty of them believed to be converted characters. If He has, then do not hold fast your profession. The one is, that no man can in this life be absolutely sure that he is sated, because no man in this life can become perfectly holy; the other is, that as holiness of heart and life is salvation, it is only in proportion as this is attained that we have any real ground for believing that we are personally saved. But notice we are to hold fast the profession of our hope because “he is faithful” that promised. Our text points to Him who fills the throne itself; we are contemplating Him as engaged to us by a covenant ordered in all things and sure; and as having communicated in consequence exceeding great and precious promises, while He is faithful to each and every promise which He has thus made.2. "Having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience." Boston, D. D.)Drawing near to GodT. THE PROFESSION REFERRED TO.1. Whenever the bishop answered a question he heard the sound of this man's pen as he wrote down each word that was spoken. One evening he perceived a shadow by the side of the gun. The promise of Christ's presence is to the assembly gathered in His name.(A. There must be perseverance in practice. So in the heart of every man there is, deep down, the buried power of conscience, and in days of pain and sickness and loneliness and bereavement, of holy ministry and quickening, the voice of conscience, fathoms deep, is heard in the breast of man, speaking for God and truth, and of judgment to come.(F. He will abundantly pardon.2. If we read the text according to our present authorised translation, we have faith. WE OUGHT TO DRAW NEAR: "Let us draw near." Sinners stand at a distance from God till they be called, and that powerfully (John 6:44). But whilst this seems unquestionably true, and whilst, therefore, there is such a thing as personal assurance of salvation, the doctrine has often been presented in such a way as to engender serious mistakes and lead to very dangerous errors. Bug though faith is placed after heartiness and honesty, let it not be overlooked-otherwise our coming is vain.4. 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