1 peter 4:19 sermon

Owing to their strong remaining corruptions.2. (2) That there must be a careful and attentive mind to pursue this design. 3. They must, however, give all diligence. They fly with wings tireless, eye dimless, swifter than arrows, deadlier than plagues, cutting like hail, drowning like surges, crushing like rocks. A moment gone, and what are they?(Abp. Their own tempers perhaps are chafed, and they become a sore temptation to a similar state of chafed and fretted temper in their parents. But the text need not be particularly confined to this sense, but may hold good with respect to eternal salvation.1. (3)Conversion of ungodly companions. )The keeping of the soulThe Evangelist.I. John Piper Jun 11, 1989 5.6K Shares Sermon. (6) The influence of evil example which abounds in the world (John 15:19). Tillotson.I. We indeed some times have to change our methods, because we find that they do not work. They are such as remain in their native, unconverted state. Coals of confusion.Some will say, Christianity is a strange condition, that enforceth such things upon men, that are so contrary to nature. In regard of the cause of God, that we betray it not through fear or cowardice, through base aims and intentions, etc., but endeavour to carry it with a good conscience in all things. They are subject to many sicknesses, grievous pains, diseases, losses, crosses, disgrace, persecution at the hand of the wicked, etc. Propose this question to yourselves in a less limited form, "Who can be saved?" i.e., Christ hath foretold desolation and ruin to come upon the Jewish nation. AND THIS HELPS US TO RECONCILE THE DIFFICULTY OF SALVATION WITH THE EASINESS OF THE TERMS OF THE GOSPEL. On inquiring what they were doing, I was told they were supporting the ruin to prevent its getting any worse. I mean such as are involved in the following sayings of the Master: — "If ye forgive men their trespasses, your Heavenly Father will also forgive you. "Who then can be saved?"3. Again, the holiness of the righteous is exposed to failure through trials. So the fact that God has method, and must have it in order to be faithful, is reason enough why He does not vary the course of His providence to meet some of our desires, however much the good God might wish to gratify us. There would be indeed no use and no hope for anything we may do or say to make things human better were it not for this prior and this final responsibility of God, the faithful One from eternity to eternity. And the successful merchant remembers crises in his history when he found himself on the brink of ruin, when the last straw only was wanting to precipitate the catastrophe. THE CHARACTER OF THE PERSONS HERE SPOKEN OF.1. For they cast off all riot and excess, because the pain which followed exceeded the pleasure; and therefore they made temperance and chastity necessary to the true pleasure of life. We take the third step in the inquiry, and look at the facts of life. No, indeed. )The faithful CreatorJ. (3)To resist the world, with its blandishments, threats, and customs. They fly with wings tireless, eye dimless, swifter than arrows, deadlier than plagues, cutting like hail, drowning like surges, crushing like rocks. Consider the appeal IN ITS REFERENCE TO TEMPORAL CALAMITIES.1. I beseech you, therefore, considering all our sufferings are by the appointment and will of God, let us bring our souls to a holy resignation unto His Majesty, not looking so much to the grievance we are under as to the hand that sent it.I. (3)Rebellion against God (Romans. You are in the greatest danger of being suffered to continue in impenitence and unbelief. "But what is it," some may say, "to hear that the righteous are scarcely saved, when we are so conscious to ourselves of our own unrighteousness?"(Bp. Therefore beware of wilful pollutions and unholy ways. If this were wise and practicable, it might avail — for aught we can know; but since He does not do it, we infer that He refrains from some wise reason. God is responsible. This is the grand peculiarity of the Old Testament. We propel our street cars, we light our houses, we run our machinery, we multiply our conveniences, because we have found out something about God's regular habit or method of the light and the electricity and the admirable mechanics of the creation, to which from the beginning He has been faithful. It lies in this, committing the soul unto God in well-doing. Being faithful to us, can we not trust Him and commit our souls to Hint?(W. They are subject to many sicknesses, grievous pains, diseases, losses, crosses, disgrace, persecution at the hand of the wicked, etc. He may have taken a more wayward course.3. Now in order to save men, they must be restored to a state in which God and reason control the free action of the mind, and appetite is held in due subjection. God loves us, as our Creator.2. If salvation implies fitness for heaven, and if this implies ceasing from sin, then, of course, it is naturally and forever impossible that any sinner can be saved without holiness.3. Consider the appeal IN ITS REFERENCE TO TEMPORAL CALAMITIES.1. These sufferings are for the trial of faith (vers. The temptations of the suffering side are apt to awake the sleepy powers of the soul, whereas the gentle and easy condition of life often lays them asleep. Humanity, in His idea, is a holy and blessed thing; and this idea must yet be realised. where will you appear — you that waste your time and estates, that spoil your constitution, and abuse the good creatures of God? It is not God's commanding will, but His suffering will. H. If He was able to give them being, surely He is able to keep them from perishing. It is in view of this fact that I say God finds it impossible to gain the sinner's consent to the gospel by any means that He can wisely employ.2. Because there is much ado to get Lot out of Sodom, to get Israel out of Egypt.2. In the best estate there will be suffering one way or other. The gospel is the revelation of good —1. We must assume the Divine responsibility on the large scale of history. Sibbes.The way to come to salvation is full of difficulties —1. Coleman. We must all have the same journey's end if we hope to get to heaven, but some may meet with a freer road, and a calmer season, and better company, in their journey than others. WHY THE SALVATION OF THE RIGHTEOUS IS DIFFICULT. where will you appear? In no desirable place or position — certainly. And surely, if He is thus faithful in adhering to His own purpose concerning you, He is faithful also in the sense of being worthy of your trust. )The difficulty of salvationR. Being faithful to us, can we not trust Him and commit our souls to Hint?(W. From sin and the evil consequences thereof. He would subdue your selfishness and self-will. If, with heavenly shield and sword, the righteous are only scarcely saved, where, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?(T. And here I shall show —(1) It is more reasonable to expect difficulties in the way of salvation. You were never quite comfortable in spiritual society on earth.5. God's will concerning our suffering is permissive in respect of those that do us harm; but in regard of our patient enduring injuries, it is His approving and commanding will. The soul is the more excellent part, witness He that purchased the same with His dearest blood. The justice of God will not allow you to participate in the joys of the saints. Particularly they are such —(1)Over whom Satan exercises an uncontrolled dominion (Ephesians 2:2). Verse 19. When they rashly expose themselves to danger and run upon sufferings for the sake of religion.2. The person to whom, to God.4. King.II. where will you appear? (3)Rebellion against God (Romans. If saints scarcely reach heaven, what of the ungodly? If you are only the offspring of a blind, unintelligent, unknown force; if you are the product of something that men call "a tendency" or law, are you not immediately let down from a conscious dignity, which has been one of the most ennobling factors and influences of your life? For happiness is not a thing of chance or necessity, but a matter of choice and design. THE SUFFERING OF THE ONE IS FAR MORE TERRIBLE THAN THAT OF THE OTHER. Pharaoh after the Israelites.4. those that live at large after the desires of the flesh and the mind.3. You have served Me, says God to Israel, but after your own lusts. And He will not until we again reflect His glory in the fullest measure, and are prepared to take that high place and do that grand service for which we were originally designed. )The support of good men under their sufferings for religionAbp. God's people, like those in the shipwreck with Pard, escape all safe to land, yet it is with a scarcely, they get over the turbulent sea of this world. (4) That those who consulted most the ease and pleasure of mankind were forced to put men upon some hard and unpleasant things to make anything like happiness to consist in pleasure. We should have an eye to God, and an eye to ourselves, and an eye to others, and an eye to the cause in hand; so we shall do well. Everlasting happiness depends upon committing the soul to God now.III. But the ungodly and sinners neglect them altogether. Think of that in relation to your own personal being and life, as well as in relation to the affairs of God's world. Though it was intended for universal man and suited to meet all his spiritual wants, yet through the supineness of the Church its universal proclamation has been withheld, and millions of our fellow creatures left without it. )The support of good men under their sufferings for religionAbp. An object, what we must commit, the soul.3. (8) The remains of corruption within. Tillotson.I. Coleman. To secure us from that violent degree of temptation and suffering, which would be too strong for human strength and patience.2. The peace of heaven forbids that you should go there in your sins. Sometimes we are quite inadequate to judge of the strength of this attachment, except as we may see what strange and terrible means God is compelled to use to sever it. To serve God is doing good, but after their own lusts, is not doing well. The Christian has to contend against temptations which made Adam disobey, and Abraham lie, and Moses get angry, and Job swear, and David sin against chastity, and Peter deny his Master. The one has resignation to the Divine will; the other has not.2. When then they are persecuted only for making an open profession of the Christian religion, by joining in the assemblies of Christians for the worship of God.3. To secure us from that violent degree of temptation and suffering, which would be too strong for human strength and patience.2. (3) Nor in the influence of the Spirit (John 14:16, 17; John 16:7, 8). This is the grand peculiarity of the Old Testament. 4. To which I answer: that provided we do what is our duty on our part, the providence of God, will not be wanting on His part to bear us out in all our sufferings for His cause, one of these three ways.1. Show what His grace can do in supporting the mind of the sufferers, and in filling their hearts with gratitude. And so, what shall it disprofit a man, though he lose the whole world, if he gain his soul? Tillotson.I. Indeed, Christians never know themselves except as they see themselves in God's own light. An object, what we must commit, the soul.3. There are a great many difficulties in the way of converting sinners, and saving them when once converted. It is not an empty profession of religion that will serve the turn.2. Finally, the greatness of the change requisite in passing from sin to real holiness — from Satan's kingdom into full fitness for Christ's, creates no small difficulty in the way of saving even the converted, Remarks: We see why the Scriptures are so full of exhortations to the Christians to run, run, and especially to run by rule. When they suffer for not betraying it by any indirect and unworthy means.4. And their exposedness to this may hardly be obviated by the frequent calls they may have to the healthy and invigorating exercises of devotion. He useth their malice for His own ends. Braden.Suppose, in the place of God as Creator, we substitute chance, or fate, or law, what a blank we have at once in the highest regions of thought and feeling! (2) Positively, they shall appear in hell. The person who is here and there and everywhere, and whose belongings are never in their place; the person whose life follows no conceivable method may have some other attractive qualities, but would not be counted on as faithful. where will you appear? (2) How dreadful must it be! We here and now cannot see what the design in the creation of mall is — that is, not to the full of what God purposes to make of us; how He intends by and by in another state of being to use us. Let Martin Luther do and dare as the great reformer, because God is Governor of the world. The being saved from sin must come first in order. It seems that even those who are truly saints are saved with difficulty; then we may be saved, though we have a hard struggle for it. If you are only the offspring of a blind, unintelligent, unknown force; if you are the product of something that men call "a tendency" or law, are you not immediately let down from a conscious dignity, which has been one of the most ennobling factors and influences of your life? He was always to be found where others had reason to expect to find him. How much pain to attain anything, any particular grace of humility, or meekness, or self-denial! What without prayer, the Word, the promise of God, etc.?3. When they suffer for not disclaiming and renouncing any clear and undoubted truth of God whatsoever; yea, though it be not a fundamental point and article of religion.Cases wherein men may seem to suffer for the cause of religion, but cannot truly be said to do so.1. Hence learn —1. They should be characterised by well-doing. THE DIFFICULTY OF THE SALVATION OF THE RIGHTEOUS.1. Tillotson.I. Many are not aware of the labour necessary to get rid of the influence of a bad education. Some tempers are more flexible and pliable than others; more capable of hearkening to reason, and more apt to reflect on their own actions; whereas others are naturally stiff and obstinate, who stick fast to an opinion or prejudice which they have once taken up. Give your souls into His hand, lay them up there, so the word is, and they are safe, and may be quiet and composed. It is not because God is implacable and hard to be appeased. It is infinitely more precious than the body.2. On inquiring what they were doing, I was told they were supporting the ruin to prevent its getting any worse. Were a man to meet disgraces and sufferings for Christ, how easily would he go through them, yea, and rejoice in them, were he rid of the fretting impatience, the pride, and self-love, of his own carnal heart! Again, the holiness of the righteous is exposed to failure through trials. I observe, the holiness of the righteous is maintained with difficulty in resisting and overcoming the evil dispositions which are inherent in their fallen nature. We are here only preparing for the sublime work of some future, preparing to fulfil what our Father has had in view for us from the beginning. Besides this, scandal makes it a hard matter to be saved; to see evil courses and evil persons flourish and countenanced in the world.6. But herein mankind are apt to be deceived, as though all the difficulties lay in a suffering condition; whereas a soft and careless life is rather more dangerous to their souls, because persons are less apt to suspect their danger. )The difficulty of salvationR. He may have yet more corruptions. One other characteristic might be added to these three elements of moral character, method, and aim, which are comprehended in the faithfulness of our God — viz., responsibility. The appetites, desires, and affections with which man has been endowed, have theft' correspondent means of satisfaction in the world around him. This Divine and merciful Creator has provided for the keeping of our souls. But the ungodly and sinners have no living faith in Christ at all. G. Persecution in olden times; spoiling of their goods; loss of custom; piety a bar to temporal promotion.4. It could have been for no insignificant position and service that He did actually make men in His own likeness, giving them the high honour of resembling Himself in those spiritual characteristics which constitute the essence of His being. How faithful is that love which will even send sorrow upon us — yes, and take sorrow upon itself — rather than permit us to come short of the destiny for which it created us. )A faithful CreatorGod's faithfulnessNewman Smyth.This is one of those Biblical phrases upon which in many a time of need the souls of men may fall back and rest, The phrase was intended originally for the support of some in the early Church who had been compelled to suffer for Christ's sake. How sweet will heaven be! The dispensation of that suffering, they suffer not at all adventures, but according to the will of God.3. As a child of God you have a supreme motive to be Godlike; as a creature of force you are deprived of all such motives.I. They shall not appear among the righteous and the saved. "(1) They shall be delivered from sin and misery. If He was able to give them being, surely He is able to keep them from perishing. Persecution in olden times; spoiling of their goods; loss of custom; piety a bar to temporal promotion.4. It is not because God is implacable and hard to be appeased. It is a mystery that God should be pleased to subject His people to suffering.2. Other Scriptures ascribe to Him characters more transcendent, and the very glory of them renders God to our thought unspeakable and high as the heavens above us. How is it possible, then, that the ungodly and sinners can find favour before the judgment seat?(C. Whilst genuine religion is independent of any certitude of the future, it is dependent upon the knowledge of some things, and these things are clearly revealed. We can scarcely fail to hear in the words one more echo of the gospel story. (2) In their progress on the way to heaven they meet with so many oppositions that they are but scarcely saved. (2) Nor in the death and merit of Christ, which are infinite (Hebrews 2:9; 1 John 2:2). )The salvation of the sinner impossibleC. He would lead you into humility. So that in speaking of the Creator as faithful we must mean that He has followed some method in creation. Where will the mere professor appear? (1) That the most difficult duties are in themselves reasonable to be performed by us. etc.Application:1. Enlarged views of the love and care of God.4. A great amount of labour will be requisite to push him forward in his heavenly pilgrimage.5. Some tempers are more flexible and pliable than others; more capable of hearkening to reason, and more apt to reflect on their own actions; whereas others are naturally stiff and obstinate, who stick fast to an opinion or prejudice which they have once taken up. Sibbes.Wherein consider —1. And so, what shall it disprofit a man, though he lose the whole world, if he gain his soul? Besides, it would not be for your own comfort to be there. Indeed, Christians never know themselves except as they see themselves in God's own light. But the dispensation of our suffering is according to the will of God. Who can resist them? Their appetites lost their proper balance. (3)Worldly mindedness.(4)Self-righteousness.3. BUT TO WHOM MUST THE SOUL BE COMMITTED? WHY THE SALVATION OF THE RIGHTEOUS IS DIFFICULT. The appetites, desires, and affections with which man has been endowed, have theft' correspondent means of satisfaction in the world around him. He would enrich your whole spiritual nature. To a time of popular calamity (Luke 21:25, 26).2. Did not Christ come to save sinners?I. Again, the faith of the righteous is liable to decrease in strength and firmness, through being exposed to attacks from the unbelief of their fallen nature, called in Scripture the evil heart of unbelief. Sibbes.God will have it thus to sweeten heaven unto us. (3) Nor in the influence of the Spirit (John 14:16, 17; John 16:7, 8). Creator.2. Besides, it is a hard matter in regard of Satan; for he is a great enemy to the peace of God's children. Shall I, for a little profit, lose my soul eternally?" Learn from hence what is the proper act of faith; it rolls the soul over on God, ventures it in His hand, and rests satisfied concerning it, being there. He may have accomplished little which men will remember; but he has kept on his way faithfully. Further, the faith of the righteous is liable to decrease in strength and stability, through their failure to properly seek its nourish meat. Brown.? A. "What can separate us?" Business, entrenched behind counters, and bales of goods, and safes, attempts the overthrow of our souls. BUT "WHERE SHALL THE UNGODLY AND SINNER APPEAR?" God has not created sin, but He will triumph over it. )Why God will have the righteous with such difficulty savedR. Finlayson.). (1) Negatively, I shall show where they shall not appear. Besides, it would not be for your own comfort to be there. The faithful Creator is the God of regular habits, the God of system, the God who has His own time and place for everything. The first truth involved in this simple, large phrase is that the Creator has character. How many postpone conversion because they think that it is so easy to become religious — they can begin at any time! When, in all our sufferings for the cause of religion, we may, with confidence, commit ourselves to the more especial care of God's providence.1. Being faithful to us, can we not trust Him and commit our souls to Hint?(W. God has His providential methods of soul training, and soul enlarging, and soul ripening. H. The rescue must be effected by moral, not by physical means, and the problem is to make the moral means powerful enough for the purpose. Therefore, God will have it a hard matter to be saved, to frustrate the vain hopes of such wretches. It is infinitely more precious than the body.2. When Adam and Eve were created their appetites were doubtless mild and moderate. Their appetites lost their proper balance. It is a mystery that God should be pleased to subject His people to suffering.2. God begins with His own Church and people —1. The external causes of the difficulty are around believers — the world, which is in league with their infected nature, and offers corresponding objects to all its evil propensities. Humanity, in His idea, is a holy and blessed thing; and this idea must yet be realised. The righteous are saved, when the existence of the Church is preserved.2. where will you appear? The manner of such injury to their faith will be different at separate times. Provided, also, that we do trust the providence of God, and do indeed commit ourselves to it; relying upon His wisdom and goodness, and entirely submitting ourselves to His will and disposal, both as to the degree and duration of our sufferings.4. Our religious history furnishes parallels to these narrow escapes on the lower level.(W. It is not an empty profession of religion that will serve the turn.2. )Saved with difficultyD. We are here only preparing for the sublime work of some future, preparing to fulfil what our Father has had in view for us from the beginning. Another aggravation of sins against the gospel is that they sin against the better covenant.(R. But, who will be saved? Yet without faith is it not impossible that the ungodly and sinners should be saved?2. GOD IS FAITHFUL IN ADHERING TO HIS ORIGINAL PURPOSE IN CREATION. Experience discloses to some extent these spiritual methods of the faithful One; and there is life, hope, and peace in submitting our souls to them. The wicked man may commit his soul to God's keeping, but how is he sure God will take the charge of it? Not bear with sin, oh 's duty under trialsThe Lay Preacher.I but doing well that gets God Israel. 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