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Hidden Springs [Sermons] Joseph Parker

Hidden Springs [Sermons]

Joseph Parker

Published September 12th 2013
ISBN : 9781230286648
Paperback
88 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1864 edition. Excerpt: ...of remonstrance orMoreThis historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1864 edition. Excerpt: ...of remonstrance or rebuke will be more successful as they are preceded by every acknowledgment which justice and generosity can suggest. When the Master is compelled, so to speak, to rebuke His church, He proceeds as though He would gladly turn. The rebuke comes with a hesitation which did not mark the eulogy. He resorts to a negative form of statement-- Thou hast left thy first love. He charges His church with a lowering of moral temperature- the ardour and brightness of early love have waned. Paul is clear enough in his statement to Timothy that part of a ministers duty is to reprove and rebuke. A difficult part for any man to undertake. A rebuke may be given with so rash and vengeful a tone as to create disgust and resentment in the offender- or it may be uttered with so grieved and trembling a love as will melt obduracy into penitence. Rebuke is to be distinguished from coarse and brutal scolding- it is not to be uttered with the frantic blare of trampled dignity, but with the solemn pathos of wounded affection. Jesus weeps even while He rebukes, and those sad tears carry the reproving word to the innermost fibres of the heart. Look at the declension spoken of. First. This declension is described as having begun in the heart. Christ does not charge the saints at Ephesus with having changed their doctrinal views- but, placing His finger on the heart, says, There is a change here. You know the enthusiasm of first love. Love is blind to difficulties. She bounds up the steeps with alacrity and joy. She cannot be deterred from her purposes by any representation. Tell her of the river, and she answers, I can swim- remind her of awful precipices, the guardian walls of...