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IT IS A FACT — "He is faithful that promised."1. 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. Colwell.I. The confession is the outward sign of the invisible hope. "Truly that is everything good," answered Luther. Learn that religion requires both the devotion of the heart and the profession of the life.2. The clock will continue to sound the alarm at the proper hour, and it will make as much noise as ever it did, but it will lose its effect. If we be concerned only for our own security, our faith is vain, and we are yet in our sins." And thy heart will be the holiest of all, in which He dwells. This promise is not the promise of any man or angel, but of God; this is more than if all the best men and all the holy angels had bound themselves unto us and given us all security, which possibly they could. We are secure; when one that is able hath passed his word, and by promise bound himself unto us, then we make sure thus far of the thing promised. The "middle wall" is gone; Jews and Gentiles are near to each other. )The faithfulness of God the Christian's support in life and deathOwen Clarke. WE OUGHT TO DRAW NEAR: "Let us draw near." Lawson. Conscience will have a terrific power of starting such accusations, and then an ear of keen sensibility to receive the echoes as they roll back upon the soul What an occupation for eternity! Faith, hope, and love — this is the threefold result of Christ's entrance into heaven, spiritually discerned.A believing, hoping, and loving attitude of heart corresponds to the new covenant revelation of Divine grace. "Having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience." And shall we, who have so great advantage, so many helps, so blessed an opportunity, and the promise of a faithful God, neglect and injure ourselves so much as to lose this glorious and incomparable prize? Clear glass. You know we have what are called detective police. Boston, D. D.I. WE ARE TO HOLD UNSWERVINGLY TO THE HOPE WE PROFESS this is the basic goal of the Christian life From the nature of his position — saved from the wreck — he is in a position to look around — to think.1. We have made A PROFESSION OF OUR FAITH, AND A CONFESSION OF OUR HOPE, By the memories of the day when you made that profession, be firm in it to the end. Learn that religion requires both the devotion of the heart and the profession of the life.2. "But how can you bring Him everything good, seeing that you are but a poor sinner?" Not weary, but faithful unto death.4. Those legal sacrifices and purifications which are now all done away, are still evidence to us of a fact which the gospel has not annulled — our corruption. 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. (2)Hold you next to your hope.2. If we wait for a blessing at the hand of God till we are worthy of it, we shall die unblessed, and be lost for ever. 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). The profession of our hope is most practical and testing. (3)By the cheering attractions of a lively hope. To keep an account of what we do. "(Anecdotes of Luther. "He is faithful that promised." 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. that black future! The name of the Lord is faithful and true.2. The day of our Lord's appearing will be the day of the redemption of the body from the dust with which it mingles. )Drawing near to GodT. 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.(W. If you were not false then, if you were not deceivers then, hold fast the confession of your hope without wavering, for" He is faithful that promised." Let us remember also the many times in which we have repeated that profession of faith, that confession of hope; for instead of retracting it, we have gone on to repeat it. For —1. These promises are not mere movements of the Divine mind arising only under the exigencies of new circumstances or of events which spring up in the progress of time, but they flow from the deep fountains of His own grace and love; they embrace all that which is involved in the gift of His dear Son, the great work of the Saviour, the communications of the Divine Spirit, and in the application of every blessing which God has engaged to bestow on His Church on earth. But to trust in Him for our salvation is a very different thing from believing that we are actually saved in Him; to have assurance that His work affords a sufficient ground for us to rest upon as well as others, is a very different thing from having assurance that we are actually resting on that work for salvation; to know that Christ "loved the Church, and gave Himself for it," is a very different thing from knowing that He loved us and gave Himself for us. They are all written with His own hand, they are all stamped with His own authority; and in His own Word they stand out in all their truth and in all their fulness.3. 1. THE PROFESSION REFERRED TO.1. [1] James Swanson, Dictionary of Biblical Languages with Semantic Domains: Greek (New Testament) (Oak Harbor: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 1997). God is unchangeable both in His nature and purpose; it is impossible, therefore, that He can ever disappoint the hopes that His goodness has raised.(G. Again, we draw near to God when we engage properly in the exercise of social worship.3. 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. Oh, the joy of the young sailor to have a comrade with him! We are the body of Christ, and members one of another. Constant in duties; especially prayer, praise, reading the Divine Word, etc. WE MAY DRAW NEAR TO GOD. Lawson. But neighbour Smith's conscience is of the ex post facto order, never manifesting itself till after the wrong deed is done, and then acting as a terrible avenger. We have a promise. This profession is to be held ακλινη, without swerving or bending from it; as some did, Hebrews 10:25 and others were likely to do, considering the persecutions they underwent, Hebrews 10:33-34. Faithfulness is an essential perfection of the Divine nature. These promises are not mere movements of the Divine mind arising only under the exigencies of new circumstances or of events which spring up in the progress of time, but they flow from the deep fountains of His own grace and love; they embrace all that which is involved in the gift of His dear Son, the great work of the Saviour, the communications of the Divine Spirit, and in the application of every blessing which God has engaged to bestow on His Church on earth. But the apostle speaks in our text of "an evil conscience." But another reading — and a very good reading too — runs thus: "The confession of our hope." No. Duty to confess, and to hold fast to the confession.2. The promises upon the accomplishment so much of our comfort depends are promises of grace.3. This promise is not the promise of any man or angel, but of God; this is more than if all the best men and all the holy angels had bound themselves unto us and given us all security, which possibly they could. The only sure evidence of our being in a state of grace, is our being in heart and life holy. They will do you no good if they profess to be your friends; and they will do you less harm by giving you the cold shoulder." Our present happiness, and our prospect of eternal felicity. If you ask how you have renewed your vows, I reply: you have done it many a time at the table of communion. Another error on this head is, that assurance of personal salvation is essential to salvation. "(2)The faith itself once delivered to the saints. By not minding what they say. A. He has promised to acknowledge our profession; and " He is faithful."3. Let us detest and eternally abhor to waver; let us go on whatsoever it may cost us.(G. Oh, it is dreadful to feel that God is angry with us I When we know that this is the case we never can be happy till our sins are pardoned and our consciences are healed; and it is for this reason that the Bible tells us of Jesus as "the Lamb of God that taketh away the sins of the world." And running together in a holy rivalry the same race, we should behold in our brother features of Christian character and activity in which we are deficient. "(Anecdotes of Luther. 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. Mackey. Is there, then, some may be ready to ask, no such thing as assurance of personal salvation? In the room in which the trial took place was a curtain, and behind this curtain a man writing. What have you gained by going from Him?2. Not weary, but faithful unto death.4. Water baptism is an outward sign of the inward grace of purification.III. And conscience is like a window in this respect. You know we have what are called detective police. The only sure evidence of our being in a state of grace, is our being in heart and life holy. (b) The great company of the glorified call upon us to "hold fast the confession of our hope," etc. that black future! 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. All Christians. 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. Christ died once, long since: by communicating in His Sacrament, you renew the Lord's death: you bring into the midst of you that Sacrifice which took away the sins of the world; you appropriate the benefit of it, while you eat it under the elements of bread and wine.(J. 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.(W. We only retain our hold by pressing onwards, etc. Gratitude for past mercies. Then open your heart of hearts to take it in.(J. There is a way to the throne never trod, nor designed to be trod, by any but sinners such as you, and the like of you. There are some evils from which a man may escape; but shall a man flee from a guilty conscience? HOLDING FAST. "Near." Outward life is, therefore, right — "Our bodies washed with pure water."II. (Owen Clarke. IT IS A FACT — "He is faithful that promised."1. We have a joyful, glorious, blessed hope which purifies, and comforts, and strengthens, and sustains us, and this hope is in us now. (2)Hold you next to your hope.2. Have you found Him faithful? You made it once. That promise has been fulfilled. This should remind one of 1 Corinthians 13 (now abides faith, hope and love…), [Heb 10:23 KJV] 23 Let us hold fast the profession of [our] faith (hope) without wavering; (for he [is] faithful that promised;). )Divine promisesR. Not to say: "I am safe," or, "I shall enjoy religion"; but to consider the work of your fellows and the wants of others. The truth of God is pledged in the most solemn manner for the accomplishment of His promises.4. We have made A PROFESSION OF OUR FAITH, AND A CONFESSION OF OUR HOPE, By the memories of the day when you made that profession, be firm in it to the end. A. Morris, D. D.I. "Truly that is everything good," answered Luther. And shall we, who have so great advantage, so many helps, so blessed an opportunity, and the promise of a faithful God, neglect and injure ourselves so much as to lose this glorious and incomparable prize? And running together in a holy rivalry the same race, we should behold in our brother features of Christian character and activity in which we are deficient. It is a kind of clock made to wake persons at a particular hour by making a loud noise. First consider our present condition, as shown us in Scripture. The eye does not see itself; faith is not to stand on itself; your full assurance is to be that Christ's blood is precious, and that He has entered as the Forerunner. But Christ's faithfulness is here laid down as the great motive.1. (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. Oh, the joy of the young sailor to have a comrade with him! But the eye of faith contemplates the Infinite Being. Then hope, resting on faith, supports faith, and fills us with courage and patience. "And our bodies washed with pure water," in Christian baptism. (2) Draw near in the "full assurance of faith." And can we see anything in the room when the shutters are closed? Sprinkled from an evil conscience, &c. Conscience no longer accuses; our sins are forgiven. You are yet afar off. If men imagine they can directly see the existence of faith in their souls, or if they suppose that a conviction of their being of the number of the elect is borne in on their souls by the Holy Spirit, or if they infer from some pleasant feelings in their own minds that they are the objects of God's favour, they are either deluding themselves with what is impossible, or they are trusting to what may be a mere fancy or passing emotion of their own minds. There is not a single moment of the day, there is not a circumstance or surrounding, in which the believer may not be kept dwelling in the secret place of the Most High. is true. And running together in a holy rivalry the same race, we should behold in our brother features of Christian character and activity in which we are deficient. They will do you no good if they profess to be your friends; and they will do you less harm by giving you the cold shoulder." When you are brought by the Holy Spirit to a just consideration of your own state as sinners, and with your eyes fixed upon the Infinite One, and stripped by transgression of all the rights with which you were originally invested, and when you see the manner in which God bestows everything out of His own fulness, and supplies your daily and your hourly wants; it is not on yourself or fellow-men that you can depend, for they are weak and evanescent as you are. or refuse to go forward? 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. If such things can be done in earth's prisons, what are sinners to look for in a future world? "Us." And shall we, who have so great advantage, so many helps, so blessed an opportunity, and the promise of a faithful God, neglect and injure ourselves so much as to lose this glorious and incomparable prize? 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. Campbell.I. (Andrew Murray. Vaughan, M. A.Of course, the expression "sprinkled" is metaphorical. Are you to come to His table? Hypocrisy is a disease in the vitals of religion; it pretends one thing and intends another. : —I. Who sent them? The thing which we desire, and which is promised unto us, is not only the reward of eternal glory, which is the object of our hope, but power and ability with assistance to do all things necessary for the attainment thereof; for in the gospel, not only the reward, but power to perform our duty, are promised (Ephesians 1:16-19).2. Bear one another's burdens. L. Alexander, D. D.)Full assurance of faithJ. Faith means trust, reliance, confidence, leaning. 4:16). "(3)By obeying the injunction — "Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep." Gratitude for past mercies. ( A) we profess, ( B) for he who promised is faithful. Oh, it is dreadful to feel that God is angry with us I When we know that this is the case we never can be happy till our sins are pardoned and our consciences are healed; and it is for this reason that the Bible tells us of Jesus as "the Lamb of God that taketh away the sins of the world." Paul speaks of a God, “. SOME CONSIDERATIONS TENDING TO ESTABLISH OUR CONFIDENCE IN THE DIVINE FAITHFULNESS AS A SECURITY THAT THE PROMISES WILL BE FULFILLED.1. (3) As servants of the house, to serve our Lord, to wait upon Him, and behold His glory (Psalm 116:16). The history of redemption, if it is to be effectual, must begin from the beginning with every individual of us, and be curried on through our own life. What is meant by full assurance of faith? We draw near to God when we engage properly in the solemn exercise of public worship.2. : —I. Then open your heart of hearts to take it in.(J. We have made a public avowal of our faith. (3)Indisposition of our own hearts.II. He has promised to acknowledge our profession; and " He is faithful."3. "(3)By obeying the injunction — "Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep." We are secure; when one that is able hath passed his word, and by promise bound himself unto us, then we make sure thus far of the thing promised. He has promised to acknowledge our profession; and " He is faithful."3. The moment he heard that two of his sailors were meeting for reading and prayer behind one of the guns, he sent for one of them, and instantly ordered a portion of the lower deck to be curtained off, and gave orders that no one should molest them. Instead of checking the bad elements within us, perhaps we indulged them for years; and they truly had their fruit unto death. What have you gained by going from Him?2. (3)By the cheering attractions of a lively hope. 21). "By their fruits," said our Lord, "ye shall know them." Christ's new commandment: "Love one another. 4. The truth of God is pledged in the most solemn manner for the accomplishment of His promises.4. How are we to get rid of this trouble? They met for many nights behind the gun, reading and praying. And who shall take them away? (2)Sensible sinners dare not (Luke 5:8).II. But suppose you should have a red-hot iron applied to your hand. It is hold fast your profession of faith, your confession of hope; that is to say, stand to what you have done by way of avowment of these things. Not halting between two opinions. Then open your heart of hearts to take it in.(J. Can we see anything through the window then? He has promised to reward our profession; and " He is faithful."Application:1. (3) Get your hearts beforehand " sprinkled from an evil conscience." And so God has given to our souls that which we call conscience, and which shows us what is right and what is wrong — what we ought to do and what we ought not to do. Are you to come to His table? )Standing.fireSome time ago, in one of our great ships of war, there was a solitary sailor who was not ashamed to own himself a follower of Christ. None of the promises, how conditional soever in their form, are altogether beyond the reach of sinners, so long as they are in the land of the living and place of hope.5. The confession is the outward sign of the invisible hope. Bug though faith is placed after heartiness and honesty, let it not be overlooked-otherwise our coming is vain.4. They flow solely from the free and sovereign good pleasure of Jehovah. We have considered how we began this profession, and we have also seen how often we have made it since. We must forsake the sins, pleasures, and honours of Egypt; we must purify ourselves, as Christ is pure. "He is faithful that promised.A sure promiseG. (2)By the constraining influence of Christ's love. 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