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Consolations Abounding in Suffering.

Consolations Abounding in Suffering.

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REV. R. CECIL


2 Cor. i. 5.

As the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth
by Christ.

REV. R. CECIL


2 Cor. i. 5.

As the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth
by Christ.

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COSOLATIOS ABOUDIG I SUFFERIG.REV. R. CECIL 2 Cor. i. 5.As the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundethby Christ."Hope travels on," says the poet: "Hope travelson, nor leaves us till we die :" and this is a distin-guishing feature of Christianity.A vast variety of things raise hope in a man: butthey do not beguile him. They excite fond expecta-tions: they promise great things: but they deludehim: they leave him in extremity; and, what isworse, they leave him when it is too late to take holdof a better object. In extremity, they scorn his mise-ry, and say, "We can do nothing."But Hope travels on with the Christian: and whenevery thing else seems to say, " We can do no morefor you," he lifts up his head with joy knowing thathis redemption draweth nigh.20*234 SERMo. XXIII.Christianity, therefore, is the true remedy for trouble.There is no other remedy.St Paul bears his testimony to this, in the passagewhich we have read. It is thus introduced : --Paul,an apostle of Jesus Christ, by the will of God, andTimothy our brother, unto the Church of God whichis at Corinth, with all the saints which are in allAchaia : Grace be to yen. and peace from God ourFather, and from the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed beGod, even the Father of our I<i>rd Jesus Christ, thefather of mercies, ami the God of all comfort, whocomforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may beable to comfort them which arc in any trouble, bythe comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of 
 
God." We can tell them our experience: we eauprove to them that God "the father of mercies.*' is"the God of all comfort'" And. he adds, if we areafflicted, it is. among other reasons, that we may beable, as exercised persons, to show what God can doin affliction; "for, as the sufferings of ( Jhrist abound inus, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ*"The sufferings of Christ were, in Borne respects,peculiar. He was a public person: he undertook what none hut himself could undertake: thereforethere was a peculiarity in his sufferings. Hut theApostle is here speaking of sufferings on account of Christ, which Christians pass through in conformityto him J that, as he was. they should be in the world.I shall, therefore, show.I. What are the Bufferings of Christ, of whichChristians) in every uge } are partakers.•_'. How consolations are made t<> abound by Christin those very sufferings. "As the sufferings of ChristCHRISTIA COSOLATIO. 235abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth byChrist. "I. We are to consider what are the sufferings of Christ, of which Christians, in every age, are par-takers.1. A Christian will partake of the sufferings of Christ as a witness for the truth.If, like Christ, he stands a witness for truth, hemust needs have to oppose a host of falsehoods : andthis host of falsehoods will put out all their forceagainst him. Our Lord, '-the faithful witness, wit-nessed a good confession before Pontius Pilate : and,while he stood at the judgment-seat, he would notconceal the truth. Though he knew his confessionwould lead to his death, yet he told the true state of things, both with respect to himself and them before
 
whom he witnessed his confession.The Christian has before him a book of realities."Here," says he, "I read God's own account of hisdealings with men. Here I read his declaration of what Satan is doing, and what I am doing, andwhither I am going. Here is his account of the endof the world, and of the only method whereby a sin-ner can escape when standing before the judgment-seat of Christ. This will do me most importantservice ! This is a book of realities, which lies beforeme : I am bound, therefore, to be a witness for truth.I know the truth. I have felt ;ts power."This man hears continually of falsehood ridingtriumphant, and reads false sentiments in almost everypublication which he takes up, according to "the wis-dom of this world that corneth to nought." But heknows the falsehood of these things: he does not think them false, but he knows them to be so, because he236 SERMO XXIII.has a standard whereby to measure every sentiment.Bringing these sentiments to his standard, and rind-ing them false, "My duty.*' he says, "is brought intoa narrow compass. It is plain as noon-day. 'Hethai confesseth me before men, him will I confess be-fore my Father : and him thatdenieth me before men,him will I deny before my Father and his holy angels.'1 must be a witness, therefore, for the truth. I darenot deny it, I dare not conceal it."Can we conceive of a man going forth in this way,and not suffering for Christ? He is a bold witness fortruth, and the sufferings of Christ will abound in him.2. A Christian will partake of the sufferings of Christ and conformity to his death, in that he will bescorned and misrepresented by the world; for he bringsto light and exposes the falsehood, and iniquity, andfalse sentiments of the world.A Christian has been justly compared to a manwith perfect sight passing through a nation of blind

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