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Every Man Must Prove His Own Work

Every Man Must Prove His Own Work

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Galatians vi. 4.

Let every Man prove his own Work.

Galatians vi. 4.

Let every Man prove his own Work.

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Jul 24, 2013
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EVERY MA MUST PROVE HIS OW WORK BY ROBERT WALKER Galatians vi. 4.Let every Man prove his own Work.BEFORE I enter upon the subject of this text, it maynot be improper to mention some of the reasons whichhave led me to it at this time.ist. As many, who call themselves Christians; dis-cover so little of Christianity in their lives, that we areeften at a loss to reconcile their conduct with tlieir pro-fessions; I thouglit it might be of use to those who arein any degree distinguished by their religious conduct,if 1 could lead them into such a scrutiny of themselvesas this text suggests to us; or persuade them to inijuire,whether their works, which are apparently good, are suchas will abide the test : whether they proceed from the Spi-rit of God, or from the spirit of the world : whether theyare animated by a '' simplicity and godly sincerity," orby the unhallowed principles of self love, and the desireof recommending themselves to the esteem of men.2dl?/. It is evident from Scripture, that a man may gofar in the outward performance of his duty, and yet beactuated by such motives as afford him greater cause of grief and of shame than of that rejoicing which is men-tioned in the clause following my text. I read in thepreceding verse, that it is possible for a " man to think himself to be something when he is nothing." I findin fact that the Laodiceans imagined themselves to be"rich and increased with goods, and having need of nothing,*' when, iu truth, they were " wretched, andraiscrabie, and poor, and blind, and naked." And there
are too many reasons to suspect, that, like those, multi-tudes of this present generation are " pure in their owneyes, and yet are not washed from their filthincss ;" havea ^^namc that they live" while ••they are dead;" andhave ^^ the praise of men" while •'• their hearts are notright with God."Sdh/. I foresee the time when thousands shall wishthat they had followed the Apostle's advice in my ioxt," Yet a little while, and he that shall come will come,and will not tarry." — "The Lord himself shall descendfrom heaven >yith a shout, with the voice of the archan-SERMO XXXIX. 67gel, and the trump of God; to jud^e the world in righ-teousn>'Ss. In that day many sliall say to him, Lord,Lord, did we not eat and drink in thy presence, Ijavewe not prophesied in (hy name, and in thy name donemany wonderful works ?'^ But when they receive thatawful reply, " Depart from me, I know you not whenceye are," with what inconceivable anguish will they thencry out. Oh! that we had tried and proved those speci-ous works in which we trusted. We thought them goodand acceptable to God; alas! too late, we find our un-happy mistake. The time was, when this discoverymight have profited us ; but now the doom is passed ;our state is fixed ; and nothing remains for us but a fruit-less remorse, and the galling remembrance of our for-mer sloth and security. — And,Lastly. When 1 considered that I was to speak to com«.mnnicants, who have this day sealed either their friend-ship or their enmity with Christ at his own table, it de-terrain<Ml me (o address to you a pressing and earnestcall to prove this part of your work in particular; thatsuch as have been properly employed in this holy ser-vice may, after trial of themselves, lay hold of the com-
forts which belong to them ; and that others may receivesuch a view of their guilt and of their danger, as, by thegrace of God, shall constrain them to have immediate re-course to that injured, but compassionate Saviour, whoseblood, instead of crying for vengeance, pleads for mercyto the chief of sinners. On all these accounts let me in-treat, not only the hearing of your ears, but the attentionof your minds, whilst 1 endeavour, through divine aid,ist, To explain the full meaning or import of theApostle's exhortation — " Let every man prove his ownwork."2dlij. To give you some directions with regard (0 the68 SERMO XXXIXmanner of conducting the inquiry to which the exhorta-tion relates; and then to point out to you the practicalimprovement of the subject. I begin with the exhorta-tion itself, " Let every man prove his own work."There is a particular emphasis in these words, whichmust not be overlooked. It is his oivn work that a manmust prove. We are sufficiently ready to examine, andto pass sentence upon the works of others. We areoften abroad, but are seldom at home, where our chief business lies. Like some travellers, who are well ac-quainted with foreign countries, but shamefully igno-rant of their own, we know more of others than we arewilling to know of ourselves, and persuade ourselves,that the study of our own hearts is a dull and melancho-ly business, which may incite within us many uneasythoughts, and can give us no pleasure at all.Alas! how low are we sunk by our apostacy fromGod! and with what little and false consolations may adegenerate mind be soothed! Instead of looking inwards

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