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The Terror of the Lord

The Terror of the Lord

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY PASTOR BARLASS


II CORINTHIANS V. 11.

Knowings therefore^ the terror of the Lord, we persuade

men,
BY PASTOR BARLASS


II CORINTHIANS V. 11.

Knowings therefore^ the terror of the Lord, we persuade

men,

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THE TERROR OF THE LORDBY PASTOR BARLASSII CORITHIAS V. 11.Knowings therefore^ the terror of the Lord, we persuademen,PAUL was uncommonly diligent in his Master'sservice. He could say, without boasting, I labouredmore abundantly than others. He was zealous inpropagating the faith which he once destroyed. Muchwas forgiven him, and he loved much. He was con-strained by love, and felt its power as a commandingprinciple. He was greatly impressed with the im-portance of death and eternity. The day of judgmentwas most momentous in his eye, and he always spakeof it with peculiar emphasis. That he might findmercy of the Lord in that day, and be free of theblood of all men ; that he might glorify Christ, andwin souls to him, were powerful motives to diligence,made him patiently endure hardships, and count no-thing dear in Christ's service.When false apostles pretended to equal him eitherin doctrine, zeal, or holiness, he condescended ondifferent instances of his sincerity and their hypocrisy.But if persons would not believe him, he told themthere was a day coming which should declare, whenthe secrets of all hearts would be revealed. Im-118
 
pressed with that day and his appearance beforeChrist, nothing could either terrify or allure himfrom the path of duty. Having asserted, in the pre-ceding verse, that " we must all appear before the judgment-seat of Christ, that every one may receivethe things done in his body, according to that he hathdone, whether it be good or bad," in the text hemakes a proper improvement of that solemn subject.He endeavours to persuade men to fly from the wrathto come, by pointing out the terror of the Lord. Theconnexion between this and the foregoing verse issimilar to another declaration in his former epistle — " Yea, wo is unto me if I preach not the gospel !"While future happiness is often set before sinners toprevail with them to come to Christ, in this and manyother passages, the great danger of neglecting salva-tion is also urged as a powerful motive.In order to explain this text we shall endeavour toopen up the Terror of the Lord; — the Knowledgewhich the apostle had of it; — and the Liprovementhe made of it — we persuade men; — and thea applythe whole.I. We begin by opening up the Terror of theLord.The first idea that occurs concerning the terror of the Lord, is the terror of mind which a guilty criminalin prison has when he thinks of and anticipates histrial and execution. How must his heart throb whenhe hears that the judge is arrived, and the witnessessnmmoned and ready; when his own conscience119
 
accuses, and warns him that an ignominious deathsat once depriving him of life and all its pleasures,will certainly be the issue ! Could any point out toeuch a one a possibility of escape, with what aviditywould he listen to every word ! Paul knew this to bea faint emblem of the situation of the sinner favouredwith the means of grace, and therefore endeavouredto persuade him. But there is a melancholy differ-ence between the criminal to be tried at a humancourt, and the condemned sinner to whom Christ isoffered. The poor sinner neither knows nor willbelieve his true condition. He is ignorant of thedanger of that eternal ignominy and death to whichhe is exposed; and instead of prizing, despises theremedy. He is unacquainted with the true characterof the Judge, who is omniscient, inexorable, and theoffended party. There is another difference of greatmoment which deserves our attention : other judgesought to be equally steady and inflexible before thetrial as in the time of it ; but the great Judge of theGospel hearer, till the very moment of the trial, isslow to anger, and beseeches sinners to be reconciled.He sends his servants to the streets and highways tocompel sinners to come in. He invites and persuadestill the eleventh hour. But, with all this tendernessand mercy, he certifies them that if they now refuse,and are found enemies at that day, they will eternallyfeel " the terror of the Lord," which they are nowwarned to avoid. What this terror is will appear stillmore evident from the following observations :1 . This terror is founded in, and flows from, theholy nature of the Judge. Some things depend upon120

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