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Persuading Men

Persuading Men

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Aug 05, 2013
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PERSUADIG MEBY PASTOR BARLASSII CORITHIAS V. 11.Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord we persuade men.HE wrath of God is a familiar theme to anawakened soul. These who believe the reality of future wrath, and have not obtained solid assuranceof being delivered from the curse, are much at thethrone of grace supplicating mercy. These whohave good hope of being justified and delivered, arefilled with gratitude, and praise the Lord. Theycommiserate these who are under the curse, and un-acquainted with their true situation, and will notbelieve it. Affected with their sad condition, ac-cording to their stations and opportunities, the con-verted use every mean to awaken and persuade them.In the conduct and misery of unbelieving andcareless sinners, Paul saw a just picture of his owncondition before the Lord met with him. In hispresent situation and happiness he experimentallyknew what they might be if they would believe, andhe ardently wished them altogether such as he was,except his bonds. Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, which he had mercifully escaped, and the78138sweetness and efficacy of divine grace, wliich he nowenjoyed — he persuaded men.
Having endeavoured to open up the terror of theLord, we now proceed to theII. Head, which was to speak of the apostle'sknowledge of this terror, which influenced him topersuade men.The apostle was far from having 21 perfect knowledgeof divine wrath. As it never entered into the heartof man to conceive the blessedness of the Lord's peo-ple ; the misery of his enemies, thrust into the bot-tomless pit, and the lake that burneth, is equally in-conceivable. Unless we perfectly knew the debtcontracted by the sinner, and the unabating claim of the divine law — unless we knew the demerit of sin,and the power and justice of God rendering to thesinner according to his work — we can never perfectlyknow the greatness of his punishment, or the vastcontents of the terror of the Lord. We can neitherconceive the punishment of sense^ or loss ; the blessed-ness of which they are deprived, or the misery underwhich they lie to eternity.The apostle had a certain knowledge of the terrorof the Lord. Though unacquainted with the great-ness of divine wrath, he knew the reality of it. Helearned from the Scriptures, and believed that Godhad appointed a day in which he would judge theWorld by Jesus Christ, and that all his enemieswould be turned into hell. In his epistles, he de-139scribes future wrath in a very affecting manner.Writing to the Thessalonians, he expresses himself 
thus : " The Lord Jesus shall be revealed from hea-ven, with his mighty angels, in flaming fire, takingvengeance on them that know not God, and thatobey not the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ : whoshall be punished with everlasting destruction fromthe presence of the Lord and from the glory of hispower." In his epistle to the Hebrews, he describesthe punishment of Gospel hearers in language whichfully proves how firmly he believed, and how muchhe was affected with it. He calls it a certain fearfullooking for of judgment, and fiery indignation whichshall devour the adversaries : a falling into the handsof the living God that he may take vengeance, whichhe affirms to be fearfid beyond expression. Withoutcondescending on other instances, all his epistles area standing and conclusive proof that he knew theterror of the Lord, and that the despisers of Christtreasured up to themselves wrath against the day of wrath.After it pleased the Lord to reveal his Son inhis heart, Paul was greatly affected with the evil of sin, especially unbelief and rejecting Christ. Thistended to acquaint him with the punishment it de-served. The word assured him that there behoovedto be a proportion between that enmity which re- jected such a loving Saviour, and divine resentmentwhen the day of grace was over. ever any hadmore exalted and affectionate views of salvation byfree grace, or made greater exertions to ascertain aninterest in it, and bring others to seek and improve140it. This partly proceeded from a certain persuasionof the hifinite and unspeakable misery, which is the

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