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Until the Lord Comes

Until the Lord Comes

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
By THOMAS SCOTT


1 CORINTHIANS, iv. 5.

Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the
Lord come, who both zvill bring to light the hidden
things of darkness, and will make manifest the
counsels of the hearts ; and then shall every man
have praise of God.
By THOMAS SCOTT


1 CORINTHIANS, iv. 5.

Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the
Lord come, who both zvill bring to light the hidden
things of darkness, and will make manifest the
counsels of the hearts ; and then shall every man
have praise of God.

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UTIL THE LORD COMESBy THOMAS SCOTT1 CORITHIAS, iv. 5.Therefore judge nothing before the time, until theLord come, who both zvill bring to light the hiddenthings of darkness, and will make manifest thecounsels of the hearts ; and then shall every manhave praise of God.JL HE manner in which the zealous, unwearied, anddisinterested labours of the apostle Paul were re-quired from mankind, forms the most conclusiveproof of human depravity ; next to that arisingfrom the contradiction, contempt, and cruelty,which his divine Master had experienced. otonly was this distinguished servant of God " every" where spoken against ;" and treated as " the" filth of the world, and the offscouring of all" things," by unconverted Jews and gentiles : thewhole body of Jewish converts also were exceed-ingly prejudiced against him ; many of the churcheshe had planted were alienated from him ; and hisCorinthian converts had been so perverted by false 2SERMO VIII.teachers, as to entertain the most injurious suspi-cions, as to the motives of his ministerial conduct.But fervent zeal for the honour of Christ, and affec-tionate longing after the salvation of souls, kepthim from fainting, and rendered him " stedfast," unmoveable, always abounding in the work of 
 
"the Lord:" and he even submitted, with themost evident reluctance, to vindicate his cha-racter, and magnify his ministry, to the disaffectedCorinthians ; that, by. re-establishing his apostoli-cal authority, he might recover them from thedelusions into which they had been seduced. Inattempting this, he warned them against exaltingsome and despising others, of those who had la-boured among them. " Let a man," says he, " so" account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and" stewards of the mysteries of God." All Chris-tians are servants of Christ, and the word renderedministers denotes those servants, who wait on anyperson, as ready at all times to execute his orderswith unreserved assiduity. But ministers are alsostewards of the mysteries of God : they are notmere teachers of morality, but they are entrustedwith the great mysteries of revealed truth, thatthey may declare them to mankind, as they havereceived them of the Lord. " Moreover, it is re-" quired in stewards that a man be found faithful."It is not necessary for ministers to be orators,courtiers, philosophers, or even men of distin-guished genius or learning ; but integrity andSERMO VIII. 185faithfulness are indispensable. Any person of common prudence would prefer a down-righthonest steward, though but moderately qualified,to the most accomplished man in the world, who,he was aware, woula oppress Iris tenants and em*bezzle his property. Thus faith fulness is the grandrequisite in a minister ; without which, talents,however they may recommend him to the applauseof men, will not procure him deliverance from thewrath of God. " But," says the apostle, " with" me it is a very small thing, that I should be
 
"judged of you, or of man's judgment; yea, I" judge not mine own self: for I know nothing" by myself, yet am I not hereby justified ; but he*' that judgeth me is the Lord." It must not beexpected, that every one who aims to be faithful,should thus decidedly rise superior to the opinionof men, especially those within the pale of thechurch. At the call of duty, a minister may beenabled to venture giving offence ; yet do it re-luctantly and be drawn into many reserves, underthe notion of prudence, which may greatly jmped$his usefulness. Christians should therefore takeheed, that they do not inadvertently tempt mi-nisters to unfaithfulness, or render faithfulnessuneasy to them. The apostle np doubt did exa-rmine his own motives and conduct ; but he knewthat an appeal lay from his decision to that of hisheart-searching Judge ; and that reflection gaverise to the caution and*M r arning of the text; 3JS6 SERMO VIII.e Therefore judge nothing before the time, until" the Lord come, who both will bring to light the" hidden things of darkness, and will make mani-" fest the counsels of the hearts, and then shall" every man h.tve praise of God." Let usI. Meditate on the corning of the Lord,and the solemnities of that awful event.II. Consider the discoveries which will tjienbe made.III. Advert to the consequences of thosediscoveries.

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