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Guideline for Christian Conversation

Guideline for Christian Conversation

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
By THOMAS SCOTT


PHILIPPIANS, i. 27-



Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gos
pel of Christ,
By THOMAS SCOTT


PHILIPPIANS, i. 27-



Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gos
pel of Christ,

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GUIDELIE FOR CHRISTIA COVERSATIOBy THOMAS SCOTTPHILIPPIAS, i. 27-Only let your conversation be as it becometh the gospel of Christ,. Paul wrote this epistle, as well as sorne others,from his prison at Rome : and it is manifest that theLord was with him, as he had been with Joseph in si^milar circumstances ; which rendered his confine-ment unspeakably more pleasant, than a splendid pa-lace with a guilty conscience and ungovernable pas-sions. Instead of dejection, murmurs, or resent"ttient, we nd the apostle uniformly employing thelanguage of cheerfulness, contidence,and exultation.He declares that " to him to live was Christ, and to" die gain." All his credit, interest, business, andpleasure in life, consisted in communion with Christ,and earnest endeavours to glorify him and promotehis cause: and he was sure, that death, in whateverform it should arrest him, would prove his richest ad-vantage. What a blessed religion is this, which canturn the king of terrors into a kind friend, and th$SERMO XV. 379loss of all terrestrial things into the most valuable of acquisitions ! What, my brethren, can wealth, re-putation, authority, genius, or philosophy propose,which is comparable to this? Why then should you
 
hesitate to sell all, and purchase the Pearl of greatprice ?But though the apostle had a longing " desire to" depart and be with Christ, as far better;" yet hewas willing to contine on earth, " for the further-" ance and joy of faith" of his beloved people. Asif a pardoned rebel should voluntarily submit to theinconveniences and sufferings of a dungeon, inorder to recommend the clemency of his prince toother criminals ; or be helpful to those, who havinglikewise received mercy, were for some importantpurposes retained awhile longer in confinement.Hence he took occasion to exhort the Philippi-ans in the following words, " Only let your con*" versation be, as it becometh the gospel of Chrisf ;" that whether I come and see you, or else be abr-" sent, I may hear of your affairs, that ye stand fast" in one spirit, with one mind, striving together for" the faith of the gospel; and in nothing terrified by" your adversaries." From the part of this exhorta-tion, contained in our text, I shall endeavour,I. To give a compendious view of the gos-pel of ChristII. To shew, that this gospel, when rightlyBB 43SO SERMO XV.understood and truly believed, will producea correspondent conduct and conversation.
 
III. To mention some leading particularsin which " a conversation becoming the gos-" pel" more especially consists.IV. To make some remarks on the enipha-ticalwqrd "Only."I, I would attempt to give a compendious viewpf the gospel of Christ.We know that the word rendered gospel signifiesglad tidings; and a preacher of the gospel is amessenger or herald, bringing and publishing good;news. " How beautiful upon the mountains are." the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace," and bring glad tidings of good things? * "The Ephesians, having formed the design of building the celebrated temple of Diana, were at a- loss where to procure a sufficient quantity of thefinest marble, to accomplish the plan: and it is re-corded, that a certain person, in this emergency,found a quarry at no great distance, exactly suited tothe purpose. Running therefore without delay toinform the citizens of this fortunate event, he was, and afterwards called, Evangelus or7. Rojn.SERMO XV. 881'ft ringer of good tidings ; a name of exactly the3ame import, with that rendered a preacher of thegospel, or an evangelist. But though his tidingswere infinitely less important and joyful than our's;

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