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The Great Householder

The Great Householder

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BY REV. JOHN CLOWES, A. M.


Matt. xxi.



Hear another parable ; there was a certain hoiiseholde^r-
which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about ^
and digged a wine-press in it, and built a tower, arid
let it out to husbandmen, and went into afar country.
BY REV. JOHN CLOWES, A. M.


Matt. xxi.



Hear another parable ; there was a certain hoiiseholde^r-
which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about ^
and digged a wine-press in it, and built a tower, arid
let it out to husbandmen, and went into afar country.

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THE GREAT HOUSEHOLDER BY REV. JOH CLOWES, A. M.Matt. xxi.Hear another parable ; there was a certain hoiiseholde^r-which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about ^and digged a wine-press in it, and built a tower, aridlet it out to husbandmen, and went into afar country.1 HERE aire several particulars in these words whichdemand particulaj consideration. There is mention madeof a householder, of planting a vineyard, oi hedging it roundabout, of digging 2l wine-press m it, of buiJding a tower,,of letting it out to husbandmen, and of going into a farcountry.Each of these particulars, we must be forced to con-fess, is full of wisdom, and each contains a wisdom pe-Duiiar to itself. God cannot speak any thing superflaous.;,D.2oO THE HOUSEHOLDER.or in vain. Wliatsoever cooies from his mouth mu^tneeds have in it a deep and distinct meaning, and a mean-ing of use to man. JMan, therefore, who is >vise, willconsider this meaning, and knowing that the zvord oGod is the ^vord of eternal Ife, he will deal with it ac-cordingly. He will meditate upon it, and digest it wellin his own mind. He uill be sure that he comprehendsand understands it aright. If he finds any difficulty
 
herein, it will only increase his earnestness to have the("iiTiculty removed. He will be more urgent in prayertjllicGod of the word, that his eyes may be opened tosee wondrous things- out of his lazv.* And the God of the word will not fail to hear his prayer, and to open hiseyes, according as it is written, " Then opened he theirunderstandings, that they might understand the scrip-tures.^^]The first particular in the above words which demandsour attention is the householder, and to the considerationof. this particular I mean to confine myself in my presentdiscourse.The Lord calls himself a householder in regard to thespiritual house, his church, and as having the supremerule, government, and direction in all things relating tothat spiritual house.This spiritual house, the church, is that congregation<^f men throughout the face of the whole earth, who areinfluenced and guided by eternal principles of justice and'if judgment, derived from the word of God, agreeable to .* Psalm cxix. 18.t Liikcxxiv. 45.THE HOUSEHOLDER* St(he Lord's description, where he says, " My mother andmy brethren^ (that is, my famiJy or household,) are thesewhich hear the word of God and do it,*It is not wood and stone therefore which constitutes achurchy properly speaking ; neither is it any particularceremony or tbrm of worship ; nor yet any particulardoctrine, or form of. speculative faith: all these thingsmay exist in all perfection, and yet there may be nothing
 
of God's church : the reason is, God's church consists of spiritual and living principles of eternal mercy, good-ness, charity, and truth", derived from his word, and ope-rative in the lives of those who hear and keep it.The whole race of mankind throughout the earth maybe considered as divided into two great families, oneconsisting of all such as fear God, and keep his com»mandments in heart and life ; the other consisting of suchas do not fear God and keep his commandments in heartand life, but only in word and gesture.The eye of man cannot at all discern between thesetwo fainilies, so as to distinguish in all cases the one fromthe other, or who belongs to, the one, and who to theother ; but the eye of God discerns them clearly, anddistinguishes them most minutely ; I know, saith he, mysheep ;t and seen by that eye, they are as different aslight and darkness, or as heaven and hell. They areihe sheep on the right handy and the goats on the left.The family of those who fear God, and keep hiscommandments in heart and life, is called his church, or* Luke viii. 21.f John X. t6:52 THE HOtTSETfbtD-Eltl#-household. My sheep, saith Christ, hear my voice:^ Thi?^-family, howsoever separated as to place or distance, hclosely united as to mind or spirit ; and howsoever divided by external forms and ceremonies of worship, ort>y external articles and confessions of faith, is yet inter-nally one family, undivided, by virtue of a pure love to-wards God and towards each other.The cause, as well as the centre, of this undivided-

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