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The Christian's Hope on a Sure Foundation.

The Christian's Hope on a Sure Foundation.

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BY REV. J. SARGEAUNT, M.A.




2 Timothy ii. 19*

The foundation of God standeih 8ure, having this seal
The Lord knoweth them that are his. And Let every
one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.

BY REV. J. SARGEAUNT, M.A.




2 Timothy ii. 19*

The foundation of God standeih 8ure, having this seal
The Lord knoweth them that are his. And Let every
one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.

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THE CHRISTIA'S HOPE O A SURE FOUDATIO.BY REV. J. SARGEAUT, M.A.2 Timothy ii. 19*The foundation of God standeih 8ure, having this sealThe Lord knoweth them that are his. And Let everyone that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.Before we dwell on the thoughts thatnaturally occur on a view of this text, itmay help to clear away a difficulty, if wecall to mind the substance of some remarksmade by learned and pious* commentatorson the ancient customs alluded to in it.Amongst the nations of the East, and mostprobably amongst the Jews, it was usual, byway of security, to have seals for their lettersand their books ; on these, they had notengraven, as we have, heads or figures, butmerely mottos or inscriptions; it was alsothen, as it is now, very common to inscribe or* See Family Bible.n2 THE CHRISTIAS HOPEwrite, on the first stone of any new publicbuilding, the name of the builder, the date,and sometimes a significant motto or shortsentence, marking the design. To these cus-toms, it is presumed, St. Paul alludes. And
 
granting this to be so, we may fairly thus pa-raphrase his words, and interpret his meaning.The holy building of God is sure andfirm; it is made fast by a seal, having thisdouble inscription, " The Lord knoweth themthat are his. And, Let every one that nameththe name of Christ, depart from iniquity'^ Or,The Church of God shall never fall, and this isthe pledge of its endurance for ever and ever ;on its foundation stone, the divine builder,who is " not a man that he should lie,"* hascut, in letters which shall never perish, thesecomforting words, " The Lord knoweth themthat are his. And, Let every one that nameththe name of Christ, departfrom iniquity.'' ow,my brethren, let us suppose that a labourer,in removing the rubbish of an old building,had found such a stone, so written on — wouldit not be matter of surprise to him ? Wouldhe not puzzle himself to find out, how itcame there, and consider the meaning of thewords, and who had written them ? Aye,were such a thing to happen, the learned inantiquities would devote their whole time to the* umb, xxiii. 19.r O A SURE FOUDATrO. 31 development and clearing; up of the mystery;I they would spend days of study, and nig-hts,I sleepless nights of thoug-ht, in a matter of I so much interest to them. Shall so greatI care be taken to throw light upon the fablesI of time, and none be taken about the truthsI of eternity ? Thanks be to God, his HolyI Spirit has induced many an anxious inquirerI to seek instruction and comfort from the
 
I sealed tablets of the blessed apostles, and theI engraving of the mystical stone of the masterI builder, the Gospel of Jesus Christ ! Do not,I my brethren, let any of us be behind handI in this praiseworthy curiosity. Instead of I prying into the concerns of our neighbours,I that we may be able to spread an evil report of I them, instead of dwelling upon subjects of I doubt and dispute — let us shun these " profaneI and vain babblings, for they will increaseI unto more ungodHness."* Let us rather applyI all the energies and powers ofour minds to theIstudy of the word of God.I For this morning's improvement, we willF"consider" what St. Paul has said in thetext before us ; and may " the Lord giveus understanding in all things. "f A sect,before the apostle's writing this Epistle toiTimothy, had " overthrown the faith of ¦ some," by teaching that '* the resurrection isIpast already."! Upon this occasion it was,t 2 Tini.ii. 7.I lb. 18.b24 THE CHRISTIA'S HOPEthat St. Paul declared, that the promise whichGod had given to the faithful and obedient,that they should have a joyful resurrection,would assuredly be found most true. These

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