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"The broad wall." NEHEMIAH iii. 8.

"The broad wall." NEHEMIAH iii. 8.

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Oct 24, 2013
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THE BROAD WALLBY CHARLES H. SPURGEO"The broad wall." EHEMIAH iii. 8.T seems that around Jerusalem of old, in tliotime of her splendor, there was a broad wall,which was her defence and her glory. Jerusalem is a type of the Church of God. It isalways well when we can see clearly, distinctly,and plainly, that around the Church to which we belong there runs a broad wall.This idea of a broad wall around the Church suggeststl i ree things : separation, security, and enjoyment. Letus examine each of these in its turn.I. First, the SEPARATIO of the people of God fromthe world is like that broad wall surrounding the holycity of Jerusalem.When a man becomes a Christian he is still in theworld, but he is no longer to be of it. He was an heirof wrath, but he has now become a child of grace.Being of a distinct nature, he is required to separatehimself from the rest of mankind, as the Lord JesusChrist did, who was holy, harmless, unden led, andseparate from sinners." The Lord s Church was separated in his eternal purpose. It was separated in hisThe Broad Wall. 23covenant and decree. It was separated in the atonement, for even there we find that our Lord is called"the Saviour of all men, especially of them that be
lieve." An actual separation is made by grace, is carried on in the work of sanctitication, and will be completed in that day when the heavens shall be on fire,and the saints shall be caught up together with theLord in the air ; and in that last tremendous day, heshall divide the nations as a shepherd divides the sheepfrom the goats, and then there shall be a great gulf fixed, across which the ungodly cannot go to the righteous, neither shall the righteous approach the wicked.Practically, my business is to say to those of you whoprofess to be the Lord s people, take care that you,maintain a broad wall of separation between yourselvesand the world. I do not say that you are to adoptany peculiarity of .dress, or to take up some singularstyle of speech. Such affectation gendereth, sooner orlater, hypocrisy. A man be as thoroughly worldly inone coat as in another, he may be quite as vain andconceited with one style of speech as with another ;nay, he may be even more of the world when he pretends to be separate, than if he had left the pretenceof separation alone. The separation which we pleadfor is moral and spiritual. Its foundation is laid deepin the heart, and its substantial reality is very palpablein the life.Every Christian, it seems to me, should be morescrupulous than other men in his dealings. He mustnever swerve from the path of integrity. He shouldnever say, " It is the custom : it is perfectly understoodin the trade." Let the Christian remember that custom24- Types and Emblems.cannot sanction wrong, and that its being " understood " is no apology for misrepresentation. A lie" understood " is not therefore true. While the goldenrule is more admired than practised by ordinary men.
the Christian should always do unto others as lie wouldthat they should do unto aim. He should be one whoseword is his bond, and who, having once pledged hisword, sweareth to his own hurt, but changeth not.There ought to be an essential difference between theChristian and the best moralist, by reason of the higherstandard which the gospel inculcates, and the Saviourlias exemplified. Certainly, the highest point to whichthe best unconverted man can go might well be lookedupon as a level below which the converted man willnever venture to descend.Moreover, the Christian should especially be distinguished by his pleasures, for it is here, usually, thatthe man comes out in his true colors. We are notquite ourselves, perhaps, in our daily toil, where ourpursuits are rather dictated by necessity than by choice.We are not alone ; the society we are thrown intoimposes restraints upon us ; we have to put the bit andthe bridle upon ourselves. The true man does not thenshow himself; but when the day s work is done, thenthe " birds of a feather flock together." It is with themultitude of traders and commercial men as it was withthose saints of old, of whom, when they were liberatedfrom prison, it was said, " Being let go, the} 7 went untotheir own company." So will your pleasures andpastimes give evidence of what your heart is, and whereit is. If you can find pleasure in sin, then in sin youchoose to live, and unless grace prevent, in sin you willThe Broad Wall. 25not fail to perish. But if your pleasures are of a noblerkind, and your companions of a devouter character ; if you seek spiritual enjoyments, if you find your happiestmoments in worship, in communion, in silent prayer, orin the public assembling of yourselves with the peopleof God, then your higher instincts become proof of your

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