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The Foundation of Hope for Lost Men.

The Foundation of Hope for Lost Men.

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BY JOEL HAWES, D. D.

Isaiah xxviii: 16. Therefore, thus saith the Lord God, behold I lay in Zion
for a foundation, a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner-stone, a sure foun-
dation; he that believeth shall not make haste.
BY JOEL HAWES, D. D.

Isaiah xxviii: 16. Therefore, thus saith the Lord God, behold I lay in Zion
for a foundation, a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner-stone, a sure foun-
dation; he that believeth shall not make haste.

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THE FOUNDATION OF HOPE FOR LOST MEN. BY JOEL HAWES, D. D.Isaiah xxviii: 16. Therefore, thus saith the Lord God, behold I lay in Zion for a foundation, a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner-stone, a sure foun-dation; he that believeth shall not make haste. In illustrating this beautiful and most instructive passage of Scripture I shall show, I. That sinful, dying man, needs a foundation on which he may securely rest his immortal hopes. II. Such a foundation is laid for him in Zion. And, III. It is the duty and privilege of all to build their hopes on this foundation without delay. I. On the first topic I need dwell but a moment. You have only to look within to study your own nature and destiny as im-mortal and accountable, to be convinced that you need a founda-tion better than this world can afford you, on which to rest the interests of your immortality. This is a point, the evidence of 27
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308 THE FOUNDATION OF HOPE FOR LOST MEN. which every man carries in his own bosom. You survey your physical frame; it is weak, frail, perishable. You contemplate the inner spirit; it was made in the image of God, is destined to survive the dissolution of the body and live for ever. You consider your relations to God, and the duties which you owe to him as your Creator, Preserver, Sovereign Ruler and final Judge ; and the conviction is irresistible that you are a sinner in his sight, a transgressor of his law, and justly liable to fall under its fearful penalty. You look forward, and in a few days you know you must die, and go to appear before your Judge, to give an account of the deeds done in the body, and receive a sentence from the final tribunal which will decide your condition for eternity. Thus situated, a frail, dependent, guilty creature, with eternity and the judgment before you, does not every feeling of your nature, every dictate of reason and conscience testify that you need a foundation on which you may securely stand amid the changes of time and the solemn scenes of the eternity just be-fore you ? When I speak of a foundation in this connection, I mean by it that which can support you under the trials and sor-rows of life, which can give you peace of mind and hope as you draw towards the close of your earthly course, and think of
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the dread realities of that invisible world in which you are so soon to be placed. And I ask, is there one among you who does not need such a foundation, such a ground of pardon, peace and hope, as you pass on through life to meet the untried scenes of an eternal state ? I enter into no argument on this point ; I simply appeal to your observation of what is passing around you and is felt within you, to the deep conscious wants of your immortal nature. And I am certain, that in making this appeal, I gain the immediate, unhesitating assent of every one of my hearers to the truth of the sentiment, that fallen, guilty man needs a foundation on which he can securely rest his immortal hopes. This assent may, indeed, exert no decisive influence over your feelings and conduct; it may be counteracted by other sentiments which you hold, or float in your mind as a mere speculation, with no practical result in your life ; still it is there, and you can not wholly get rid of it. The fact that you are a creature of God, responsible at his bar for your conduct, and destined to an eternal existence in the state beyond the grave, is too deeply fixed in the convictions of the inner man to be easily excluded or forgotten ; and while this fact retains a place THE FOUNDATION OF HOPE FOR LOST MEN. 309 in your memory, while you admit the belief that there is a God
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