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All Things Work Together for Good.

All Things Work Together for Good.

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REV. NUMA F. REID, D. D.

"And we know that all things work together for good to them thai love
God."— Rom., viii, 28.
REV. NUMA F. REID, D. D.

"And we know that all things work together for good to them thai love
God."— Rom., viii, 28.

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ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER FOR GOOD. REV. NUMA F. REID, D. D."And we know that all things work together for good to them thai love God."— Rom., viii, 28. Ancient philosophers taught the doctrine that private and individual interests were to be sacri-ficed for the good of all men. The opinion now obtains, and we hear it frequently inculcated in worldly polity, that the interests of the few must often necessarily be sacrificed for the good of the many. Human legislation is frequently based upon this doctrine, and thereby private and in-dividual interests are often sacrificed for the good of the mass. This is the result of the weakness and imper-fection of human knowledge. Man is imperfect himself, and consequently any system of govern-ment which originates within him must also be imperfect. Not so in Grod's government. This doctrine finds no lodgment in His providential administration of our affairs. Whilst He is car-rying on the general system of all things to its proper perfection, the interests, both general and
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private, of all, from the highest to the lowest, from the most renowned to the obscurest, is guarded, and all things are overruled, so as not to interfere, so far as God is concerned as the 420 SERMONS. great administrator of the universe, with attain-ment of felicity by each if he will. So far from sacrificing in any way and to any extent the private and individual interests of any, on the contrary, the private and individual interests of each who love Him and serve Him, He especially guards and causes all things to conspire to the promotion of their good, but in every case so as not to conspire to the detriment of those who do not love Him, for His tender mercies are over all His works. The text is a strong assurance, and needs to be well considered in order to a proper understand-ing of it. In elaborating its teaching, I call your attention first to the characters desighated in it  — "those that love G-od." The Apostle evi-
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dently intended to teach a distinction in the care and interest felt and exercised by God towards those that love Him, and those who do not. That whilst there is a general superintendence over all His works, there is an especial providence ex-ercised by Him over those who love Him. Who are they? Many profess to love God, and in-deed it would be diCQcult to find any who would avow hatred to Him. Many say Lord ! Lord ! but professions, apart from practice, are nothing with G-od. It is even better not to vow than to vow and not pay the vow. ¦ The test given in G-od's word by which all who love Him may be ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER FOR GOOD. 421 designated or known, is the keeping of His com-mandments. " If ye love Me ye will keep My com-mandments." It is as natural and as easy to one who loves Grod and has the spirit of Christ to do Grod's will, as it is to one who loves the devil and has his spirit, to do the devil's will. Therefore, if we would know who they are that love God, whether we may put ourselves under the assur-
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