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The Sifting of Peter.

The Sifting of Peter.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY DR. McCOSH.

Satan hath desired to have 7011, that he may sift 70a as
wheat : but I have prayed for thee, that thy faith £ul not : and
when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren. — Luke
xxii. 31, 32.
BY DR. McCOSH.

Satan hath desired to have 7011, that he may sift 70a as
wheat : but I have prayed for thee, that thy faith £ul not : and
when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren. — Luke
xxii. 31, 32.

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THE SIFTING OF PETER. BY DR. McCOSH. Satan hath desired to have 7011, that he may sift 70a as wheat : but I have prayed for thee, that thy faith £ul not : and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren. — Luke xxii. 31, 32. THE night on which our Lord thus warned his beloved, his loving, and yet erring disciple, is one much to be remembered by the disciples of Christ throughout their generations. On it the Lord's supper was instituted; on it Jesus was in agony in the garden of Gethsemane; and on it he was betrayed and led to judgment These circum-stances impart an additional emphasis to the words of admonition and tenderness which proceeded from his lips. He is here represented as seated at the table with his disciples. He has the prospect before him of a conflict from which the highest archangel would have shrunk, and to which he himself, travail-ing in the greatness of his strength, never alluded except in language of awe. *' I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how am I straitened till it be accomplished." But even in view of the tremendous scenes before him, he did not forget the poor fish-
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ermen and mechanics whom he had chosen as his THE SIFHNG OF PETER. 1 79 disciples. He knew that the trials which he could surmount were too great for them, and we find him in this passage warning all his disciples, and more particularly the one who was most apt to fall, be-cause he felt as if he stood most securely. " Simon, Simon, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat : but I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren." I. THE CHARACTER OF PETER. While all men are alike in the leading features of their characters, giving evidence that they are of one blood, they yet differ from one another in many not unimportant points. The character of
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Peter is a very marked one. The most careless reader of Scripture fully comprehends it, it is so vividly delineated in the sacred narrative, chiefly through his being placed in a variety of trying situ-ations, where his ruling sentiments are called forth into action. His character stands out in bold promi-nence and relief, like an object situated on a height, and seen between us and a clear sky. We notice at once his natural sincerity and boldness, his vehe-mence and self-confidence ; his liability to be hurried away by the tide of events and the current of pre-vailing feeling. We perceive that as a disciple of l8o GOSPEL SERMONS. I Christ he is under the guardian care and grace of Heaven; but we discover sin lurking within, and bursting forth from time to time as the liquid fire of the volcano breaks out from the mountain whose surface may be covered with the loveliest foliage. His love to Jesus was genuine and sincere,  — for with all his failings Peter was no hypocrite;
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