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The Purpose of the Son of Man

The Purpose of the Son of Man

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" For THE Son of Man is come to seek and to save that which
was lost." — Luke xix. 10.

" For THE Son of Man is come to seek and to save that which
was lost." — Luke xix. 10.

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Mar 30, 2014
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THE PURPOSE OF THE SON OF MANBY REV. D. L. CARROLL" For THE Son of Man is come to seek and to save that which was lost." — Luke xix. 10. The term "lost," when only employed in its literal sense, is one of mournful significancy. The individual, who in a night of clouds, and rayless gloom, has missed his way, and is wandering, lost from his cheerful hearth and familiar home, excites in his behalf a strong and peculiar sympathy. But the scriptural representation of the sinner's condition in reference to God, as the Father of his spirit, and heaven as his home, makes a more resistless appeal to our benevolent commiseration. Sin has reared dark mountains around, and spread out the canopy of a moonless, starless, moral night, over the immortal spirit, beneath and among which it gropes its way, not knowing whither it goeth. It is man's impe-rishable part that is lost, the interests of his spiritual being that are ruined; his ^otJ, lost, is wandering away^rom its happy home in the skies — exiled from the bosom of its Father, an outcast from the endear-ments and the joys of God's great family on earth, and in heaven. We may remark, however, that be-
ing lost, does not always imply that the person is innocently and involuntarily lost. Usage sanc-tions the application of this term to the conduct and condition of the youth, who has voluntarily and 106 SERMON V. wickedly overleaped the boundaries of parental re-straint, and broken away from the tenderness of pa-rental love, and plunged deeply into the dissipations of ungodly companionship. We say he is lost to his family, to society, to every noble and elevated feeling. And he is lost, for he does nothing that indicates that he belongs to, and has his home with that lovely family, from which he is wandering : nor does he share in the virtuous joys of their domestic circle; nor do his parents treat him, nor dare they treat him as a son. He has intervals of broken re-flection himself, when the promptings of the remains of his earlier and better feelings remind him that he is lost. He knows it, and sometimes for a moment seenas inclined to relent and return, but goes on his way wandering still. It is in this sense, that God regards and declares an impenitent world as lost.
That sinners are thus lost, is the doctrine of the text, and may be proved by the following considera-tions: I. The pier suits or doings of sinners evince that they are lost. In all their diversified pursuits, in the play of their ceaseless activity, there is no refe-rence to the service of God. "The wdcked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God.'' There is no serious attention given to the claims of God, no serious inquiry after God, no up-ward aim in any of the sinner's actions tending to heaven, no real aspirations after a knowledge of God, no ardent hopes of a return to the home of the soul, no voluntary efifort to cease from wandering. That he should quit his rebellion, submit to God, repent and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and consecrate SERMON V. 107 himself without reserve, to walk in all the ordi-nances and commandments of God blameless, never really enters his mind. Amidst all the multitude of

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