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The Needful Caution.

The Needful Caution.

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BY REV. JOHN SUMMERFIELD, A.M.



2 Corinthians, vi., 1. — We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.

Observe the apostolic description of the Christian min-
istry.

Its dignity, " ambassadors of Christ." — 2 Cor., v., 20.
Micaiah standing before the two kings of Israel and Judah,
1 Kings, xxii. — They sweep stars and suns aside !
BY REV. JOHN SUMMERFIELD, A.M.



2 Corinthians, vi., 1. — We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.

Observe the apostolic description of the Christian min-
istry.

Its dignity, " ambassadors of Christ." — 2 Cor., v., 20.
Micaiah standing before the two kings of Israel and Judah,
1 Kings, xxii. — They sweep stars and suns aside !

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THE EEDFUL CAUTIO. BY REV. JOH SUMMERFIELD, A.M.2 Corinthians, vi., 1. — We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain. Observe the apostolic description of the Christian min- istry. Its dignity, " ambassadors of Christ." — 2 Cor., v., 20. Micaiah standing before the two kings of Israel and Judah, 1 Kings, xxii. — They sweep stars and suns aside ! Another characteristic is designated in 1 Cor., iii., 9. " We are ' labourers' (workers) together with God" — not P 114 THE EEDFUL CAUTIO. " sewing pillows to all armholes, to hunt souls. " — Ezek., xiii., 18. In the text they are designated as " fellow-workers," true yoke-fellows. Oh ! the sympathy they have, bearing each other's burdens ! weeping and rejoicing together ! " We then, as workers together with him, beseech you" also. We have besought others " from Jerusalem round about to Illyricum" (Rom., xv., 19) ; we now beseech you. I. The exhortation explained. II. The exhortation enforced. I. The exhortation explained.
 
The subject is " the grace of God." This sometimes means the mere favour of God to us, or anything bestowed upon us as the result of that favour. In this place it must be determined by the context preceding : " And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to him- self by Jesus Christ, and hath committed unto us the minis- try of reconciliation." The great plan of reconciliation, then, is " the grace of God" in question. This is called "the grace of God" by way of eminence, because, 1. The gift of Jesus Christ is the highest display of the goodness of God to man. " Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins." — 1 John, iv., 10. " Behold what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God." — 1 John, iii., 1. " He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him freely give us all things ?" — Rom., viii., 32. " That at the name of Jesus ev- ery knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth. And that every tongue should confess that Jesus is Lord to the glory of God the Father."  —Phil., ii., 10, 11. 2. Because it is that which procures for us all other bless- ings. " How shall he not with him freely give us all things ?'" " Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, THE EEDFUL CAUTIO. 115 he will give it you:" pardon, peace, holiness, heaven; "through him, this saving grace hath appeared unto all men."  —Tit., ii., 11.
 
ow this grace is to be "received." 1. The mind must have a clear perception of God's meth- od of justifying the ungodly — his method of saving sinners. Many call this head-knowledge ; what else would they have it ? Is not our religion to be " in all knowledge and spiritual understanding ?" If we knew more, we should love more. How few of us can give such " a reason of the hope that is in us" as to justify the ways of God to man. We live on frames and feelings produced by public means of grace, but have no u manna" laid up at home. 2. The heart must receive the Saviour. " With the heart man believeth unto righteousness." Our affections must choose and submit to him, and our entire selves must be presented as a "living sacrifice." — Rom., xii., 1. Every other trust or dependance must be rejected : " I nothing have, I nothing am, But Jesus died for me." 3. There must be a practical reception of this " grace of God" — an adorning of it in the conduct ; not talking, but working. Thus the judgment, the affections, the life, all re- ceive the grace of God. ow this grace must not be received " in vain." Many have so received it, and I appeal to many in this congrega- tion if they are not awful witnesses of the fact. 1. The light within has become darkness ; and " how great is that darkness !" * * * * TS» ^> Trf* TTC* tR* T?F 2. The love they once had, where is it ? Would they were even lukewarm ! but alas ! they have waxed cold ! their hearts are a moral icehouse ; the cold damps of death

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