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Paul's Plea.

Paul's Plea.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
BY REV. S. P. LONG, A. M


2 Cor. 6 :1-10.

'jrMW E then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that
mtlB ye receive not the grace of God in vain. (For He saith, I
have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salva-
tion have I succoured thee : behold, now is the accepted time ; behold^
now is the day of salvation). Giving no offense in anything, that the
ministry be not blamed : but in all things approving ourselves as the
ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in dis-
tresses, in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in watchings,
in fastings ; by pureness, by knowledge, by long-suffering, by kindness,
bv the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned, by the Word of truth, by the
power of God, by the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on
the left, by honor and dishonor, by evil report and good report; as
deceivers, and yet true ; as unknown, and yet well known ; as dying, and,
behold, we live ; as chastened, and not killed ; as sorrowful, yet alway
rejoicing; as poor, 3'et making many rich; as having nothing, and yet
possessing all things.
BY REV. S. P. LONG, A. M


2 Cor. 6 :1-10.

'jrMW E then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that
mtlB ye receive not the grace of God in vain. (For He saith, I
have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salva-
tion have I succoured thee : behold, now is the accepted time ; behold^
now is the day of salvation). Giving no offense in anything, that the
ministry be not blamed : but in all things approving ourselves as the
ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in dis-
tresses, in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in watchings,
in fastings ; by pureness, by knowledge, by long-suffering, by kindness,
bv the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned, by the Word of truth, by the
power of God, by the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on
the left, by honor and dishonor, by evil report and good report; as
deceivers, and yet true ; as unknown, and yet well known ; as dying, and,
behold, we live ; as chastened, and not killed ; as sorrowful, yet alway
rejoicing; as poor, 3'et making many rich; as having nothing, and yet
possessing all things.

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Paul's Plea. BY REV. S. P. LOG, A. M 2 Cor. 6 :1-10. 'jrMW E then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that mtlB ye receive not the grace of God in vain. (For He saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salva- tion have I succoured thee : behold, now is the accepted time ; behold^ now is the day of salvation). Giving no offense in anything, that the ministry be not blamed : but in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in dis- tresses, in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in watchings, in fastings ; by pureness, by knowledge, by long-suffering, by kindness, bv the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned, by the Word of truth, by the power of God, by the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, by honor and dishonor, by evil report and good report; as deceivers, and yet true ; as unknown, and yet well known ; as dying, and, behold, we live ; as chastened, and not killed ; as sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, 3'et making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things. Sanctify us, O Lord, through Thy truth : Thy Word is truth. Amen. Beloved in Christ : — This is the first Siinda}^ in Lent. I wish you could hear the apostle Paul instead of me during this Lenten season. I have often thought I should like to hear him who said, "I am determined to know nothing among men but Christ and Him crucified/' preach a sermon on the sufferings and passion of Jesus. The apostle Paul was well versed in the Old Testament. He knew the story of the fall of man and of his determination to get away
 
from the true and living God. He knew the story of the sacrifices which were types of the promised Savior. He knew the story of the uplifted brazen serpent, which was 284 FIRST SUDAY I LET. 285 only a type of Jesus who should be lifted up on Calvary. He knew the stubborn Israel as well as any man that ever lived, because he himself was one of them, and he knew Avhat the grace of God had done for him. He knew that every man on earth needed salvation as much as he did, and therefore, he gave up all of this world that he might become an ambassador for the glory of Christ. "God was in Christ reconciling the world unto Himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath com- mitted unto us the word of reconciliation. ow then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us ; we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God." In this last word you find the burden of the plea that Paul made to a dying world. Be ye reconciled to God! And I might cry out right now, to you as an individual standing before me. Are you reconciled with God? Have you made peace with your God, through the Lord Jesus Christ? THE PLEA OF PAUL. Paul's plea was made in behalf: I. Of souls. II. Of the Church. III. Of the truth. I. Paul's plea for souls. "We then as workers to- gether with Him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain. (For He saith, I have heard thee
 
in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I suc- cored thee ; behold, now is the accepted time : behold, now is the day of salvation"). If there ever was a time, my friends when people ought to think of the salvation of their souls, above any other time, it is the Lenten season. In this season of the year the Church of God all over the world is considering the great passion and suffering of Christ on His way to Calvary and on the cross, and if it is a good thing to set apart a day to commemorate the birth of the father of our country, or to set apart a day in commemoration of the Declaration of Independence, 286 THE ETERAL EPISTLE. how 11 inch more should it be the duty of the Church of God to set apart a season of the year when we shall say farewell to the world, and meditate on the awful suffer- ings of Christ, that we might have eternal life, and when I speak of a passion season, and a season set apart for the purpose of meditating upon the crucifixion of Jesus, I do not mean that the balance of the year Ave should become worldly again, or that we should go back and away from that cross again, but I do mean to say that we ought to spend forty days in a year meditating upon the cross and upon Christ thereon, so that the whole year Ave may live nearer to Jesus. I, therefore, beg of you as a congrega- tion, do not sit at home on ThursdaA^ cA'Cning as if you did not knoAV that the house of God is here. I beg of you, do not stay away from the best serAice that the Church of God can give, when it holds up the passion of Christ. I make a special plea Avith the council of iua^ church, I beg of you, do not get careless. I haA^e rebuked you, I liaA^e begged of you, I would like to plead Avith you tonight, standing by the cross of Jesus; I say I beg of 3'Ou, by the cross of Jesus, stand close to your church and to your Savior, and meditate on the aAvful sufferings of Christ, I make a plea for souls and —

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