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The Lump Leavened.

The Lump Leavened.

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


EASTER SUNDAY.



I Cor. 5:6-8.

YOUR glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven
leaveneth the whole lump? Purge out therefore the old leaven,
that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even
Christ, our passover, is sacrificed for us. Therefore let us keep the
feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wicked-
ness ; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
BY REV. S. P. LONG, A. M


EASTER SUNDAY.



I Cor. 5:6-8.

YOUR glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven
leaveneth the whole lump? Purge out therefore the old leaven,
that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even
Christ, our passover, is sacrificed for us. Therefore let us keep the
feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wicked-
ness ; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

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The Lump Leavened. BY REV. S. P. LOG, A. M EASTER SUDAY. I Cor. 5:6-8. YOUR glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ, our passover, is sacrificed for us. Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wicked- ness ; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. Sanctify us, O Lord, through Thy truth : Thy Word is truth. Amen. Beloiied in Christ : Hail to the risen King — Jesus Christ! In Him there is joy! Joy in the heart of every true Christian! I cannot imagine how • any man who is a child of God can be sad and sorrowful on Easter morning. When we know that Christ rose from the dead and conquered death and made heaven sure for all believers in Him, why should we not rejoice? You may be surprised that the Church of God has selected a text like this for Eas- ter morning. The very first sentence seems to be ad- dressed to the people to make them sad instead of happy. "Your glorying is not good.'' Remember the Apostle Paul wrote this epistle to the church in which there was one man leading a very ungodly life, and the people, instead of putting him out, or taking him into discipline, simply gloried in his sin. Let us not forget that Easter morn-
 
ing is not only a joy to the child of God, but is equally a message that ought to make a sinner trouble. If Jesus Christ had been crucified and never had risen from the dead, then might children of the devil be happy this 379 380 THE ETERAL EPISTLE. morning. But mark you, the very fact that Jesus Christ did conquer death, the very fact that He assured us by this resurrection that you and I shall rise again, and that every knee on earth shall come and bow before Him, ought to make a man trouble if he is not a Chris- tian. Easter morning, therefore, is a message of joy only to the Christian, and a message of sadness and sor- row to every man who is not prepared to meet his God. Oh, what a morning that will be Avhen you rise from the dead, because Jesus Christ rose from the dead, if you died unprepared to meet your God! "Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?" says the apos- tle. I call your attention this morning to THE LUMP LEAVEED. May the Holy Spirit show you this morning how the whole lump of the world has been leavened. I. By a little sin; II. By a little Son. I. By a little sin. It was a little sin, in the esti- mation of some people, that Eve committed in the gar- den of Eden. She just did one thing that God said she should not do. In comparison with our sins. Eve com- mitted a very little sin, but that little sin leavened her family; that little sin brought Adam to sin; that little sin brought Cain and Abel to sin; that little sin lifted
 
up the club of Cain and killed Abel; that little sin, in other words, leavened the whole lump of her family, and not only of her family, but of every family. Am I wrong when I say there is no one in this house today who is not suffering on account of some special sin found some- where back in his own family? When we stop to think that God said, I the Lord thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generations of them that hate Me, my friends, it ought to make us tremble to look into the future; it ought to make us ask ourselves the question, Is our conduct such as to leaven our families EASTER SUDAY. 381 with sin or with righteousness? Yes, you are suffering this very morning on account of your own family leav- ened Avith some kind of a sin. It is not only true that a little sin leavens the whole lump of the family, but also of the church. The Cor- inthian church consisted of intelligent people. There were probably no people on God's earth in that day that were more acute in mind, more able quickly to grasp a thought, than the people of Corinth, but the Apostle Paul had not left that church very long until a certain man married his OAvn step-mother and was guilty of adulter}^, and the congregation having lived so long in heathendom and in this ver^^ sin, thought. Oh, well, it is a little weakness, let it pass; but the apostle wrote them a letter and said, Watch out : a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump. One bad man in the church, tolerated there, without repentance, will affect every member of that church. Can jou have a sore finger on your hand, and be well? Can a congregation have a member in the church living an ungodly life, knowing it, and prosper? A little leaven will leaven the whole lump, and conse- quently it becomes our duty as a church to look around

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