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Inexcusable Ignorance.

Inexcusable Ignorance.

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BY REV. S. P. LONG, A. M



1 Cor. 12:1-11.

NOW concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you
ignorant. Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto
these dumb idols, even as ye were led. Wherefore I give you
BY REV. S. P. LONG, A. M



1 Cor. 12:1-11.

NOW concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you
ignorant. Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto
these dumb idols, even as ye were led. Wherefore I give you

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Inexcusable Ignorance. BY REV. S. P. LOG, A. M 1 Cor. 12:1-11. OW concerning spiritual gifts, brethren, I would not have you ignorant. Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led. Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed : and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost. ow there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. For to one is given by the Spirit the word of wisdom; to another the word of knowledge by the same Spirit; to another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing by the same Spirit; to another the working of miracles; to another prophecy; to another discerning of spirits ; to another divers kinds of tongues ; to another the interpretation of tongues : But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as He will. Sanctify us, O Lord, through Thy truth : Thy Word is truth. Amen. Dearly Beloved: The Corinthians were not an ignorant people, but noted for their intelligence. Paul says in the beginning of this letter: "I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which is given you by Jesus Christ, that in everything ye are enriched by Him, in all utter- ance, and in all knowledge, even as the testimony of Christ was confirmed in you : so that ye come behind in no gift."
 
But, like many intelligent people, they were full of con- tentions. They depended so much on their natural gifts that they hindered their spiritual growth. They went to church more to hear an eloquent preacher than to serve 613 614 THE ETERAL EPISTLE. Christ. They made a human feast of the Holy Supper. They were inexcusably ignorant with all their natural gifts. Paul insists upon a better state of conditions in the church. The first verse is the trumpet sound for liberty : "I would not have you ignorant.'' Again he says : "I give you to understand." He knows that they should and could know better — that they are guilty of IEXCUSABLE IGORACE. I. It is inexcusable ignorance not to knoio one^s self. Adam and Eve were created in God's image and were good and holy. Satan, that proud angel, rebelled against God, and caused our first parents to sin, and that sin caused spiritual death, and the wages of that sin was bodily death, and ever since this world has been a double grave- yard — death for the soul and death for the body. There is no excuse for any one to be ignorant of this truth in a land of Bibles and Christian churches. or is there any excuse for our not knowing that our forefathers were heathen. "Ye know that ye were Gen- tiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led." These Corinthians knew that Paul had first preached the Gospel in Europe, and that Lydia was the first Christian, and that IMacedonia had sent the mission- ary to them to preach Christ crucified to them. They could point to the false gods all around them which they themselves had worshipped. They could point to living
 
parents and friends who carried and led them to idol wor- ship. They had just come from the blackness of darkness to the brightness- of light — the Light of the world. There was absolutely no excuse for them not to know what their fathers were, and there is no excuse for us not to know who our forefathers were. There are historical marks all over Europe today where our forefathers worshipped idols, and there are rocks and knives of stone to show where and how they cut off human heads to appease their gods. Had it not been for the missionaries who came to our fore- fathers with the Gospel, we would all be heathen today — TETH SUDAY AFTER TRIITY, 615 possibly offered already as a sacrifice to some unknown • god. Know thyself. Know that you were born of sinful flesh. "That which is born of flesh is flesh," said Jesus. We may not like to hear it, but we are all born heathen. "Ye must be born again." Jesus knows us. Read the third chapter of John and know yourselves. II. In the next place it is inexcusable ignorance not to know who the true and living God is. God hath given us brain to think. A thinker knows that God could make Himself known. The book of nature tells us plainly that God is almighty, wise, and good. Creation forces us to acknowledge a Creator. The maker is always greater than the thing made. Knabenshue has  just sailed around the capitol of this state with his air- ship. The air-ship was in the mind of Knabenshue be- fore it sailed in the air. The inventor is greater than the invention. Thus God, the Creator, is greater than crea- tion, and we know that He could make Himself known. And just because He could, God would make Himself

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