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Letters of Recommendation.

Letters of Recommendation.

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


11 Cor. 3 :4-ll.

AND such trust have we through Christ to God-ward: Not that
we are sufficient of ourselves to think an3'-thing as of ourselves;
but our sufficiency is of God; who also hath made us able min-
isters of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the
letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life. But if the ministrations of
death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children
of Israel could not steadfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory
of his countenance ; which glory was to be done away : how shall not
the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious? For if the ministra-
tion of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of
rigliteousness exceed in glory. For even that which was made glorious
had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth. For
if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which re-
maineth is glorious.
BY REV. S. P. LONG, A. M


11 Cor. 3 :4-ll.

AND such trust have we through Christ to God-ward: Not that
we are sufficient of ourselves to think an3'-thing as of ourselves;
but our sufficiency is of God; who also hath made us able min-
isters of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the
letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life. But if the ministrations of
death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children
of Israel could not steadfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory
of his countenance ; which glory was to be done away : how shall not
the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious? For if the ministra-
tion of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of
rigliteousness exceed in glory. For even that which was made glorious
had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth. For
if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which re-
maineth is glorious.

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Letters of Recommendation. BY REV. S. P. LOG, A. M 11 Cor. 3 :4-ll. AD such trust have we through Christ to God-ward: ot that we are sufficient of ourselves to think an3'-thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God; who also hath made us able min- isters of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life. But if the ministrations of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not steadfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance ; which glory was to be done away : how shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious? For if the ministra- tion of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of rigliteousness exceed in glory. For even that which was made glorious had no glory in this respect, by reason of the glory that excelleth. For if that which is done away was glorious, much more that which re- maineth is glorious. Sanctify us, O Lord, through Thy truth : Thy Word is truth. Amen. Beloved in Christ: Corinth was a city of learning and the teachers from the surrounding cities had to come there with letters of recommendation or they could get no positions. The apostle Paul brought no letter with him. He came with the law and with the Gospel, and with these letters he there established the church of God. He calls attention to these things in the first verse of this chapter : "Do we begin again to commend ourselves? or need we, as some cH;hers, epistles of commendation to you, or letters of commendation from you? Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men. Forasmuch as
 
ye are manifestly declared to be the epistle of Christ min- 628 TWELFTH SUDAY AFTER TRIITY. 629 istered by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tables of stone, but in fleshly- tables of the heart." The true minister of the Gospel does not need letters of recommendation from any church, nor to any church. The best letter I could ever get is this congregation. You are my epistles. These letters that we write with ink are generally shoved into some pigeon-hole and no one sees them but the one who receives them ; but you are epistles read on the streets, read in your business places, read wherever you go, and if you do not live as you are taught, you are a poor recommendation for me; if you do live as you are taught, you are the best letters that I can ever get. I wish to call attention this evening to LETTERS OF RECOMMEDATIO. The letters spoken of in this epistle are just two : I. The law. II. The Gospel. The law is a letter of God, and it is a glorious letter, and a letter unto death. The Gospel is also a letter of God, a more glorious letter, and a letter unto life. These two letters may the Holy Spirit write deeply on our hearts tonight. 1. First of all, there is the law of God. ^^ot that we are sufficient of ourselves to think anything as of our- selves; but our sufficiency is of God; who also hath made
 
us able ministers of the new testament, not of the letter, but of the spirit; for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life. But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not steadfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away; how shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious? For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteous- ness exceed in glory." The apostle Paul calls attention to the fact that the 630 THE ETERAL EPISTLE. law of God is the letter of God, written with His own linger. The Jews at this time were making a good deal of trouble in Corinth because they thought that the law was not honored as it should be. In spite of the fact that they had been led to Christ and accepted the Gospel, they were still trying to live according to the law of the Jews and Moses, basing all their hope of salvation on the keep- ing of the law. This was error, and the apostle Paul in order to show them their error, teaches them that while the liaw is God's letter, a glorious letter, it is a letter unto their condemnation, and then holds up the more glorious letter of the Gospel. The law of God is meant to be* God's letter. If there is anything in the Bible that should be called God's letter above everything else, it is that law which was written with God's own finger. Did not God trace every letter on the tables of stone before He handed the law to Moses? And when God did write that law on Mount Sinai, did He not trace the same letters that He had written in the hearts of Adam and Eve when He created them? Do you realize, as you sit before me to- night, that you have the trace of God's own letters in your heart? You know there is only one true and living God; you know that you should not take God's name in

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