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The Christian Warrior.

The Christian Warrior.

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1 Cor. xvi. 13.

Quit you like men.

1 Cor. xvi. 13.

Quit you like men.

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Jul 19, 2014
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THE CHRISTIA WARRIOR. BY REV. WILLIAM HOWELS,1 Cor. xvi. 13. Quit you like men. The life of the Apostle Paul presents us with a striking contrast : there was a period when he fought in the van of the armies of hell against the living God ; but when changed by divine grace he is found fighting manfully under the banner of the Captain of our salvation, against the world, the flesh, and the devil ; with the glory of God, and the salvation of his brethren pri- marily and perpetually in view. He seemed to lose sight of every thing else while engaged in this delightful and triumphant work. When the eye is fixed upon some distant eminence, it is so much occupied with its sublimities, that the grass, shrubs, and trees which intervene, are forgotten : thus may we fix our eyes on the hill of Zion which is above, where angels and the spirits of THE CHRISTIA WARRIOR. 36.5  just men made perfect, are hymning the praises of their great Creator ; above all, may the eye of faith be fixed upon the Saviour whose glorious excellencies so attracted the heart of the apostle, that he seemed to travel toward heaven on the wings of lightning itself. May we know some- thing of that sacred fire which inspired him first of all to descend into his own bosom, and enabled him then to enter the regions of the prince of darkness, applying the torch of truth to hearts
naturally as cold as the winter of the pole. In the ninth verse he says, " For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries. '' But did they keep him from the door ? o, my brethren, he cut his way through them all, and entered in, and we must do the same if ever we mean to enter the gates of bliss. The apostle goes on to say, " Stand fast in the faith :'¦ cleave closely to the truth of God. Let us exa- mine ourselves in this respect ; do we with all the heart, as well as with all the intellect, believe every thing that God has revealed ? " Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.'' If truly wise, we shall as fully believe that there is a heaven and a hell as if we were now inhabitants of either place. This is the root of all religious principle. One thing- peculiar to the spiritual mind is this, that it does not make either feeling or intellect its guide. The truth of God is the believer's ceaseless rule : 360 SERMO XXI. cleaving to this witli full purpose of heart, he per- severes in treading the narrow path that leads to everlasting life, without deviating in the least de- gree to the right hand or to the left. Yet feelings are not to be despised, especially those which emanate from the Holy Spirit ; they purify and exalt the man, and prepare him for an eternity of bliss ; but truth is the parent of correct feeling. When those delightful sensations which we once experienced are fled, it is not unlawful to weep over them ; as the gift of God, they should be prized, though not idolized. In their absence, we must live as Messiah did in the garden and on the cross, when he had nothing to trust but his Father's promise. Had he consulted feeling in
that awful hour of trial he must have failed in his great work ; nevertheless, in circumstances infi- nitely more trying than any to which his brethren have been exposed, he believed the promise of his Father, and triumphed gloriously ; and we must do the same. The truth of God is to be our standard ; and when this is firmly adhered to, delightful feel- ings, if lost for a season, will return. The truth of God was the weapon which the Saviour always used when assailed by his enemies. When the tempter approached him, he repelled him with this, " It is written." It is a sword of ethereal temper, it has been tried again and again, and has been so skilfully wielded by the arm of the great Captain of our salvation, that it has inflicted the mortal THE CHRISTIA WARRIOR. ^C)J wound on Satan, and become a terror to all our spiritual foes. The same weapon must be used by all his family, and they are destined to conquer through him ! " Quit you like men, be strong." The believer is compared in Scripture to a soldier, and the christian life to a warfare. I need not quote passages of Scripture to prove this. We are all, really or professedly, engaged in war- fare ; the enemies against which we have to con- tend are peculiar, and we must be either slaves or conquerors eternally. We are all soldiers natu- rally ; born in the camp of the devil, wilfully fighting against the Lord of Hosts. This is the natural disposition of every son and daughter of Adam. Alas ! if they knew themselves, men would never dream of any returning from hell. o one but the Captain of our salvation, no one but the Lord of Hosts, ever could do this. He ascended from the depth of our hell to occupy the

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