PAUL'S POWER

BY REV. S. P. LOG, A. M
I Cor. 9 :24-10 :5.
KOW ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one
receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. And every
man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things.
ow they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.
I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth
the air; but I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection; lest
that by any means, when I have preacHed to others, I myself should be
a castaway.
Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how
that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the
sea; and did all eat the same spiritual meat; and did all drink the same
spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed
them : and that Rock was Christ. But with many of them God was
not well pleased : for they were overthrown in the wilderness.
Sanctify us, O Lord, through Thy truth :
Thy Word is truth. Amen.
Beloved in Christ:
Last Sunday evening we had the pleasure of listen-
ing to the power of Peter. I showed 3^ou from God's Word
that the poAver of that great apostle lay in two things:
First, that he positively knew that Jesus Christ was the
only Savior of the world; and, in the second place, he
positively knew that the Bible was the inspired Word
of God; and, having settled those two facts in his mind,
he went into the world with a power that God blessed.
There is one other apostle who undoubtedly was a su-
perior of all the rest in many ways, and that was the
apostle Paul. I shall therefore, direct your attention this
evening to
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PAUL'S POWER.
And may the Holy Spirit give power to bring your
souls nearer to Jesus, your Savior, Peter's Savior, PauFs
Savior, the Savior of the world.
I. I remark that the apostle Paul would have been
a power no difference what his calling.
1. The first thought that struck me in reading this
text was, what would Paul have been if he had been a
robber. Just imagine a man with all the fire, and all
the energy that Paul had, a bad man, a thief, in a com-
munity. Why, there is not a man in American history,
great as our robbers have been — even a Jesse James
could not begin to be what Paul might have been if he
liad served the devil fully instead of his God. Paul would
not have been one of those sneaking little thieves going
from house to house and plundering home after home.
If Pan] had been a thief instead of a Christian minister,
he would have been at the head of the great movements
of' the world to rob people. If he had lived in our day
he would have been at the head of some Standard Oil Com-
pany ; he would have been at the head of some great trust ;
he would have been the champion among the world's
financiers, and he would have robbed the people at the
greatest rate possible.
2. I not only see him in the capacity of sin as a
great power, but I see him even a great man if he had
been a farmer. It is often said in the country when a
I)oy is a little Aveak in the back or has not got the ability
to hold a ploAv, or to stand a good deal of hard work, that
he will do for a preacher, seeming to think that
in the pulpit any kind of a back will do; there any
kind of a tongue Avill do; there any kind of a phy-
sical structure will do. If you think the apostle Paul
went into the ministry because he was a weak man phy-
sically, you are mistaken, and if you think any man weak
physically will make a good preacher, you are mistaken.
It takes as much physical force to preach one sermon
as it does to handle the cradle for four hours; it takes
as much physical force to work in this church as it does
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to run a one-hundred-and-sixty-acre farm alone, I want
it simply understood that if you have got a son who is
not able to make the best showing with regard to strength ;
who isn't able to make one of the very best carpenters;
who isn't able to handle the hardest labor in this world,
never try to make a preacher of him. We have enough
of preachers that would not make good farmers, that
would not make good mechanics, and they make very,
very poor preachers. The apostle Paul was one of those
men who went through trials that no physically weak
man could ever go through with. He tells us he w^as
whipped by the Jews five times, receiving forty stripes
less one; in other words, he received one hundred and
ninety-five cuts across his back, that you and I never
would have stood; he tells us he was out in the deep, in
the w^ater twenty-four hours, and yet did not drown; he
was stoned and dragged out of the city for dead, but
there was too much vital force in him to die; he arose
again; he was whipped, and scourged, and persecuted,
not only outside of the church, but in the church ; he went
through many trials, sometimes having the very clothing
torn ofp of his back; out in the winter, freezing, hungry,
wanting a drink and getting none, wanting something to
eat, and nothing for him; that man went through trials
that no man could go through with unless he had the
strength to do any kind of labor to be done in the world.
3. The apostle Paul would have been a great power
as a lawyer. When he and Silas were put into prison,
having been scourged and their feet fastened in the stocks,
they began to sing songs of praise at midnight. God Al-
mighty shook that old prison until the people found them-
selves loose, and the jailer was ready to commit suicide.
Paul cried out, "Do thyself no harm; we are all here."
Paul could have escaped in that moment. o, he would
not; he remained there, and when the jailer came ask-
ing, "What shall we do to be saved," he taught him God's
Word; he taught him that he must be baptized, and bap-
tized him in the same hour of the night. ot only that,
we find when the morning came word was sent to him
by the jailer, ow, Paul you can go. o, sir; I did not
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put myself here and I do not intend to put myself out,
and I want you as a jailer to understand that you have
no control whatever over me. The very moment they con-
demned me without a hearing they condemned a Roman,
and I demand of them that they come here themselves and
lead me out and give me liberty. o man but a lawyer
could have done that. Paul knew the law, and, knowing
the law, he made those men his prisoners, instead of being
theirs. When he stood before Felix and made him
tremble, he showed his ability as a lawyer.
As an orator he could have held the highest position
in the world; as a lecturer he could have gone around
and won the ears of all the people. Oh, this man was a
wonderful power.
4. He was not only a power as a lawyer; he would
have been a j)ower as a politician. It is said, preceding
our text: "For though I be free from all men, yet have
I made myself servant unto all that I might gain the
more. And unto the Jews I became as a Jew, that I
might gain the Jews; to them that are under the law, as
under the law, that I might gain them that are under the
law; to them that are without law, as without law (being
not without law to God, but under the law to Christ), that
I might gain them that are without law. To the weak
became I as weak, that I might gain the weak. I am
made all things to all men, that I might by all means
save some." In those words that I have read you find
one of the most beautiful pictures of a true pastor, that
can be found in the Word of God. The apostle Paul had
the ability of working among common men, and when he
found a weak man, he was weak ; when he found a strong
man, he was strong; when he found a man versed in one
line of knowledge, Paul was versed in that line; he could
always accommodate himself to any kind of a man he
met, and consequently was a great power as a missionary,
and he always did that to save souls. All you have to
do is to put this man in politics, and you have what pol-
iticians call a "good mixer" — a man that can shake hands
and win votes anywhere. If Paul had been a politician
instead of a man of God, he would have carried the office,
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no difference for what he ran. If in Mansfield, he would
have been elected mayor, if in Ohio, governor, and he
would have become President of the United States. In
his place he was a power, and he would have been a power
as a politician.
5. I not only see him as a power in politics, but he
would have been a power as a detective. ''Know ye not
that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth
the prize? So run that ye may obtain. And every man
that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things.
ow they do it to obtain a corruptible crown ; but we an
incorruptible. I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so
fight I, not as one that beateth the air." How did Paul
know about this beating the air? How did Paul know
all about these races? We have a good many men in the
present dsij, so good they have never seen a race at all;
never been inside of a saloon ; never seen a gambling den ;
never seen the world as it is, and the consequence is that
they do not know how to preach the Gospel. We have
some parents who do not know how to raise their chil-
dren; they have sons, and the very first thing they say to
them is, If I ever catch you in a saloon, watch out! If
I ever catch you at a race, watch out ! If I ever catch you
playing pool, watch out! If I ever catch you doing this,
or that, watch out ! And it is not very long until the boy
is watching out, and just waiting an opportunity to get
away from mother, to get away from father, and if that
boy does not go to the races, I do not know one who will ;
if he does not go to the saloon, I do not know one who
will. The great trouble is so many people do not train
their children rightly. The apostle Paul went to the races
to see what was going on ; he went to the Olympian games
and watched the men, how they would train for months;
watched their muscles and watched them run with all the
power within them, and thousands of people from all
around Rome had come to the nortli portion of Corinth
that they might see the races, and when they were over
they brought the winner back with great applause and
great cries of joy, and put a little crown of myrtle on
his head, and he went home so proud of that crown that
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he never forgot it; and then this great thinker said, if I
can just get men to run like that for the crown of heaven,
then I have made a point; he noticed that. these men that
go into the races do not drink anything; they are tem-
perate; they are very careful not to eat nor drink too
much; they must win the race, and they must be pre-
pared for the race; and he applied that to souls, and
preaclied to the world such a temperance sermon as they
never heard before. This apostle Paul would have made
a good detective; they all acknowledged that. Why did
they send him to Damascus to catch Christians? He was
one of the best detectives ; he could follow out any clue ; he
could find a Christian if there was one to be found; he
knew the world. If my boy had lived, I would have said
to him, wait until you are twelve years old and I will
take you to Chicago ; I am going to take you through the
lowest dives and dens ; I am going to show you the worst
people in the world; I am going to show you through all
the saloons, through all the places that I would not care
to mention at home, to show you the world as it is; and
I would have made that boy so sick of the lost, condemned
world, that he never could have been induced to enter
such places. There is a wrong way and a right way to
bring up children. You do not want to say, if you touch
this beer I will whip you; if you touch this whisky I
will whip you. o. Say, here is whisky; it is a good
thing in its place but never was made to drink; it will
make you thirsty ; you might just as well eat salt ; it is a
good thing for medical purposes, but do not drink it.
Then take that boy into a room where a man has delirium
tremens and tell him that is what whisky did, and that
boy will never touch it. You want to have the detective
spirit that the apostle Paul had. He was a power as a
policeman, and when they wanted to prosecute Christians
they could not find a better man than Paul, and they sent
him to Damascus to find them.
6. And I believe, from the description given of him
in another chapter that if he had gone into the Olympian
games for the purpose of winning the race, I think he
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would have won it. A man that could run over the world,
as Paul did, as a missionary, was no ordinary runner.
ot only that, but I believe the x4.postle Paul, if he had
prepared himself for the ring, w^ould have been as great a
pugilist as we have in this country. He refers to that
w^hen he says, ^'So fight I, not as one that beateth the air.''
Paul would never have missed a man if he had struck at
him; he would have hit him, and hit him hard. A man
that could be out in the w^ater for twenty-four hours
without going down ; a man that could have one hundred
and ninety-five stripes across his back and never wither;
a man that could be stoned, and dragged out for dead, and
rise again, would not find a fist in any enemy's hand that
would down him. The Apostle Paul was a pow^er.
II. What then did he do? He took all these powers
that God gave him and concentrated them into himself as
a missionary of the Gospel, and thereby proved that he
was the greatest preacher the world has ever seen.
1. o one ever felt his Divine call more keenly than
Saul did; no one was ever more certain of his call. As
I stated a moment ago, he started up to Dainascus as a
policeman to persecute Christians; the Lord God knew
that there is a power; He knew that there is a con-
scientious man ; He knew that if that man knew the truth
he W' ould fight for it until he died, consequently He wanted
to teach that man one thing he did not know, and that was
that Jesus of azareth w^as the Son of God, the One
prophesied in the Old Testament; therefore He unhorses
him, throws him down, and cries from heaven : "Saul,
Saul, wiiy persecutest thou Me?" — and Saul fell into
another world; Saul realized that he had been mistaken.
Saul said, "Lord, what wouldst Thou have me to do?"
"Arise, and go to a certain street that is called Straight,
and I wall send a man there, and he will tell you what to
do." In other words, Jesus Christ w^anted to teach Saul
there that he had to be converted, not by power from
heaven, but by the Gospel in the hands of man; so He
sent Ananias to the street called Straight; and to
Ananias, who went, God said, "Look, behold, he prayeth."
There you see the policeman on his knees praying God
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to have mercy on him. His eyes were blinded, and this
man Ananias tells him the wonderful truths of the Gospel ;
tells him to arise, and be baptized, and to wash away his
sins, and there fell from his eyes as it w^ere scales, and
he saw a new world; he saAv a new avenue for his power,,
and he started out to preach the Gospel to the world.
2. ot only Avas he Divinely called — there is no
question about that — but he was as conscientious as a
man could be. In this same chapter I would call atten-
tion to the fact that he could have earned a living in many
w^ays without being a minister of the Gospel; I would
further call your attention to the fact that he might
have been a married man and enjoyed his family like other
men; I call your attention to the fact that according to
the Old Testament teaching that every minister of the
Gospel should be paid for his preaching, but he had made
such a blunder that he made up his mind he would never
give the world a chance to say that he w^as in the ministry
for the money that was in it, and therefore, instead of
taking a salary, he made tents, he worked and earned
money at night, that he might go and preach the Gospel
on the Sabbath day. He was so conscientious that he
said : "But I have used none of these things : neither
have I written these things that it should so be done unto
me : for it were better for me to die, than that any man
should make my glorying void. For though I preach the
Gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid
upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the Gospel!"
The great Spurgeon one time said to a young man who
desired to study for the ministry, "If you can help it,
don't preach.'' That may look like wrong advice, but he
meant it just as he said it. When a man is Divinely called
to preach, no power under heaven can keep him from it,
and so he said to the young man, "If you can help preach-
ing, don't preach." When the Apostle Paul was con-
verted, no power in the w^orld could keep him from preach-
ing. "Woe is unto me if I preach not the Gospel." He
was so conscientious that he gave his services and his life
for the ministry.
3. He was willing to make any sacrifice; nothing
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was too much for him, no road too stony, no sea too wide;
the heathen were not too far away for him ; wherever God
said go, he went. I often think of that little song we sing
in the Young People's meeting, "I'll go where you want me
to go," and here we sit and do not go; it is easy to sing
but harder to do. The Apostle Paul not only sang, but
he did these things; if God said go to Europe, he went
to Europe; if He said to go to Macedonia, he went to
Macedonia; if God said go to Eome, he went to Rome;
if God said you will be crucified, he said, so be it; when
God said die, he died; there was nothing too much for
Paul; he was a power in the ministry, and one of the
greatest missionaries the world has ever known.
4. "I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight
I, not as one that beateth the air." The Apostle Paul was
a very plain preacher, a very striking preacher ; he never
said a sentence that did not hit somebody ; when he struck,
he struck with the intention of hitting something. You
know sometimes in training these pugilists, they must
stand and strike in the air, and keep on fighting; to the
Apostle Paul that looked like foolishness, and it does
to me when I see young men going to the gymnasium over
here trying to develop their muscle. In a man's life there
is so much to do in the way of really doing something, that
he should make every blow count; there is so much to
be accomplished for the good of our fellowmen that we
ought to hit something every time we strike. That is the
kind of a preacher Paul was, and he struck at himself as
well as others. Paul calls attention to the fact that the
world was lost by nature and that he himself must be very
careful or he would be lost. "Lest that by any means
when I have preached to others, I myself should be a cast-
away." One thing that made him such a powerful preacher
was that he studied his own heart, his own conscience,
his own soul, and whenever he found himself in the wrong
he struck at Paul, and in striking at Paul, he struck all.
Hardly a week passes that some one does not come to me
and say, hoAv did you know that I did this, and that, when
the truth is I did not know it until then, but the reason
I can hit you so well is that I hit myself every day, and
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¦v\'e are just alike; you are thinking just as I am and you
are acting just as I am ; whenever you hit one man real
hard you have hit the whole congregation. God knows
how to find us out.
5. ot only do we find that he was a very con-
scientious man, Avhose call was Divine, and a great mis-
sionary, willing to make any sacrifice, but we find, further-
more, that he was a man who preached with the wonder-
ful power of a good doctrine. As far as his doctrine was
concerned, he was no perfectionist, nor was he an im-
mersion ist, nor do I find that he was a moralist, nor a
Universalist.
I say that this man was not a perfectionist. The
AiDostle Paul did not say, I do not need to fight any more ;
he did not say, 1 have reached perfection. o, he said if
these men will run as they run and fight as they fight for
a little crown of myrtle, then I must fight and I must run,
and ye must fight and ye must run, that we receive the
crown of eternal life, and consequently he laid down the
doctrine of a true Christian on sanctification. o dif-
ference how old we get and how much progress we make
in religion, there is always a day before us that will allow
us to grow. Walking through the woods with my brother
the other day he showed me seven or eight trees that he
had sold. I said, "Don't you know that timber is going
to be very expensive and that it is a mistake to sell off
your trees these days?" He said, "You do not understand :
those trees are done growing and will decay." You see
I had not thought about that. Whenever a tree stops
groAving it will decay, and whenever a man reaches a
point in life that he does not grow any more, he begins to
decay. These people who are talking about perfection,
who are so perfect that they cannot get any more so,
are dying from decay. The thing we must learn as true
Christians is this, no difference how perfect we get, there
is a Savior before us more perfect; and I appeal to you
who are sitting before me to-night, who have been trying
to serve the Lord, haven't you found every day of your
lives that there was a growth possible, and that you never
have attained perfection? And thus you will go on
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through life, striving to come nearer and nearer per-
fection, and when jou breathe your last breath, your last
words ought to be, in the language of this great fighter:
^^I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I
have kept the faith; henceforth there is laid up for me a
crown of righteousness." The Apostle Paul never forgot
that race he witnessed; he never forgot the race of life;
he never forgot the race of a Christian. May God help us
all to-night to walk on the path of Jesus Christ, dressed
alone in His righteousness, being faithful unto death, that
we may receive the crown of eternal life.
I said a moment ago that Paul was not an immer-
sionist. "Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should
be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud,
and all passed through the sea ; and were all baptized unto
Moses in the cloud and in the sea.''
We hear it said by immersionists that if we are not
immersed we are not baj)tized, and some people are even
led to question themselves, whether they had not better go
down to the river, or to the tank where fifteen or twenty
others have been in the same water, and be put under.
I want you to be satisfied in your own minds to-night^
satisfied from the Scriptures, that the Apostle Paul was
not an immersionist. I do not say he did not believe im-
mersion Avas baptism; I simply mean to say he did not
believe the word baptism meant immersion and nothing
else. What is the story referred to in the Old Testament?
You will understand that when Moses led the children of
Israel out of Egypt, he at last came to the shores of the
sea; Pharoah was coming behind with the six hundred
chosen chariots; the cloud went before them in the day
time, and at night a pillar of fire, and as Pharoah followed
He swung the cloud behind the Israelites as a protection,
and the winds bleAv all that night, and the waters
separated, and the Word of God tells us distinctly that
Moses and the children of Israel walked over on dry land,
with the waters up on either side of them; then, when
they came across, Moses held his rod over the sea again,
and the waters came together and Pharoah and all his
host were drowned. There is no question about two
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things : One is that Moses and the children of Israel were
not in the water; and the other is that Pharoah and his
host were all immersed, and the only water that possibly
could have touched Moses and the children of Israel was
the spray from the walls of water beside them. ow,
Paul says : 'Mnd all were baptized unto Moses in the cloud
and in the sea.'' The children of Israel were baptized
without walking into a drop of water, and he never said
one word about Pharaoh and the host that followed him
being baptized, yet we do know they were all immersed.
If going under water is immersion, and immersion is bap-
tism, then Pharoah was immersed and baptized. o.
Paul taught us very distinctly here that baptism may
mean simpl}' moistening with water that came upon
them as they came through between the separated
waters. Another thing we must not overlook, that
not only were the adults baptized, but all were
baptized. The Bible tells us that there were six hundred
thousand soldiers, besides the women and children ; Paul
says that all of them were baptized; and we are told in
another place in the Word of God that as they were saved,
so we are saved by baptism. There are two things taught
in this text tonight that I want all Lutherans and all
others never to forget, and that is that there was a baptism
without immersion, and that all, from the smallest to the
largest were baptized, and that is good old Bible doctrine.
I go further and say that the Apostle Paul was not
a moralist. A great many people in these days think if
they keep the ten commandments and treat their neigh-
bors about half decent, that when they come to die every-
thing will be all right, whether they are members of God's
Church or not, whether they are baptized or not, whether
they go to the Lord's Supper or not, whether they have
faith in Jesus Christ or not; they are moralists. The
Apostle Paul was no moralist. "And did all eat the same
spiritual meat; and did all drink the same spiritual drink;
for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them,
and that Rock was Christ.'' You Avill remember that the
Children of Israel crossed the sea and went out a few days
into the wilderness ; they became thirsty and could find
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nothing to drink, and they murmured against Moses, and
Moses said, Lord, what shall I do? God said, You go
and speak to the Book — at another time, strike the Rock
— and the water will flow. And so he took his rod and
struck the Eock and the water flowed, and they drank
that drink. And now, says Paul, that Rock was Christ,
and the drink they got saved the whole race, Jesus Christ
is the Rock of salvation, and the Rock of Ages, and you
will remember that He had to be smitten on Calvary
before the water flowed that gives us eternal life, from
which we shall never thirst. You have there the picture
of the Rock of Ages, our only Savior. The Apostle Paul
had been a moralist until he heard the voice of this Rock
from heaven saying, "Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou
Me?" So then we have a Rock that after it was smitten
has given forth the waters from which we must drink,
and that is our only hope of salvation. Paul was no
moralist.
Again I would call attention to the fact that he was
not a Universalist. "But with many of them God was
not well pleased ; for they were overthrown in the wilder-
ness.'' Six hundred thousand soldiers, not to mention the
women and the children, started across the Red Sea, were
baptized as they crossed over, and in the desert they re-
belled against God, and they carried on their rebellion
until only two out of the six hundred thousand reached
the promised land, and Moses, because he struck the Rock
instead of speaking to it, was not permitted to enter the
land of Canaan. If only tAvo out of the six hundred thous-
and reached the land of Canaan, I Avouder AA^hy so many
think we are all going to reach heaven? When the Lord
Jesus Christ said, "He that believeth not shall be damned,
hoAv do you expect to go to heaven if you reject Him?
When the Word of God distinctly teaches, too, that many
are called but fcAv are chosen, how do you expect every-
body to reach heaA^en? When the Word says, "Enter ye in
at the strait gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the way
that leadeth to destruction, and many there be AA^hich go
in thereat. Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the
Avav which leadeth unto life, and fcAv there be that find
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it/' how do you expect everybody is going to heaven?
When Jesus Christ Himself said the rich man who would
not even feed Lazarus at his table was in hell and cried
out that he must have a drop of water to cool his burning
tongue, how do you say there is no hell hereafter? The
Apostle Paul would have been the biggest fool the world
ever saw if he had given his life for missionarj^ purposes,
if missionaries were not necessary, and if I grant once
that everybody is going to be saved no difference what
they do nor how they live, I say the most foolish thing in
all the Avorld is to build churches. The most inconsistent
thing in the world is for Universalists to put up a church
building and pay out their money to save people who
were never lost. If a man sliould come running up street
and say, I was just down to the river and saved a man;
you would say. Where is the river? and he w^ould reply,
Tliere isn't any, you would think his proper place was in
a lunatic asylum. The Apostle Paul never struck unless
he hit something, and if Universalism is not true, the
harder. you strike it the better, and I want to strike it
just as hard as I can, because it is doing more to damn
souls to-day than anything I knoAv of. Grant me a uni-
versal salvation for the world, instead of belief in Christ,
and our bo^^s and girls will go to the devil just as fast as
they can. The thing for us to learn from God's eternal
Word is that when God speaks he means it. What made
I*aiil sucli a wonderful power was that he preached the
truth. He knew that men were not perfect and therefore
told them to fight for it ; he knew tliat God wanted every-
body baptized, young and old, and therefore spoke of a
baptism for all; he knew that people could be baptized
with water Avhether they Avere put under it or not, and
therefore said those that Avalked over on dry ground were
baptized; he knew that people needed to drink of the
Avater of the Pock of Ages, and therefore called attention
to justification by faith Avithout the deeds of the laAv; he
Icnew that many would be lost unless they were saved
while living, and therefore called attention to the falling
of many in the wilderness.
In this same chapter we cannot help but notice the
250 THE ETERAL EPISTLE.
Lutheran doctrine in the Lord's Supper. "The cup of
blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the
blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the
communion of the body of Christ?" I am not here to-
night to say that Paul was a Lutheran, but I do say that
Luther was Pauline ; I do say every doctrine that Luther
taught to the world is exactly what the Apostle Paul
taught in all his epistles, and if you can show me one
doctrine in Luther's Catechism that I cannot harmonize
with the writings of the Apostle Paul, I will give up.
What I do say is that if ever a man was doctrinal, and
gave to the world much information, it was Paul. Stop
and think of the great fact that Paul gave all these epistles
to the world, with possibly the exception of eight. You
cannot do better than to read his epistles carefully, for he
was a power that is felt to-day all over the world. May
God bless these promises and help us all to think as He
would have us think ; to act as He would have us act ; and
to give our hearts to the Rock, which, smitten, will give
forth the waters of eternal life, is my prayer. Amen.
PRAYER. •
O God, our heavenly Father, we thank Thee for the privilege of
giving Thy Word to these immortal souls. We pray that Thou wilt
help us to appreciate Thy great gift to the world in giving the Apostle
Paul to us. Father in heaven, if one man with the grace of God in
him can so change the very face of the world, and all theology as that
man Saul did, converted by Thee, what a power we might all be if we
would simply let Thee do with us as it is Thy will. We ask Thee,
heavenly Father, that Thou wilt bless the service of this evening hour;
we pray that we may all drink in these beautiful words, and hold fast
to them and never give them up. We ask Thee to give us a life that
is growing. Do Thou help us to fight for right and truth and to defend
it until we die. We pray Thee to bless us not only as we are standing
here, but as we go to our respective homes, and may every one in this
house this evening become a messenger of the Gospel we have heard,
so that this Word may not only reach the many who are assembled
here,
but through them reach the many that ought to hear Thy Word and do
hot. Father in heaven, even as one little spark can start a great con-
flagration, so we pray Thee that each one, as he or she goes home
tonight, may be a spark of love and truth in that home to bring Thy
Gospel to every one under each roof ; and we pray Thee that each
home again may carry the flame to other homes, until all the people
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shall know the great truth as it is in the Rock that was mitten, through
whom we obtain the water of eternal life. Hear this, our prayer, for
the sake of Jesus, who taught us to pray :
Our Father who art in heaven ; Hallowed be Thy name ; Thy
kingdom come ; Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven ; Give
us this day our daily bread ; And forgive us our trespasses, as we for-
give those who trespass against us ; And lead us not into temptation ;
But deliver us from evil ; For Thine is the kingdom, and the power,
and the glory, forever and ever. Amen.
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