(2) The wrought work of the Christian minister. A. Some would say that it matters not what our sons and daughters believe, so long as their character is good. Never hearing any distinct ideas in regard to the person and work of the Redeemer, the people come to regard them as matters of "doubtful disputation," if not as positively unscriptural.Lessons —1. Be vicious, and viciousness may go down as an heirloom in half a hundred families; be inconsistent, and enmity to the gospel may be propagated over a parish; give occasions of offence, and many may fall; those who are entering in the narrow way may be discouraged, and those who have already entered may be made to stumble. (2) Count the cost of a partial loss of it. How, then, can I speak evil of my King?" First, I say, the heedlessness of people frustrates the labours of their ministers; it makes them lose the things which they have wrought. Check out these helpful resources Biblical Commentary Sermons Children’s Sermons Hymn Lists. Every one that impartially reads the Scriptures must see how decidedly they speak of the really Divine character of our Lord Jesus Christ, and of the cause and design of those sufferings which He endured in our world; also the weight and value that are attached to those subjects, and our reception in a believing manner of those Divine representations.II. Those which are subject to very much hazard, they had need to take very much heed. How much trouble might parents not save their children in after years by a little plain speaking, dictated, not by the desire to assert authority, but by simple affection! First, take it as to themselves, "that ye may receive a full reward." If there be the new birth, there will be spiritual life in the soul. To look back upon your high privileges: you have been taught from your earliest days that you ought to be "born again"; you can recollect when God led you to know and see the way of reconciliation for your sin, and to find your peace in the righteousness of Christ your Saviour. Never mind about anybody else, at any rate till your own turn is served. Everything in its proper place. Thirdly, in regard of affection. The original word means simply teaching, and it embraces all kinds and matters of teaching — the assertion of facts, the elucidation of beliefs, as well as the affirmation and proof of dogmatic propositions. It is also the course that should be adopted, the state of mind that is most defensible and helpful, in relation to the fluctuations of religious opinion and the controversies that periodically shake the kingdom of God. First, take it denominatively as a description of heaven and the condition of glory to come, it is a full reward — it is that which will make sufficient recompense. The ideal Christian life, according to this old apostle, is one in which the progress of the fancy in regard to religious truth or duty is restrained by the reins of a sanctified reason, in which all backwardness is for ever prevented by thorough religious earnestness. There is many a jewel which is lost thus for want of due and proportionable care in him that has it. When we hear of reward we may not dream of merit. We might have stayed the torrent of vice and ungodliness; we might have turned some sinners from the error of their ways. Man, with his conscious weakness and his deep wants, finds here at length that which meets his wants, satisfies his conviction and gives peace to his conscience, so that he is filled with a joy which is "unspeakable and full of glory."(W.L. 2. Davies, M. 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