And to the diseases of the body we may add the consuming cares and troubles of the mind, all made necessary by the first sin of man, and which impair the vitals as much as the most visible diseases can do. THE MEDIUM THROUGH WHICH IT FLOWS.1. A master employs a man, and it is due to that man that he should receive his wages. Life can only be restored to us in grace. This is the exponential multiplication of the payment that is coming to him. But to merit, it is required that the action be not due; but every good action being commanded by the law of God is thereby made due, and consequently cannot merit; whereas, a sinful action being altogether undue and not commanded, but prohibited, it becomes properly meritorious; and, according to the malignity of its nature, it merits eternal death. Sin earns wages, but eternal life is the gift of God, as personal life is a bestowment: it crowns and glorifies all others. (3) Honour and happiness, the enjoyment of true pleasure, derived from the purest sources of holiness, and love, and fellowship with heaven. WHAT SIN IS.1. "Sin is the transgression of the law." (1) All by nature. Service of virtue and truth. When one comes to us with a great thought or a rare opportunity, and we turn away to a trivial theme, we grieve him. No man can stand up and say, "I have done so and so, and God owes me that." But it is a gift that comes only on certain conditions. For —(1) It is confirmed unalterably forever. They come sometimes in the face of protest. Rigg.I. Lust brings forth sin, and sin brings forth death. "The wages of sin is death." You think you are working for pleasure, for gold, for honour, but lo! Now all these things are so many breaches made upon our happiness and well-being, without which life is not life, but a thin, insipid existence.2. The faculties of mind, all opportunities for enjoyment, and all inspirations of thought and effort — these are not earned by us. Because wages presuppose service. We call it dissolution. No wonder if God punishes sin, which is treason against the King of kings, with death; for it pots the question "Who shall reign? The epithet, "eternal. They have done with it as a state; let them have done with it as a law, and in its individual acts.2. When man acts according to God's order he lives; but when he breaks his Maker's laws he does that which causes death. There is a short radius to a child's circumference of happiness. (a)The basest ingratitude, for who can deny that we owe all our powers and happiness and our very being to God? We are to "seek for honour and glory," even an entrance that shall be "administered abundantly."III. The faculties of mind, all opportunities for enjoyment, and all inspirations of thought and effort — these are not earned by us. And then, how uneasy are the consequences of his luxury! And it is the desire of every noble, unselfish mind to carry on to the future their beneficent influence that the coming generation may surpass the present,3. (2) Whatever is not in accordance with the law of God. IS NOT WHOLLY IN THE FUTURE WORLD. THE MEDIUM OF ITS BESTOWMENT.1. See, then, what such autonomy involves. He has set such a mark upon it as compels every individual to feel and show in his own person the guiltiness of this accursed thing.2. Bate.). (2) According to the measure of it; and so also it is distinguished into several degrees, according to which it is either enhanced or lessened in its malignity. The installments he pays hint the kind of final recompense to be paid in the end: he now pays in disorders, loss, calamity, disease, discontent, hatred, uneasy forebodings. The sinner earns death as his rightful recompense. We are slaves born upon the estate of sin. Yet the death he dreads is the inevitable consequence of the sin he loves. He should be paid exactly what he deserves. THE CONTRAST IN THEIR BEGINNINGS.1. (d)Usurpation of His place; and hence idolatry and self-deification. (2) To another he gives an order summed up in the word drink, and there is no slavedom more killing both to body and soul than slavedom to the drink. Before we commit any acts of sin, and as the source of all we do commit, we have a sinful nature — a bias to go and to do wrong. We make the lightning to run on our errands, and we take the vapour that lifts the lid of the kettle to propel the mammoth ship across the sea, or the car which carries us over mountains, or sets in motion thousands of factories all over our land. It was solely of His goodness, and for His glory. (1) All by nature. WAGES. Judicial. De Witt Talmage. Keeble. We are slaves born upon the estate of sin. It is everything; leading to it is the gift of God.The promises by which the believer is led to expect it — the great change by which he has become entitled to it and qualified for its enjoyment — the Lord Jesus, by whose merit eternal life was purchased — all these are gifts of God.III. It matters not to him whether trade be slack or otherwise, he can always find employment for all. )The gift of GodI was out on the Pacific coast, in California, two or three years ago, and I was the guest of a man that had a large vineyard and a large orchard. The wages paid them. Hence it does not weaken and wear us out like human and sinful service, but we are renewed day by day. S. Storrs, D. D.)Life in ChristT. It is treasured up in Him for all who will come to Him for it (1 John 5:12; John 10:14).2. Death in any part of our manhood breeds death to the whole.3. We can make no scale of sin. Death is rendered to us in justice. The service of righteousness is at first unpromising. Natural. All deviations from truth and holiness. If we are now abiding in it, then let us live to its glory. "(W. Conway, M. LIFE.1. Sin earns wages, but eternal life is the gift of God, as personal life is a bestowment: it crowns and glorifies all others. (2) Which not only consummates, but accompanies it. Unspotted holiness.5. In every lust which he cherishes, he embraces a dagger and opens his bosom to destruction, he who likes the wages, let him go about the work. In the sight of God there is not much to choose between Bethnal Green and Belgravia, Westbourne and Whitechapel. The opposite of those of sin. But whatever the work may be to which the sinner is set it is work without a pause. Before we commit any acts of sin, and as the source of all we do commit, we have a sinful nature — a bias to go and to do wrong. He gives the great inspirations of thought to man, and great deliverance to nations from impending calamity. So, we accept it through Christ (1 John 5:11). He refuses to do what his master has called him to do. See for what wages you are working; part are being paid now, but immense arrears are being treasured up in the future. Because wages presuppose service. (2) And it begins well. Secular papers often make merry about the statement that "scaffold penitents" are received to heaven. There is no room for question. There are still higher endowments that come to us from those whom we only know by those impressions made upon us by their chivalric career, and to whom we can make no more return than we by lighting matches can add to the splendour of the distant, brilliant sun. Sin will perpetuate itself, and so forever kill the soul to God, and goodness, and joy and hope. Gratitude for God's gift impels every touch of the heavenly harp. It is not the reward of merit.3. It is treasured up in Him for all who will come to Him for it (1 John 5:12; John 10:14).2. The other is what he is on the outside – his actions and deeds. In heaven, as here, there is an infinite variety. No man has a right to exist in infancy. (2) To deliver us from a state of moral death. IS INCREASINGLY GLORIOUS FOREVER. Observe what a wonderful gift this is, "the gift of God. It lives without God.II. Harlots and murderers, washed in the cleansing blood, are as free from defilement as angels. Men are so accustomed to the exchange of equivalents, that any other course comes with an element of surprise. (2) To deliver us from a state of moral death. It must be for some object of self-gratification incompatible with obedience to God. (2) A renewed state of the affections and will: the law of God is approved, and the love of God is established in the heart, as its supreme and governing motive. Their sin is their bell.8. At the same time it is true that men are receiving gifts from another, where they cannot make any return whatever. Rigg. (3) Honour and happiness, the enjoyment of true pleasure, derived from the purest sources of holiness, and love, and fellowship with heaven. He gives to the individual soul all he possesses, and to society all it has. 1. "Fools make a mock at sin." G. Brown.I. Let us suppose a man, whose soul is dead through sin, removed out of this world into the next, and what shall we behold concerning him? In what does it consist? God gives the sunshine and the shower. These all are the gift of God, bought, and given to believers. Sunshine requires the open eye, but a man may refuse to open his eye; still it is God's gift. Men are so accustomed to the exchange of equivalents, that any other course comes with an element of surprise. Romans 6:23. All he has to do is to use it, in the use of means, and enjoy it.(J. On the last day, “the books” will be opened, and God will judge everyone according to their deeds. Those are the two arenas – one is internal and the other is external. Many men have as many different ways of enjoying themselves, yet all may be equally selfish. (2) To another he gives an order summed up in the word drink, and there is no slavedom more killing both to body and soul than slavedom to the drink. (1) But to this some make the objection that since our good works cannot merit eternal life, neither can our sins merit eternal death. Some are sensual, some are covetous, others ambitious, and not a few are fired with the intellectual passion for fame.2. (3) And where this perfection relates to a spiritual creature like man, there must be incessancy of progress, or development.II. The fellowship was severed. THE SECRET OF PEACE, in simply accepting this Divine gift from the source of infinite compassion and grace. Thus we see how many of the things which we enjoy have come to us as gifts. Indeed, action is only a consummation of desire; and could we imagine an outward action performable without it, it would be rather the shell and outside of a sin than properly a Sin itself. THE IMPULSE OF CHRISTIAN SERVICE. I. And undoubtedly the service of sin is of all others the most laborious. And let us learn not to look at anything in ourselves to justify our expectation of it: and let us not, when we find nothing but demerit in ourselves, be disheartened, but believe that when we were fit only for everlasting punishment, God stepped forward to grant unto us eternal life. (4) Inasmuch as in holy things dwells our highest happiness, the sinner becomes an unhappy being; at first by deprivation of the joy which spiritual life brings with it, and afterwards by suffering the misery of spiritual death (Romans 2:9).2. (2) In freedom from physical and mental pain and sorrow. But death here is placed in contrast to "eternal life," and means eternal death. We are keen on "the wages question" in matters material; much more ought we to be in matters moral. Of all the miserable sights on earth that of an aged roué is the most miserable. when he is to grapple with surfeit and indigestion? In heaven, as here, there is an infinite variety. So, if a man should say, "I expect only that which I have earned, and demand only that which I have deserved and have properly acquired," and should that prayer be answered, he would, today, be a beggared savage. The service of righteousness is at first unpromising. Here is a message of warning to the ungodly. The bad habits, bad passions, bad methods of thought, in which they have indulged in youth, remain more or less, and make them worse men, sillier men, less useful men, less happy men, sometimes to their lives' end; and they, if they be true Christians, know it, and repent of their early sins, and not once for all only, but all their lives long, because they feel that they have weakened and worsened themselves thereby. Jesus explained, “but the one who did not know it” (verse 48). See, then, what such autonomy involves. Such as are the commands of sin, such must be also the service. "Gift of God is eternal life." But sin pays them, not God. It may be objected that if one is wholly happy, according to his capacity, what matters it if there be those of larger capacities than his? LIFE.1. There are three parts of you — body, mind, and spirit; and every sin you commit helps to kill one of these three, and in many cases to kill all three together. THE BURDEN WHICH RESTS ON HIM WHO REJECTS ETERNAL LIFE. It must certainly be a miracle of miracles if any sinner here does not remain forever beneath the power of sin. So we do not receive inspiration from any great mind, except as we bring our mind into responsiveness to it. (3) He sets another to obtain pleasure. "Fools make a mock at sin." Turn now to the things which come from God. A SECRET OF THE CHRISTIAN'S UNREST. (2) But where this is, there must also be uncorruptedness or perfection of nature. (3) The covetous, scraping usurper: it is a question whether he gathers or keeps his pelf with most anxiety.2. (2) Why should any creature throw off God's authority and govern himself? G. )Eternal life a giftR. Hence this hard service becomes easy. Horton. H. Rogers, M. Natural. For this end — to put men in possession of eternal life — the Redeemer was given; for this purpose He laboured, suffered, instituted His gospel, and sent forth His ministers.2. (1) Look upon those forerunners of death — diseases; they are but some of the wages of sin paid us beforehand. For as soon as the heart has once conceived this fatal seed, it first quickens and begins to stir in desire; so that the ground and the principal prohibition of the law is, "Thou shalt not covet." God does not delegate this condemning judgment to someone else. Sometimes this peace may come suddenly, filling the soul with glory; sometimes it may come after long, weary searching for it; sometimes at the end of life; when the light of life has almost gone out, as it flickers in the socket and speech falters, I say, "I can do nothing; I take the gift of God!" )Death the wages of sinR. If this consciousness comes into our soul, then no sword or stake can fright us, for our life is interlocked with heaven. S. Storrs, D. D.)Life in ChristT. "(b) Sin strikes at God's very being (Psalm 14:1). If this consciousness comes into our soul, then no sword or stake can fright us, for our life is interlocked with heaven. But sin pays them, not God. It stands to reason that it should be so. (b)In Christ, ours only by appropriation. (2) Since we received eternal life we have gone on to grow. It is through and "in Jesus Christ our Lord," who supplies the working strength. (1) Look upon those forerunners of death — diseases; they are but some of the wages of sin paid us beforehand. Rigg. Hence this hard service becomes easy. 2. No wonder if God punishes sin, which is treason against the King of kings, with death; for it pots the question "Who shall reign? IS THE SAME AND IS NOT THE SAME TO EVERY SAVED SOUL.1. It cannot be purchased.2. It matters not to him whether trade be slack or otherwise, he can always find employment for all. (1) It issues in eternal life. A SECRET OF THE CHRISTIAN'S UNREST. Christians should not live in sin, but utterly hate and discard it, and earnestly strive to perfect holiness in the fear of the Lord. (2) But where this is, there must also be uncorruptedness or perfection of nature. The soul of the Christian who thus views it grows restless and troubled, like Galilee's waves, till the feet of the Lord brought them to a level. He gives to the individual soul all he possesses, and to society all it has. (3) The servants of Satan are many. Kings, princes, statesmen, and paupers are all equally his servants.2. But then a Roman soldier did not enlist merely for his rations; his chief pay often lay in the share of the booty which he received at the end of the war. Now, the law supposes a lawgiver, and the possibility of God's law being disobeyed, i.e., that it has to do with moral agents. Shall I put it aside as if it were the merest summer breeze which by my hand I could arrest and push back into the air? The killing power of some sins is manifest to all observers. it is for death.(T. And men like a beautiful present; let us not, therefore, hang back from accepting the royal bounty so adapted to our wants. H. No man has a right to exist in infancy. A life of —1. At first delightful. Being under the ever-growing power of sin, it will become more and more a hopeless thing that you should escape from death which thus settles down upon you.7. South, D. D.)Eternal lifeJ. Death is rendered to us in justice. Well, when I wanted an orange, I did not go to an orange tree and pray the oranges to fall into my pocket, but I walked up to a tree, reached out my hand, and took the oranges. "Gift of God is eternal life." "(c) The sin of our desires. THE SECRET OF PEACE, in simply accepting this Divine gift from the source of infinite compassion and grace. They will be cut off from all their business relationships within the synagogue. We make the lightning to run on our errands, and we take the vapour that lifts the lid of the kettle to propel the mammoth ship across the sea, or the car which carries us over mountains, or sets in motion thousands of factories all over our land. Neither should he be rewarded with a day and a half pay. Such as are the commands of sin, such must be also the service. Death eternal, in comparison of which the other can scarce be called death, but only a transient change; easily borne, or at least quickly past. This we received from those to whom it came as an inspiration of Providence, and an operation of intelligent, unwearied power. This argument as to the right of the race to eternal life lies at the basis of our thought this morning. Men are so accustomed to the exchange of equivalents, that any other course comes with an element of surprise. The sin which hires you must pay you.5. Preeminent intellectual enjoyment — "Here we know in part," etc.3. Incessant activity.6. (b)An imputation upon God's character, viz., that He is unworthy to govern us, that His will is unjust, His law unkind. "Whosoever committeth sin, is the servant of sin," and "his servants ye are to whom ye obey." Before we commit any acts of sin, and as the source of all we do commit, we have a sinful nature — a bias to go and to do wrong. Sin would step not only into God's throne, but also into His room. Now, God's law seeks the greatest good of all; and therefore, to set it at nought for the sake of personal indulgence, is to violate the principle of benevolence. Where these exist, the soul lives, fulfils its proper functions, answers the ends of its creation, and realises its most true and noble bliss. Is he not continually spending both his time and his subsistence to gratify his taste? Conclusion: Sin plays the bait of a little, contemptible, silly pleasure or profit; but it hides that fatal hook by which that great catcher of souls shall drag them down to his eternal execution. Sinner like some decoyed drudge worked to death. But, then, what are those first inclinations which dispose us to such bad imitations?2. 2. )Eternal life a giftR. No man can stand up and say, "I have done so and so, and God owes me that." It will be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrah than it will be for you, if you do not repent and flee to Christ. Had power of choice, are responsible. Is there no preference? All are morally. THE CONTRAST IN THEIR BEGINNINGS.1. "(1) It is called "life" par excellence, emphatically "life," true life, real life, essential life. It is false to conceive of the Christian life as a joyless way of self-denial trod by us to purchase a bliss beyond.II. Sometimes this peace may come suddenly, filling the soul with glory; sometimes it may come after long, weary searching for it; sometimes at the end of life; when the light of life has almost gone out, as it flickers in the socket and speech falters, I say, "I can do nothing; I take the gift of God!" 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