Improved them with much fidelity.II. They waddle into the sanctuary and squat in their proper pews. "Will; thou know, O vain man.Inconsideration and ignoranceT. (3) Because it wanteth the effect of life, which is operation; all life is the beginning of operation, tendeth to operation, and is increased by operation; so faith is dead, like a root of a tree in the ground, when it cannot produce the ordinary effects and fruits of faith. God judgment struck the world, and even the ark, but not those inside. BELIEVERS MUST SEE THAT THEY HONOUR AND JUSTIFY THEIR FAITH BY WORKS. But what of the devils? I want you also to note the singular excellence of Abraham. Having cleared our way thus far, we are in a position to do two things, viz. THE FRIENDSHIP OF GOD WILL BE THE PORTION OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT, WHEN THE SCENES OF MORTALITY ARE OVER.(Homilist. Every Sunday the ducks waddle out of their houses and waddle down Main Street to their church. That the propagation of this faith is entrusted to human instrumentality.3. The two classes occupy different standpoints in relation to truth. When we say of two men that they are friends, we put them down in the same list; but what condescension on the Lord's part to be on terms of friendship with a man! A true pure faith in "the Lord of glory" is incompatible with the entire spirit of snobbery, and especially with the maintenance of unchristian distinctions of caste within the Church. IN BOTH CASES THERE IS A KNOWLEDGE OF HISTORICAL FACTS. It is a noble title, not to be equalled by all the names of greatness which have been bestowed by princes, even if they should all meet in one. The Divine immutability is, on the contrary, the source of the Christian's most rapturous joy! How quickly their perception changes! Oh, that we may get to ourselves this good degree, this diploma, as "Friend of God"! As water, though naturally cold, admits of a high degree of heat, but if removed from the fire will gradually become cold again, so our religious affections, to whatever fervour, liveliness, and vigour they may have been raised, will, if not kept awake and recruited by fresh matter, insensibly abate into lukewarmness and even coldness. SOME OF THE OPERATIONS OF FAITH IN VARIOUS SITUATIONS FITTED TO BRING OUT ITS NATURE. Bather they enjoin Christians to "render honor to whom honor is due" (Romans 13:7). _ James 2:1-13 Let me open this mornings message by asking you a question, ^Are you a Christian snob? If we have got as far as that, then the next thing will surely follow — there must be a continual intercourse. 4. O Lord, how excellent is Thy lovingkindness, that Thou shouldest make a man Thy friend!2. Heaven and hell are mental realities.(D. I think I hear you say, "Yes, it was indeed a high degree to which Abraham reached: so high that we cannot attain unto it." Luther. Having cleared our way thus far, we are in a position to do two things, viz. The fact is that there are various kinds of faith spoken of in Scripture, which have each its appropriate fruit, but of which one kind only leads to close union with Christ, and consequently to eternal life. THE FRIENDSHIP OF GOD INVOLVES THE ASSURANCE OF SUCCOUR IN-SEASONS OF PERPLEXITY AND DANGER. Faith announces itself, but in another way. 2. He did not want that a petty princeling, or indeed anybody, should boast of enriching Abraham: he trusted solely in his God, and though he had a perfect right to have taken the spoils of war which were his by capture, yet he would not touch them lest the name of his God should be in the least dishonoured (Genesis 14:22-24).5. Abraham rejoiced in Jehovah! Abraham rejoiced in Jehovah! But they never get beyond that. From that "Wilt thou know?" Improved them with much fidelity.II. 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