It should flow on widening and deepening till it meets the ocean and mingles with it.(M. How she throws aside the seaweed and the waves — how straight amidst the currents she holds her bow — how she strains upon her way, and goes resolutely to her point! Such is only the case when a kind of sickness has come over human speculation. Away he went with his manuscripts, and prayed and laboured, and produced a work — the Latin — which will last as long as the world stands; on the whole, a most wonderful translation of Holy Scripture.(C. The fellowship of the Spirit in all its perfection.5. In a season of sorrow we are made more heavenly reminded. So absorbed is the soul in this one idea that it becomes the master passion of life; and the world, the flesh, and all things else cease to have any attraction.3. W. Robertson, M. It is God's end: the end for which God is, for which He gave Christ, for which He does everything.IV. )The onward movement of the soulPaxton Hood.Man is the creature of the same senses; he beholds the same sun, the same streams, and flying clouds; youth succeeds to infancy, and the festival of nature is followed by decay. Like the bud scales, they afforded protection and nourishment. Macmillan, LL. And if you stand there looking backwards instead of making the best of your way out of evil, the evil will catch you up. But all these natural qualifications of the man belonged to the winter or unregenerate state of his soul; were winter leaves that hid and confined the germ of spiritual life.2. And as we just read, he had a lot to be proud of, didn’t he. The sun was just rising. Guilt contracted; time lost; work undone; salvation neglected; resolutions broken; convictions stifled — all this and much more may be behind. In our conversion we must separate ourselves from the associations of our unregenerate state, and count those things that were gain to us, loss, so that we may be found in Christ. 1. S. Henson, D. D.)Paul's view of lifePrincipal Tullock.was what it should be. As a child leans on a parent, and a wife on a husband, and a husband on a wife, and so at last all things lean on God; and well it is that it is so, for he can at any time take off the wheels of the most rapid chariot, He can break the wings of the proudest ambition, and He is, in fact, constantly saying, "Arise, this is not your rest. The everlasting kingdom.II. All unimproveable life must sooner or later run out. And this one thing he did — he built. But take the injunction more specifically.1. The one are not without remedy, the other not perfect. Some of you did once live for another object — pleasure, self, sin. Such is the true life of the spirit conformed to the Divine law of progress — not a drift, but a race; not a dream, but a study; not self-contentment, but self-criticism and self-improvement, with the eye on the Divine model, and constantly saying to itself, "This one thing I do."(J. D.He has a purpose that miner's son. Former character and prospects have to be forgotten.2. Like the bud scales, they afforded protection and nourishment. (1) They are apt to become food for complacency and every vain confidence. THERE ARE CERTAIN THINGS BEFORE EVERY CHURCH. )Concentration the secret of dispatchS. What wilt Thou have me do?" Perhaps at this moment you can honestly say, "I have overcome a fierce temper," "I have bestirred a naturally indolent spirit." The whole soul, purpose, and trend of life must be in the direct line of daily striving.3. Past enjoyments.6. Maclaren, D. D.You find some certain type of Christian character, or exercise of Christian grace, that is easy and natural to you, and you come to know how to do it. All sorts of backward looking are a positive weakness and impediment to a man in running a race. Absolute pardon. A. THERE ARE TWO WAYS IN WHICH WE MAY MAKE RELIGION ONE THING.1. "(Paxton Hood. So, too, the means of grace are the scaffolding by the aid of which the spiritual life is built up, and will be removed as a deformity when the building is completed. Melvil, B. D.)The varied means of obtaining perfectionF. And so it will be in the eternal summer above. He died to his former self and all its experiences, and lived a new life in Jesus. The mind must contemplate it, the heart be fixed upon it, until the power of it shall overmaster all other objects and passions.2. Maclaren, D. D.The future for the young, we say, the present for the middle-aged, the past for the old. They should be forgotten, and, whether you forget them or not (and some men never do), they are sure to get behind; and if you do not forget them you are behind also, and can never reach the goal.(W. In pressing towards this mark St. Paul attained a prize. Nay, the very vicissitudes of the seasons, day and night, heat and cold, affecting us variably, and producing exhilaration or depression, are so contrived as to conduce towards the being which we become, and decide whether we shall be masters of ourselves, or whether we shall be swept at the mercy of accident and circumstance, miserably susceptible of merely outward influences. But all these natural qualifications of the man belonged to the winter or unregenerate state of his soul; were winter leaves that hid and confined the germ of spiritual life. Maclaren, D. D.)The importance of a high aimF. We are plants in the Lord's field, but we are sown that we may grow. The bird must forget its nest, the seed its husk, the flower its bud. It is amazing how soon when we cease to forget the things that are behind, and remain stationary we degenerate. There, in full view, is the "goal," and the racer's eye is fixed on it.II. D.Trees have their winter as well as their summer foliage. "Forget the things which are behind." "I count," as if he had taken stock, made a careful estimate, and had come to a conclusion. )The nobility of a single aimA. All that he had acquired, he laid on the altar.3. Baxendale. Nor would it be well if it could. He cannot do so. And this one thing he did — he built. (1) He never said but once, "Who art thou, Lord? Taking a comprehensive view of the universe, we find that everything has a special object to perform, and when that object is accomplished, the agency perishes. For so, by just such singleness of purpose, such independence of external things, such a straight, unbending way, the great purpose of life is to be gained, heaven is to be won, and God glorified.(J. Abraham was of this class. So absorbed is the soul in this one idea that it becomes the master passion of life; and the world, the flesh, and all things else cease to have any attraction.3. Melvil, B. D.)The varied means of obtaining perfectionF. D.Trees have their winter as well as their summer foliage. And though he did other things, yet the one great thought, moving as a glorious dream through all his chambers of imagery, was something that would float upon stormy and shoreless seas! So the scars of the heart heal over; and, indeed, however sorrowful and bitter a man's experiences, he must be a woeful and a miserable man who, in this world of great interests, can find nothing to talk of but his own griefs, the neglect he has received, the extortions and vexations by which he has suffered. She looked back, and as she stood there gazing behind her, precious time was irrevocably lost, the fugitives swept on in front, and the swift-flying death that struck her with terror, as she saw it pressing close behind, caught her up. A hundred processes may go to the manufacture of a pin. D.Look at the machine stamped with the date of half-a-dozen different patents in consecutive years, and see there the image of the diligent inventor bent on alternate excellence, to whom each improvement makes a stepping stone to another improvement, and each difficulty mastered gives greater skill to master the remaining difficulty, until the original creative idea is rounded out in a consummate instrument. Such has been the experience as well of all truly efficient men. D. Hoge, D. D.)Christian progress impelled by a single purposeJ. She looked back, and as she stood there gazing behind her, precious time was irrevocably lost, the fugitives swept on in front, and the swift-flying death that struck her with terror, as she saw it pressing close behind, caught her up. MUST INCLUDE OR AT LEAST RECOGNIZE THE ATTENDANT FACTS AND OUTLYING CONDITIONS OF HUMAN LIFE. Of attainments. He, too, did other things; he trained his servants, commanded his household after him, etc. The student is riot doing the one thing of student life when he has ceased to think or read. The great reproach of Christianity is its passive content with an average morality, and a life devoid of aspiration to higher levels — in a word, its spiritual barbarism, stagnant, supine, and poor in power. His spiritual life from the beginning to the end was a series of fresh beginnings. TWO THOUGHTS ARE HERE SUGGESTED.1. THE GLORY OF GOD IS THE RIGHT END OF MAN, because —1. (2) What a melancholy religion is theirs who are ever contending with old doubts. A. So say the theologians today; but the world and the Church move on. And this one thing he did — he built. The Fall. If you would live a braced life everywhere you would find fixedness of thought in your devotions.(J. Be the past and future what they may, I cannot reach the one nor forget the other except by setting myself with all my might to present duties and by reducing all duties to various forms of one life purpose.2. "I find," said he, "that when I exceed half an hour I am always doing mischief to my client; if I drive into the heads of the jury unimportant matter, I drive out matter more important which I had previously lodged there. There is no time for self-elation or self-sufficiency. Let us not brood or despair. It should flow on widening and deepening till it meets the ocean and mingles with it.(M. (3) Having obtained faith in Jesus and adoption into God's family, they ought to give all diligence to add to their faith courage to confess it. All the lines of life go up to it. Maclaren, D. D.)Reaching forth to the things which are beforeAll things are prospectiveHomiletic Monthly.The impulse of a river is ever onward. He bores my ears as with an augur, and renders it almost an impossibility to think. The man who calculates with even a tincture of discontent what he has suffered for Jesus, has never seen the Cross.2. The characteristic of the former is restless progressiveness; of the latter, supineness and stagnation..(1) The civilizing man has his caravan track, but he will have one directer and easier. But even in his converted state there were many things which Paul required to forget. Hubbard. (1) Since the day when man first lighted a fire to boil his pot, and hollowed out his first canoe, up to the day when the latest development of these contrivances appears in the steamship which can sail three thousand miles a week, the world has never rested in its advance. (Archdeacon Farrar. Nearly every figure by which Christians are described implies this. Infinite as are the varieties of life, so manifold are the paths to saintly character; and he who has not found out how directly or indirectly to make everything converge towards his soul's sanctification, has as yet missed the meaning of this life.(F. Among those who travel constantly on foot, have you ever observed any who run? Some people have good memories as to their performances. "(Paxton Hood. )The great prizeG. But not the means of growth and formative processes of the Christian character only, must be left behind and forgotten; the very ends, the growths themselves, must also be superseded. Conversion is indeed all essential, for while the heart is unchanged there can be neither life nor growth; but it is merely the commencement of a course. In this sense the things that are behind are to be forgotten.2. MAY CAUSE DECLENSION. Paul speaks of the past as hurtful, a hindrance. Hubbard.We are as children taught as in a play; instructed by toys and pictures. There is strength in forgetting; "let the dead bury their dead." Animal organism reads onward toward the image of God. D.Trees have their winter as well as their summer foliage. Supreme love to Christ and consecration to His service.2. A. Alexander, D. D.If the spark which grace has kindled had been left to itself, or to the feeble breath of mortals to preserve it, we might well suppose that nothing more than its continued existence was intended; but when we find an unbroken current of life-giving air from the breath of the Almighty brought to play upon that spark, we may conclude with safety that it was meant to glow and kindle to a flame, and that the flame was meant to rise and spread, and to become a conflagration; so that what at first was but a seed of fire, smothered in ashes, drenched in rain, or blown at random by the viewless winds, shall yet light up the whole horizon, and dye the very heavens with its crimson.(J. (1) So must it be with past sins overcome. At every subsequent stage of our growth there must be the same process. Everything in earth's geology, and everything on earth's surface, point towards a future. But not the means of growth and formative processes of the Christian character only, must be left behind and forgotten; the very ends, the growths themselves, must also be superseded. A singleness of aim and effort ever hath been — ever will be — the secret of all noble human accomplishment. The world is good for an inn; but an inn is not a home; and it is unwise to lay any plan of life in which provision is not made for the infinite future of the soul. Forget past circumstances, whether sorrows or joys. He cannot do so. Spurgeon. The easiest way to give resurrection to old corruptions is to erect a trophy over their graves. (2) Said the popes to those who saw a purer Church and truth attainable, "No more beyond, except the fire for those who would disturb our established order." Vaughan, M. God has gone that way. Martin., D. King, LL. (2) Said the popes to those who saw a purer Church and truth attainable, "No more beyond, except the fire for those who would disturb our established order." )The onward movement of the soulPaxton Hood.Man is the creature of the same senses; he beholds the same sun, the same streams, and flying clouds; youth succeeds to infancy, and the festival of nature is followed by decay. D.Trees have their winter as well as their summer foliage. All the influences that have made our actual characters what they now are came out of the past, just as the seed sown in earlier seasons, with their sunshine and rain, make the subsequent harvest. (1) Such recognition is the condition of all progress. At every subsequent stage of our growth there must be the same process. Old forms ceased to have any hold upon his affections and homage. If our winter leaves — the experiences that contribute to form our character, and which are appropriate to the various stages of our growth — be allowed to remain unchanged and unforgotten, and to choke up our spiritual life so as to arrest its advancement, they will be changed into thorns. We must remember the failures and sins of the past in order to magnify the mercy that forgave.Conclusion:1. These winter leaves that cherished and nourished our growth in grace must drop off from time to time, with each new attainment that we "may rise on stepping stones of our dead selves to nobler things."3. Of what avail, to such a mariner, is even distinct view of some distant point long since swept by, when his vessel is approaching some perilous pass, or passing through some vast and foaming estuary into the deep sea. Maclaren, D. D.What a noble thing any life becomes that has driven through it the strength of a uniting single purpose, like a strong shaft of iron bolting together the two tottering walls, of some old building!(A. D.)This one thing I doConcentrationJ. Abraham was of this class. The bird must forget its nest, the seed its husk, the flower its bud. "Forgetting," etc.1. I think the saying is basically true: we are either going forward, standing still or falling behind. But at the same time society may be well organized, while man himself is barbarous and selfish. Oh, surely it is then time to forget what is past, and to bend forward to reach forth to that which is before.(J. Modern men have said this, and prophesied dire results from setting up of power instead of hand looms, sewing machines instead of needles, locomotives instead of coach horses. (1) They are apt to become food for complacency and every vain confidence. )Christian progress as it nears its endM. The winter leaves or bud scales of a tree leave behind them when they drop off a peculiar mark or scar on the bark, just as the summer leaves do when they fall. (1) Did we stand well in the past? W. Alexander, D. D.)Forget past sorrowsPaxton Hood.A writer tells how years, long years before, he cut the initials of his name in the bark of a tree, and after many years he came and trod through the tasselled grass to the grey old beech tree where he had whittled his boyish name. The memory of things behind —I. Then my heart was cleaving to the Lord, and filled with His fulness." H. Spurgeon.That was a grand action of old when he laid all his pressing engagements aside to achieve a purpose to which he felt a call from heaven. Both are past; why remember them? What the apostle means is that we are to forget the things which are behind as no longer practically concerning us. 2. He bores my ears as with an augur, and renders it almost an impossibility to think. The white faces of the crowd around the course are seen as in a flash as he rushes past them to the winning post, and the parsley garland that hangs there is all that he is conscious of. And so he reached forth unto those things which were before.II. As the 18th century American preacher, Jonathan Edwards put it, Whatsoever there is or can be desirable in a friend, is in Christ, and that to the highest degree that can be desired. His idea was an ark! The great reproach of Christianity is its passive content with an average morality, and a life devoid of aspiration to higher levels — in a word, its spiritual barbarism, stagnant, supine, and poor in power. His one idea was a city. The far, high, gathering point, high enough to sustain life, is only one — the glory of God. Why clasp a handful of poor withered flowers when the grass is sown with their bright eyes opening to the sunshine?III. )Singleness of aimConfucius' son once said to him, "I apply myself with diligence to every kind of study, and neglect nothing that could render me clever and ingenious; but still I do not advance." And this one thing he did — he built. They are formed in spring, and grow during the whole summer, though very slowly, owing to the diversion of the sap from them to the foliage, behind which they are hid. A man may determine to have nothing to do with anything not essentially religious. Maclaren, D. D.)Christian perfectionH. The former stands for "being made conformable unto Christ's death," the latter for "attaining the resurrection;" or the mark is likeness to Christ, and the prize whatsoever glory and felicity God shall give besides.2. Oh, there is something more and higher than all this and these. But brooding is no more to be encouraged than boasting. Christ! 3 Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord. "This one thing I do."1. Israel remembered the fleshpots of Egypt and turned back and tempted God. How wonderfully the preacher in Ecclesiastes describes this circular movement (chap. W. Robertson, M. While certain things are before every Christian and every Church, PARTICULAR THINGS ARE BEFORE PARTICULAR CHRISTIANS AND CHURCHES. Sacrifices may become a cause of pride — "Lord, we have left all and followed Thee." Paul having put the past and present in their proper places goes on to the FUTURE, ASPIRING EAGERLY TO MAKE IT GLORIOUS. It is through loss that all gain in this world is made. You say, "I shall never be any better. I taped the Scripture card to my desk where I can see it all the time and began to work on it. Macmillan, LL. D. Hoge, D. D.Rivers do not grow shallower as they roll away from their sources, and so it has been well said, the heart's river ought not to be an exception. Vaughan, M. A.You have stood upon our shores, and seen a ship under full press of sail making for her destination. (Professor Hollard. (3) Having obtained faith in Jesus and adoption into God's family, they ought to give all diligence to add to their faith courage to confess it. Maclaren, D. D.There may have been floating in the apostle's mind, combined with the image of the racer, some remembrance of the old story in the Book of Genesis about Lot's wife. These winter leaves that cherished and nourished our growth in grace must drop off from time to time, with each new attainment that we "may rise on stepping stones of our dead selves to nobler things."3. LET THAT BRIGHT, CERTAIN, INFINITE FUTURE DWARF FOR US THE NARROW AND STAINED PAST.1. His vision of Christ in the infinite attractiveness of His character, and in the glory and blessedness of His presence and reign in heaven, made him long to be like Him, and to have, not only a place in His kingdom, but a place hard by the throne of the Lamb. 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