Sermons on Various Subjects, Delivered on Various Occasions

9780217554404: Sermons on Various Subjects, Delivered on Various Occasions

This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1858. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... SERMON III. CALLING AND ELECTION VS. TOTAL APOSTASY. "Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure; for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall."--2 Pet. i. 10. That this text is addressed to true Christians will not be doubted, when we consider that the apostle, in the first verse of the Epistle from which it is taken, addresses himself "to them that have obtained like precious faith with us;" and when we consider, further, that he calls them "brethren" in the text. All the good advice given, then, and all the contingencies contemplated in the text, belong to true Christians, and are hereby appropriated to them by the apostle. We hope this fact--which is an important one--will be kept in mind by our readers. I. We will proceed to consider the terms calling and election. These terms seem to be coupled together in our text, and apply to the same thing; and they mean, as we think, the final salvation of those brethren in heaven. A home in heaven was that to which they were called: to a home in heaven, even before they had done any good or evil, for what Christ had done and suffered for them, they were elected. It is obvious that this is the meaning of these terms; forasmuch as the apostle seemed to think that when once it was made sure, the end both of their calling and election was attained. That God hath called us with a holy calling, or to the attainment of holiness preparatory for heaven, is clearly stated in 2 Tim. i. 9. The same passage also as clearly shows that he had elected us, in Christ, to the attainment of that great object before the world began. Then if there is now, or ever has been, or ever will be a being on earth who was not so elected and so called, it follows that that being had no salvation to negl...

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