AT THE OTHER EXTREME THERE IS THE EQUAL, PERHAPS THE MORE COMMON FAULT OF HANGING BACK, AND SO, AS THE APOSTLE TEACHES, GRADUALLY LETTING SLIP AND LOSING EVERY BENEFICENT TRUTH AND EVERY HOLY PRIVILEGE WE HAVE GAINED. Wheresoever his book is, there may he be, undermining the foundations of morality and religion, poisoning the springs of life, and instigating others to be as sceptical or as debauched as himself. Secondly, hath them with him, by way of society and communion. "They watch for your souls" (Hebrews 13:17). There is little need to warn them off: they are all too alarmed to come near. And the rather upon this added still to it, that it is irrecoverable, for so it is. Yet all need to have their recollection revived and refreshed. Secondly, the dignity of it; there is somewhat also in that. We have not grace from the Spirit immediately but from the Spirit in reference to Christ. I could tremble at being told, "Every man shall bear his own burden" — at hearing, "So, then, every one of us shall give account of himself to God"; but I do not apprehend all the awfulness of appearing at the tribunal of the Most High till I ponder this assertion of St. John, "He that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds." What will God do? A. Everything tends to show that the "elect lady" was possessed of many embellishments such as society delights to recognise, and the worth of which the Apostle John would be the last to undervalue, and yet love for the truth is the only ground of affection which he acknowledges. Look to yourselves, that ye lose not the spirit of secret prayer, and proper seasons for attending to it. Foster. He was but a simple, commonplace, pious old man. As a child I remember that the most difficult part of Christmas was simply waiting for it to come. But that is not all. We might have stayed the torrent of vice and ungodliness; we might have turned some sinners from the error of their ways. Lot was a man who believed in looking after himself. We begin with the first, the CAUTION in its general and indefinite proposition, "Look to yourselves." Unconverted men, look to yourselves. Here is in this reward that which makes amends for all which has been undergone in reference to it. 1, Remember the services of others. The very mystery which envelops the fact stamps it with Divinity. How can the weak voice of man be heard across that tremendous gulf which yawns between him, the creature of a day, and the Eternal? John wanted to get at the core of what is going on here. 1 John 2:1-6 New International Version (NIV). He that hath not Christ and His Spirit, he hath not God to comfort him. It is more than doubtful whether any Christian can get to know much about God, unless he be stirred by an ambition to know, or can make much progress in personal religion, unless he be taken possession of by the ambition to be made like his Saviour. Of the serious mistakes, in matters of opinion and in matters of practice, to which this over-eagerness leads, the disposition that sweeps onwards under the dominancy of a single idea, and consents neither to look back upon the point from which it started, nor to glance around at the facts with which relations should be maintained, there are instances enough. Therefore this must be taken in likewise together with the other; then do we indeed abide in it when it abides in us and has an influence and efficacy upon us. It may be, you have insured your house, and your life, against fire, accident, or death. Their philosophers, thinkers, and poets felt the need of a restorer of purity, prosperity, and joy to the human race. 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