hebrews 13:8 commentary



"George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". In defiance of time and space, the soul of man, with all its powers and faculties, becomes an annexation to the empire of Christ. As he called then so He calls now—‘Come unto Me.’, III. His 'forever' commences with His second advent. Jesus Christ is for ever the same; the Christian therefore must give no place in his mind and heart to doctrines which are opposed to Christ, His nature and His requirements. BibliographyWhedon, Daniel. They toll us He is losing His power; they tell us that mists of oblivion are wrapping Him round, as He moves slowly to the doom which besets Him in common with all the great names of the world. So now, if ye will go unto him, he “will satiate every weary soul, and replenish every sorrowful soul:” he “will give you beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, and the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness, that God may be glorified.”, V. The last observation we proposed to make, was that Christ is the same in his fidelity to his promises—, We have before shewn, that he led his people through the wilderness: he had promised to cast out all their enemies, and to give them “a land flowing with milk and honey.” And behold, Joshua, at the close of a long life, and after an experience of many years, could make this appeal to all Israel: “Ye know in all your hearts [Note: Joshua 23:14. Hebrews 13:8. ἰησοῦς χριστὸς, Jesus Christ) A solemn appellation: The sum of the Gospel, which is to be held by faith. That blessed man, though he possessed a very considerable share of human learning, valued no book in comparison of the Scriptures: when therefore he found his dissolution approaching, he desired his dear partner to read a portion of the word of God: she immediately read to him, first the 23d Psalm, and afterwards the 8th chapter of Proverbs. The Christian of those days would have found it much more difficult to forecast the Christian faith and practice, the Christian difficulties and the Christian advantages of a time eighteen hundred years after him, when events, vividly fresh to him, should have become matters of far-off history. Two things are to be considered in these words: first, the occasion of them; and then their sense and meaning. Will he be near me when I am dying? He considered obedience to the powers that be, as an essential part of his duty to God: he looked upon earthly governors as ministers ordained of God; and inculcated obedience to them as a duty, “not merely for wrath, but also for conscience sake.” As then ye have been followers of his faith and practice while living, so be ye imitators of him now that he is withdrawn from you: “be ye followers of him, as he was of Christ.” And be careful, “not to be carried about with divers and strange doctrines,” either in religion or politics: but “hold fast that ye have received, that no man take your crown.” If there be any here, who have never yet been “partakers of the like precious faith with him,” O that I might this day prevail with them to “become obedient to the faith!” My dear brethren, you will assuredly find, that the only means of holiness in life, or of peace in death, or of glory in eternity, is, the knowledge of Christ: “there is no other name under heaven given among men whereby we can be saved” from sin and misery in this world, or from everlasting destruction in the world to come; no other name, I say, but the name of Jesus Christ. I try hard to read some theology every week that has nothing to do with the sermon for Sunday. Not the great Moralist, Teacher, Thinker, though with a moral life which lights up every page of the Gospel narrative, so sublime and perfect. In the second reference, narrowing the ‘yesterdays’ to our own experiences, the words are full of consolation and of hope. All that he was upon earth as Jesus, he is in heaven still. "Commentary on Hebrews 13:8". His sameness is consistent with an infinite unfolding of new preciousness and new powers as new generations with new questions arise, and the world seeks for fresh guidance. xxvii., p. 188. "Commentary on Hebrews 13:8". I. I apply these words, then, as a New-Year’s motto, in two or three different directions, and ask you to consider, first, the unchanging Christ in His relation to our changeful lives. ch. ]?” Behold! In Matthew 13:39, 40, 49 and 28:20 also the word age (_aion) is banished. Does the Christian feel no interest in this truth? Thus, in every succeeding age, have his people found him faithful. Cancel. "Commentary on Hebrews 13:8". Mackennal, Christ's Healing Touch, p. 276; H. W. Beecher, Sermons (1870), p. 391; J. Vaughan, Sermons, 12th series, p. 45; E. Paxton Hood, Dark Sayings on a Harp, p. 157; Spurgeon, Sermons, vol. I have often thought of it. His operation is _age (_aion). His creation is _cosmos (world). The wish is father to the thought. This text may well be taken as our motto in looking forward, as I suppose we are all of us more or less doing, and trying to forecast the dim outlines of the coming events of this New Year. Verse 8 is the grounds for not following false teachers of verse 9. It is false, therefore, that it is here taken metonymically for his doctrine, or the gospel; nor is such a sense any way to the purpose of the apostle. BibliographySchaff, Philip. He asks for the human heart. The collocation “Jesus Christ” is in this Epistle only found elsewhere in Hebrews 13:21 and Hebrews 10:10. 1832. Hebrews 8:13. Will not he who wept with the sisters of the deceased Lazarus; will not he that had compassion on the multitude because they were as sheep not having a shepherd; will not he that wept over the murderous and abandoned city, now weep over a disconsolate widow, a deserted people, and especially over those, who have “not known the day of their visitation, and whose eyes have never yet seen the things belonging to their peace?” Is he become an “High-priest that cannot be touched with a feeling of our infirmities;” or that, notwithstanding he has been “in all points tempted like as we are, has no disposition to succour his tempted people?” Unbelief and Satan may suggest such thoughts to our minds; but who must not attest that they are false? So, further, we apply, in the third place, this thought to the relation between the unchanging Christ and decaying institutions and opinions. They who have rested on his word, have never been disappointed. I. I apply these words, then, as a New-Year’s motto, in two or three different directions, and ask you to consider, first, the unchanging Christ in His relation to our changeful lives. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/dcc/hebrews-13.html. BibliographyNicoll, William R. "Commentary on Hebrews 13:8". We are informed, both in the psalm from whence the text is taken, and in the first chapter of this epistle, where it is cited, that Jesus Christ was the Creator of the universe; “Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands.” And from the first moment of its existence he has “upheld it by the word of his power.” In the days of his flesh, he still exercised the same omnipotence: “Whatsoever the Father did, that did the Son likewise.” On ten thousand occasions he wrought the most stupendous miracles, and shewed that every created being was subject to his will. “His goings forth have been from everlasting [Note: Micah 5:2. He is ever the same. (y) Smith de Moribus Turc. E.M. Zerr's Commentary on Selected Books of the New Testament. Whoever be taken from you, Christ remains; and you must “cleave unto him with full purpose of heart.” But beware of false teachers, such as there are and ever have been in the Church: for, whatever they may press upon you, there is nothing that deserves your attention but Christ crucified, 1 Corinthians 2:2. As no changes formerly made in the institutions of divine worship altered any thing in the faith of the church with respect unto Christ, for he was, and is still the same; so no necessitudes we may meet withal in our profession, by oppression or persecution, ought in the least to shake us, for Christ is still the same, to protect, relieve, and deliver us. Hebrews 13:13.—Spurgeon, Sermons, vol. Some others perhaps among you have been long hesitating, as it were, upon the brink, and doubting and questioning your right to wash in it: ah! No. 1. How tragic it is that even the Revised Version banishes to the "margin," the word age, substituting the word world as for example in Matthew 24:3: "Thy coming, and of the end of the world." William Bromley Cadogan, late Vicar of St. Giles’, Reading, on Jan. 29, 1797. The words, ‘yesterday, and to-day, and for ever,’ were no doubt used by the author of the Epistle in the proverbial sense at that time given to them. He is followed by Schlichtingius and all the Socinians. The future.—‘Yesterday, and to-day, and for ever.’ Has it ever happened to you to say—‘I think there was a time when God loved me—when I was a little child. And this we may comply with; though, as I observed before, there is a great appearance that it stands absolutely by itself, as directing believers, on all occasions of duty such as he insists on, whither they should retreat and repair in their minds for direction, relief, and supportment; namely, unto Jesus Christ, who is always the same for these ends. This, then, is the sense of these words: Jesus Christ, in every state of the church, in every condition of believers, is the same unto them, being always the same in his divine person; and will be so unto the consummation of all things. Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament, Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, yea and forever, Ιησους Χριστος εχτες και σημερον ο αυτος και εις τους αιωνας, Iēsous Christos echthes kai sēmeron ho autos kai eis tous aiōnas, Greek Testament Critical Exegetical Commentary, Jesus Christ is yesterday and to-day the same, and for ever, William Newell's Commentary on Romans and Revelation, I. There is nothing in the world’s history to compare with the phenomenon which is presented by the unworn freshness of Jesus Christ after all these centuries. Obs. "Forever" recalls the quality of the redemption secured by Jesus Christ ( Hebrews 5:9; Hebrews 9:12; Hebrews 9:14-15; Hebrews 13:20) and of the priesthood of Christ ( Hebrews 7:24-25): it is "eternal."" Schmidt, Nemethus, and others). It hence appears that the Apostle is not speaking of the eternal existence of Christ, but of that knowledge of him which was possessed by the godly in all ages, and was the perpetual foundation of the Church. ; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. Nor is this whole name, Jesus Christ, ever used unto any other purpose but to signify his person. Thou needest never be afraid of thinking too highly of him: when thou “honourest him as thou honourest the Father,” then thou regardest him in the manner that becomes thee: when thou bowest the knee before him, and confessest him him as thy Sovereign Lord, then thou most effectually glorifiest God the Father [Note: Philippians 2:10-11.]. Remember then, under all the trying dispensations thou mayest meet with, and, most of all, under the bereavement which thou art now so bitterly lamenting, that he, in whom thou hast believed, is an all-sufficient Saviour; and that when thou lookest to him for any blessing whatsoever, thou mayest cry with confident assurance, “My Lord, and my God.” The ministers of the Church “are not suffered to continue by reason of death.” That tongue which lately was “as a tree of life,” under the shadow of which you sat with great delight, and the fruit whereof was sweet unto your taste, now lies silent in the tomb. And so these words may well come to us with lessons of encouragement, and with teaching of duty and steadfastness, in an epoch of much unrest and change - social, theological, ecclesiastical- such as that in which our lot is cast. Hebrews 13:8-9.Men may die, but Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, to-day, and for ever — From everlasting to everlasting: the same in his person and offices, in his love and power, in his truth and grace; the same object of faith; and the same in all respects, to all believers, in all ages; and therefore be steadfast in the faith and … & 7. the same: be not then carried away’ &c. As to the meaning of the words, ἐχθές (the common and also Attic form, whereas χθές is Epic, Ionic, and Attic) refers to the time past, when their ἡγούμενοι passed away from them; σήμερον to the time present, when the Writer and the readers were living. Will He always be near me?’? He warns them in the verse that follows nay text not to be carried about with divers and strange doctrines, bat to keep fast to the unchanging Jesus. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, to-day, and for ever, Jesus Christ yesterday and to-day; the same also in eternity, yesterday, yesterday and the day before, yesterday and to-day, yesterday, Always the same Saviour and the same Teacher, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers. 577. Wherefore, 6. That same almighty arm that raised him up to be a faithful witness for the truth, that enabled him to despise the pleasures and honours of the world, and to devote himself wholly to the great work of the ministry, can do the same for his successor. Philippians 3:7-8. The apostle speaks not of the person of Christ absolutely, but with respect unto his office, and his discharge of it; or he declares who and what he was therein. Jesus lives! The verse is meant to be a powerful incentive to live a certain way at the end of the twentieth century … 13:35; John 21:25; Acts 17:24; 1 John 3:17), that is a material creation, for the characteristic operation of God in that created world? But carry your thoughts a little further: follow him within the vail: behold him united to that blessed assembly of saints and angels: see him freed from the bondage of corruption, arrayed in the unspotted robe of his Redeemer’s righteousness, crowned with a royal diadem, seated on a throne of glory, tuning his golden harp, and with a voice as loud and as melodious as any saint in heaven, singing, “Salvation to God and to the Lamb.” Is there so much as one of you that can think of this, and not exclaim, “Let me die the death of the righteous, and let my last end be like his!” Let the thought of these things, my brethren, encourage you to persevere: the conflict cannot be very long; but how glorious the triumph! or is his hand shortened, that he cannot save?” O remember, that though the stream is cut off, the fountain still remains; and every one of you may go to it, and “receive out of your Redeemer’s fulness grace for grace.” Yea, who can tell? ", [Note: G. W. MacRae, "Heavenly Temple and Eschatology in the Letter to the, ""Yesterday" the original leaders preached Jesus Christ, even as the writer does now; the present time can tolerate no other approach to the grace of God (, Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament, George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, E.M. Zerr's Commentary on Selected Books of the New Testament, Commentary by J.C.Philpot on select texts of the Bible, "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today, and forever. And the epoch referred to in the ‘yesterday’ is defined more closely if we observe the previous context, which speaks of the dying teachers who have had the rule and have passed away. BibliographyJamieson, Robert, D.D. (NIV) 1.There is nothing in the context to warrant believing that this verse has anything to do with a “plurality of persons,” “one substance in the Godhead” or … Quoting from the Psalms, He Himself declared..''Behold, the volume of the book is written about Me - and I have … Maimonides in Misn. Hebrews 13:8, KJV: "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever." See Hebrews 1:12. Jesus Christ is the same, yesterday—before He came into the world, before His passion, before His ascension—and to-day, in heaven; yesterday and to-day in the former and latter (second) part of this exhortation: yesterday in the time of our earlier and later predecessors, and to-day in our own age. He is, he ever was, all and in all unto the church. And as unto the occasion of their use in this place, some think that they refer to what went before, in confirmation of it; some unto what follows after, as a direction in it; and some observe their usefulness unto both these ends. It is from his divine person, that, in the discharge of his office, he was ὁ αὐτὸς, “the same.” So it is said of him, σὺ δὲ ὁ αὐτὸς ει῏ Hebrews 1:12, — “But thou art the same;” that is, eternal, immutable, indeficient. Other Forerunner Commentary entries containing Hebrews 13:8: Genesis 18:23-25 Judges 2:11-15 Daniel 9:1-4 Malachi 3:6 Matthew 12:38-40 Matthew 13:33 Matthew : Luke : 2 Timothy 2:11-13 2 Peter 1:19-21 Revelation 11:6 "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". Neither is this unconsonant unto what the Scripture affirms of Christ in other places. BibliographySimeon, Charles. 8. Consider this, I beseech you; that you “may fight the good fight of faith, and quit yourselves like men.” Go on, “strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus;” and doubt not, but that you shall find the grace of Christ as sufficient for you as it has been for him; and that what Christ has been to others in former ages, he will be to you, the same yesterday, to-day, and for ever. ἰησοῦς χριστός is the subject, and ὁ αὐτός (sc. The yesterday of my text may either be applied to the generations that have passed, and then the ‘to-day’ is our little life; or may be applied to my own yesterday, and then the to-day is this narrow present. In the preceding verse (for we have no reason to look higher in this series of duties, independent one on another) the Hebrews are enjoined to persevere in the faith of their first apostolical teachers, and to have the same faith in themselves as they had. Time can neither exhaust its strength, nor put a limit to its range. 6. Surely we may still say with the same confidence that the Apostles declared it in the days of old, “We have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: he is the propitiation, not for our sins only, but also for the sins of the whole world: through him all that believe shall be justified from all things: the blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth from all sin.” How sweetly have many of you experienced the truth of these declarations, when your dear minister has been insisting on this favourite topic, and “Christ has been set forth crucified, as it were, before your eyes!” How many of you, while lying at Bethesda’s pool, have embraced the opportunity afforded you, and plunged beneath that water to the healing of your souls! 7. The only way by which we can persevere in the right faith is to hold to the foundation, and not in the smallest degree to depart from it; for he who holds not to Christ knows nothing but mere vanity, though he may comprehend heaven and earth; for in Christ are included all the treasures of celestial wisdom. viii., p. 294; J. Natt, Posthumous Sermons, p. 345. g.] Also, the true doctrine, delivered to you by your teachers, is always the same, not variable, Hebrews 13:7; Hebrews 13:9. Of course he can sustain, comfort, and bless you, as he did them. Biblical Commentary (Bible Study) Hebrews 13:1-8, 15-16 EXEGESIS: THE CONTEXT: In chapter 12, the author contrasted Moses' experience at Mount Sinai (12:18-21) with what we can expect to experience at Mount Zion—the city of the living God—the heavenly Jerusalem (12:22-24). In a turbulent and fast-changing world that goes from one crisis to the next nothing seems permanent. II. III. Jesus Christ, who was yesterday, is the same to-day; yesterday, before His sufferings and death; to-day, in glory; comp. We are told that the Israelites “tempted God in the desert, saying, Can he give bread also, and provide flesh for his people?” And St. Paul, speaking of them, says, “Neither tempt ye CHRIST, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of the destroyer [Note: 1 Corinthians 10:9. In that he saith, A new covenant — In that he expresses himself in this manner; he hath made the first old — He hath manifested it to be old, or he hath shown that it is disannulled and out of date. The preaching of Christ is all our duty, Acts 3:20; Acts 8:5; Acts 9:20; and to acquire the knowledge of him is yours, John 17:3. You will observe the accuracy of the words and the exact force of the expression. "Commentary on Hebrews 13:8". Jesus Christ, the same] This was the sum of their sermons, and is the substance of their and your faith; which therefore you must stick to, standing fast in the street which is called Straight, Acts 9:11, and not whirred about with various and strange doctrines. ., pp570-71. 3. Because when Hebrews 13:8 says, "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever," and says it in view of calling Christ God in Hebrews 1:8, I want us to feel the full weight of this blessing in our lives. ", Commentary Critical and Explanatory - Unabridged, Kretzmann's Popular Commentary of the Bible, Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures. Hebrews 10:29). * The meaning of _aion must be understood despite man's dispensational ignorance or prejudice, if we would understand what the Word of God says to us in this word: It means a duration of time during which God is accomplishing certain things. He demands it unconditionally, and forthwith His demand is granted. Each lesson on this study of Hebrews is designed fit into … The present.—And what ‘to-day’? These last words were chosen by your late worthy minister, as his subject on the first day of this year, and, as I am informed, were particularly recommended to you as your motto for the year ninety-seven. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/hebrews-13.html. With the identical love that brought Him to our world, He loves ‘His own’ now. 25; Seb. 2. How far back does this ‘yesterday’ go? All this-and how much more is included in the blessed words "and to-day!". Cannot he that said, “Let there be light, and there was light,” transform our corrupted hearts into the Divine image in righteousness and true holiness? He was the chief theme of the Gospel they preached—so ‘the word of God’ generally means in the New Testament. Our departed friend has experienced that change, which sooner or later awaits us all: he will ere long experience a still further change, when “his corruptible shall put on incorruption, and his mortal, immortality;” when his body, that now lies mouldering in the dust, shall be “raised like unto Christ’s glorious body,” and “shine above the sun in the firmament for ever and ever:” he is not to-day what he was yesterday: nor shall be for ever what he now is. But even thus the real point of the statement is missed. It will be a further consolation to us to reflect that Jesus Christ is the same in the tenderness of his compassion—, It was Christ who led the people of Israel through the wilderness, and who directed them by his servant Moses. "Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament". Hebrews 10:10). Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, and today, and for ever. There is no diminution here. Philosophy proffers its aid in vain: the light of unassisted reason is unable to impart any effectual relief: but revelation points to God; to God, as reconciled to us in the Son of his love: it directs our views to him who “changeth not;” and who, under all the troubles of life, invites us to rely on his paternal care. Cf. (This may be treated under the five several heads here specified. For Him the change between the ‘to-day’ of His earthly life and the ‘for ever’ of His ascended glory made no change in the tenderness of His heart, the sweetness of His smile, the nearness of His helping hand. ἐστίν, not ἔστω) the common predicate to all three notes of time. Take whatever to-day you please, and Christ was the same yesterday, and will be the same to-morrow, and so on forever. BibliographyPhilpot, Joseph Charles. We speak of the changes through which Christianity has passed, but they are chiefly changes of garb. ‘I shall lose Thee though I die’; and Thou, Thou diest never. Greek Testament Critical Exegetical Commentary. 3. But if we will only that all that sparkling lustre and all that more than mortal tenderness of pity and of love with which Jesus Christ has irradiated and sweetened any past is verily here with us amidst the commonplaces and insignificant duties of the dusty to-day, then we need look back to no purple distance, nor forward to any horizon where sky and earth kiss, but feel that here or nowhere, now or never, is Christ the all-sufficient and unchanging Friend. for it was Christ alone that even then was all unto the church, as unto its acceptance with God.’, And so I hope we have restored these words unto their sense and use. The question, having been declined by Bertrand, Napoleon proceeded: “Well, I will tell you. Above all, the people, who looked up to him as their spiritual father, to whom they owed their own souls, will bear him in remembrance. And, —, Obs. He held fast Christ as his “wisdom, his righteousness, his sanctification, and his complete redemption.” He made “Christ his all, and in all.” But while he trusted in Christ alone for his justification before God, no man living ever more forcibly inculcated the necessity of good works, or, I may truly add, practised them with more delight. Seek to realize every thing that is spoken of Christ, and to make him your all in all. What he was yesterday, will he not also be to-day, and for ever? We may apply the thought to the relation between the unchanging Christ and decaying institutions and opinions. It is one of the most powerful of the incidental arguments for Christianity, that it has gone through almost every possible phase, and yet we may fairly claim that it is possessed of greater vitality at this present time than it ever possessed before. ]:” he was set up “from everlasting; from the beginning, or ever the earth was [Note: Proverbs 8:23. Let it go; Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever. Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge. Study guide includes outline, discussion questions, and teaching points. Isaiah says, “In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them: in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; and he bare them, and carried them all the days of old [Note: Isaiah 63:9.]. Marriage is honorable among all: The Bible holds high the ideal of married life and the institution of family. (See Hebrews 1:11-12.). The year is almost over. 2. They declared that from the ages to the ages Christ changeth not, that from eternity to eternity Jesus Christ is the same. Hebrews 1:12). "Commentary on Hebrews 13:8". 8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. such was the state of the Hebrews, when this epistle was written to them: and the Apostle, studious to fortify them against the impending danger, exhorts them to remember their deceased pastors, following their faith, and considering the blessed way in which they had terminated their career. His double name is given in solemn emphasis. Try it for 30 days FREE. I ask you to think of the relation between the unchanging Christ and the dying helpers. in an instant, all your hopes are blasted: the creature, though so excellent, proves in this respect but a broken reed. But when the old hand, the same hand that had been pierced with the nails on the Cross, though it now held the seven stars, was laid upon him, and the old voice, the same voice that had spoken to him in the upper room, and in feebleness from the Cross,’ though it was now as the ‘sound of many waters,’ said to him, ‘Fear not, I am the first and the last; I am He that liveth and was dead and am alive for ever more’; John learned that the change from the Cross to the throne touched but the circumference of his Master’s Being, and left the whole centre of His love and brotherhood wholly unaffected. Galatians 2:20. And unto both parts of it this declaration of the nature and office of Christ is subservient. The law not only made all subject to it, liable to be condemned for the guilt of sin, but also was unable to remove that guilt, and clear … by Ray C. Stedman. 3. For to me they appear as a glorious light which the apostle sets up to guide our minds in the consideration of his whole discourse, that we may see whence it all proceeds, and whereunto it tends. I do this in order to learn more about what it means to follow Jesus without it being intimately connected with whatever will… 1974. Or a reason enforcing what followeth, that since Jesus Christ is the same, as in his person, so in his doctrine, faith, and conversation, which he enjoineth on his subjects, they should not be carried about with divers and strange doctrines. II. Now, whereas they had by their faith a blessed and victorious end of their whole conversation, they might consider, that Jesus Christ, who is always the same in himself, would likewise be the same to them, to give them the like blessed end of their faith and obedience. It has filled the whole soul of the man of mighty intellect, and has satisfied the mind of low degree. It pleased him for a season to set over you a faithful pastor, by whom he has called hundreds into his fold, and “turned multitudes from the error of their ways.” But though your honoured minister was the instrument, he was only an instrument; he was but “an axe in the hands of him that heweth therewith,” an “earthen vessel in which was deposited the heavenly treasure,” and by whom Christ communicated to you his “unsearchable riches:” “The excellency of the power was altogether Christ’s.” And has the power ceased, because the instrument is laid aside? I think I know something of human nature; and I tell you that all these were men; and I am a man. 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