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Thoughts.2. (Matthew Wilks. A mere fable, but one with an impressive moral.2. You will be applauded if you act your part well — by God and the good.(T. Not in rioting and drunkenness (Isaiah 5:13). The parables of our Lord are commonly but portraitures to our spiritual fancy of diverse moral characters; and we can learn the lesson He intends only by a vigorous use of this representing and reproducing power. Robinson, D.D. (4)Your hearts corrupted, only by Him cleansed (1 Corinthians 1:2). A deliberate and habitual effort to realise all this in personal character and life.5. You have a prompter — the Holy Ghost, "He shall bring all things to your remembrance," etc. But He embodied the principle of universal obedience, and fulfilled every obligation arising from all the relations which He could or did sustain towards God and man. I sent the man upstairs, and told him he would find a suit which he could put on; it was my second best. This is considered by interpreters as the chief thing meant. Thus we put on Christ before God, and make Him our only —(1)Plea. Denying himself.2. (2)Your sins are strong, and only by Him subdued,(3)God angry, only by Him appeased (Matthew 3:17). That we may best prepare for a dying hour, and for the solemn scenes beyond. 2. You heard Mr. Weaver say on this platform — I thought it was a good illustration — that one day he met with a very poor man who was in rags. WHY ARE WE TO PUT ON CHRIST?1. )Putting on ChristT. Lyth, D.D. Do we not see a very familiar display of it in the genius of the poet, by which he conceives of characters — creatures of his imagination, yet true to nature — distinguished from one another and from himself in their modes of thought and actuating passions, and, through all the variety of situations in which they may be placed, severally well sustained? Passion.III. From the child that is taught to speak the sentiments of some saint or martyr in his earliest declamations at school, to the grave debater in legislative halls; from the narrator at the fireside, to the lively rehearser of inspired pages of human composition, or the edifying reader of the sacred Word of God, what do we see throughout but this very endeavour of the soul to personate and put on the meaning and feeling of some other character, and, so far as it is understood and believed to be a noble character, to adopt, appropriate, and live over again its nobleness? H. Spurgeon.Standing near the remarkable spring at Ewell, in Surrey, and watching the uprising of the waters, one sees at the bottom of the pool innumerable circles with smaller circles within them, from which extremely fine sand is continually being upheaved by the force of the rising water. Stephenson. THERE IS THIS FITNESS IN NOTHING ELSE THAN CHRIST.III. This needs deep consideration and prayer for the grace of the Holy Spirit.2. The day is at hand.". He will reply, "No, but I hope by industry to make fair copies of their pictures."I. Well, the gospel of Christ has broken the snare, and rolled away the rock. (5)Your souls are immortal, and it is only by Him that they can be saved (Acts 16:30, 31).(Bp. 6). Do we not see a very familiar display of it in the genius of the poet, by which he conceives of characters — creatures of his imagination, yet true to nature — distinguished from one another and from himself in their modes of thought and actuating passions, and, through all the variety of situations in which they may be placed, severally well sustained? They see no traces of the breaking day. 3. Lovableness. By cultivating an acquaintance with the doctrines, imbuing our minds with the spirit and sentiments, of the gospel. )The believer's dressT. DIRECTIONS.1. Study your part well. Bartol. Well, the gospel of Christ has broken the snare, and rolled away the rock. An external profession of Him, by works before men.(R. Say not, then, that the meaning is not clear; strive rather to make it yours by blessed experience.(Archdn. Never mind though you act badly at first. A COURT DRESS. H. Spurgeon.The moment the man believes in Jesus Christ he is in the righteousness of Christ — perfectly righteous; he has put upon him the Saviour's garments. (5)Your souls are immortal, and it is only by Him that they can be saved (Acts 16:30, 31).(Bp. It constitutes the most solid and satisfactory proof of inward religion. How widely Dickens observed! Never mind though you act badly at first. remarks, "It is a common phrase that a person has put him on, whom he imitates." Here we distinguish between an example and a pattern. A saint had a vision of Christ on which he gazed so long that he afterwards found in his own hands and feet the marks of the nails. A. Bartol.There are two methods of moral improvement: first, acting from ourselves according to an abstract principle; and, secondly, living over again the example of actual excellence. Farrar. Nothing is more common than this representation in the Bible itself. (vii)Charity (Acts 10:38; James 1:27). Say not, then, that the meaning is not clear; strive rather to make it yours by blessed experience.(Archdn. This garment is —1. Conclusion: Such, then, is the meaning of this Divine message. This garment is —1. "How comes it," asked a bishop of Garrick, "that I, in expounding Divine truths, produce so little effect, while you so easily rouse the deepest feelings of your audience by the representation of your fiction?" DIRECTIONS.1. LIKE CHRIST.1. Thus the Divine graces of His character are not impressed in the way of mere commandment alone; but, as the beauty of the landscape and the fragrance of flowers possess our outward senses, so these finer influences sink into the deeper perceptions of the spirit. In Isaiah the Messiah is introduced as "clad with zeal as with a cloak." There is no fear of your being too much like Him. Lyth, D.D.Here is —I. Cecil, M.A.I. Profession. Loving Others Fulfills God’s Law Romans 13:8-14 Truth Taught- When we love others, we are fulfilling God’s law and redeeming the time. THERE IS A WONDERFUL FITNESS IN CHRIST'S CHARACTER TO MEET THE CONDITION OF SINNERS. Put on Christ as —1. It is of peculiar excellence.II. The text gives us the meaning of "the armour of light."4. Condemning sin in the flesh.(J. For defence against error, sin, misery, the wrath of God, an accusing conscience, and all the consequences of neglect.4. The peace of the sinner flows into him entirely from without; the peace of a saint from purified affections and Godlikeness, and in proportion as he puts on Christ will this be secured to him in Christ's companionship.3. It would not do to speak thus of any one else, however distinguished. This is a figurative expression for an interest in Christ, union with Him, and conformity to Him.1. 5. Ever enduring. DIRECTIONS.1. TO WHOM THE DUTY APPERTAINS. A CHURCH DRESS, because —1. DIRECTIONS.1. A young artist may be twitted as he sits before his model with, "Are you vain enough to think that you can paint as well as Titian or Turner?" Nothing is more common than this representation in the Bible itself. Our characters are formed on the principle of imitation. Put on the Lord Jesus Christ. Profession. The finest were there accumulated, preserved with the greatest care, and constituted a considerable part of wealth. And so," added Mr. Weaver, "so is it with the Lord Jesus Christ; He meets us covered with the rags and filth of sin, and He tells us to go and put on not His second best, but the best robe of His perfect righteousness; and when we come down with that on, we say, 'Lord, what dost Thou think of me?' He who has no higher ambition than to get through his part will never be a good actor. Others have acted their part well.3. Thus we put on Christ before God, and make Him our only —(1)Plea. The precept suggests the moral perfection of Christ. It constitutes the most solid and satisfactory proof of inward religion. "Beholding as in a glass," etc. The Christian's motives and springs of action should be so honest and pure that he might safely defy inspection. The Christian's motives and springs of action should be so honest and pure that he might safely defy inspection. Be an enthusiast. Our characters are formed on the principle of imitation. Thus the Divine graces of His character are not impressed in the way of mere commandment alone; but, as the beauty of the landscape and the fragrance of flowers possess our outward senses, so these finer influences sink into the deeper perceptions of the spirit. The precept suggests the moral perfection of Christ. The text gives us the meaning of "the armour of light."4. A. Bartol.There are two methods of moral improvement: first, acting from ourselves according to an abstract principle; and, secondly, living over again the example of actual excellence. No success without this. Whoever conceals his religion must accept the consequence. This needs deep consideration and prayer for the grace of the Holy Spirit.2. He is saying take off that old lifestyle. I sent the man upstairs, and told him he would find a suit which he could put on; it was my second best. )How and why we are to put on ChristRobert Hall, M.A.I. It is the latter method to which the text points. As our wisdom, for our illumination. That we may experience religious peace and joy, by making it clear to ourselves that we belong to Him. Lyth, D.D.I. LIKE CHRIST.1. 14). Thoughts.2. THEREFORE, IF WE WOULD BE HAPPY, WE MUST MAKE USE OF CHRIST FOR OURSELVES. All the doctrines of Christianity are intended to expel our native corruption, and raise us nearer to the character and will of God. LIKE CHRIST.1. Scripture: Romans 13:1–7. Humility, as the tunic, always worn, fitting the body close.2. In order to obey the will of God you cannot adopt any method so simple and sure as to inquire, "How can I this day act in a manner most consonant to the mind of Christ?"II. The kings of Persia, on their coronation-day, put on a robe which the first Cyrus wore before he was king, to remind them of imitating his exemplary temper and behaviour. (b)His graces. Conclusion: Such, then, is the meaning of this Divine message. The general significance of the present metaphor is that the old sinful life is to be doffed like a soiled and sordid garment, and the new nature which Christ gives and inspires, is to be put on like a new and shining robe.I. R. Stephenson.The apostle meant, "Personify Christ; act His part" Never it is true, shall we be perfect as the Master was; but by patience, prayer, and effort we may come to resemble Him closely. I sent the man upstairs, and told him he would find a suit which he could put on; it was my second best. A. It is the best preparation for the day of His coming, when they only who are like Him will be able to see Him as He is.(T. Edmond, D.D. It is the investment of the soul with the virtues which adorned His character, just as a man clothes his body with articles of dress. You may put royal robes on a corpse, and in particular lights and distances it may seem alive. Many a man has so done this as to put others in mind of Christ; he was so Christlike; just as if one of His followers after His departure had put on the garments which Christ had worn. Spurgeon.). "As many as have been baptized in Christ have put on Christ," etc.4. The Christian's motives and springs of action should be so honest and pure that he might safely defy inspection. But He embodied the principle of universal obedience, and fulfilled every obligation arising from all the relations which He could or did sustain towards God and man. Nevertheless(1) There were things in Christ we cannot and must not imitate. Guard against its occasions.2. Many a man has so done this as to put others in mind of Christ; he was so Christlike; just as if one of His followers after His departure had put on the garments which Christ had worn. He who has no higher ambition than to get through his part will never be a good actor. (4)To guide our will, and influence our affections, in the subjects of our choice, desire, pursuit, and expectation.2. (iv)All believers are interested in all His sufferings and righteousness (Galatians 2:16). Benson.I. A RICH DRESS. and He says, 'Why, thou art all fair, My love; there is no spot in thee.' A PERSUASIVE TO HOLINESS — put on Christ.1. This is what we are to do, and to learn from Him to do.II. Robinson, D.D. THE BLESSEDNESS OF FULFILLING THIS DUTY.1. "So," said Richard, "I went upstairs and took off my second best, and put on my Sunday best, for I did not want to give him my best. Put on the Lord Jesus Christ. Put on Christ as —1. They will walk "honestly," in a manner becoming their privileges.II. Sin has stripped the soul of its true attire, and three things mark its history everywhere.1. Hence more frequent allusions are made to this than we are accustomed to use. Bacon and Shakespeare in their wills.) And so," added Mr. Weaver, "so is it with the Lord Jesus Christ; He meets us covered with the rags and filth of sin, and He tells us to go and put on not His second best, but the best robe of His perfect righteousness; and when we come down with that on, we say, 'Lord, what dost Thou think of me?' Accessibleness. Do we not see a very familiar display of it in the genius of the poet, by which he conceives of characters — creatures of his imagination, yet true to nature — distinguished from one another and from himself in their modes of thought and actuating passions, and, through all the variety of situations in which they may be placed, severally well sustained? Your hope before God.2. No caution is given, as if there were some things which were not to be put on. "Our fellowship is indeed with the Father, and with His Son Jesus Christ."(D. Spurgeon.). Spurgeon. How widely Dickens observed! 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