hebrews 13:8 sermon

Martin. "Your old neighbour? I. Let us give everything up to Him, ourselves and our all. They had spoken, bat now they ceased to speak the word of God. And with the changes to which men are subject is associated mutation, which, like waves flowing over sand, affects the condition and appearance of all things. 4. You might as well say that the laws of nature are repulsive, as to say that God's decrees are so. And His heart is the same — sympathetic, patient, generous, tender as a woman's, strong in its personal attachment, and filled with a love which surpasseth knowledge. When our impatience has been tamed, and our impetuosity has become subdued; when we have learned to distrust ourselves, and wish for an immutable goodness on which to stay; when we have learned to distrust the world, to look away from things and circumstances; after we have felt weariness and disappointment, we grow to value quiet. We see in THE ECONOMY OF TIME four remarkable varieties. Jesus Christ, in all that constitutes His personality and in all that pertains to His character, is the same, and cannot change. how quietly and majestically she rides along 1" He has just finished speaking, when suddenly his friend drops a small pebble into the well, and he now exclaims, "Why the moon is all broken to shivers, and the fragments are shaking together in the greatest disorder!" In these there has been great change. Wherefore upon it, the being, life, and blessedness of the Church doth depend. 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. Indeed, there could be no providence without change; no providing and no rule would be possible if no new circumstances arose. the time comes when the actor must leave the public stage; when the reins drop from the leader's grasp; and the orator's tongue falters; and the workman's stout arm grows feeble; and the fire of wit is quenched; and the man of genius turns into a drivelling idiot; and men of understanding, without any second birth, pass into a second childhood. The text is a declaration of the immutability of Jesus Christ, and so takes for granted His divinity. Martin.Employing the word "yesterday" to represent past time in general, we ask, who beside Jesus Christ is the same to-day as yesterday? 2. Will He fulfil these words? It is constancy that is the foundation of hope, and civilisation, and everything that is blessed in the world.(H. The sky is furthest away from us right over our heads; behind and in front it seems to touch the earth. "What gross absurdity! " THE WORDS "FOR EVER" FALL STRANGELY ON OUR EARS; THE SOLEMN FUTURE IS UNKNOWN AND UNIMAGINABLE. When there is no allowance of evil the blessed Spirit of God takes of the glories and preciousness of Christ, and reveals them to you for your comfort and joy. I am not going to attempt to explain the Mystery. To those Christians who would read the words translated "for ever" in their original form, "unto the ages," they would have a further suggestion. In what department of this universe shall we find immobility? THE DUTY WHICH WE OWE TO FAITHFUL DEPARTED MINISTERS. If our Lord be "the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever," then, according to the connection of our text, He is to be followed to the end. And His heart is the same — sympathetic, patient, generous, tender as a woman's, strong in its personal attachment, and filled with a love which surpasseth knowledge. In what department of this universe shall we find immobility? Beecher. But now, the delusions of fancy or the pretensions of the hypocrite are detected by this awful test; if, on the other hand, in this hour of severe trial, the Christian minister's hope stands firm, and instead of retracting anything from the doctrines which he has delivered, he testifies of them as more precious than ever; surely such evidence recommends itself to our fullest attention, and carries with it the greatest force for the conviction of every candid mind. V. LET ME SPEAK TO YOU PERSONALLY OF THE UNCHANGING SAVIOUR. dear good man, he is safe in Abraham's bosom. But in the midst of all is seen one unchanging Christ. Order requires God, who intends to save you, to employ those means, which are most likely to conduct you to salvation, or, if you refuse to profit by them, to harden you under them. Yesterday the blind received their sight, the deaf were made to hear, the lame to walk, the leper to rejoice as he escaped a living death. Mackennal, D. D.)The immutability of GodH. Let it go; Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever. Represent to yourselves the whole world let loose against Christians; imagine the primitive disciples required to believe the heavenly origin of a religion, which called them first to be baptized in water, then in blood. To-day I This is the favourable time — this is the day of Jesus Christ's salvation. Then let us to-day promote the manifestation of the true unity of all believers.(S. The cross upon which he gave himself in death for us has lost none of its ancient power. Then to-day let us boldly confess Him. Are they not thirsting for change " from glory to glory, as by the Spirit of the Lord? "I write no new commandment unto you"; I preach no new Christ unto you. But when your heart is thus all unrest, need I ask, Has Christ's work changed? THE WORDS "FOR EVER" FALL STRANGELY ON OUR EARS; THE SOLEMN FUTURE IS UNKNOWN AND UNIMAGINABLE. The longing for rest, the desire for what is stable and unchanging — THIS IS OUR DEEPEST WANT; IT STRENGTHENS IN US AS WE GROW OLDER, WISER, BETTER MEN. He cannot deny Himself.II. This gives undying value to all the offers, invitations, and promises of the gospel.(T. A man is gazing intently down a deep, still well, where he sees the moon reflected, and thus remarks to a friendly bystander: "How beautifully fair and round she is to-night! Here are changes, grand, stupendous, unimaginable. It is remarkable that, when He pronounced these words, not one of them was written down. )Jesus always the sameT. Look, again, at the immutability of Jesus Christ as exemplified in His PERSON. God saw the end from the beginning; He follows a plan eternally ordained, and the whole vast administration of creation is carried on in pursuance of certain great fixed ideas. We change our calendars, and become conscious as we do so, that we ourselves have changed. It is in our personal relations that we feel the identity or the changes of life. It is impossible now to indicate the many-sided aspects of His mediatorial power. "Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do." 2. Sorrow cannot long dim your eyes, for He is the unchanging Comforter. And His heart is the same — sympathetic, patient, generous, tender as a woman's, strong in its personal attachment, and filled with a love which surpasseth knowledge. How comes it that when we are pleased and profited by variety everywhere else, we are conscious of a sublime satisfaction in finding fixedness here? Youth will wander and explore; but manhood asks a home wherein to dwell. No, no.(G. Christ is the everlasting solemn mountain itself. He has made great promises to His disciples. His ear is the same — quick and sensitive; embracing the harmonies of creation, and receiving at the same time the whisper of a little one's prayer. Indeed, there could be no providence without change; no providing and no rule would be possible if no new circumstances arose. He was here yesterday, He will be here to-morrow. there that day. We are always tempted to think that this moment is commonplace and insignificant. In the sanctuaries of Thebes, of Delphi, and of Nineveh, the religious thought of millions of worshippers have been engraved on marble and on metal, in the desire to hand down to coming generations the names and the exploits of their gods. “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” ( Hebrews 13:8) . III. How could they, who had hardly any idea of spirituality, have studied the nature of God abstractly, which yet is the only way of conducting us to a clear knowledge of a spiritual being? 1. "And did you see such a one?" To-day Jesus Christ is the same as when He said, "I am the vine; ye are the branches." III. In disposition to fulfil them, and in power, Jesus Christ " is the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever." How comes it that when we are pleased and profited by variety everywhere else, we are conscious of a sublime satisfaction in finding fixedness here? The duty of imitating the primitive teachers and patterns, The remembering of departed Christian ministers, Ministers to be remembered after they are dead, Instructions and consolations from the unchangeableness of Christ. Let us adore only one God, and let us acknowledge in Him only one perfection, that is to say, a harmony, which results from all His perfections. other! Nor is there any change in the great moral attributes which form the basis of the Divine character — justice, and truth, and love. must we ever be restless? Your portrait, taken years ago, when you were in your prime, hangs on the walls of your home. It is blessed to think of being eternally young; but the thought that, while men are wrinkled, and bent, and scarred by disease, and toil, and suffering, and are subject to all manner of infirmities, there is One that is unchanged by time, and is for ever in the bloom of youth — this thought comes home with sweetness and comfort to every heart.2. Alas that association so blessed should have had an end.II. God's decrees may be taught so as to make men feel that they are oppressive; but the thought that the decrees of God run through time and eternity, and that He is true to them, so far from being repulsive, is exceedingly attractive. To-day, moved by His love, multitudes are acting and suffering as those only can work and endure who live, not unto themselves, but unto Him who died for them and rose again. How comes it that when we are pleased and profited by variety everywhere else, we are conscious of a sublime satisfaction in finding fixedness here? unchanging One, let me change from day to day, until I gain Thine image and reach Thy presence!" Raleigh, D. D.)The unchanging ChristA. Again the thought of the immutable One bears up out of the confusion of changing things. We are always tempted to think that this moment is commonplace and insignificant. Jesus Christ is the same in His influence upon those who believe in Him. Yet here, where nothing is abiding but change — here where we "should imagine that we should get accustomed to change — we are always sighing for that which is the same to-day as yesterday, and which will be the same for ever. )Jesus always the sameT. The moon is at full, and shining in more than ordinary silver brightness. When our impatience has been tamed, and our impetuosity has become subdued; when we have learned to distrust ourselves, and wish for an immutable goodness on which to stay; when we have learned to distrust the world, to look away from things and circumstances; after we have felt weariness and disappointment, we grow to value quiet. He is "the same yesterday, and today, and forever" in his great attributes - his eternity, spirituality, omniscience, omnipotence, etc. Our text speaks of One who is even now unchanging. (John 10:28-29) And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never He came to suffer as a substitute. Try it for 30 days FREE. "Did he remember me?" Still, too, He assures His disciples, "I will come again." God's changeful providence comes into all our lives, and parts dear ones, making their places empty that Christ Himself may fill the empty places, and, striking away other props, though the tendrils that twine round them bleed with the wrench, in order that the plant may no longer trail along the ground, but twine itself round the Cross and climb to the Christ upon the throne. Complete faithfulness within marriage. Our life continues the same in many vicissitudes, so long as the persons we have to do with are unchanged. Maclaren, D. D.)Yesterday and to-dayS. Jesus Christ is the same in His influence upon those who believe in Him. His sole purpose for going there was to find some Christians that we telling others about Him? 2. )Jesus always the sameT. God's changeful providence comes into all our lives, and parts dear ones, making their places empty that Christ Himself may fill the empty places, and, striking away other props, though the tendrils that twine round them bleed with the wrench, in order that the plant may no longer trail along the ground, but twine itself round the Cross and climb to the Christ upon the throne. Then to-day let us boldly confess Him. Truth and justice are the same now that they were in the beginning, and that they ever will be. But the moment a wrong motive is cherished in the heart, or an idle word escapes the lips unjudged, your happy experiences are smashed to pieces, and you are all restless and disturbed within, until in brokenness of spirit before God you confess your sin (the disturbing thing), and thus get restored once more to the calm, sweet joy of communion. Alas that association so blessed should have had an end.II. We ought to remember pious ministers. LET ME SPEAK TO YOU PERSONALLY OF THE UNCHANGING SAVIOUR. The history of all creature existences shows that they are essentially mutable. Jesus Christ the Messiah is eternally trustworthy. Truest companion, trustiest guide; He who "laid down His life for His friends"; Jesus Christ is " the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever."V. II. The humanity of Jesus Christ is in all its essential features the same. W. In either application the words of my text are full of hope and of joy. Let us adore only one God, and let us acknowledge in Him only one perfection, that is to say, a harmony,... 2. Some such change may be suggested in 1 Corinthians 15:24, 28. You need not fear temptation, for His is an unchanging succour. New they will be, but they will not be strange; the changes will but illustrate the unchangeable.IV. The one thing of which anticipation may be sure is that nothing continues in one stay. As opposed to such a conception as this, the Bible teaches God to be one, from eternity to eternity, sovereign and immutable. unchanging One, let me change from day to day, until I gain Thine image and reach Thy presence!" They were accustomed to look on God's purpose in the universe as unfolding itself in a series of aeons or dispensations. The same constitution of things holds in the higher sphere of man's moral progress and religious life. Ask yourself why this should be so. God saw the end from the beginning; He follows a plan eternally ordained, and the whole vast administration of creation is carried on in pursuance of certain great fixed ideas. Expressions of love must be regulated by ideas of Deity;. Yesterday it was testified, "The love of Christ constraineth us "-it carries us out of the course of the world. 3. His wealth of tenderness and of sympathy is always the same. It is in our personal relations that we feel the identity or the changes of life. His unchangeableness was also taught as opposed to any change of dynasties. He Think what he must have been in His mother's home for thirty years. Let us renew our confidence. But in the midst of all is seen one unchanging Christ. Well is it for you who trust in Christ. Truth and justice are the same now that they were in the beginning, and that they ever will be. And what say you of His love? Sin will not overmaster you, nor guilt drive you to despair; for He whose blood first cleansed you will cleanse you still, and the ear into which you breathed your first penitence is listening still for your repentant prayer. In all respects, and in all aspects, Jesus Christ is " the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever." )The unchanging ChristA. Because we shall be fully convinced, that the vicissitudes of both proceed from the same cause, I mean the immutability of that God who saith by the mouth of one of His prophets, "I, the Lord, change not.". Cutting. come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. Jesus Christ is the same in His influence upon those who believe in Him. Now, believer, apply the simple figure. 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. We make progress only in change — we put off the old and put on the new — we learn and unlearn — we fall and rise again; and as nature and providence are never the same on two successive days, so our souls are never in exactly the same moral state on one day as they were on the day before. This glory — the fulness of grace and truth — is "the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever." )Jesus always the sameT. How comes it that when we are pleased and profited by variety everywhere else, we are conscious of a sublime satisfaction in finding fixedness here? 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.(A. Ø In what ways has Christ not changed? Yesterday Jesus Christ did all this — and what of to-day? All is not fleeting, Christ is the same. To-day Jesus Christ is the same as when Paul said, "I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed to Him until that day." 1. is given unto me in heaven and in earth. I believe he has the same kind heart as ever; but he has not in his power to show it as he was used to do." Yesterday the children were like olive plants round about the table — to-day one is not, another withers in the place that still knows him, and others are transplanted to a foreign soil. Yesterday lies consecrated in memory; to-morrow, radiant in hope; but to-day is poverty-stricken and prose. Sin will not overmaster you, nor guilt drive you to despair; for He whose blood first cleansed you will cleanse you still, and the ear into which you breathed your first penitence is listening still for your repentant prayer. Effectually in His grace and mercy. The one thing of which anticipation may be sure is that nothing continues in one stay. Martin. I say that this Type is immutable, and that the words of the text are true of that Type, "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, to-day, and for ever." To-day I This is the favourable time — this is the day of Jesus Christ's salvation. Here is a Being who came forth from the East. This is a foundational truth written in … But a coming rest is not all we ask; is life all to be weary and changing? He is not, as men are, changed by time. He said this yesterday. Difficulties will not daunt you, for He is the unchanging Helper. Our text speaks of One who is even now unchanging. It is the condition of the well that reflects her that has changed." To-day Jesus Christ is the same as when it was said, "We are all one in Christ Jesus." The gods of antiquity were shameful, subject to fits of wrath, and to the most fitful changes of the most desperate feelings. Guthrie, D. D.Ah! As opposed to such a view of God, a creature of fancy, that changed with all the moods of the imagination, God was declared to be unchangeable. There was perpetual change. THE DUTY WHICH IS INCUMBENT ON THE PEOPLE, TO FOLLOW THE SOUND FAITH OF SUCH A TRUE AND FAITHFUL MINISTER. His hand is the same — strong even to almightiness. IN HIS WORK. The sky is furthest away from us right over our heads; behind and in front it seems to touch the earth. These things constitute being and character, and these in Him are without change.(A. Blessed are they who, in a world of passing phenomena, penetrate to the still centre of rest, and looking over all the vacillations of the things that can be shaken, can turn to the Christ and say, Thou who movest all things art Thyself unmoved; Thou who changest all things, Thyself changest not. What a change has passed over Jesus Christ, since mortal eyes beheld Him. The deep reality of life abides the same; Jesus Christ the same to-day as yesterday.III. Let it go; Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever. 2. Now, believer, apply the simple figure. Death, or separation, or mutual alienation and distrust put an end to their guidance. The "for ever" of my text is not to be limited to this present life, but it runs on into the remotest future and boundless prospect of an eternal unfolding and reception of new beauties in the old earthly Christ. It is true that it is God alone who efficiently leads His people like a flock through this wilderness to the heavenly Canaan. The text is a declaration of the immutability of Jesus Christ, and so takes for granted His divinity. God's decrees may be taught so as to make men feel that they are oppressive; but the thought that the decrees of God run through time and eternity, and that He is true to them, so far from being repulsive, is exceedingly attractive. New friends, new spheres, new surroundings alter men marvellously. "He continueth ever." Is it not because we are created to find rest and portion only in God? the time comes when the actor must leave the public stage; when the reins drop from the leader's grasp; and the orator's tongue falters; and the workman's stout arm grows feeble; and the fire of wit is quenched; and the man of genius turns into a drivelling idiot; and men of understanding, without any second birth, pass into a second childhood. Is it not because we are created to find rest and portion only in God? 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.(A.

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