D.)Spiritual barbarismJ M. Whiton, Ph. As a child leans on a parent, and a wife on a husband, and a husband on a wife, and so at last all things lean on God; and well it is that it is so, for he can at any time take off the wheels of the most rapid chariot, He can break the wings of the proudest ambition, and He is, in fact, constantly saying, "Arise, this is not your rest. Wadsworth. Remembered griefs are prophetic of coming joys. (3) Cowards, who say we cannot conquer all sin, and, therefore, we need not aim at it.5. Not once merely at conversion, but often in his converted state, had he to form and to drop the winter leaves in the process of spiritual growth. "I count," as if he had taken stock, made a careful estimate, and had come to a conclusion. He has turnpikes and stage coaches, but he must level or tunnel the mountain, and lay a pavement of iron, and chain his ear to a horse of fire. It must mean something. Moreover he saw the crown.(C. Martin., D. King, LL. Some of you did once live for another object — pleasure, self, sin. We can only be cheerful while we forget. is it in the evolution of the man from the child? The bud must burst, the flower blow, the nest foul. "If any man love father or mother more than Me," etc.III. But Paul rebukes this spirit. The winter leaves, which are designed for the protection of the bud during winter, are pushed off by the growth of the summer leaves from the bud in spring; and the summer leaves, which are designed for the nourishment and growth of the tree in summer, wither and fall off in autumn. But we must not suppose that the dropping was without effort or pain. Martin. Smiles, LL. W. Robertson, M. A.Perfection is being, not doing — it is not to effect an act but to achieve a character. As one exposed to fresh demands on principles and powers of all kinds. This is the language of men who subdue the world, the motto of all heroes, the secret of all triumph.2. While we derive inspirations of confidence from contemplating the grand law of the world's increasing progress, must we not see a stern rebuke upon every life not in harmony with this law? The continuity of life cannot be divided at any point. WHAT ARE THOSE THINGS WHICH PAUL LEFT BEHIND AND FORGOT.1. Mark the confidence of his personal feelings when he finds occasion to impart them — "I know whom I have believed." "This one thing I do." Because he felt God had called him to it.3. King, LL. Forget past attainments. Among those who travel constantly on foot, have you ever observed any who run? As one exposed to fresh demands on principles and powers of all kinds. The labourer leaves his work undone when the spade is not in his hand, and he sits beneath the hedge to rest. There will be a constant reaching forth unto those things which are before, but there will be no forgetting the things that are behind.(H. Of what avail, to such a mariner, is even distinct view of some distant point long since swept by, when his vessel is approaching some perilous pass, or passing through some vast and foaming estuary into the deep sea. As far as Scripture and experience reveal it, it is but an incipient change, and must be carried on forever. ARE NOT THE LESSONS OF SUCH A LIFE VERY BROAD AND INTELLIGIBLE. WHAT ARE THOSE THINGS WHICH PAUL LEFT BEHIND AND FORGOT.1. )The enemy will advance if the Christian does notW. Forgetfulness of what is behind is an essential element in the progress of every believer. Multitudes of Christians are content just to be saved — to get inside the heavenly gate. (Lord Macaulay. This purpose formed in infancy and poverty, grew stronger as his intellect expanded and his fortunes rose. If we have taken a gun from the enemy, let us go and take another, and not sit idly down.2. It is vain to tell the believer to forget the things that are behind, to discard the preparatory means by which he advances in piety by a mere temporary effort of will. The peace that we trust in will vanish in sorrow. The reflection of the one great God. His life was in the stars. It is only by growing that he can get rid of the things no longer essential; and what he cannot remove, except by a violent destructive wrench, will fall off easily, and of its own accord, when superseded and rendered effete by growth.3. )One point bestSir T. F. Buxton.I asked Sir James Scarlett what was the secret of his preeminent success as an advocate. Job spoke up for his innocence till the Lord revealed Himself. — every muscle strained and every vein starting — the quick and short heaving of his chest — the big drops gathered on his brow — his body bending forward, as if with frantic gesture he already clutched the goal — his eye, now glancing aside with a momentary sparkle at objects so rapidly disappearing behind him, and then fixing itself on the garland in eager anticipation. MAY LEAD TO DISCOURAGEMENT.1. It sometimes needs a severe gust of wind to shake off the scales that still linger around the bud. God gives him opportunities. And many of us simply keep on doing the narrow round of things that we fancy we can do well, or have always been in the way of doing, like barrel organs, grinding our poor little set of tunes, without any notion of the great sea of music that stretches all round about us, and which is not pegged out upon our cylinders at all.(A. He sought —1. Israel remembered the fleshpots of Egypt and turned back and tempted God. The errors and doubts that marked his first approach to Christ. Forget past circumstances, whether sorrows or joys. )Progress inevitable to the ChristianJ. Everything in earth's geology, and everything on earth's surface, point towards a future. This is the language of men who subdue the world, the motto of all heroes, the secret of all triumph.2. The increase of itself.4. It is essential to do everything in order, and only grasp that which is within the reach of your arm; for otherwise you give yourself useless trouble. He forgot them in the sense of neglecting them. (2) Have we done imperfectly or ill in the past? But we must not permit them to obliterate the appreciation of present mercies. THERE ARE TWO WAYS IN WHICH WE MAY MAKE RELIGION ONE THING.1. Let the sweet fruit be cast away that the seed may be sown to produce future fruit. He, too, did other things; he trained his servants, commanded his household after him, etc. E. Jenkins, LL. His was A SANCTIFIED, BUT BOUNDLESS AMBITION, forever reaching forth in the direction of higher acquisitions of spiritual truth and nobler results of Christian work.III. Paul's entire life was an illustration of the text. D.)Spiritual barbarismJ M. Whiton, Ph. The great reproach of Christianity is its passive content with an average morality, and a life devoid of aspiration to higher levels — in a word, its spiritual barbarism, stagnant, supine, and poor in power. )Singleness of aimConfucius' son once said to him, "I apply myself with diligence to every kind of study, and neglect nothing that could render me clever and ingenious; but still I do not advance." )One point bestSir T. F. Buxton.I asked Sir James Scarlett what was the secret of his preeminent success as an advocate. The bud must burst, the flower blow, the nest foul. Napoleon was the most efficient man of his own time, not because gifted above his fellows, either physically or intellectually, but because universal empire was his single aim — he lived only to conquer! (3) What God works in the great whole, we are to work in our part. Thus it is with the memories of past sorrows. But he did not aim at the prize, but at the mark. While we derive inspirations of confidence from contemplating the grand law of the world's increasing progress, must we not see a stern rebuke upon every life not in harmony with this law?2. And so it is, alas! He who would be a great artist must not follow low models. Because…, Jesus is the One “in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.” (Colossians 2:3), Because Jesus is “the image of the invisible God” (Colossians 1:15), Because Jesus is the One who “though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.” (II Corinthians 8:9), Because Jesus is the One who has been given “the name that is above every name”. And many of us simply keep on doing the narrow round of things that we fancy we can do well, or have always been in the way of doing, like barrel organs, grinding our poor little set of tunes, without any notion of the great sea of music that stretches all round about us, and which is not pegged out upon our cylinders at all.(A. Everything in earth's geology, and everything on earth's surface, point towards a future. The one are not without remedy, the other not perfect. The man who calculates with even a tincture of discontent what he has suffered for Jesus, has never seen the Cross.2. These things get behind, they pertain to the past, and are of it. Here you see the difference between a self-deceiver and a Christian. Vaughan, M. "First the blade," etc. Paul having put the past and present in their proper places goes on to the FUTURE, ASPIRING EAGERLY TO MAKE IT GLORIOUS. The great reproach of Christianity is its passive content with an average morality, and a life devoid of aspiration to higher levels — in a word, its spiritual barbarism, stagnant, supine, and poor in power. We are to keep them in the background, and prize the character they have formed for the glory of God, and not for self-complacency. We ought to be reaching forward, to be like Jesus. He forgot them in the sense of neglecting them. He sought —1. As long as you are in the world forget what you have done, and go forward — individuals, churches, denominations.III. Why should you carry about parched corn when you dwell among fields white unto harvest? THE GLORY OF GOD IS THE RIGHT END OF MAN, because —1. Paul did not perplex himself with questions as to the meaning of life, or use of it. He may not have known much trouble, but he has to undergo the discipline of suffering. The increase of itself.4. But these means are not to be cherished as if they were the end. His spiritual life from the beginning to the end was a series of fresh beginnings. (2) So with all the work we have done. Few knew more of Christ than Paul, yet he considered his attainments but as the first steps in a path of ever-unfolding discovery. And as the young green leaves within expand in the genial atmosphere, the services of the bud scales, or covering leaves, are no longer needed, and by and by they roll away, and fall one by one from the tree, strewing the ground beneath till it looks like a threshing floor. (Archdeacon Farrar. (2)That he forgot the sins he had committed.2. Progress — what do you mean by that? Doubts on other matters arising in the progress of his ministry he would discuss in their proper time, but those which had been once disposed of were forgotten forever. But in Christian life, every moment and every act is an opportunity for doing the one thing of becoming Christ-like. If you are troubled with wandering thoughts in prayer or in Church, it is because your outer life is not concentrated. And so it will be in the eternal summer above. The errors and doubts that marked his first approach to Christ. Every one is familiar with the buds which tip the extremities of every branch in spring. Very many believers stop short at the very initial processes of grace, and imagine that these are the final ends — that nothing more can be desired or attained. 1. 3. Sacrifices may become a cause of pride — "Lord, we have left all and followed Thee." Philippians 3:14 in the Parallel Bible; Philippians 3:14 in the Thematic Bible; Philippians 3:14 Cross References; Philippians 3:14 Treasury of Scripture Knowing; Philippians 3:14 Sermons; Philippians 3:14 Prayers; Philippians 3:14 Images; Philippians 3:14 … "They do it to obtain a corruptible crown, but we an incorruptible." The past is the sculptor, the ten thousand touches of whose chisel have given to our present lives the shapes they wear; it is the painter too that has coloured these forms with every tint and hue they bear. Of course the figure is not strictly applicable to the reality. It is God's end: the end for which God is, for which He gave Christ, for which He does everything.IV. Work, then, with the better law intelligently, consistently, perseveringly.3. He has a purpose that Augustine monk. It is the want of this that makes the life of so many weak, uncertain, capricious. It is only by growing that he can get rid of the things no longer essential; and what he cannot remove, except by a violent destructive wrench, will fall off easily, and of its own accord, when superseded and rendered effete by growth.3. We are apt to say, "At such and such a time I was converted and growing in Christian attainments. Is he a warrior, wrestler, etc.? Yet what does the "all" amount to.3. LET HOPES FOR THE FUTURE AND LESSONS FROM THE PAST LEAD TO STRENUOUS WORK FOR THE PRESENT. The affections, the adhesive powers of the soul, speak the same language. We ought to be reaching forward, to be like Jesus. And this one thing he did — he built. (1) Since the day when man first lighted a fire to boil his pot, and hollowed out his first canoe, up to the day when the latest development of these contrivances appears in the steamship which can sail three thousand miles a week, the world has never rested in its advance. So of all things physical and intellectual. Newton was the king of astronomers, not because his eye was keener as it scanned the heavens, nor because God gave him mighty wings to sweep through the empyrean, but because, with the power of an omnipresent dream, the constellations of heaven were flashing on his soul! Abraham was of this class. A rule which God has made fundamental in the world, we must make so in individual life. Rich young ruler.1. It is essential to do everything in order, and only grasp that which is within the reach of your arm; for otherwise you give yourself useless trouble. Nor herein was Paul's experience anomalous. Turn with me this morning to Philippians 3 (page 981). is it in the evolution of the man from the child? This is the language of a man who has laid aside forever the doubt of his acceptance with God, of Christ's ability to save, of his Master's constant presence and guiding spirit. 2. The world's building was prospective. M. Punshon, LL. Very many believers stop short at the very initial processes of grace, and imagine that these are the final ends — that nothing more can be desired or attained. D.Look at the machine stamped with the date of half-a-dozen different patents in consecutive years, and see there the image of the diligent inventor bent on alternate excellence, to whom each improvement makes a stepping stone to another improvement, and each difficulty mastered gives greater skill to master the remaining difficulty, until the original creative idea is rounded out in a consummate instrument. This advice goes dead against much "experimental" Christianity; but it is wise for all that. A. If the aim of life were to do something, then, as in an earthly business, except in doing this one thing the business would he at a standstill. A.)ProgressJ. "Very well," said the general, "just let them remain where they are; the enemy's going to advance, and will spare you the trouble."(W. Even when the glory is given to God there is apt to be a ring of self-satisfaction, "I am not as other men." His life was in the stars. Such is only the case when a kind of sickness has come over human speculation. Maclaren, D. D.What a noble thing any life becomes that has driven through it the strength of a uniting single purpose, like a strong shaft of iron bolting together the two tottering walls, of some old building!(A. Vaughan, M. If we have taken a gun from the enemy, let us go and take another, and not sit idly down.2. What you have to do now is to throw as much heart into the new purpose as you did once into the old.III. D. Hoge, D. D.)Christian progress impelled by a single purposeJ. Were we to forget past knowledge, ours would be the ignorance of infancy; if past experiences were obliterated, our imbecility would be that of idiocy. (3) There are two ideas in that notion of perfection. 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