- Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for Hebrews 12:1-3
- Ecclesiastes 12
- The Pursuit of Independent Success
- First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, Mississippi
- Season Finale | Ecclesiastes 12:1-14
Chuck Smith :: Sermon Notes for Hebrews 12:1-3Kennicott's MSS. There is no dependence on the plural form in most of the modern editions; though there are some editions of great worth which exhibit the word in this form, and among them the Complutensian, Antwerp, Paris, and London polyglots. The evidence, therefore, that this text is supposed to give to the doctrine of the ever blessed Trinity, is but precarious, and on it little stress can be laid; and no man who loves truth would wish to support it by dubious witnesses. Injudicious men, by laying stress on texts dubious in themselves, and which may be interpreted a different way, greatly injure the true faith. Though such in their hearts may be friends to the orthodox faith, they are in fact its worst friends, and their assistance is such as helps their adversaries. But what does the text say? It addresses the youth of both sexes throughout the creation; and says in effect: - I. You are not your own, you have no right to yourselves. God made you; he is your Creator: he made you that you might be happy; but you can be happy only in him. And as he created you, so he preserves you; he feeds, clothes, upholds you. He has made you capable of knowing, loving, and serving him in this world, and of enjoying him in his own glory for ever. And when you had undone yourselves by sin, he sent his Son to redeem you by his blood; and he sends his Spirit to enlighten, convince, and draw you away from childishness, from vain and trifling, as well as from sinful, pursuits. Remember him; consider that he is your Creator, your loving and affectionate Father. In youth memory is strong and tenacious; but, through the perversion of the heart by sin, young people can remember any thing better than God. If you get a kindness from a friend, you can remember that, and feel gratitude for it; and the person is therefore endeared to you. Have any ever given you such benefits as your Creator? Your body and soul came from him; he gave you your eyes, ears, tongue, hands, feet, etc. What blessings are these! Remember him in thy Youth, in order that you may have a long and blessed life, that you may be saved from the corruption and misery into which young people in general run; and the evils they entail upon themselves by giving way to the sinful propensities of their own hearts. As in youth all the powers are more active and vigorous, so they are capable of superior enjoyments. Faith, hope, and love, will be in their best tenor, their greatest vigor, and in their least encumbered state. And it will be easier for you to believe, hope, pray, love, obey, and bear your cross, than it can be in old age and decrepitude. Remember him Now, in this part of your youth - you have no certainty of life; now is yours, to-morrow may not be. You are young; but you may never be old. Now he waits to be gracious; tomorrow may be too late. God now calls; his Spirit now strives; his ministers now exhort. You have now health; sin has not now so much dominion over you as it will have, increasing by every future moment, if you do not give up your hearts to your Maker. There is another consideration which should weigh with you: should you live to old age. Infirmities press down both body and mind, and the oppressed nature has enough to do to bear its own infirmities; and as there is little time, so there is generally less inclination, to call upon the Lord. Evil habits are strengthened by long continuance; and every desire and appetite in the soul is a strong hold for Satan. There is little time for repentance, little for faith, none for obedience. The evil days are come, and the years in which you will feelingly be obliged to say, Alas! Copyright Statement These files are public domain. Bibliography Clarke, Adam. Remember now - Rather, And remember. The connection between this verse and the preceding one is unfortunately interrupted by our division of chapters. Godliness, acquired as a habit in youth, is recommended as the proper compensation for that natural cessation of youthful happiness which makes the days of old age more or less evil; more evil in proportion since there is less of godliness in the heart, and less evil where there is more godliness. While the evil days come not - Rather, before the evil days come. Bibliography Barnes, Albert.
John NIV. Sermons on John Collection: Christ's Triumphant Resurrection. The Easter Challenge. Against All Odds. This Is Love. Come Alive. Youth is fleeting. Think about the long term not present minute. Scripture: EcclesiastesEcclesiastes Denomination: Assembly Of God. And God passed on this gift of choice to mankind. The choices that we make in our everyday life determine our future. Denomination: Charismatic. Why do we have fallen countenances? Fear can be a terrible enemy. Panic and anxiety attacks are real. We need to launch into the waters of faith. Fear can kill you! Kyfingers aol. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. There is a healthy fear and a very unhealthy fear. I had Scripture: 1 JohnEcclesiastesLukeGenesis This is a power lesson on the sovereignty of God. We may never understand God's plan, yet we have to trust the plan. We trust God's plan. Part 1. Scripture: EcclesiastesPsalms2 Thessalonians Please study this lesson part two, a sovereign God demands of us a complete trust. We will walk in fear or faith? We must make the choice! Trust God! God can handle your situation. Scripture: Ecclesiastes1 CorinthiansJohn Christ rose from the dead. It also releases power into our lives for effective living. Scripture: Ecclesiastes1 CorinthiansActs Denomination: Pentecostal.
The Pursuit of Independent Success
Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw near, when you shall say, I have no pleasure in them. Ecclesiastes Therefore remove sorrow from thy heart, and put away evil from thy flesh: for childhood and youth are vanity. And he worshipped the LORD there. Ecclesiastes But if a man live many years, and rejoice in them all; yet let him remember the days of darkness; for they shall be many. All that cometh is vanity. Job Yea, whereto might the strength of their hands profit me, in whom old age was perished? Psalm The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away. In years to come, you will be burdened down with troubles and say, "I don't enjoy life anymore. They will make you say, "I have found no pleasure in them. Deuteronomy But remember that it is the LORD your God who gives you the power to gain wealth, in order to confirm His covenant that He swore to your fathers, as it is this day. Nehemiah After I had made an inspection, I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials, and the rest of the people, "Do not be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes. Ecclesiastes Divide your portion among seven, or even eight, for you do not know what disaster may befall the land. Ecclesiastes So if a man lives many years, let him rejoice in them all; but let him remember the days of darkness, for they will be many. Everything to come is futile. Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers. Treasury of Scripture Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw near, when you shall say, I have no pleasure in them; remember Ecclesiastes Therefore remove sorrow from thy heart, and put away evil from thy flesh: for childhood and youth are vanity.
First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, Mississippi
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