The motives and appeals which your unbelief has resisted. THERE IS ONE SUPREME SUBJECT WHICH IN ALL OUR SUFFERINGS SHOULD BE OUR CHIEF CARE — THAT IS THE SOUL.1. Sent a Saviour for them — engaged to accept and keep them.IV. When, in all our sufferings for the cause of religion, we may, with confidence, commit ourselves to the more especial care of God's providence.1. let it be our chief care to see to that which Satan strikes at most!III. And yet, through all these, they are brought safely home. (1)None are such legally (Romans 3:10; Job 9:15). It is no difficult matter to commit our souls to God when we are once persuaded that He is a faithful Creator. But even this is not all; some duties which the righteous have to perform are especially difficult, through their direct opposition to their natural tendencies. If saints scarcely reach heaven, what of the ungodly? )The difficulties that are to be encountered in the way of salvationBp. G. Which chiefly happens when a religion appears new, or goes about to reform the old; for then it is sure to meet with all the opposition which the passions and interests and prejudices of partial men can raise against it. WHY THE SALVATION OF THE RIGHTEOUS IS DIFFICULT. We reason from analogy — we say, in the common arrangements of society, that parentage involves the idea of obligation. Tillotson. )The salvation of the sinner impossibleC. Inferences:1. Suppose it come to an exigent, that we must either sin and hurt our souls, or else lose all our outward good things? BUT TO WHOM MUST THE SOUL BE COMMITTED? Now this familiar, homelike, often unnoticed, but fundamental character is described by this Scripture directly to our God. I beseech you, therefore, considering all our sufferings are by the appointment and will of God, let us bring our souls to a holy resignation unto His Majesty, not looking so much to the grievance we are under as to the hand that sent it.I. Those who "obey not the gospel of God."II. Sibbes.The way to come to salvation is full of difficulties —1. And so the "faithful Creator" becomes the merciful Redeemer. Who but God can save against the power of such temptations? First, to prepare for evils before they come; next, to make them welcome when they are come. The righteous are saved with difficulty, secondly, because, in consequence of the general causes mentioned, their holiness is exposed to some degree of failure. THE BOLDNESS OF THIS COMFORT.1. Learn the folly of trusting in human resources amid the trials of life.3. From the connection we conclude that the righteous are saved with difficulty because of the strictness of Divine rule.2. Sins against the gospel are sins against those attributes wherein God will glorify Himself most, as His grace, mercy, loving kindness, etc.2. St. Peter himself was "scarcely saved." How anxious, too, should the Church be that sinners might live!(D. (1) That the most difficult duties are in themselves reasonable to be performed by us. The soul belongs to God.2. )The faithful CreatorJ. The faithful Creator is the God of regular habits, the God of system, the God who has His own time and place for everything. let it be our chief care to see to that which Satan strikes at most!III. Here is the difficulty. No wonder that the devil flatters himself that he has got the race of depraved men into his snares and can lead them captive at his will. He would subdue your selfishness and self-will. If you would commit your soul to the keeping of God, know that He is a holy God, and an unholy soul that walks in any way of wickedness, whether known or secret, is no fit commodity to put into His pure hand to keep. If saints scarcely reach heaven, what of the ungodly? They only are said to suffer according to God's will, who suffer first innocently, then patiently.III. (2) Nor in the death and merit of Christ, which are infinite (Hebrews 2:9; 1 John 2:2). The soul is the better part of a man, and if that miscarries, all miscarries. 5. )Scarcely savedW. Brown.? It remains now to ponder the inference which the apostle chiefly designs to impress on our minds, "If the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?" That going to heaven is not so easy a thing as some imagine. A certain well known and fundamental character, that of faithfulness, we are warranted by this Scripture in ascribing to the Creator. We indeed some times have to change our methods, because we find that they do not work. Persecution in olden times; spoiling of their goods; loss of custom; piety a bar to temporal promotion.4. (1) This difficulty is not owing to any deficiency in the love of God, which is universal (John 3:16). But further, the danger which their faith is in does not only arise from the unbelief of their fallen nature, but from the encouragement which such unbelief meets with in the world — ah! III. Another incentive is special temptation, or trouble, or difficulty, which often besets them, and urges them to look to their Saviour for deliverance or support. This is God's due as —1. "But what is it," some may say, "to hear that the righteous are scarcely saved, when we are so conscious to ourselves of our own unrighteousness?"(Bp. 2. And from hence we see WHAT ENCOURAGEMENT THERE IS STILL FOR US TO HOPE TO BE SAVED, IF WE BE RIGHTEOUS. Here is the difficulty. i.e., Christ hath foretold desolation and ruin to come upon the Jewish nation. When their souls are ready to take their flight into another world, then is Satan most busy to hinder their salvation. Stillingfleet. (1) The testimony of Scripture secures it (2 Timothy 1:12; 2 Timothy 4:17; 1 Peter 1:3-5. He will be faithful to His own gifts. Clark. There will await him many other dangers, of which he can have yet no conception.II. The pilot guiding his barque safely into port sometimes knows how through lack of seaman ship he nearly made shipwreck. Spurgeon. Then the tempted soul may be saved. and the professing Church. Loose ways will loosen your hold of Him and confidence in Him. BUT TO WHOM MUST THE SOUL BE COMMITTED? (6) The influence of evil example which abounds in the world (John 15:19). this life is but a shadow, as it were, nothing. For this God is educating you. For they cast off all riot and excess, because the pain which followed exceeded the pleasure; and therefore they made temperance and chastity necessary to the true pleasure of life. We reason from analogy — we say, in the common arrangements of society, that parentage involves the idea of obligation. Faithfulness is fidelity to one's aim or object. Would I have the sinner despair, lie down and die? Human nature is ruined, but not left to decay, not simply kept from getting worse. We propel our street cars, we light our houses, we run our machinery, we multiply our conveniences, because we have found out something about God's regular habit or method of the light and the electricity and the admirable mechanics of the creation, to which from the beginning He has been faithful. L. Watkinson.The victorious general in the hour of triumph has not unfrequently reason to remember how nearly, through oversight or miscalculation, he had lost the day: a little more pressure on this wing or that, a trifling prolongation of the struggle, a few minutes' further delay in the arrival of reinforcements, and his proud banner had been dragged in the dust. GOD IS FAITHFUL IN ADHERING TO HIS ORIGINAL PURPOSE IN CREATION. In the Book we read, from one end to the other, that God has the charge of our existence; that He acknowledges our claim, as His creatures, as His children, on His bounty and wisdom and love. Think of that in relation to your own personal being and life, as well as in relation to the affairs of God's world. Sent a Saviour for them — engaged to accept and keep them.IV. This likewise is a grandly uplifting thought for us, that the Creator from the beginning, and through all the method of His working, has never lost sight of the goal; that He is faithful to the divine ideals; the divine ideal of a free life of the creature capable of sinning and suffering, because made also to achieve a righteousness and love which only along the way of spiritual freedom can ever be reached; the divine ideal also of embodied spirit, capable of being raised through death to celestial perfection. "But what is it," some may say, "to hear that the righteous are scarcely saved, when we are so conscious to ourselves of our own unrighteousness?"(Bp. One incentive is a sense of sin. God hath two houses, the heavens, which are called His house, because He manifests His glory there, and the Church here below, wherein He manifests His grace. GOD THE CREATOR IS FAITHFUL TO THE GREAT PURPOSE FOR WHICH HE MADE US HIS CREATURES. The righteous are saved, when the existence of the Church is preserved.2. and the professing Church. This act must be accompanied with well-doing. This is the grand peculiarity of the Old Testament. Observe, the gospel is not to be treated as a mere subject for study; although a more noble subject comes not within the reach of man. Coleman. (6) The work of salvation in the righteous is already begun (Philippians 1:6).2. On inquiring what they were doing, I was told they were supporting the ruin to prevent its getting any worse. Therefore beware of wilful pollutions and unholy ways. God has His providential methods of soul training, and soul enlarging, and soul ripening. HERE IS AN ACT OF SACRED RESIGNATION AND CONFIDENCE TO WHICH ALL, AND ESPECIALLY ALL SUFFERERS FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS' SAKE, ARE INVITED. Sibbes.Wherein consider —1. When men suffer for not renouncing the true religion, and because they will not openly declare against it, and apostatise from it.2. That going to heaven is not so easy a thing as some imagine. Another aggravation of sins against the gospel is that they sin against the better covenant.(R. Their own tempers perhaps are chafed, and they become a sore temptation to a similar state of chafed and fretted temper in their parents. He who trusted to mere orthodoxy of creed will come to a fall5. Jacob's house first, afterwards the Egyptians, felt the famine; first the Israelites were oppressed, afterwards the Egyptians; the Jews were first carried into captivity, but afterwards the Assyrians were destroyed by the Medes and Persians.1. IN WHAT SENSE THE RIGHTEOUS ARE SAID TO BE SCARCELY SAVED. Learn the folly of trusting in human resources amid the trials of life.3. So that in speaking of the Creator as faithful we must mean that He has followed some method in creation. To serve God is doing good, but after their own lusts, is not doing well. No longer subordinate to reason and to God, they became inordinate, clamorous, despotic. We have implied A CONSOLATION TO THE RIGHTEOUS. If this were wise and practicable, it might avail — for aught we can know; but since He does not do it, we infer that He refrains from some wise reason. As we learn what the laws of life are — the laws of development, survival, and fruitfulness — we discover still further truth concerning the methods of the faithful One from eternity; and we; must trust these laws of life, and adjust our free action to them, or we shall perish. Not with the righteous in the judgment, for so God's Word has often and most solemnly affirmed. In case of such extraordinary temptation and trial, to give us the extraordinary supports and comforts of His Holy Spirit.3. If you would commit your soul to the keeping of God, know that He is a holy God, and an unholy soul that walks in any way of wickedness, whether known or secret, is no fit commodity to put into His pure hand to keep. Watkinson. At other times, when its exercise or its nourishment is neglected through a worldly spirit, its injury will be gradual and imperceptible, like that of a plant which, while it is left uncultivated, has a worm at its roots. A great amount of labour will be requisite to push him forward in his heavenly pilgrimage.5. Stillingfleet. Where will the mere professor appear? Commit your souls, the Apostle writes to such, in well-doing to God as a faithful Creator. If He was able to give them being, surely He is able to keep them from perishing. We must not commit our souls to God in idleness, doing nothing at all, nor yet in evil-doing, but in well-doing. The dispensation of that suffering, they suffer not at all adventures, but according to the will of God.3. Obedience a sign of resignation. One class of these difficulties is the result of an abused constitution. In no desirable place or position — certainly. What can they do who are without the Spirit of God? THE CERTAIN AND DREADFUL MISERY THAT AWAITS THE UNGODLY SINNER. It affirms nothing, but by its own species of argument causes us to gather some very striking lessons.I. He will not deny Himself in the being and the powers of life, of thought, of love, which He has given you and them. Then, by reason of great discouragements and ill-usage which they find in the world from wicked men.5. The keeping of our souls. For this God is educating you. Ofttimes the affections become unhappily attached, yet the attachment is exceedingly strong, and it shall seem like the sundering of the very heart strings to break it off. What can they plead in their own behalf at the bar of the eternal Judge? If the soul be not well, the body will not continue long in a good estate. In particular, we must do well to them that do us wrong. An object, what we must commit, the soul.3. The righteous, for the most part, are leading a busy life. The providence of God extends to all His creatures, according to that of the Psalmist: "The Lord is good to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works." Stillingfleet. There will be nothing in hell to refine or alter the sinner. So they shall neither meet us with fear, nor leave us with sorrow.II. It is not God's commanding will, but His suffering will. (2)Alienated from the love of God (Ephesians 4:18). 3. 1. THE CAUTION OF THIS BOLDNESS. For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God; and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? In no desirable place or position — certainly. As we learn what the laws of life are — the laws of development, survival, and fruitfulness — we discover still further truth concerning the methods of the faithful One from eternity; and we; must trust these laws of life, and adjust our free action to them, or we shall perish. A. Then the tempted soul may be saved. Vitally important to be considered here is the fact that the governmental difficulty in the way of being saved, growing out of your having sinned, even greatly, is all removed by Christ's atonement. Vitally important to be considered here is the fact that the governmental difficulty in the way of being saved, growing out of your having sinned, even greatly, is all removed by Christ's atonement. When they suffer for the open profession and defence of truths not necessary.II. THERE IS ONE SUPREME SUBJECT WHICH IN ALL OUR SUFFERINGS SHOULD BE OUR CHIEF CARE — THAT IS THE SOUL.1. "Not a sparrow falleth to the ground without your Father." Some tempers are more flexible and pliable than others; more capable of hearkening to reason, and more apt to reflect on their own actions; whereas others are naturally stiff and obstinate, who stick fast to an opinion or prejudice which they have once taken up. The appetites, desires, and affections with which man has been endowed, have theft' correspondent means of satisfaction in the world around him. A. Clark.I. (1) To humble them for sin past. St. Peter himself was "scarcely saved." It is surely not a presumptuous thing to assert that God has assumed, by the very act of creating us, something like responsibility for our well-being. ANOTHER INFERENCE. And from hence we see WHAT ENCOURAGEMENT THERE IS STILL FOR US TO HOPE TO BE SAVED, IF WE BE RIGHTEOUS. H. This is a common form of speaking. This act must be accompanied with well-doing. Let them commit the keeping of their souls to Him, etc.1. (1) How certain! (1) How certain! In temporal calamity the Lord may suffer things to run to the very last extremity before He appears for His people's salvation. Therefore, whatsoever estate thou art in, let thy first care be for thy soul, that it may go well with that. If the truly godly have a hard fight for it —1. Indeed, Christians never know themselves except as they see themselves in God's own light. (6) The influence of evil example which abounds in the world (John 15:19). But what should we desire our souls to be kept from in this world? Provided furthermore, that, according to our ability, we have been much in the exercise of alms and charity.7. (1) Why God's children must suffer here. The righteous are saved, when the existence of the Church is preserved.2. And now will heaven let you in? But herein mankind are apt to be deceived, as though all the difficulties lay in a suffering condition; whereas a soft and careless life is rather more dangerous to their souls, because persons are less apt to suspect their danger. This likewise is a grandly uplifting thought for us, that the Creator from the beginning, and through all the method of His working, has never lost sight of the goal; that He is faithful to the divine ideals; the divine ideal of a free life of the creature capable of sinning and suffering, because made also to achieve a righteousness and love which only along the way of spiritual freedom can ever be reached; the divine ideal also of embodied spirit, capable of being raised through death to celestial perfection. We have implied THAT THE PUNISHMENT OF THE UNBELIEVER WILL BE SEVERE. (3) It was the ultimate end of Christ's sufferings (Hebrews 2:10). And if anything be attained, how hard to keep and maintain it against the contrary party! God has His providential methods of soul training, and soul enlarging, and soul ripening. (6)To reach to gracious attainments and to continue in them. This likewise belongs to the faithfulness of God. Consider the appeal IN ITS REFERENCE TO TEMPORAL CALAMITIES.1. We must be conformable to our Head before we can come to heaven. Commit your souls, the Apostle writes to such, in well-doing to God as a faithful Creator. He will be faithful to His own gifts. But must we not commit our bodies and our estates to God, as well as our souls? If, then, God's persistency in keeping straight on along His well known ways of nature and grace may seem at times to work incidental evil; if God's steadfastness in letting fire burn, and lightnings blast, and devouring floods overwhelm, as well as the sweet sunshine restore and fructify, may at times destroy human homes or lay desolate for a season human hearts — nevertheless, it is His faithfulness which is involved, and that same faithfulness holds in its own persistent method the possibility of future good in place of present evil, and of even larger and eternal good in consequence of temporal hardship. Nothing at all. H. The righteous are saved personally, when their lives are preserved.3. If He was able to give them being, surely He is able to keep them from perishing. We must desire God to preserve our souls, whatsoever becomes of these; our principal care must be that that be not blemished in the least kind; for, alas! God's will concerning our suffering is permissive in respect of those that do us harm; but in regard of our patient enduring injuries, it is His approving and commanding will. It is not an empty profession of religion that will serve the turn.2. Consider the appeal IN ITS REFERENCE TO TEMPORAL CALAMITIES.1. It is not God's commanding will, but His suffering will. 1 Peter 5:8). Every one knows how terribly this law tends to perpetuate and strengthen itself. De Witt Talmage.Peter means this, "If Christians have such a hard tug to get into heaven, there is no chance at all for anybody else." Would I have the sinner despair, lie down and die? (Newman Smyth. But further, the danger which their faith is in does not only arise from the unbelief of their fallen nature, but from the encouragement which such unbelief meets with in the world — ah! Coals of confusion.Some will say, Christianity is a strange condition, that enforceth such things upon men, that are so contrary to nature. He useth their malice for His own ends. The will of God is complete recovery, restoration to even greater glory in all its parts, and to this end nothing the Divine Father could expend that would serve this purpose has been withheld. There is not a verse of prophet or apostle, there is not a word spoken by Jesus Christ, to lead us to suppose for an instant that God on high would avoid His responsibility for His world; or that He would for a moment put off upon any man the least of His Divine responsibility for affairs. It seems, then, there is some excuse for those that persecute the saints. De Witt Talmage.Peter means this, "If Christians have such a hard tug to get into heaven, there is no chance at all for anybody else." The being saved from sin must come first in order. Not among the righteous. Coals of confusion.Some will say, Christianity is a strange condition, that enforceth such things upon men, that are so contrary to nature. Stillingfleet.That the righteous should scarcely be saved seems hardly reconcilable with the grace and deign and promises of the gospel. (3)When divisions grow amongst a people. The being saved from sin must come first in order. The false professor will be ruined by his hypocrisy.3. C. It is no easy matter for the righteous, depraved as they are in nature, to perform their various duties in their entirety. The holiness of the righteous is exposed to failure in measure through temptations. The entire voluntary department of his being must be renovated. Usually because He uses wicked men and the enemies of His Church for that base service, to correct and punish them.2. Hannam.I. Here is the difficulty. If even the true coin is so severely tested, what will become of the "reprobate silver"?2. Humanity, in His idea, is a holy and blessed thing; and this idea must yet be realised. This is God's due as —, II. The soul must at last be committed to some; now He only is the receiver of it in death, that was keeper of it in life. So the fact that God has method, and must have it in order to be faithful, is reason enough why He does not vary the course of His providence to meet some of our desires, however much the good God might wish to gratify us. Not surely in a saved state. There is another ground of quietness contained in the first word, which looks back to the foregoing discourse, "Wherefore" — what? How often are they driven back to their old point! where will you appear? If they did, its discouraging effect might be disastrous. Leighton.This imports not any uncertainty in the thing itself as to the end, in respect of the purpose and performance of God, but only the great difficulties and hard encounters in the way, "fightings without, and fears within." (3)When divisions grow amongst a people. If even the true coin is so severely tested, what will become of the "reprobate silver"?2. Should they live and die such, their destruction is inevitable.(T. And so the "faithful Creator" becomes the merciful Redeemer. What shall it profit a man, though he gain the whole world, says our Saviour, and lose his own soul? How many impulses must be withstood and overcome l how great the change that must be wrought in both the physical and moral state of the man! Gains lift us up, so that losses can better hurl us down. SHOW HOW AND WHY THE SALVATION OF THE WICKED IS IMPOSSIBLE. Yea, in the ways of sin thou dost indeed steal it back, and carriest it out from Him; thou puttest thyself out of the compass of His defence, goest without the trenches, and art, at thine own hazard, exposed to armies of mischiefs and miseries. He has made a covenant with his creatures in the hour when he created them, which he keeps for ever. Sibbes.Wherein consider —1. (1) That the most difficult duties are in themselves reasonable to be performed by us. But the dispensation of our suffering is according to the will of God. )A faithful CreatorGod's faithfulnessNewman Smyth.This is one of those Biblical phrases upon which in many a time of need the souls of men may fall back and rest, The phrase was intended originally for the support of some in the early Church who had been compelled to suffer for Christ's sake. The first is, if the righteous are thus scarcely saved, must not many professors of religion be in a sad mistake?2. No, indeed. That physical omnipotence which sweeps the heavens and upholds the universe could find no difficulty in moving lumps of clay so small and insignificant as we. But after pardon is obtained, there are batteries of strength which must be passed on our way into the heavenly harbour. )God's judgment of the worldHomilist.I. But observe further, that we never suffer but when God will. But I cannot do well, but I shall suffer ill. Labour, therefore, to carry thyself well in suffering evil, not only in the general, but even in particular, towards those persons that do thee wrong; endeavour to requite their evil with good. But, who will be saved? Would I have the sinner despair, lie down and die? Only those who live a life of faith, and make their calling and election sure. )The faithful CreatorJ. It requires that the goal be kept in sight. This they approve of. How often are they driven back to their old point! Having gathered skill by six thousand years of chicanery in making devotion profane, and integrity lie, and honesty cheat, and humility proud, and generosity tight-fisted, he knows just where to strike the Christian. A. This will appear if you consider —1. That physical omnipotence which sweeps the heavens and upholds the universe could find no difficulty in moving lumps of clay so small and insignificant as we. Hence they are tempted not to find time for the exercise of faith. If salvation implies fitness for heaven, and if this implies ceasing from sin, then, of course, it is naturally and forever impossible that any sinner can be saved without holiness.3. St. Peter himself was "scarcely saved." Finlayson.). Another incentive is special temptation, or trouble, or difficulty, which often besets them, and urges them to look to their Saviour for deliverance or support. — "Scarcely saved" points out the difficulty of salvation. 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