And the LORD said to Moses, Why cry you to me? speak to the children of Israel, that they go forward:
I. IN WHAT THE CHRISTIAN IS TO GO FORWARD. Now this is evident; he must go forward in the path to eternal life. More particularly, he must go forward —
1. In the increase of Christian graces.
2. In the exhibition of Christian virtues. Such as justice, temperance, brotherly kindness, and charity.
3. In the performance of Christian duties. In reading the holy oracles, and in holy meditation, forward. In secret and public prayer, forward. In family worship and discipline, forward. In the services of the sanctuary, forward. In enterprises of usefulness and plans of benevolence, forward. In all the personal and relative obligations of life, forward.
4. In the attainment of Christian privileges and blessings. "Peace flowing as a river, and righteousness abounding as the waves of the sea."
II. WHY THE CHRISTIAN SHOULD GO FORWARD.
1. God commands it, and His authority is imperative.
2. Christ enforces it, and His claims are irresistible.
3. The Holy Spirit moves us to it, and His influences must not be quenched.
4. By the examples of saints with whom we are for ever to be associated.
5. By the sufficiency of the means provided for our progress and safety.
6. By the dreadful and calamitous effects produced by apostasy.
7. By the glorious rewards which God shall bestow upon His persevering people.
1. Let the subject be addressed to all classes and ages of Christian professors. To the young believer, and the aged disciple, the motto is the same — forward. To the illiterate, and the learned Christian. Forward, in prosperity and adversity; in sickness and health; in life and until death.
2. The subject must be reversed to the sinner. He is in the wrong path; far enough already from God and happiness and heaven. Turn from thy evil ways and live.
(J. Burns, D. D.)
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