That I gave my brother Hanani, and Hananiah the ruler of the palace, charge over Jerusalem: for he was a faithful man…
I. THE NATURE OF EMINENT PIETY.
1. It involves a habit of serious reflection.
2. It is consistent and comprehensive. The man who exemplifies it believes the doctrines of revelation, is awed by its threatenings, animated by its promises, and controlled by its laws. He is at once sober, righteous, and godly.
3. It endures severe tests. It resembles a robust constitution, which can pass through all varieties of climate, while a sickly constitution demands careful restriction to one.
4. It is active and laborious.
5. It is piety that grows.
II. CONSIDERATIONS THAT ENFORCE EMINENT PIETY.
1. The effects it produces on those who exemplify it.
(1) They manifest that they are born of God.
(2) They are fitted for every spiritual conflict.
(3) They are provided with all needful consolations.
(4) They are qualified for an advantageous approach to Divine ordinances.
(5) Their anticipations are bright and triumphant.
2. The effects it produces on those who witness it.Conclusion
1. Eminent piety is very rare
2. The means of acquiring and promoting eminent piety are invaluable. Intercourse with good men — attendance in a Christian sanctuary — reading, meditation, and prayer.
3. Real piety is indispensable.
Parallel VersesKJV: That I gave my brother Hanani, and Hananiah the ruler of the palace, charge over Jerusalem: for he was a faithful man, and feared God above many.