You have a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy.
I. CONSIDER THE GREAT DIFFICULTY OF PRESERVING INNOCENCE AMIDST SURROUNDING CORRUPTION.
1. The natural abhorrence which rises in the breast at the first appearance of its detestable form is insensibly weakened and effaced by repeated views of it. There is, besides, in the view of a multitude running to do evil, a temptation of peculiar force.
2. Amidst the universal infection of vice some men there are whose particular constitution, or want of experience in the ways of the world, expose them greatly to its deadly influence. The man of good nature, and of an easy, pliable temper, who suspects not the treachery of others, becomes an easy prey to the temptations of the wicked.
II. THE DIGNITY AND EXCELLENCE OF THAT MAN WHO, NOTWITHSTANDING EVERY ASSAULT, MAINTAINS AN UNSULLIED CHARACTER.
III. ENFORCE THE IMITATION OF CHRIST'S EXAMPLE BY THE GREAT MOTIVE MENTIONED HERE.
IV. THE REASON FOR CONFERRING SUCH HONOURS ON THE GOOD AND VIRTUOUS. "They are worthy."
(J. Main, D. D.)
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