Yonder friend is very humble, but if he were to boast of it there would be an end of it. This is the language of men who subdue the world, the motto of all heroes, the secret of all triumph.2. Do you not see how every good thing takes hold of and leans upon a higher thing? These summer leaves, having added a cubit to the stature of the branch, pass away; and the added growth in its turn puts forth a new bud covered with its scales or winter leaves, which drop off the following spring, and allow the imprisoned summer leaves once more to unfold themselves in the sunny air. And so the beautiful blossoms of grace must be left behind. Work, then, with the better law intelligently, consistently, perseveringly.3. His example may be beyond us, but the spirit that moved him to work may be ours. Vaughan, M. A.You have stood upon our shores, and seen a ship under full press of sail making for her destination. D.1. (3) There are two ideas in that notion of perfection. Jesus was a mine just opened; and he describes his prospects like a man almost bewildered by the sudden inheritance of wealth untold.2. (1) Did we stand well in the past? (2) Antinomians by imagining that the law is abolished, and that sin is not sin in the saints. Up and down the scale he remorselessly runs, until even the calamity of temporary deafness would almost be welcome to me. Vaughan, M. They are apt to weaken you. Maclaren, D. D.The idea is that of a man stretching himself out towards something as a runner does, with his body straining forward, the hand and the eye drawn onward towards the goal. Maclaren, D. D.You find some certain type of Christian character, or exercise of Christian grace, that is easy and natural to you, and you come to know how to do it. (1)Idle scruples which are as dust thrown in the eyes of runners, and temptations which are as stones to their feet. (3) What God works in the great whole, we are to work in our part. If a racer were to pass most of his fellows, and then look round and rejoice over the distance covered he must lose the race. ARE NOT THE LESSONS OF SUCH A LIFE VERY BROAD AND INTELLIGIBLE.1. The memory of things behind —I. Paul did not perplex himself with questions as to the meaning of life, or use of it. All sorts of backward looking are a positive weakness and impediment to a man in running a race. That purpose is the discovery of truth, for in an old library he has stumbled on a Bible. W. Robertson, M. Its terminal bud loses the power of throwing off its winter leaves, because no summer leaves form in its interior. We must hear the voice of the Master, saying, Thy brother, thy sister, thy child shall rise again. D.)Winter leavesH. A. Maclaren, D. D.No bounds can be set to that progress of growth. And then thirdly, you need to press on toward the goal to win the prize. 3. In whatever respect we feel that we are offenders against the law of Divine perfection revealed in Christ let us be more active. If we have taken a gun from the enemy, let us go and take another, and not sit idly down.2. This will multiply instances of His faithfulness. Ecclesiastes 1:5). He might have attempted other things, and did, but all with reference to this one purpose.2. II. Absolute pardon. That purpose is the discovery of truth, for in an old library he has stumbled on a Bible. Baxendale. He may not have known much trouble, but he has to undergo the discipline of suffering. He pursued his plan with that calm but indomitable force of will which was the most striking peculiarity of his character. Heaven's real prize is Christ Himself, and so Paul's aspiration was, "That I may win Christ and be found in Him."(P. He must use them. Pure intellectualism is apt to fall short even of the lower measures of duty, and when unbalanced by a warm heart and a vigorous will, the mere cultivation of mind makes a man alternately selfish and weak. As a convert to Christianity he was the same man in singleness and intensity of purpose.4. Maclaren, D. D.)Behind and beforeE. AS REGARDED HIS OWN IMPROVEMENT. )The onward movement of the soulPaxton Hood.Man is the creature of the same senses; he beholds the same sun, the same streams, and flying clouds; youth succeeds to infancy, and the festival of nature is followed by decay. TWO THOUGHTS ARE HERE SUGGESTED.1. He has a purpose that scholar of Erfurt. The bud then dies, and the branch withers and becomes fit for the burning. The winds are strong, hut the helm overrules the winds, and turns them to account. 14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Nor herein was Paul's experience anomalous. Ecclesiastes 1:5). Few knew more of Christ than Paul, yet he considered his attainments but as the first steps in a path of ever-unfolding discovery. All the valley between the Blue Ridge and the Alleghenies was filled with a silvery mist, level at the surface as a sea line. It is not necessary that we should have any great work to do, although we have all such work in the improvement of our own characters, and in making life sweet around us.3. Well, look at what Paul tells us he did in light of God’s upward call. But all these natural qualifications of the man belonged to the winter or unregenerate state of his soul; were winter leaves that hid and confined the germ of spiritual life.2. "If any man love father or mother more than Me," etc.III. All men have not great talents: but all men may have great industry, and as talents are useless without diligence, one talent improved by honest labour will make a greater man than ten that rust unused.3. These winter leaves must fall off, when the vernal season of grace has come, and we who were dead in trespasses and sins are made alive unto God.2. We ought to be reaching forward, to be like Jesus. FORMING A JUST ESTIMATE UPON HIS PRESENT CONDITION. — every muscle strained and every vein starting — the quick and short heaving of his chest — the big drops gathered on his brow — his body bending forward, as if with frantic gesture he already clutched the goal — his eye, now glancing aside with a momentary sparkle at objects so rapidly disappearing behind him, and then fixing itself on the garland in eager anticipation. is it in the evolution of the man from the child? Yet he teaches me that I must practise if I would be perfect; must exercise myself unto godliness if I would be skilful; must, in fact, make myself familiar with the Word of God, with holy living, and saintly dying. Hindrances. He arrogates no particular saintship. 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