An appetite for food is an effect of health, and yet a cause of it; an inclination and ability to use exercise and be active is an effect of health, and yet a cause thereof. Many a summer-holiday acquaintance we can well dismiss; but the friend that knows us, that sticketh closer than a brother, that is the same in winter and in summer, that is tenderer in affliction even than in joy, is a friend whose name will stand at the top, and will survive the going away of many whose affection was superficial, and whose relation to us, though ostentatious, was flimsy. The friend that will sit up all night when we are in pain and weariness is not a friend we can easily cast off. How many words of direction and encouragement meet us! Ah, what a rich store of that is to be found in the Scriptures of God! Lyth, D.D. As — "The Lord hardened Pharaoh's heart." How it sweetens life and lessens its ills! Such as they produce by their influence. He might have illustrated his point by referring to many acts in our Lord's life, but he refers to a passage in Psalm 69. instead. (5)Our Saviour patient under all the many forms of trial.3. 3 was to bring about a more brotherly feeling between the two great divisions of the Roman Church (ver. It cuts down through all the complications of human affairs, and lays bare the innermost motive power. There the afflicted learn that they are not suffering under the strokes of an angry God, but that "whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom He receiveth." Frequently, regularly, and diligently, they should be read. ARE WE TROUBLED BY DIFFICULTIES OF CHRISTIAN LIFE AND CONFLICT? Or if a striking prediction in Daniel 8 about Antiochus Epiphanes was really written after the event, the book in which it occurs is not a trustworthy book. We should thank God, then, that He has given us His holy Church, Jewish and Christian, to be — "a witness and keeper" of His Word, thereby enabling us to know that, in believing it, we are not following "cunningly devised fables."2. There the afflicted learn that they are not suffering under the strokes of an angry God, but that "whom the Lord loveth He chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom He receiveth." (2)They urge us to think little of all transient things. Parker, D. D.)Patience, comfort, hopeJ. Hope produces patience, and in the patience of hope there is comfort amid all the trials of life. And here we may observe that as books rise in the scale of excellence, they tend towards exhibiting a permanence and universality of interest. In one point of view patience is the effect of hope; in another it is a cause. Macafee. Maclaren, D.D.) (3) A patient exercise of all our Christian graces as occasions call them forth. The three are closely connected. A solid foundation of hope.(J. In the account in Genesis of Abraham's relations with Hagar, Sara, Ishmael, and Isaac, the apostle bids us see the Jewish and the Christian Covenants, and the spiritual slaves of the Mosaic law, and the enfranchised sons of the mother of us all. Patience finds difficulties in God's Word, mysteries too deep for human intellect. Spurgeon. Indeed, our Lord Himself intimates that He is the great subject of the Old Testament (John 5:39).I. ARE WE SUFFERING FROM BEREAVEMENT? And here we may observe that as books rise in the scale of excellence, they tend towards exhibiting a permanence and universality of interest. It is a very good thing to read the Bible through continuously, endeavouring to grasp the teaching as a whole. THE MEANS THROUGH WHICH WE MAY RETAIN AS WELL AS ATTAIN IT. The beginning and the end come together as we enter the time of … Continue reading "Commentary on Romans 15:4-13" Full of comfort.4. Consider some of the truths which this statement seems to imply.I. Such as they produce. It gives bright examples, too, of many who "out of weakness were made strong."III. Invitations to cast every care on Him who careth for us in the Scriptures also the veil over the future is uplifted, and the better and enduring inheritance exhibited.IV. A well-spring of comfort.4. And we feel sure that all that is predicted will be fulfilled, just because all that was prophesied concerning the Jews, and Jerusalem, and Christ has been fulfilled. Prophecy. Parker, D. D.)Patience, comfort, hopeJ. Comfort. Clearly, if the apostle is to be believed, these books cannot be like any other similar collections of national laws, records, poems, and proverbs. Lancaster, M.A.There is much in this text as to the Scriptures.1. It is not true of this gladness that "Hereof cometh in the end despondency and madness," but its destiny is to "remain" as long as the soul in which it unfolds shall exist, and "to be full" as long as the source from which it flows does not run dry. It encourages us by its records, and by its revelation of principles. The man who can stand up and say, "I have been in affliction, sorrow, darkness, weakness, poverty, and the Bible has proved itself to be a counsellor and light and guide and friend," is one of the best annotators the Bible ever had.(J. E. )Comfort of the ScripturesJ. Parker, D. D.)Patience, comfort, hopeJ. It not only shows us in its narratives the working of sorrow and the power of faith, but it distinctly lays down the source and the purpose, the whence and the whither of all suffering. 1). Many are so, like David (Psalm 51). When St. Paul "charges" the Thessalonians, "by the Lord, that this Epistle be read unto all the holy brethren," and tells the Colossians, "when this Epistle is read among you, cause that it be read also in the Church of the Laodiceans, and that ye likewise read the Epistle from Laodicea." )The Holy Scriptures a source of comfortJ. Through the consolation of the Scriptures. Parker, D.D. Patience.3. And here we may observe that as books rise in the scale of excellence, they tend towards exhibiting a permanence and universality of interest. They see the Captain of their salvation made perfect through sufferings.3. Some instruction, no doubt, is to be gathered from the literature of every people, but on the other hand, there is a great deal in the very finest uninspired literature that cannot be described as permanently or universally instructing; and, therefore, when the apostle says of a great collection of books of various characters and dates, and on various subjects, that whatsoever was contained in them had been set down for the instruction of men of another faith and a later age, we think it an astonishing assertion. (1) These seal the doctrine which informs us about, eternal life and the way to it, and so remove the first great hindrance to our hope — our ignorance, and unbelief. A solid foundation of hope.(J. But this is not true of the Old Testament Scriptures. WE DERIVE HOPE FOR THE FUTURE.(J. These two, the encouragement and perseverance produced by the right use of Scripture, will lead to hope. But this is not true of the Old Testament Scriptures. Did ever you find any other book like it in this respect?II. Lyth, D. D.In it —I. In the measure of thy trust shall be the measure of thy joy and peace. We must read them with faith and submission. The Christian hope is an earnest desire after this, in consequence of a discovery of its great excellency, by the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:9, 10). Consider some of the truths which this statement seems to imply.I. And then, if the prophecies of the Bible are true, all else which it contains, we may be sure, is true.3. With that double certitude clear before us, we can face anything. ARE WE SUFFERING FROM BEREAVEMENT? The neglect of this secondary and spiritual sense of Scripture has sometimes led Christians to mis-apply the Old Testament very seriously. The Scriptures reveal the great object of this hope, and bring life and immortality to light, which neither the light of nature nor any other religion can do.2. WHAT IS THE "HOPE" OF WHICH THE APOSTLE SPEAKS, AND HOW IT APPEARS THAT IT IS OF IMPORTANCE WE SHOULD POSSESS IT.1. But how shall this "patience have its perfect work" in us? Such as they inculcate. How many words of direction and encouragement meet us! Lyth, D.D. (4)As having an earnest of it (Ephesians 1:14), and being in the way to it.5. ARE WE BURDENED WITH FEAR OF DEATH? Help to patience.3. Always believe and you will always be glad and calm. It sees them. How many words of direction and encouragement meet us! "He that is born of God doth not commit sin." Parker, D. D.)Patience, comfort, hopeJ. They must be the medicine and food, the strength and refreshment of our souls.(J. (2) A patient progress through the various parts of Christian experience; we cannot step at once from our first awakening into glory. Patience finds difficulties in God's Word, mysteries too deep for human intellect. This is the case within limits of our own Shakespeare. THAT THE JEWISH SCRIPTURES HAVE A WORLD-WIDE AND ENDURING VALUE. Parker, D. D.)Patience, comfort, hopeJ. All this great deliverance from Egypt and Babylonia, foreshadowed a greater deliverance beyond; all these elaborate rights of purification and sacrifice, which have no meaning apart from the one sacrifice for the sins of the whole world, and that succession of saints and heroes who, with all their imperfections, point onwards and upwards to One who dignifies their feebler and broken lives by making them in not a few respects anticipations of His glorious self. If the dawn was so beautiful, what of the mid-day? 4. They see the Captain of their salvation made perfect through sufferings.3. THE PROVISION GOD HAS MADE FOR OUR ATTAINING THIS HOPE IN GIVING US THE SCRIPTURES.1. Written for our learning.2. Nay, more, He went out of His way to sanction not a few portions of it which our modern scepticism too eagerly rejects. (2)"The blessed hope, and the appearing of "our Lord" (Titus 2:13). It will be readily allowed that spiritual and eternal, not carnal and temporal, things are the objects of a Christian's hope — viz., God and His salvation (Lamentations 3:26), or the privileges and blessings of the gospel.2. And if we can commit them to memory, so much the better. Nobody now expects to be instructed by the false Decretals. Nay, more, He went out of His way to sanction not a few portions of it which our modern scepticism too eagerly rejects. (1)Enoch walking with God. (3) A patient exercise of all our Christian graces as occasions call them forth. (3) A patient exercise of all our Christian graces as occasions call them forth. With judgment and discrimination. Written for our learning.2. This Book, so far as it goes, is unsealed. And here we may observe that as books rise in the scale of excellence, they tend towards exhibiting a permanence and universality of interest. Although we talk much about the blessing of an "open Bible," yet to a large number the Bible is kept like some rare treasure to be looked at, not used. An appetite for food is an effect of health, and yet a cause of it; an inclination and ability to use exercise and be active is an effect of health, and yet a cause thereof. Patience is not blind to the many dark problems in the history of the world and in human nature. II. Many of us have all our strength exhausted in mere endurance, and have let obvious duties slip from our hands, as if we had done all that we could do when we had forced ourselves to submit. It comes to us with the power of —1. )The Bible isJ. And this implies that we must read in a humble and teachable spirit; not approaching the Bible with our minds prejudiced, or that we may find some confirmation for our own theories and practices, but saying simply, "Lord, what wouldest Thou have me to do?"3. Spurgeon. For what has it been to the Jewish people through the tragic vicissitudes of their wonderful history — to Christendom for nineteen centuries? )Comfort of the ScripturesJ. But impatience scoffingly denies that there can be a God and a superintending Providence.2. )The Old TestamentCanon Liddon.The apostle's purpose in making the quotation of ver. This grace Scripture works in us through the encouragement which it ministers in manifold ways, and the result of both is hope. It not only shows us in its narratives the working of sorrow and the power of faith, but it distinctly lays down the source and the purpose, the whence and the whither of all suffering. "Trust and thou shalt be glad." And if we can commit them to memory, so much the better. Ah, what a rich store of that is to be found in the Scriptures of God! Beeby. (1)The Holy Spirit, as the Comforter, uses them to that end. In the account in Genesis of Abraham's relations with Hagar, Sara, Ishmael, and Isaac, the apostle bids us see the Jewish and the Christian Covenants, and the spiritual slaves of the Mosaic law, and the enfranchised sons of the mother of us all. (2) Christianity is a warfare: if righteousness be a breastplate, etc., hope is a helmet; it defends the head, where any injury received would be peculiarly dangerous.II. Benson. )The Bible isJ. It points to One who can be touched in our behalf, who is our Captain and Deliverer.3. (1) The Christian life is a voyage, and hope an anchor (Hebrews 6:19), which we may not seem to want when wind and tide are for us; but when they are against us, it will be necessary to preserve us from losing the way we have made, from getting aground on the sand-banks of this world, from being dashed on the rocks of pride and self-confidence, or swallowed up in the whirlpools of despondency. Such a hope as they exhibit in the lives of saints. Tradition. Patience.3. THAT A SECOND OR DEEPER SENSE OF SCRIPTURE CONSTANTLY UNDERLIES THE PRIMARY LITERAL, SUPERFICIAL SENSE.1. Thus in the Book of Deuteronomy, long addresses are ascribed to Moses, and Moses describes a series of events of which he claims to have been an eyewitness. It is only while we are looking to Jesus that we can expect to have joy and peace. (2) Christianity is a warfare: if righteousness be a breastplate, etc., hope is a helmet; it defends the head, where any injury received would be peculiarly dangerous.II. 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