The Great Question and Other Sermons

 
9781150993848: The Great Question and Other Sermons

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1886. Excerpt: ... XI. BISHOP KEN: THE ONE WORK "My reward is with Me, to give every man according as his work shall be."--Apocalypse xxii. 12. Bishop Ken "died as he lived, a plain humble man." He desired to be buried "in the churchyard of the nearest parish within his diocese, under the east window of the chancel, just at sunrising, without any manner of pomp or ceremony besides that of the Order for Burial in the Liturgy of the Church of England." Probably one reason of this desire was his characteristic dislike of funeral sermons. "Sin was seldom wanting in them," he said. To be preached over at a funeral seemed to his humility to be the addition of a pang to death. In the case of one who has so long entered into his rest, the preacher's poor words of praise can 1 Preached in Wells Cathedral at the opening of the Ken Memorial, June 29, 1885. scarcely offend the modesty of immortality. I shall, therefore, after (i) attempting to grasp the idea in the text, proceed (2) to apply it to the life-work of Thomas Ken. I. The risen Lord speaks in the text of "the reward" and " the work." Let us fix our attention on these familiar words. 1. Reward (or hire).1 In speaking to man, Scripture must--at all events Scripture does--speak "with the tongue of man." The most dangerous errors have arisen from pressing metaphors too far. And so "reward," in its practical bearing upon man, must be viewed as an approximate term. It is not precisely so much wages for so much work. It is the idea of hire, paid for labour, transferred to the Divine payment, with the limitations imposed by the feebleness of the labourer and by the infinite freedom of the grace. And the truth conveyed by reward must be important. For the word is not dropped as if accidentally. It occurs again and again. Let him who ...

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