Lawson Helps to a Devout Life; Being a Treatise on Religious Duties

Helps to a Devout Life; Being a Treatise on Religious Duties
by Lawson, George

Lawson Helps to a Devout Life Lawson (Scottish Anglican), he presents us with the duties we owe to the Lord Jesus Christ, to God the Father, and to the Holy Ghost.
CONTENTS of Helps to a Devout Life

Title and Preface
Introduction
Chapter 1 – Of the Duties we Owe the Lord Jesus Christ
Chapter 2 – Of the Duties we Owe to God the Father
Chapter 3 – Of the Duties we Owe the Holy Ghost

HELPS TO A DEVOUT LIFE
BEING
A TREATISE ON RELIGIOUS DUTIES.
BY THE LATE
REV. GEORGE LAWSON, D. D.
PROFESSOR OF THEOLOGY, SELKIRK.
“I bless Thee, O Heavenly Father, Father of my Lord Jesus Christ, for that Thou hast vouchsafed to remember me, a poor creature. I will always bless and glorify Thee, with Thine only-begotten Son, and the Holy Ghost the Comforter, for ever and ever.”-THOMAS A KEMPIS
EDINBURGH:
WILLIAM OLIPHANT & CO.
LONDON: HAMILTON, ADAMS, & CO.
1878.

PREFACE.

MOST of Dr. Lawson’s works are now out of print. Of late I have been frequently asked to undertake the republication of the more important of them, and might have been induced to do so, but for another suggestion which commended itself more to my mind. I allude to an oft-repeated request on the part of Brethren in the Ministry, that I should publish from MSS. in my possession a few more of his Commentaries on differ­ent books of the Bible. The late Dr. John Brown, of Edinburgh, took a lively interest in this proposal. Shortly before his death, he wrote, urging the pub­lication of a series of expository discourses to which he had listened with delight in the morning of life.

Such a work would certainly sustain its Author’s reputation for learning and sound judgment; but, from its size and character, would necessarily be somewhat expensive, and limited in circulation.

For the present, I send forth this little treatise, which is likely to prove useful to a wider circle of readers. It consists of selections from a few of his Lectures on Systematic Theology. These are abridged, and altered in form, but the substance of them remains. In the treatment of his subject it may be noted, that with the sagacity, appositeness of scriptural illustration, and clear statement of truth which distinguish his other writings, there are inter­woven such affectionate counsels and tender appeals to the conscience, as evince the Professor’s anxiety to help and guide his Students in the matter of personal religion. It is hoped this feature of the work may render it specially profitable to the young.

It is designed to be a book for the closet. In this age of engrossing worldliness, such faithful enforce­ments of Christian duty are much needed, and fitted, through the Divine blessing, to promote that prac­tical godliness, which is at once the outcome and safeguard of a “Devout Life.”

JOHN LAWSON.
SELKIRK, 10th October, 1878.

INTRODUCTORY.

” My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my command­ments with thee; so that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; … then shalt thou under­stand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God.”–­PROVERBS 2:1, 2, 5.

IF we give heed to the instructions of Solomon, we “shall understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yea, every good path” (ver. 9); but it does not follow that, in seeking information concerning the complete and perfect will of God, we should confine our attention to the book of Proverbs.
God has, indeed, given us a comprehensive state­ment of duty in that portion of Scripture. Wisdom speaks to us by the lips of the wise king of Israel. The Queen of Sheba, who came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear his wisdom, will rise up in the judgment and condemn us if we refuse to receive his words, and keep his commandments. Yet the least in the kingdom of God is greater than he. There are great things which he in vain desired to see and hear,-which have now been clearly revealed to men for the obedience of faith. In addition to what was “said by them of old time,” who testified beforehand of the coming of Christ, increased light has been thrown on the plan of salvation, and con­sequently upon the great motives and principles of human duty, by the writers of the New Testament. “In these last days God hath spoken unto us by his Son” (Heb. 1:1). He came into the world to accomplish and reveal the Divine will (John 1:18). Had Solomon lived in gospel times he could not have said that there was no “new thing under the sun.” The Lord created a new thing on the earth when the “Word was made flesh,” and became the “revealer of the Father,” the Great Prophet of the Church!

Angels were astonished at the wondrous discoveries of love and wisdom made known to men in the face of Christ Jesus. More particularly, in connection with the person and work of the Lord Jesus, we have been better instructed in regard to the reci­procal relations and respective operations of the three Persons of the Godhead in the economy of grace, and the corresponding obligations resting on the people of God. The truth on this subject was not altogether unknown to the ancient Church. Solomon summons men to listen to the voice of Jesus, as the Eternal “Wisdom of God,” “whom he possessed in the beginning of his way, before his works of old.” Nor is he silent about the Holy Spirit, and His gracious influence in applying the instructions of Divine wisdom to the soul. But as prophecies are best understood after their accom­plishment, so the special agency of each Person of the Trinity in the work of human salvation is most clearly set forth in the account which the New Testament gives of the performance of the mercy promised to the fathers. “Through the tender mercy of our God, the dayspring from on high hath visited us.” We now understand many things stated in the Old Testament much better than the holy men who were employed in committing them to writing.

Whilst we prize our superior privileges, let us improve them by walking in the light of the Lord, and conscientiously performing the duties we owe to each of the Divine Persons, in whose name we have been baptised and received into the fellowship of the visible Church.

“He hath showed thee, 0 man, what is good; and what doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?” (Micah 6:8).

“Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man” (Eccles. 12:13).

 

 

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