Archive | July 1, 2019

A Christian is a watchman by office

Hugh Binning (Practical Sermons), Works, pp. 650-651:

“Watch.” A Christian should watch. A Christian is a watchman by office. This duty of watchfulness is frequently commanded and commended in scripture, Matt. 24:42; Mark 13:33; 1 Cor. 16:13; Eph. 6:18; 1 Pet. 5:8; Col. 4:2; Luke 12:37. David did wait as they that did watch for the morning light. The ministers of the gospel are styled watchmen in scripture; and every Christian should be to himself as a minister is to his flock, he should watch over himself. This imports the Christian’s condition in this world, and expresses his exercise in it. Watching is a military posture, and insinuates the Christian’s case in this world. He is compassed about with enemies, and therefore he must be a soldier; 2 Tim. 2:3, “Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.” The Christian hath a warfare to accomplish in this world, and therefore the church here is militant, and in heaven triumphant, 1 Tim. 1:18. Every Christian should war a good warfare, holding faith and a good conscience.