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Generating Heat


Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor. For if either of them falls, the one will lift up his companion. But woe to the one who falls when there is not another to lift him up. Furthermore, if two lie down together they keep warm, but how can one be warm alone? And if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart.

—Ecclesiastes 4:9–12


Observe, the wise man supposes it as impossible for religious persons to meet together and not to be the warmer for each other’s company, as for two persons to lie in the same bed and yet freeze with cold. But now, how is it possible to communicate heat to each other, without mutually stirring up the gift of God which is in us, by brotherly exhortation? Let every member then of a religious society write that zealous Apostle’s advice on the tables of his heart, ‘See that ye exhort and provoke one another to love and to good works. And so much the more, as you see the day of the Lord approaching.’ Believe me, brethren, we have need of exhortation to rouse up our sleepy souls, to set us upon our watch against the temptations of the world, the flesh and the devil; to excite us to renounce ourselves, to take up our crosses and follow our blessed Master and the glorious company of saints and martyrs, ‘who through faith have fought the good fight and are gone before us to inherit the promises.’

—George Whitefield, “The Necessity and Benefits of Religious Society” in Lee Gatiss (Ed.), The Sermons of George Whitefield (Crossway, 2012), 1:162.

Posted 2018·11·26 by David Kjos
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