ing them for it and giving them many exhortations
to good works and steadfastness.
The chapter from which we take our text contains
his conclusive remarks, which is a benediction full
of grace. He exhorts them to steadfastness in the
Lord, which implies that they were therein abiding.
The text comes to us with as much force and
meaning as it came to the Philippians, and I trust
that our hearts are as much prepared to receive it as
theirs were. God, help us this day to perfectly un¬
derstand thy truth and receive it in pure hearts.
I. Why should we stand fast t—My answer is
three-fold: First, because we are right, and God is
the captain of our salvation.
Second, because we have come through great con¬
Third, because in the name, wisdom, and strength
of our Redeemer we are succeeding.
1. Because we are right, and God is the captain
of our salvation.
Right is right, forever has been and forever will
be, and he who is right should stand fast, for a
change would put him in the wrong.
We as Baptist believers are right, because we are
on the Lord's side. We own Christ to be the head
of the Church unto all things—" Upon this rock I
will build my Church; and the gates of hell shall not
prevail against it." We believe that the Bible was