Proverbs 9* The invitations of Wisdom. (1-12) The invitations of folly.(13-18)1-12 Christ has prepared ordinances to which his people areadmitted, and by which nourishment is given here to those thatbelieve in him, as well as mansions in heaven hereafter. Theministers of the gospel go forth to invite the guests. The callis general, and shuts out none that do not shut out themselves.Our Saviour came, not to call the righteous, but sinners; notthe wise in their own eyes, who say they see. We must keep fromthe company and foolish pleasures of the ungodly, or we nevercan enjoy the pleasures of a holy life. It is vain to seek thecompany of wicked men in the hope of doing them good; we are farmore likely to be corrupted by them. It is not enough to forsakethe foolish, we must join those that walk in wisdom. There is notrue wisdom but in the way of religion, no true life but in theend of that way. Here is the happiness of those that embrace it.A man cannot be profitable to God; it is for our own good.Observe the shame and ruin of those who slight it. God is notthe Author of sin: and Satan can only tempt, he cannot force.Thou shalt bear the loss of that which thou scornest: it willadd to thy condemnation. 13-18 How diligent the tempter is, to seduce unwary souls intosin! Carnal, sensual pleasure, stupifies conscience, and putsout the sparks of conviction. This tempter has no solid reasonto offer; and where she gets dominion in a soul, all knowledgeof holy things is lost and forgotten. She is very violent andpressing. We need to seek and pray for true wisdom, for Satanhas many ways to withdraw our souls from Christ. Not onlyworldly lusts and abandoned seducers prove fatal to the souls ofmen; but false teachers, with doctrines that flatter pride andgive liberty to lusts, destroy thousands. They especially drawoff such as have received only partial serious impressions. Thedepths of Satan are depths of hell; and sin, without remorse, isruin, ruin without remedy. Solomon shows the hook; those thatbelieve him, will not meddle with the bait. Behold the wretched,empty, unsatisfying, deceitful, and stolen pleasure sinproposes; and may our souls be so desirous of the everlastingenjoyment of Christ, that on earth we may live to him, daily, byfaith, and ere long be with him in glory.
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