Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differs nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all;…
I. The SCHOOL.
1. The period covered: from conversion to glorification — "the time appointed of the Father."
2. The necessity for the intermediate schooltime arises from the degree and effect of imperfect sanctification.
3. The school sphere, this world, is admirably adapted to the discipline of the soul. For moral lessons to be learned by heart and conscience differ from intellectual. Instruction may convey the latter, only practical experience the former.
(1) Faith can only grow in the absence of perfect sight;
(2) hope amidst disappointment;
(3) love by opposition and sacrifice;
(4) submission amidst contradiction; and
(5) patience amidst prolonged trial.
II. The SCHOOLING.
1. The knowledge conveyed: God Himself.
(1) The loftiest.
(2) The most satisfying.
2. The books employed.
(2) The human heart.
(4) Scripture, which explains others.
3. The teacher.
III. The DISCIPLINE.
1. necessity for this arises from our corrupt nature and constant temptations.
2. In the sense of discipline we must interpret the afflictions of this transitory state (Romans 5:3-5).
IV. IN VIEW OF THE ADVANTAGES OF SCHOOL LIFE AND THE PROSPECT OF HOME.
1. Be patient.
4. Obedient, as befits those who are "under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the Father."
(E. Garbett, M. A.)
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