But perhaps our chief burden lies in the recollection, that, like our master, we are set for “the fall and rising again of many in Israel.” For if it be joyous to convert, how afflicting to harden, by our ministry!—specially in the fear, that the more lively its energy for conversion, in the same proportion is its influence for judicial condemnation. And though even “in them that perish;” we are a sweet savor of Christ, yet under the sinking pressure we can but sympathize with the cry of the apostle—‘Who is sufficient for these things?” Charles Bridges
THE GORDIAN KNOT
n. 1. An exceedingly complicated problem or deadlock. 2. An intricate knot tied by King Gordius of Phrygia and cut by Alexander the Great with his sword after hearing an oracle promise that whoever could undo it would be the next ruler of Asia.
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