Diary of Charles Francis Adams, volume 7

Saturday 30th.

Monday 2d.

Sunday. October 1. CFA


Sunday. October 1. CFA
Sunday. October 1.

The day was clear and pleasant. The morning hour is now so short as to make it difficult for me to do much, but I still effected something on my work. Attended divine service all day and heard Mr. Lunt preach from Hebrews 2. 9. “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death, crowned with glory 324and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.” A discussion of the mystery of the atonement which I cannot exactly understand. Afternoon. Isaiah 40. 18 “To whom then will we liken God? What likeness will ye compare unto him.” I did not feel my usual interest in these discourses and can therefore give little account of them.

Read a Sermon of Sterne’s, a very short one upon the text of 1. Philippians 3. 20. “For our conversation is in Heaven.” The justification of Paul in leaving the Jewish faith to embrace Christianity, by drawing a contrast between the spirit of the doctrines of the latter with those of all false religions. Without holiness no man shall see God, hence is drawn an application to the necessity of a pure heart and good works. I finished today the draft of what I design as the first of my proposed Lectures. Mr. Beale and his son were in this evening for an hour.