16:25), the law of conscience, by which men involuntarily anticipate punishment for their own sins ( <450215>Romans 2:15, 16; <581027>Hebrews 10:27) and the law of character, by which every thought and deed makes indelible impress upon the moral nature ( <580308>Hebrews 3:8, 15).
The law of memory, <421625>Luke 16:25 ? ?Son, remember!? See Maclaren, Sermons, 1:109-122. Memory will embrace all the events of the past life, it will embrace them all at the same moment and it will embrace them continuously and continually. Memory is a process of self-registry. Every business house keeps a copy of all letters sent or orders issued, so every man retains in memory the record of his sins. The mind is a palimpsest, though the original writing has been erased, the ink has penetrated the whole thickness of the parchment and God?s chemistry is able to revive it. Hudson, Dem. of Future Life, 212, 213 ? ??Subjective memory is the retention of all ideas, however superficially they may have been impressed upon the objective mind and it admits of no variation in different individuals. Recollection is the power of recalling ideas to the mind. This varies greatly. Sir William Hamilton calls the former ?mental latency.??
The law of conscience, <450215>Romans 2:15, 16 ? ?they show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience bearing witness therewith, and their thoughts one with another accusing or else excusing them; in the day when God shall judge the secrets of men, according to my gospel, by Jesus Christ?; <581027>Hebrews 10:27 ? ?a certain fearful expectation ofjudgment , and a fierceness of fire which shall devour the adversaries.? Goethe said that his writings, taken together, constituted a great confession. Wordsworth, Excursion, III:579 ? ?For, like a plague will memory break out, And, in the blank and solitude of things, Upon his spirit, with a fever?s strength, Will conscience prey.? A man who afterwards became a Methodist preacher was converted in Whitefield?s time by a vision of the judgment, in which he saw all men gathered before the throne. Each one coming up to the book of God?s law, tearing open his heart before it ?as one would tear open the bosom of his shirt,? comparing his heart with the things written in the book. According as they agreed or disagreed with that standard, either passing triumphant to the company of the blest or going with howling to the company of the damned. No word was spoken; the Judge sat silent for the judgment was one of self- revelation and self-condemnation. See Autobiography of John Nelson (quoted in the Diary of Mrs. Kitty Trevylyan, 207, by Mrs. E. Charles, the author of The Schonberg-Cotta Family).
The law of character, <580308>Hebrews 3:8, 15 ? ?Harden not your hearts, as in the provocation, Like as in the day of the trial in the
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