Temptations Demand Watchfulness
Matthew 24:42
Watch therefore: for you know not what hour your Lord does come.

I. Temptations may enter the SENSES without sin, for to behold the object, to touch, or taste, is not to commit sin, because God Himself hath thus ordered and framed the senses by their several instruments and organs. He hath kindled up light in the eyes, He hath digged the hollow of the ear, for hearing, and hath shut up the taste in the mouth or palate, and hath given man his senses very fit for the trial and reward of virtue. Therefore, we may make a covenant with our eye, bridle our taste, bind our touch, purge our ears, and so sanctify and consecrate every sense unto the Lord, which is indeed to watch.

II. They may enter the THOUGHTS, and be received into the imagination, and yet, if we set our watch, not overcome us; for as yet they are but, as it were, in their march, bringing "up their forces; but have made no battery or breach into the soul.

III. The sense and fancy may receive the object with some delight and natural complacency, and yet without sin; if we stand. upon our guard, and then oppose it most, when it most pleads for admittance.

(Anthony Farindon.)

Parallel Verses
KJV: Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come.

WEB: Watch therefore, for you don't know in what hour your Lord comes.

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