Excellent is Your Name, Wonderful You Are. Father, we thank You, we bless Your Holy Name, we worship You, be Thou exalted O Lord forever and ever Amen.
Faithful Are You, Lord God of heaven and earth. Let everything that has breath praise the Lord and let the proclaim of His Mighty deeds. We celebrate the King of kings, the Lord of lords. Hallow be Thy Name forever and ever, Amen.
Beloved, we are serving a Living God, Who knows our end from the beginning. His loved is shed abroad through the Holy Spirit. He desire that none will perish, rather we are made partakers in Christ Jesus (Heb 3:14).
The Lord is admonishing us not to harden our heart as in the day of provocation, when they tempted Him in the wilderness and incurred His wrath and none escape the punishment thereof.
Thank God for the dispensation of grace, for you know we have committed more sins than unbelief, more than idolatry, we have gone our various ways not pleasing to our God.
Here is Jesus still full of admiration for the church, His body. He loves us with an everlasting love, even in our sinfulness, His Father sees no sin rather His blood wash us and declared us whole. Grieve no further One, Who atoned your sin and see no spot in thee:
“There is no spot in thee.” Song 4:7
Having pronounced His Church positively full of beauty, our Lord confirms His praise by a precious negative, “There is no spot in I thee.” As if the thought occurred to the Bridegroom that the carping world would insinuate that He had only mentioned her comely parts, and had purposely omitted those features which were deformed or defiled, He sums up all by declaring her universally and entirely fair, and utterly devoid of stain.
A spot may soon be removed, and is the very least thing that can disfigure beauty, but even from this little blemish the believer is delivered in his Lord’s sight. If He had said there is no hideous scar, no horrible deformity, no deadly ulcer, we might even then have marvelled; but when He testifies that she is free from the slightest spot, all these other forms of defilement are included, and the depth of wonder is increased.
If He had but promised to remove all spots by-and-by, we should have had eternal reason for joy; but when He speaks of it as already done, who can restrain the most intense emotions of satisfaction and delight? O my soul, here is marrow and fatness for thee; eat thy full, and be satisfied with royal dainties.
Christ Jesus has no quarrel with His spouse. She often wanders from Him, and grieves His Holy Spirit, but He does not allow her faults to affect His love. He sometimes chides, but it is always in the tenderest manner, with the kindest intentions: it is “my love” even then. There is no remembrance of our follies, He does not cherish ill thoughts of us, but He pardons and loves as well after the offence as before it.
It is well for us it is so, for if Jesus were as mindful of injuries as we are, how could He commune with us? Many a time a believer will put himself out of humour with the Lord for some slight turn in providence, but our precious Husband knows our silly hearts too well to take any offence at our ill manners.
Having declared you spotless, not guilty, the Lord is extended an invitation to look around you and see those souls that are perishing, who may not have the opportunity to read the bible and be saved, take this gospel to them. Tell them about Jesus and save them from hell, for there are much people in the city to be save.
If God said this during the time of the apostles, imagine what He is telling us today. Beloved, there are much people indeed in the city to be save:
“I have much people in this city.” Acts 18:10
This should be a great encouragement to try to do good, since God has among the vilest of the vile, the most reprobate, the most debauched and drunken, an elect people who must be saved. When you take the Word to them, you do so because God has ordained you to be the messenger of life to their souls, and they must receive it, for so the decree of predestination runs. They are as much redeemed by blood as the saints before the eternal throne.
They are Christ’s property, and yet perhaps they are lovers of the ale-house, and haters of holiness; but if Jesus Christ purchased them He will have them. God is not unfaithful to forget the price which His Son has paid. He will not suffer His substitution to be in any case an ineffectual, dead thing. Tens of thousands of redeemed ones are not regenerated yet, but regenerated they must be; and this is our comfort when we go forth to them with the quickening Word of God.
Nay, more, these ungodly ones are prayed for by Christ before the throne. “Neither pray I for these alone,” saith the great Intercessor, “but for them also which shall believe on Me through their word.” Poor, ignorant souls, they know nothing about prayer for themselves, but Jesus prays for them. Their names are on His breastplate, and ere long they must bow their stubborn knee, breathing the penitential sigh before the throne of grace. “The time of figs is not yet.”
The predestinated moment has not struck; but, when it comes, they shall obey, for God will have His own; they must, for the Spirit is not to be withstood when He cometh forth with fullness of power—they must become the willing servants of the living God. “My people shall be willing in the day of my power.” “He shall justify many.” “He shall see of the travail of His soul.” “I will divide him a portion with the great, and He shall divide the spoil with the strong.”
Beloved, will you like Paul count all nothing just to save this perishing souls, will you count all things dungs sake of Him that gave His lives in exchange of you? (Acts 20:24; Phil 3:8). Prove your faith via the work you engage in the kingdom. Let us go to the high ways even in dungeon, the perishing souls are there and as you do that the Lord will honour you now and here after.
Remain blessed in the Lord.
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