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Charles Spurgeon's "Morning & Evening"
Devotional: December 11th
“It behoved Him to be made like unto His brethren.”
As if our apostle had said, Seeing Christ is so excellent in his person, and seeing the gospel has such a glorious author, let us take great care that we esteem his person, revere his authority, reverence his ministry, and believe his message; and let us take heed that our memories be not like leaking vessels, suffering the word at any time to slip or run from us.
Let that question ring in our ears, “How shall we escape?” There will be no escape, there can be none if we refuse the Lord Jesus. Do we mean to be lost? Dare we continue to neglect the great salvation?
Jesus died that to all men the message of salvation might be delivered, and that each one might be assured that upon his believing he will be pardoned. None are excluded from mercy but those who exclude themselves.
This passage occurs in Psalm 22, a psalm of Christ’s sufferings, entitled “ Upon Aijeleth Shahar,” that is, The morning-stag, such an one as the huntsman singles out to hunt for that day. Christ thus hunted, praying for deliverance, promised to praise God’s name amidst his brethren.
All of which expressions denote nearness of relationship and likeness of nature, kindly recognised by the great head of the household of God.
For verily he took not on him the nature of angels or he took not up angels
but he took on him the seed of Abraham. Angels were passed by and men redeemed. Wondrous sovereignty this!
Hebrews 2:17 , Hebrews 2:18
Here is delightful encouragement to put our whole trust in him, and approach him without fear. Let us draw very near to him in prayer.
Jesus, who pass’d the angels by,
Assumed our flesh to bleed and die;
And still he makes it his abode;
As man, he fills the throne of God.
Our next of kin, our brother now,
Is he to whom the angels bow;
They join with us to praise his name,
But we the nearest interest claim.
“Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest.”
No good ever comes of carelessness. He who never examines himself is sure to be self-deceived.
Sin slyly insinuates itself and by slow degrees prevails, therefore must we carefully guard against it.
Hebrews 3:14 , Hebrews 3:15
Continuance in faith is necessary to salvation, and only those who persevere to the end are indeed saved.
Want of true faith causes the religion of many to be shortlived. Those who are not sustained by faith soon weary of holiness and provoke the Lord.
Hebrews 4:1-6 , Hebrews 4:9-16
nor did Joshua lead the next generation into rest, or else David would not have spoken of another day
Sabbath rest to the people of God.
It is clear that there is a rest of God, and that some are to enjoy it, and as Israel did not attain to it, it still remains for God’s people. Oh, that we might by faith be of that number!
Resting in the finished work of Jesus we feel that our warfare is accomplished. The work we now do is of another kind from our own self-righteous work of former years. Our faith has introduced us into joyful rest.
We should earnestly labour to be right, for no deceptions will avail. The Lord’s word lays us bare and opens up our secret selves. Oh, to be clean before the Lord! This we can never be except by faith.
Since salvation work is complete, let us hold to it and enjoy the consequent blessings. We should be foolish indeed to leave such riches of grace.
With joy we meditate the grace
Of our High Priest above;
His heart is made of tenderness,
His bowels melt with love.
Then let our humble faith address
His mercy and his power,
We shall obtain delivering grace
In the distressing hour.
the Fifth Week after Easter
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