“For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” “Is not My word like as a fire? saith the Lord; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?” Who can measure the worth of the Word of God in the life of the Christian? “Concerning the works of men, by the word of Thy lips I have kept me from the paths of the destroyer.” “I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that I might keep Thy word.” God tells His own to “take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” “The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them is Thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.” “I have rejoiced in the way of Thy testimonies, as much as in all riches. I will meditate in Thy precepts, and have respect unto Thy ways. I will delight myself in Thy statutes: I will not forget Thy word.”
The Word of God gives joy and peace To those whose ways it directs, Cleansing and comfort and new strength, Help beyond what we expect.
“Face to face.” What will it mean when we see Him, “whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see Him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.” That One who has so graciously sustained us through life’s pilgrimage, who, looking down from heaven, invites us to “come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” That One who “hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.” That One who has stood by us in times of grief and trial and pain, telling us to “fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of My righteousness.” That One “who His own self bare our sins in His own body on the tree.” That One who “calleth His own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.” We shall see Him “face to face,” and as He did with Moses, He shall speak with us “face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend.”
When we see Him in the glory, When our faith has been changed to sight, Hearts will be gladdened forever, In the realms of eternal light.
To “abide in” Christ is to “stay” or “remain” or “continue” in fellowship with Him. It is to be “casting all your care upon Him,” to “trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding,” and to “confess our sins,” knowing that “He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” When we thus “abide in” Him, “ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.” Thus abiding, we will not “ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.” We will, rather, ask in His name, seeking His will and His glory, and His promise is that “whatsoever ye shall ask in My name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask anything in My name, I will do it.” “And whatsoever we ask, we receive of Him, because we keep His commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in His sight.” “And this is the confidence that we have in Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He heareth us: and if we know that He hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of Him.”
He hears the prayers of all His own, And bends His ear to their cries, He knows their burdens and their cares, And He heareth all their sighs.
How much the Christian needs the upholding and overruling grace of God, to “keep thy foot from being taken.” The world, the flesh, and the devil constantly seek to ensnare us and cause our feet to go astray out of God’s paths. He tells us to “ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established. Turn not to the right hand nor to the left: remove thy foot from evil,” for He assures us who seek to walk with Him, “I have taught thee in the way of wisdom; I have led thee in right paths. When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straightened; and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.” “For He shall give His angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.” “He will keep the feet of His saints,” and “thou shalt walk in thy way safely, and thy foot shall not stumble.” “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” “The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.” “Thou hast enlarged my steps under me, that my feet did not slip.” “For Thou hast delivered my soul from death: wilt not Thou deliver my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living?”
He alone can direct my steps In the way they ought to go, To keep from the snares of Satan, All because He loves me so.
We Christians have the same kind of unredeemed bodies as unsaved people have. To be sure, “your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own.” Nevertheless, we still have mortal death-doomed bodies, subject to injury and disease and aging. “For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body,” and “if the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by His Spirit that dwelleth in you.” “For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.” So “we look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ: who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto His glorious body,” and “in my flesh shall I see God: whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another.”
We live now in tents of clay, Mortal and very frail, But we live in hope each day, Here below in this vale.
There are certain things that are essential, if we are to be saved. There are things which are absolutely necessary; they cannot be dispensed with. First, there must be a Savior “without sin.” This we have in God’s beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, “who did no sin,” “who knew no sin,” “and in Him is no sin.” Even so, His holiness and sinlessness cannot in itself save us, for “without shedding of blood is no remission.” It was necessary that He give that sinless life for us, that we might be “redeemed … with the precious blood of Christ, as of a Lamb without blemish and without spot.” Then, though He died for all, forgiveness must be personally received, and here we have another essential, namely, faith. “Without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.” Be sure, dear reader, that you have personally received “the gift of God [which] is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord,” who said that “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by Me.”
He shed His blood for your sins, That you might forgiven be, That you might know and praise Him Throughout all eternity.
“Thy mercy, O Lord, is in the heavens; and Thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds,” “all Thy commandments are faithful,” and “God is true” and worthy of all our confidence and trust. “God is not a man, that He should lie; neither the son of man, that He should repent: hath He said, and shall He not do it? or hath He spoken, and shall He not make it good?” “There hath no temptation taken you, but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” But suppose that we who know Him do not take His “way to escape,” and we yield to the temptation? Even “if we believe not, yet He abideth faithful: He cannot deny Himself.” And “if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” This “God, that cannot lie, promised.” “But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.” “The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand forever.” “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is Thy faithfulness.”
He is faithful and true to His Word, Our God in heaven above; His ways are tempered with kindness; His dealings are all in love.
From start to finish, our “salvation is of the Lord.” He died for us on the cross, he lives for us in heaven, and He is coming to receive us unto Himself. “Christ died for our sins.” “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God,” for “all we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all.” Yes, “Christ … died, yea rather … is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.” He has “entered into … heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us.” “Wherefore He is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them.” And we have His sure promise that “if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” “Salvation belongeth unto the Lord: Thy blessing is upon Thy people.”
His blood has washed away my sins, And now He liveth for me, And He shall come to take me home, Forever with Him to be.
God desires for His children that we “walk worthy of the Lord” in our daily deportment, being “fruitful … and increasing in the knowledge of God.” A yielded “walk” with the Lord will cause us to be “fruitful” and to hunger for an “increasing … knowledge of God.” “Walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, with all lowliness and meekness, with long-suffering, forbearing one another in love.” “We also should walk in newness of life,” “worthy of God, who hath called you unto His kingdom and glory,” “being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God.” Such a Christian will “be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.” Our Lord said that “herein is My Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be My disciples.” A disciple is a learner, and the fruitful Christian will be “increasing in the knowledge of God.” “Grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,” and “desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby.”
A walk that shows that we know Him, And fruit borne for His glory, An “increasing … knowledge of God,” Tell forth the blessed story.
Our love for the Lord seems so small and feeble compared to His love for us. To His own He says that “I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with loving-kindness have I drawn thee,” and “God commendeth His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.” He “who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved),” and now, being redeemed, we have “the love of God … shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.” But little as our love may seem compared to His, we do “love Him, because He first loved us,” and we say with David, “I will love Thee, O Lord, my strength.” “For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: and that He died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto Him which died for them, and rose again,” and “eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him.” Our Lord said, “If ye love Me, keep My commandments.” “Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity.”
“We love Him because … He loved us,” And gave His live to prove so; “The love of Christ constraineth us” To take the place that is low.