Moses sets before them, for the future, life and death, the blessing and the curse, according as they did or did not keep God’s commandment. Sin tends to shorten the days of all men and to shorten the days of a people’s prosperity. God will bless them with an abundance of all good things if they would love him and serve him. Godliness has the promise of the life that now is; but the favour of God shall put gladness into the heart, more than the increase of corn, and wine, and oil. Revolt from God to idols would certainly be their ruin. Take heed that your hearts be not deceived. All who forsake God to set their affection upon any creature will find themselves wretchedly deceived, to their own destruction; and this will make it worse, that it was for want of taking heed.
The provision made for perishing souls in the gospel is represented by a royal feast made by a king, with eastern liberality, on the marriage of his son. Our merciful God has not only provided food but a royal feast, for the perishing souls of his rebellious creatures. There is enough and to spare, of everything that can add to our present comfort and everlasting happiness, in the salvation of his Son Jesus Christ. The guests first invited were the Jews. When the prophets of the Old Testament prevailed not, nor John the Baptist, nor Christ himself, who told them the kingdom of God was at hand, the apostles and ministers of the gospel were sent, after Christ’s resurrection, to tell them it has come, and to persuade them to accept the offer. The reason why sinners come not to Christ and salvation by him, is, not because they cannot, but because they will not. Making light of Christ, and of the great salvation wrought out by him, is the damning sin of the world. They were careless. Multitudes perish for ever through mere carelessness, who show no direct aversion but are careless as to their souls. Also the business and profit of worldly employments hinder many in closing with the Saviour. Both farmers and merchants must be diligent; but whatever we have of the world in our hands, our care must be to keep it out of our hearts, lest it comes between us and Christ.
The beginning, progress, and perfecting of the work of salvation depend wholly on the almighty power of God, to which all things are possible. Not that rich people can be saved in their worldliness, but that they should be saved from it. Peter said We have forsaken all.
Alas! it was but a poor all, only a few boats and nets; yet observe how Peter speaks as if it had been some mighty thing. We are too apt to make the most of our services and sufferings, our expenses and losses, for Christ.
However, Christ does not upbraid them; though it was but little that they had forsaken, yet it was their all, and as dear to them as if it had been more. Christ took it kindly that they left it to follow him; he accepts according to what a man hath.
Our Lord’s promise to the apostles is, that when the Son of man shall sit on the throne of his glory, he will make all things new, and they shall sit with him in judgement on those who will be judged according to their doctrine.
This sets forth the honour, dignity, and authority of their office and ministry. Our Lord added, that everyone who had forsaken possessions or comforts, for his sake and the gospel, would be recompensed at last.
May God give us faith to rest our hope on this his promise; then we shall be ready for every service or sacrifice. Our Saviour, in the last verse, does away with a mistake of some. The heavenly inheritance is not given as earthly ones are, but according to God’s pleasure.
Let us not trust in promising appearances or outward profession. Others may, for aught we know, become eminent in faith and holiness. Christ knew that covetousness was the sin which most easily beset this young man; though he had got honestly what he possessed, yet he could not cheerfully part with it, and by this, his want of sincerity was shown.
Christ’s promises make his precepts easy, and his yoke pleasant and very comfortable; yet this promise was as much a trial of the young man’s faith, as the precept was of his charity and contempt of the world.
It is required of us in following Christ, that we duly attend his ordinances, strictly follow his pattern, and cheerfully submit to his disposals; and this from love to him, and dependence on him. To sell all, and give to the poor, will not serve, but we are to follow Christ.
The gospel is the only remedy for lost sinners. Many abstain from gross vices who do not attend to their obligations to God. Thousands of instances of disobedience in thought, word, and deed, are marked against them in the book of God. Thus numbers forsake Christ, loving this present world: they feel convictions and desires, but they depart sorrowfully, perhaps trembling. It behooves us to try ourselves in these matters, for the Lord will try us.
CLOSING PRAYER by Robert
Heavenly Father hear this prayer of thanks for the teachings for your servant to know the Holy Spirit and his workings as your personal messenger teacher, comforter, and interceder in your name. Give us the courage to receive him into our hearts, hear his words and work with the Father that we grow and continue to do your work. This I pray in Yeshua’s name Amen
Please remember these are the words of a humble servant doing the bidding of our Father. I would ask if you are being blessed by these articles pass them on to as many others as possible so they may be blessed and share their blessings as well.