Luke 12:32 KJV
Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
Christ largely insisted upon this caution not to give way to disquieting, perplexing cares, Matthew 6:25-34.
The arguments here used are for our encouragement to cast our care upon God, which is the right way to get ease. As in our stature, so in our state, it is our wisdom to take it as it is. An eager, anxious pursuit of the things of this world, even necessary things, ill becomes the disciples of Christ.
Fears must not prevail; when we frighten ourselves with thoughts of evil to come, and put ourselves upon needless cares how to avoid it.
If we value the beauty of holiness, we shall not crave the luxuries of life. Let us then examine whether we belong to this little flock. Christ is our Master, and we are his servants; not only working servants, but waiting servants. We must be as men that wait for their lord, that sit up while he stays out late, to be ready to receive him.
In this Christ alluded to his own ascension to heaven, his coming to call his people to him by death, and his return to judge the world.
We are uncertain as to the time of his coming to us, we should therefore be always ready.
If men thus take care of their houses, let us be thus wise for our souls.
Be ye therefore ready also; as ready as the good man of the house would be, if he knew at what hour the thief would come.
Most pretend they would have heaven at last, yet they care not for holiness now; they would have the end without the beginning.
Here is the outward sign and seal thereof in baptism, called therefore the washing of regeneration.
The work is inward and spiritual; this is outwardly signified and sealed in this ordinance.
Slight not this outward sign and seal; yet rest not in the outward washing, but look to the answer of a good conscience, without which the outward washing will avail nothing.
The worker therein is the Spirit of God; it is the renewing of the Holy Ghost.
Through him we mortify sin, perform duty, walk in God’s ways; all the working of the Divine life in us, and the fruits of righteousness without, are through this blessed and holy Spirit.
The Spirit and his saving gifts and graces, come through Christ, as a Saviour, whose undertaking and work are to bring to grace and glory. Justification, in the gospel sense, is the free forgiveness of a sinner; accepting him as righteous through the righteousness of Christ received by faith.
God, in justifying a sinner in the way of the gospel, is gracious to him, yet just to himself and his law.
As forgiveness is through a perfect righteousness, and satisfaction is made to justice by Christ, it cannot be merited by the sinner himself.
Eternal life is set before us in the promise; the Spirit works faith in us, and hope of that life; faith and hope bring it near, and fill with joy in expectation of it.
Please remember these articles are the work of a humble servant of Yeshua doing His bidding as a Watchmen sounding the Trumpet to warn of impending danger within the Assembly. May our Father abundantly bless each one of you with wisdom and discernment to go forward as His “Modern Day Disciples.”
Thou will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee, Trust ye in the Lord forever: for in the Lord Yeshua is everlasting strength. (Isaiah 26:3-4)