The LORD is gracious and full of compassion, slow to anger, and of great mercy.
The LORD is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.
It may be truly said of our Lord Jesus Christ, that his words are words of goodness and grace; his works are works of goodness and grace.
He is full of compassion; hence he came into the world to save sinners. When on earth, he showed his compassion both to the bodies and souls of men, by healing the one, and making wise the other.
He is of great mercy, a merciful High Priest, through whom God is merciful to sinners.
The anger of the Lord is contrasted with his goodness to his people. Perhaps they are obscure, and little regarded in the world, but the Lord knows them.
The Scripture character of Jehovah agrees not with the views of proud reasoners.
No hypocrite or formalist can endure his doctrine or stand before his tribunal. Christ came to distinguish men, to separate between the precious and the vile.
He shall sit as a Refiner. Christ, by his gospel, shall purify and reform his church, and by his Spirit working with it, shall regenerate and cleanse souls.
He will take away the dross found in them. He will separate their corruptions, which render their faculties worthless and useless. The believer needs not fear the fiery trial of afflictions and temptations, by which the Saviour refines his gold. He will take care it is not more intense or longer than is needful for his good; and this trial will end far otherwise than that of the wicked.
Christ will, by interceding for them, make them accepted.
The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ is slow to wrath and ready to forgive, but he will by no means acquit the wicked; and there is tribulation and anguish for every soul that doeth evil: but who duly regards the power of his wrath?
True grace seeks not to confine God’s favor. Those who find mercy themselves, should endeavor that through their mercy others also may obtain mercy.
Not that the Jews will be restored to have their priesthood, and temple, and ceremonies again; an end is put to all these; but they are to be brought to believe in Christ, the true Messiah whom they crucified, and become one sheepfold with the Gentiles, under Christ the Great Shepherd.
The captivities of Israel, their dispersion, and their being shut out from the church, are emblems of the believer’s corrections for doing wrong; and the continued care of the Lord towards that people, and the final mercy and blessed restoration intended for them, show the patience and love of God.
I thank you all for listening, as I praise my brother’s departure to a glorious life.
May the Lord bless those who have received these words?