And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged 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.
~ Ephesians 6:17, Hebrews 4:12
Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
~ Psalm 1:1-2
But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp twoedged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength. The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple. And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand hath he hid me, and made me a polished shaft; in his quiver hath he hid me; Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a twoedged sword in their hand; So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.
~ Matthew 4:4, Revelation 1:16, Psalm 119:130, Isaiah 49:2, Psalm 149:6, Isaiah 55:11, Revelation 12:11, Isaiah 11:4
Repent; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth. Gird thy sword upon thy thigh, O most mighty, with thy glory and thy majesty. Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?
~ Revelation 2:16, Psalm 45:3, Jeremiah 23:29
The Saint’s Pocket Book Being A Short View of the Great and Precious Promises of the Gospel, by Joseph Alleine. 1666. The following contains an excerpt from the text.
God Speaking from Mount Gerizm.
Chapter 1. The Voice of the Herald, Before the Great King.
O all you inhabitants of the world, and dwellers on the earth, come; see and hear; gather yourselves together unto the proclamation of the Great King. Hear, you that are far off, and you that are near! He that has an ear to hear, let him hear. I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, “Prepare the way of the Lord. Let every valley be exalted, and every mountain be made low, for the glory of the Lord is to be revealed.” Go through, go through the gates, prepare the way: cast up, cast up the highway; gather out the stones, lift up the standard for the people; for the Lord proclaims salvation to the ends of the earth. Tidings! tidings, O you captives! Hear, all you that look for salvation in Israel; behold, I bring you glad tidings of great joy, which shall be unto all people. Blessed news! Prepare your ears and hearts! The Lord has commanded me, saying, “Go unto the people, and sanctify them; let them wash and be ready; for the Lord is coming down upon Mount Sion, in the sight of all nations; not in earthquakes and fire, not in clouds and darkness, not in thunderings or burnings, rending the mountains and breaking the rocks into pieces.” He does not speak to you out of blackness, and darkness, and tempests: you shall say no more, “Let not God speak to us, lest we die.” He comes peaceably; the law of kindness is in his mouth; he preaches peace; peace to him that is far off, and to him that is near. Behold, how he comes, leaping upon the mountains; he has passed mount Ebal; Deut 11.29; 27.12-13 – no more wrath or cursing; he has come to mount Gerizim, where he stands to bless the people. As Mordecai to his nation, he writes “the words of truth and peace, seeking the welfare of his people, and speaking peace to all his seed.”
Behold how he comes clothed with flames of love, with heartfelt compassion, plenteous redemption, and multiplied pardons. O how pregnant is his love! O the rollings of his compassion! O how full are his breasts, even aching till they are eased by the sucking of his hungry children!
Hearken, therefore, O you children, hearken to me. To you it is commanded, O people, nations, and languages, that at what time you hear the joyful sound, the trump of jubilee, the tidings of peace, in the voice of the everlasting Gospel, you fall down before the throne, and worship him that lives forever and ever.
Arise, and come away; prepare, prepare yourself; hear not with an uncircumcised ear; you are not upon a common thing. Behold, the throne is set; the throne of grace, where majesty and mercy dwell together. From thence will the Lord meet you; from thence will he commune with you; from the mercy-seat, from between the cherubims, upon the ark of the testimony. Look, the Lord comes out of his pavilion, the mighty God from Sion. Selah. His glory covers the heavens; the earth is full of his praise. A fire (of love) goes before him; mercy and truth round about him; righteousness and peace are the habitation of his throne. He rides on his horses and chariots of salvation; the covenant of life and peace is in his mouth. Rejoice, you heavens; make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth. Let the sea roar, the floods clap their hands, and the multitudes of the isles rejoice. Stand forth, the host of heaven; prepare your harps, cast down your crowns, be ready with your trumpets; bring forth your golden vials full of aromas, for our voice will jar, our strings will break, we cannot reach the note of our Maker’s praise.
Yet let them that dwell in the dust, arise and sing. Bear your part in this glorious service: but consider and attend. Call out your souls, and all that is within you; lift up your voices, fix your eyes, enlarge your hearts, intend all their powers; there is work for them all. Be intent and serious, you cannot strain too high.
Come forth, you graces, beset the way; be all in readiness. Stand forth, faith and hope. Be aflame, O love! Come, you warm desires, and break with longing. Let fear, with all veneration, do its obeisance. Joy, prepare your sons; call up all the daughters of music, to salute the Lord as he passes by. Let the generation of the saints appear, and spread the way with boughs and garments of salvation, and songs of deliverance. you stand this day all of you before the Lord your God, your captains, your elders, your officers, with all the men of Israel, your little ones, your wives, and the stranger that is within your camp, from the hewer of wood to the drawer of water, that you should enter into covenant with the Lord your God, Deut. 19.10-13 and into his oath, which the Lord your God makes with you this day, that he may establish you today for a people unto himself, and that he may be unto you a God, as he has said to you, and as he has sworn.
I have done my errand. The messenger of the morning disappears when the orient sun comes forth out of his chambers. I vanish: I put my mouth in the dust. The voice of the Lord! The soft and still voice! O my soul, wrap your face in the mantle, and bow yourself to the ground, and put yourself into the cleft of the rock, while Jehovah proclaims his name, and makes all his goodness to pass before you.
Chapter II. Introduction. — The Proclamation; Or, the Voice of the Lord.
Hear, O you ends of the earth, the mighty God, the Lord has spoken: gather my saints to me, those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice. Psa 1.1, 5 Behold, I establish my covenant between me and you. Gen. 17.7 By my holiness I have sworn that I will be your covenant friend. I lift up my hand to heaven, I swear I live forever: and because I live, you also shall live. John 14.19 I will be yours, Jer. 31.38, 40 yours to all intents and purposes; your refuge and your rest; Jer. 1.6; Psa. 90.1; 46.1 your patron and your portion; Psa 73.26; Isa. 25.4-5 your heritage and your hope; your God and your guide. Psa 48.14 While I have, you shall never want; and what I am to myself, I will be to you: Psa. 34.9- 10 and you shall be my people; Exod. 19.5-6 a chosen generation, a kingdom of priests, a holy nation, a peculiar treasure to me above all people, 1Pet. 2.9 I call heaven and earth to witness this day, that I take you for mine forever. My name shall be upon you, and you shall be pillars in the temple of your God, and shall go out no more. Rev. 3.12
You shall wear my garment, and you shall carry the stamp of my own face; Ezek. 36.25-26; Eph. 4.24 and I will make you my witnesses and the epistles of Christ to the world; Isa. 44.8; 2Cor. 3.3 and you shall be chosen vessels, to bear my name before the sons of men. Acts 9.15 And so that you may see that I am in earnest with you, look, I make an everlasting covenant with you, ordered in all things, and sure; 2Sam. 23.5 and I hereby solemnly deliver it to you as my act and deed, sealed with sacred blood, 1Cor. 11.25 and ratified with the oath of a God; Heb. 6.17 a God that cannot lie, that knows no place for repentance. Tit. 1.2; 1Sam. 15.29 Come, blessed; receive the instrument of your salvation: take the writing, behold the seals; here are the conveyances of the kingdom. Fear not; the donation is free and full. See, it is written in blood, founded on the all-sufficient merits of your surety Heb. 9.18 in whom I am well pleased; Mat. 3.17 whose death makes this testament unchangeable forever; Heb. 9.12,14,16,26 so that your names can never be blotted out, nor your inheritance alienated, nor your legacies diminished; nothing may be altered, nothing added, nothing subtracted; no, not forever. Gal. 3.15-17
The blessings of the covenant are, either its glorious liberties and immunities, or its royal privileges and prerogatives.
Happy you are, O Israel! Who is like you, O people! Deut. 33.29 Only believe, and know your own blessedness. Attend, O my children, to the blessing of your Father; hear and know the glorious immunities and the royal prerogatives that I confirm upon you here.
Section I. The immunities and liberties of the covenant, consisting in,
I. Our general discharge from all our debts.
Here I seal you your pardons. Though your sins be as the sands, and as mighty as the mountains, I will drown them in the depth of my bottomless mercies; Mic. 7.19 I will be merciful to your unrighteousness; I will abundantly pardon. Heb. 8.12; Isa. 55.7 Where your sins have abounded, my grace shall super-abound; though they be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though red like crimson, they shall be as woo1. Isa. 1.18 Behold, I declare myself satisfied, and pronounce you absolved; Job 33.24 the price is paid, your debts are cleared, your bonds are cancelled. Col. 2.13-14
Whatever the law, or conscience, or the accuser has to charge you with, here I exonerate you; I discharge you. I, even I, am the one who blots out your transgressions for my name’s sake. Isa. 45.25 Who shall lay anything to your charge when I acquit you? Who shall impeach or implead you when I proclaim you guiltless? Rom. 8.33-34 Sons, daughters, be of good cheer, your sins are forgiven you; 1John 1.12; Mat. 9.2
I will sprinkle your consciences, and put the voice of peace into your mouths; Ezek. 36.25; Heb 4.14; Isa 57.19 they shall be your registers in which I will record your pardon; and the voice of guile, wrath, and terror shall cease. Heb. 10.22; Isa. 27.4-5
II. Our release;
1. From the house of bondage.
Here I sign your release from the house of bondage. Rom 6.17-18; 1Cor 7.21 Come forth, you captives; come forth, you prisoners of hope, for I have found a ransom. Job 33.18,24 I proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound. Isa 56.1; 47.7 Behold, I have broken your bonds, shaken the foundations of your prisons, and opened the iron gates. Act 12.6,10 By the blood of the covenant, I have sent the prisoners out of the pit in which there is no water. Zech 9.11 Arise, O redeemed of the Lord; put off the raiment of your captivities; Deut 21.13 arise, and come away.
2. From the dark and noisome prison of sin.
The dark and noisome prison of sin shall no longer detain you; John 8.34-36 I will loose your fetters, and knock off your bolts; sin shall not have dominion over you. Rom 6.14
I will heal your backslidings; I will subdue your iniquities; Mic. 7.19. Jer. 3.12 I will sanctify you wholly, 1Thes. 5.23-24 and put my fear in your hearts so that you shall not depart from me. Jer 32.40 Though your corruptions be strong and many, yet the aids of my Spirit, the cleansing virtue of my blood, and the medicine of my correction, shall so work together with your prayers and endeavours that they shall not finally prevail against you, but shall surely fall before you. Ezek. 36.37; Eph. 5.29. Isa. 27.9
3. From the gaol of the grave.
From the strong and stinking gaol of the grave, I deliver you. O death, I will be your plague; O grave, I will be your destruction; Hos. 13.14 my beloved shall never see corruption. Psa 16.10 I will change your rottenness into glory; and make your dust arise and praise me. Dan. 12.2-3; Isa. 26.19 What is sown in weakness, I will raise in power; what is sown in corruption, I will raise in incorruption; what is sown a natural body, I will raise a spiritual body. 1Cor. 15.42-44 This very flesh of yours, this corruptible flesh, shall put on incorruption; and this mortal shall put on immortality; 1Cor. 15.53 death shall be swallowed up in victory, and mortality of life. 2Cor.5.4; 1Cor. 15.54 Fear not, O my children; come and I will show you the enemy that you dreaded: see, here lies the king of terrors, like Sisera in the tent, fastened to the ground with the nails struck through his temples. Behold the grateful present, the head of your enemy in a charger: I bequeath to you your conquered adversary, and make over death as your legacy. 1Cor.3.22 O death, where is your sting? Where now is your armour in which you trusted? 1Cor. 15.55 Come, my people, enter into your chambers; Isa. 26.20 come to your beds of dust, and lay down in peace, and let your flesh rest in hope, Isa. 57.2 for even in this flesh you shall see God. Psa 16.9; 19.25-27 O you slain of death, your carcasses now as loathsome as the carrion in the ditch, I will redeem you from the power of the grave; Psa 49.15 and fashion those vile bodies like the glorious body of your exalted Redeemer. Phil. 3.21 Look, if you can, on the sun when shining in his strength; with such dazzling glory I will clothe you, O you of little faith. Mat. 13.43
4. From the dungeon of eternal darkness.
From the terrible dungeon of eternal darkness I hereby free you. Fear not, you shall not be hurt by the second death. Rev. 14.11; Rom. 8.1 You are delivered from the wrath to come, and shall never come into condemnation. 1Thes. 5.10. John 5.24 The flames of Tophet shall not be able to singe the hairs of your head; no, nor the smell of the fire pass upon you. Dan. 3.27 Stand upon the brink and look down into the horrible pit, the infernal prison from which I have freed you. See how the smoke of their torments ascends forever? Rev. 14.11 Do you hear the cursings and ravings, the roarings and blasphemies? Mat. 25.30 What do you think of those hellish fiends? Would you have been willing to have them for your companions and tormentors? Mat. 25.41 What do you think of those chains of darkness, or of the rivers of brimstone, of the instruments of torment for soul and body, of those weepings and wailings, and gnashings of teeth? Mat. 8.12 Can you think of an everlasting banishment, of a “Go you cursed?” Could you dwell with ever-lasting fire? Could you abide with devouring fire? Isa. 33.14 This is the inheritance you were born to, Eph. 2 3 but I have cut off the entail, and worked a great salvation for you. I have not ordained you to wrath, 1Thes. 5.9 but my thoughts towards you are thoughts of peace. Jer. 29.11
III. Our protection from all enemies:
1. From the arrests of the law.
Here I deliver to you your protection. I will save you from all your enemies; 2Kgs 17.39 I grant you protection from the arrests of the law; your surety has fully answered it. Gal. 3.13; Rom. 4.10 My justice is satisfied, my wrath is pacified, my honour is repaired. Dan. 2.24; 2Cor. 5.19-20 Behold, I am near, the one that justifies you; Isa. 1.8 who shall condemn you?
2. From the usurped dominion of the powers of darkness.
I will tread Satan shortly under you, Rom. 16.20 and I will set your feet in triumph upon the necks of your enemies. Do not let your hearts be troubled, though you wrestle with principalities and powers, and the rulers of the darkness of this world: Eph. 6.12 for stronger is he that is in you, than he that is in the world: 1John 4.4 he may bruise your heel, but you shall bruise his head. Gen. 3.15 Behold your Redeemer, leading captivity captive, spoiling principalities and powers, and triumphing over them openly in his cross. Col. 2.15 See how Satan falls like lightning from heaven; Luke 10.18 and the Samson of your salvation bears away the gates of hell, posts and all, upon his shoulders and sets them up as trophies of his victory! See how he pulls out the throat of the lion, and lifts up the heart of the traitor upon the top of his spear, and washes his hands and dyes his robes in the blood of your enemies! Isa. 63.1-3
3. From the victory of the world.
Neither its frowns nor its flatteries shall be too hard for your victorious faith. 1John 5.4; Gal.1.4 Though it raises up Egypt, and Amalek, and Moab, and its whole militia against you, yet it shall never keep you out of Canaan. Be of good comfort, your Lord has overcome the world. John 16.33 Though its temptations are very powerful, yet I will promise you this upon my faithfulness – that no such thing shall come upon you, except what you shall be able to bear.1Cor. 10.18 But if I see such trials (which you fear) would be too hard for your graces, and overthrow your souls, I will never allow them to come upon you; no, I will make your enemy serve you; and I bequeath the world as part of your dowry to you. 1Cor. 3.22
4. From the curse of the cross.
Afflictions shall prove a wholesome cup to you; Psa 119.71 your Lord has drunk the venom into his own body; what remains for you is but a healthful potion which, I promise you, shall work for your good. Rom. 8.28 Do not be afraid to drink, nor desire that the cup should pass from you; I bless the cup before I give it to you; Job 5.17 O drink you all of it, and be thankful; Mat. 26.26-27 you shall find my blessing at the bottom of the cup to sweeten the sharpest afflictions. Jam. 1.11-12; Psa 94.12 I will stand by you in all conditions, and be a fast friend to you in every change: Isa. 43.2 in the wilderness, I will speak comfortably to you; Hos. 2.14 and in the fire and in the water, I will be with you. I will be a strength to the poor, and a strength to the needy in his distress; a refuge from the storm, and a shadow from the heat, Isa. 25.4 when the blast of the terrible ones is like a storm against the wall. Your sufferings shall not be a cup of wrath, but a grace-cup; not a curse, but a cure; not a cup of trembling, but a cup of blessing to you; Heb. 12.6-8 – they shall not hurt you, but heal you. Psa 119.1l7 My blessing shall attend you in every condition. Gen. 26.3 I say, not only shall you be blessed in your basket and blessed in your store, but you shall be blessed in your poverty, Gen. 28.15 and you shall be blessed in your straits. Not only shall you be blessed in your cities, and blessed in your fields, but blessed in your bonds, and blessed in your banishment; Mat. 19.29-30; 1 Pet. 3.14 you shall be blessed when you are persecuted, and when you are reviled, and your name is cast out as evil; yes, then you will be doubly blessed. Mat. 5.10-12 My choicest blessings, greatest good, and richest sweets, I will put into your evil things. 1Pet. 4.13-14; Luke 6.20-22 By this immutable charter, I forever place on you these happy IMMUNITIES, these glorious liberties of the Sons of God; in and with my covenant, I unalterably, irrevocably, and everlastingly convey and confirm them upon you.
Section II. The privileges and prerogatives of the covenant.
Yes, I will not only free you from your miseries, but I will confer upon you royal privileges and prerogatives, and instate you into higher and greater happiness than you have ever fallen from. Look, I give myself to you, and all things with myself.
Behold, O you sons of men! Behold, and wonder! Be astonished, O heavens! Be moved, you strong foundations of the earth! For you shall be my witnesses. This day, by covenant, I do bestow myself upon my servants. Gen. 17.7
1. He gives himself to us: For our God.
I will be your God forever and ever, Psa 48.14; Jer. 32.38. Rev. 21.3 your own God; Psa 67.6 nothing in the world is so much your own as I am. The houses that you have built, that you have bought, are not so much yours as I am. Here you are tenants at will; but I am your eternal inheritance: Psa 16.5; 73.20 these are loans for a season, but I am your dwelling-place in all generations. Psa 90.6 You have nowhere so great a propriety, so sure and unalterable a claim, as you have here. What do you count your own? Do you count your bodies your own, your souls your own? No, these are not your own, they are bought with a price. 1Cor. 6.19-20 But you may boldly make your claim to me; you may freely challenge an interest in me. Jer. 3.19; Isa. 63.16
2. Instead of relations, to be our friend.
Come near, and fear not; where should you be free, if not with your own? Where should you be bold, if not at home? You were never, in all the world, so much at home as when you are with me. You may freely make use of me or any of my attributes whenever you have need; Psa 1.15; Jer. 49.11; Psa 145.18 I will be all to you that you can wish; I will be a friend to you. Isa. 41.8; Jam 2.23 My secrets shall be with you, Psa 25.14; John 15.15 and you shall have all freedom and access to me, and liberty to pour out all your hearts into my bosom. Eph. 3.12; Heb. 4.16
3. Our physician.
I will be a physician to you. I will heal your backslidings, and cure all your diseases. Hos. 14.4; Psa 103.3 Fear not; never did a soul miscarry that left itself in my hands, and would but follow my prescriptions.
4. Our shepherd.
I will be a shepherd to you. Psa 23.1; 80.1 Do not be afraid of evil tidings, for I am with you; my rod and my staff shall comfort you. You shall not want, for I will feed you: you shall not wander (to be lost) for I will restore you. I will cause you to lie down in green pastures, and lead you beside the still waters. Psa 23 I will gather you with my arm, and carry you in my bosom; and will lead on softly, as the flock and the children are able to endure. Isa. 40.11; Gen. 33.13-14 If officers are careless, I will do the work myself. I will judge between cattle and cattle. I will seek what was lost, and bring again what was driven away; and bind up what was broken, and strengthen what was sick: but I will destroy the fat and the strong, and will feed them with judgment. Ezek. 34.2-4, 16-17 I will watch over my flock by night. Isa. 27.3 Behold, I have appointed my ministers as your watchmen, and overseers that watch for your souls. Heb. 13.17; Acts 20.28 Yes, my angels shall be your watchers, and shall keep a constant guard upon my flock. Deut.3.28; 6.22 And if, perchance, the servants should sleep, Psa 34.7; Mat. 13.25, 27 my own eyes shall keep a perpetual watch over you, by night and by day. Psa 35.15; 33.18. 2 Chron. 16.9 The keeper of Israel neither slumbers nor sleeps, Psa 122.3-4 nor withdraws his eyes from the righteous. Job 36.7 I will guide you with my eye, I will never trust you out of my own sight. Psa 32.8
5. Our sovereign.
I will be a sovereign to you. The Lord is your judge, the Lord is your lawgiver, the Lord is your king. Isa. 33.22 Do not fear the unrighteousness of men; I will judge your cause; I will defend your rights. Deut. 32.86; Psa 140.12; 9.4 You shall not stand at man’s bar, you shall not be cast out by their vote; let them curse, I will bless; let them condemn, I will justify.
When you come to trial for your lives to have your eternal state decided, you shall see your friend, your father, upon the bench. Psa 1.6; Eccl. 3.16-17 Into my hands your cause shall be cast, and you shall surely stand in the judgment, and be found at the right hand among the sheep, and hear the king say, “Come, you blessed, inherit the kingdom.” Mat. 25.33-34; 10.32
6. Our husband.
I will be a husband to you. Isa. 54.5 In loving-kindness and in mercies I will betroth you to me forever. Hos. 2.19-20 I will espouse your interest, and will be as one with you, and you with me: John 17.11, 22-23; 1John 4.15-16; Rev. 21.3 you shall be for me, and not for another; and I also will be for you.Hos.3.3 Though I found you as a helpless infant exposed in its blood, all your unworthiness does not discourage me.
Look, I have looked upon you and spread my skirt over you, and put my attractiveness upon you. Moreover, I swear to you and enter into covenant with you, and you shall be mine. Ezek. 16.4-10 Behold, I put myself out of my own power (as it were), and here solemnly, in this my marriage- covenant, give myself away to you; Jer. 24.7; 30.21-22; 31.33-34 and with myself, all things; Rom 8.32; Rev. 21.7 I will be an ever-lasting portion to you. Ezek. 44.28; Jer. 51.19; Psa 119.57 Now lift up your eyes eastward, and westward, and northward, and southward: do you not have a worthy portion, a goodly heritage? Can you cast up your riches, or count your own happiness? Can you fathom immensity, or reach omnipotency, or comprehend eternity? All this is yours. I will set open all my treasures to you; I will keep back nothing from you.
Section III. He conveys himself to us in all essential perfections and personal relations.
All the attributes in the Godhead, and all the persons in the Godhead, I hereby convey to you. I will be yours in all my essential perfections, and in all my personal relations.
I. In all his essential perfections.
1. His eternity, as the date of our happiness.
My eternity shall be the date of your happiness. I am the eternal God; and while I am, I will be life and blessedness to you. Psa 29.10-11; 146.10; 1Tim. 1.17; 1Pet. 5.10 I will be a never-failing fountain of joy, and peace, and bliss to you. Psa 36.7-9; 16.11 I am the first and the last, that was, and is, and is to come; and my eternal power and Godhead shall be bound to you. Isa. 35.l0; Jer. 32.40
I will be your God, your Father, your friend, while I have any being. Isa. 9.6; Jer. 31.9 I have made my ever-lasting choice in dwelling with you. Psa 132.18, 14; Hos. 2.19 Fear not, for the eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. Deut. 33.27 My durable riches and righteousness shall be yours; Pro. 8.10 though all should forsake you, yet I will not forsake you. When the world and all that is in it is burnt up, I will be a standing portion for you. When you are forgotten among the dead, with everlasting loving-kindness I will remember you. Heb. 13.5. Psa 27.10; Isa. 54.10
2. His unchangeableness, as the rock of our rest.
My unchangeableness is the rock of your rest. Mal. 3.6. Psa 62.6-7; 92.15 When all the world is like the troubled ocean round about you, here you may fix and settle; I am your resting-place. Jer. l.6; 2Chron. 14.11
The immutability of my nature, and of my counsel, and of my covenant, are footings for your faith, and a firm foundation for your strong and everlasting consolation.2Tim. 2.19; Heb. 6.17-18 When you are afflicted, tossed with tempests, and not comforted, Isa. 54.11 put into me:
I am a haven of hope, I am a harbour of rest for you; drop your anchors here and you shall never be moved. Jer. 17.13, 17; Psa 46.1-2, 6; 125.1
3. His omnipotence, for our guard.
My omnipotence shall be your guard. I am God Almighty, your Almighty Protector, your Almighty Benefactor. Gen. 15.1; 17.1
What! Are your enemies many? Psa 25.19 More are they that are with you, than they that are against you; for I am with you. 2Chron. 22.7-8; 2Kings 6.16 What! Are they are mighty? They are not all- mighty. Your Father is greater than all, and none shall pluck you out of my hands (though they may try). John 10.28 Who can hinder my power or obstruct my salvation? Isa. 63.13; Dan. 4.35; 2Pet. 2.9 Who is like the God of Jeshurun, who rides on the heaven for your help, and in his excellency on the sky? I am the sword of your defence, and the shield of your excellency. Deut. 33.26,29 I am your rock and your fortress, your deliverer, your strength, the horn of your salvation, and your high tower. Psa 18.2 I will maintain you against all the power of the enemy: you shall never sink if omnipotency can support you. 1Pet. 1.5; Exod. 28.12; Heb.7.25; 9.24 The gates of hell shall not prevail against you: Mat. 16.18 your enemies shall find hard work of it. They must first overcome my victory, or enervate my omnipotency, or corrupt my fidelity, or change my immutability, or else they cannot finally prevail against you; either they shall bow, or else they shall break. Rev. 3.9; Isa. 66.4 Though they exalt themselves as the eagle, though they set their nest among the stars, even from there I will bring them down, says the Lord. Obad.4; Jer. 49.16
4. His faithfulness, for our security.
My faithfulness shall be your security. Psa 89.33-35 My truth, yes, my oath would have to fail, if you ever come off as losers by me. Isa. 54.9-10; Mark 10.29-30 I will make you confess, when you see the issue and upshot of all my providences, that I was a God worthy to be trusted, worthy to be believed, worthy to be rested in and relied upon. Psa 34.4-6, 8; 84.12; 146.5; Jer. 17.7-8; Psa 22.4-5 If you do not walk in my judgments, you must expect my threats and frowns; yes, and blows too; and you shall see that I am not in jest with you, nor will I indulge you in your sins. Psa 89.30-32, etc. Amos 3.2; 1Sam. 12.15; 1Pet. 4.17 Nevertheless, I will never take my loving-kindness from you, nor allow my faithfulness to fail. I will not break my covenant, nor alter the thing that has gone out of my lips.
5. His mercies, as our store.
My mercies shall be your store. Isa. 47.7; 63.7; Psa 119.41 I am the Father of mercies and I will be such a Father to you. 2Cor. 1.8 I am the Fountain of mercies; and this Fountain shall ever be open to you. Psa 36.9; Rev. 21.6 My mercies are very many, and they shall be multiplied towards you; Neh 9.17; Isa. 55.7 they are very great, and they shall be magnified upon you; 1Chron. 21.13; Gen. 19.19 they are very sure, and they shall be forever sure to you; Isa. 22.23 they are very tender, and they shall be infinitely tender to you. Psa 119.156; 103.4 Though the fig-tree does not blossom, nor the vine bear its fruit, nor the flock reproduce, fear not, for my compassions fail not. Hab. 3.17; Lam. 3.22 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow you all the days of your lives. Psa 23.6 Even to your old age I am he, and even unto your gray hairs I will carry you. I have made, and I will hear; even I will carry and deliver you. Isa 46.4 I will make an everlasting covenant with you that I will not turn away from you, nor fail to do you good. Jer. 32.40 I swear that I will show you the kindness of God. 1Sam. 20.14-15 I can as soon forget to be God, as forget to be gracious. Psa 67.9 While my name is “JEHOVAH, merciful, gracious, long-suffering, abundant in goodness and truth,” I will never forget to show mercy to you. Psa 103.17; 34.6-7 All my ways towards you shall be mercy and truth. Psa 25.10 I have sworn that I would not be angry with you, nor rebuke you; for the mountains shall depart, and the hills be moved; but my kindness shall not depart from you; nor shall the covenant of my peace be removed, says the Lord that has mercy on you.
6. His omniscience, as our overseer.
My omniscience shall be your overseer. My eyes shall be ever open, observing your wants, to relieve them, and your wrongs, to avenge them. 1Pet. 3.12; Exod. 3.7 My ears shall be ever open to hear the prayers of my poor, the cries of my oppressed, the clamours, the calumnies, and reproaches of your enemies. Psa 34.15; Exod. 2.24-25; Zeph. 2. 8-10 Surely I have seen your affliction, and known your sorrows: and shall not God avenge his own elect? I will avenge them speedily. Luke 18.2,7-8 I see the secret plots and designs of your enemies against you, Psa 37.12; 83.3-4; 33.10; Jer. 11.19 and will disannul their counsels; Isa. 8.10; 29.14-15; 54.17 I see your secret integrity, and the uprightness of your heart towards me, while the carnal and censorious world condemns you as hypocrites. Job 1.8-11; 2Chron. 15.17 Your secret prayers, fasts, and tears, which the world does not know of – I observe them, and I record them. Mat. 4.6,18; Acts 10.4 Your secret care to please me, your secret pains with your own hearts, your secret self-searching and self-denial – I see them all; and your Father, which sees in secret, shall reward them openly. Mat. 25.34-36. 2 Chron. 34.27
7. His wisdom, as our counsellor.
My wisdom shall be your counsellor. If any lack wisdom, let him ask of me, and it shall be given to him. Jam 1.5 I will be your deliverer. When you are in darkness, I will be a light to you; Mic 7.8 I will make your way plain before you. Isa. 42.16; 57.14 You are short-sighted, but I will be eyes for you. Isa. 42.6-7; 49.6 I will watch over you, to bring upon you all the good I have promised, Jer. 31.28; 32.41-42 and to keep off all the evil you fear; or to turn it into good. Psa 91.10, 14; Jer. 24.5 You shall have your food in its season, and your medicine in its season; mercies, afflictions, all suitable and in their season. Psa 23.2-3; 1Pet. 1.6; Isa. 26.7-9 I will outwit your enemies, and make their oracles to speak but folly. Isa. 19.8-15 The old serpent shall not deceive you; I will acquaint you with his devices. 2Cor. 2.11 The deceitful hearts you fear, shall not undo you; I will discover their wiles.
I know how to deliver the godly out of temptation, and to reserve the unjust for the day of judgment to be punished. 2Pet. 2.9 Trust in me with all your hearts, and lean not on your own understanding; Pro. 3.5 I am God that performs all things for you. Psa 57.2 I will forfeit the reputation of my wisdom if I do not make you acknowledge when you see the purpose of the Lord, Jam 5.11 (though at present you wonder, and do not reach the meaning of my proceedings Jer. 12.1) that all my works are in weight, and in number, and in time, and in order; Eccl 3.1,14 if I do not force you to cry out, “Manifold are your works; in wisdom you have made them all.” Psa 33.4; 145.10; 104.24
8. His justice, as our avenger and rewarder.
My justice shall be your avenger and rewarder. 2Thes. 1.6; 2Tim. 4.8 Do not fear to approach; fury is not in me. Isa. 27.4 My justice is not only appeased towards you, but engaged for you. Isa. 12.1 I am so fully satisfied in the sacrifice of my Beloved, that justice itself, like a flaming sword drawn against you, now greatly befriends you; and that which was an amazing, confounding terror, shall now become your relief and consolation. Eccl. 3.17; 5.8; Psa 9.1, 9-14; 97.1; 99.1 Under all your oppressions, here shall be your refuge. Psa 6.9; 103.6 Let me know your grievances, my justice shall right your wrongs and reward your services. Heb. 6.10 You may receive your pardon, receive your crowns, receive reparation for all your injuries, and all from the sweet consideration of my justice; the thought of which, to others, is like the horrors of the shadow of death. If you sin, do not despair; remember, I am just to forgive you. 1John 1.9; 2Tim. 4.8; 2Thess. 1.4-5; 1Pet. 2.23 If you are at any pains or cost for me, do not count it lost, for I am not unrighteous to forget you. I am the Righteous Judge that has laid up for you and will set upon you the crown of righteousness. Are you reviled, persecuted, defamed? Do not forget that I am righteous to render tribulation to those who trouble you; and to you that are troubled, rest with me. Though all your services and sufferings deserve not the least good at my hands, yet as I have freely passed my promise to reward them, so I will as justly keep it.
9. His omnipresence, as company for us.
My omnipresence shall be company for you. 1Chron. 22.18; Josh. 1.5, 9; Isa. 41.10
Surely I will be with you, to bless you. Gen. 26.24 No bolts, no bars, nor bonds, nor banishment, shall remove you from me, nor keep my presence and the influences of heaven from you. Gen 39.21,23 I am always with you: Mat. 28.20 in your darkest nights, in your deepest dangers, I am at hand with you, a very present help in the time of trouble. Psa 46.1; 34.18 I am not a God who is far off, or asleep, or on a journey when you need my counsel, my ear, or my aid. I am always near to those who fear me. Psa 85.9; 145.18
No Patmos, no prison shall hinder the presence of my grace from you. Rev. 1.9-10; Acts 16.25-26 My presence shall perfume the most nauseous wards, and lighten the darkest dungeon where you can be thrust. Acts 12.7; Isa. 58.l1
10. His holiness, as a fountain of grace to us.
My holiness shall be a fountain of grace to you. John 1.16; 2Pet. 1.4 I am the God of hope, Rom. 15.13 the God of love, 2Cor. 13.11 the God of patience, Rom. 15.5 the Author and Finisher of faith, Heb. 12.2 the God of all grace; 1Pet. 5.10 and I will give grace to you. Psa 84.11 My design is to make you partakers of my holiness. Heb. 12.10
I will be a constant spring of spiritual life to you. Gal. 2.20; John 14.19; 8.12; 10.l0; 14.6 The water that I give you shall be like a well of water in you, springing up into everlasting life. The seed of life that I shall put into you, shall be so fed, and cherished, and maintained by my power, that it shall be immortal. John 4.14; 1John 3.9; 1Pet. 1. 23; Col. 2.19 The unction that you shall receive from the Holy One, shall abide in you, and teach you all things necessary for you; and, as it has taught you, you shall abide in him. John 14.16-17; 1 John 2.20,27 If you but keep the pipes open, and ply the means which I have prescribed, then you shall flourish in the courts of your God. Pro. 8.34; Psa 92.13 Yes, I will satisfy your soul in drought, and make fat your bones, and you shall be like a watered garden. Isa. 58.11 Look, I will be as the dew to you, and you shall grow as the lily, and cast forth your roots like Lebanon; and your branches shall spread, and your beauty shall be as the olive tree; Hos. 14.5-6 you shall still bring forth fruit in old age; you shall be fat and flourishing. Psa 92.14
11. His sovereignty, to be, as it were, commanded by us.
My sovereignty shall be commanded by you. Gen. 32.26, 28; Deut. 11.14; Mat. 21.22 You shall be my favourites, men of power to prevail with me. Hos. 12.4; Jam 5.17-18 All my attributes shall be at the command of your prayers. Isa. 45.3,11
12. His all-sufficiency, to be the lot of our inheritance.
In sum, my all-sufficiency shall be the lot of your inheritance. Gen. 8.1; Psa 16.6 My fulness is your treasure; Numb. 18.20; Deut. 10.9; Psa 16.5-6 my house is your home. Psa 91.1, 9 You may come as freely to my store as to your own cupboard; Eph. 3.12 you may have your hand as freely in my treasures as in your own purses.
You cannot ask too much, you cannot look for too much, from me. Eph. 5.20; Mat. 7.7-8 I will give you comforts, or give myself to you instead of all comforts. Gen. 15.1; Psa 84.11 You shall have children, or I will be better to you than ten children; 1Sam. 1.8; Isa. 56.5 you shall have riches, or I will be more to you than all riches. 2Cor. 6.10
You shall have friends, if best for you; or else I will be your comforter in your solitude; Isa. 51.5; John 14.18; 2Cor. 1.3-4 your counsellor in your distress. Psa 73.25-26 If you leave father or mother, or houses, or lands, for my sake, you shall have a hundred-fold in me, even in this time. Mark 10.30 When your enemies remove your comforts, it will only be like letting the cistern run dry and opening my fountain; or putting out the candles and letting in the sun. The swelling of the waters shall raise higher the ark of your comfort. Rom. 5.3; Heb. 10.34; Acts 5.41 I will be the staff of bread to you, your life, and the strength of your days. Deut. 30.20; Isa. 33.16 I will be house and home to you; you shall dwell with me; yes, dwell in me, and I in you. Deut. 33.12; John 14.23; 1John 3.24 I will stand and fall with you. Psa 37.17,24; 56.4; Isa. 41.10 I will repair your losses, and relieve your needs. Phil. 4.19; Mark 8.35; Mat. 19.27-29 Can you burn out the lamp of heaven, or scoop out the boundless ocean with your hands?
Why, the sun will be dark and the sea will be dry before the Father of lights, the Fountain of mercies, is exhausted. Behold, though the world has been spending out of the stock of my mercy ever since I created man upon the earth, yet it still runs with full stream; my sun continues to diffuse its rays and disburse its light, and yet it shines as bright as ever: much more can I dispense of my goodness and fill my creatures brimful and running over, and yet never have less in myself: and till this all-sufficiency is spent, you shall never be undone. I am the God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob; Exod. 3.6 whatever I was to them, I will be to you.
Are you in want? You know where to go: I am ever at home; you shall not go away empty from my door. Never distract yourselves with cares and fears, but by prayer and supplication make your requests known to me; Phil. 4.6 I will help when all fail. Psa 73.26; Isa. 63.5; Psa 102.17 When friends fail, and heart fails, Psa 73.26 when your eye-strings crack, and your heart-strings crack, when your acquaintance leaves you, and your soul leaves you, my bosom shall be open to you; Psa 49.14; 2Cor. 5.1; Luke 15.22 I will lock up your dust, I will receive your souls.
13. His infiniteness, to be the extent of our inheritance.
And my infiniteness shall be the extent of your inheritance. Can you, by searching, find out God? Can you find out the Almighty to perfection?
It is as high as heaven; what can you do? Deeper than hell; what can you know? Job 11.7-8; Psa 1.7 This incomprehensible height, this unfathomable deep, shall all be yours, forever yours.
I am your inheritance, which no line can measure, no arithmetic can value, no surveyor can describe. Ezek. 44.28; Eph. 3.8; 1Tim. 6.16; Psa 145.3
Lift up your eyes now to the ancient mountains, and to the utmost bounds of the everlasting hills; all that you can see is yours. Gen. 49.25-26 But your short sight cannot comprehend even one part of what I give you; and when you see and know most, you are no less than infinitely short of the discovery of your own riches. Eph. 3.8; Rom. 11.33; John 17.22, 24
II. In all his personal relations.
Yes, further I will be yours in all my personal relations.
First. God the Father, to be a Father to us.
I am the everlasting Father, and I will be a Father to you. John 20.17 I take you for my sons and daughters. 2Cor. 6.18 Behold, I receive you not as servants, but as sons, to abide in my house forever. John 8.35-36 Whatever love or care children may look for from their father, you may expect that from me Mat. 6.31-32 and much more – as I am wiser, and greater, and better than any earthly parents. If earthly fathers give good things to their children, much more will I give to you. Luke 11.13 If such fathers cannot forget their children, much less will I forget you. Isa. 49.15 What would my children have? Your father’s heart, and your father’s house; your father’s care, and your father’s ear; your father’s bread, and your father’s rod; – all these shall be yours. Job 7.17; John 14.2; 1Pet. 5.7; Mat. 7.9; Luke 12.30-32; Heb. 12.7
1. He promised his fatherly affection.
You shall have my fatherly affection. My heart I share among you, my tenderest love I bestow upon you. 1John 3.1; Jer. 31.3; Isa.1.8
2. His fatherly compassion.
My fatherly compassion. As a father pities his children, so will I pity you. Psa 103.13-14 I will consider your frame, and not be extreme to mark what is done amiss by you; but cover all with a mantle of my excusing love. Psa 78.39
3. His fatherly instruction.
My fatherly instruction will cause you to hear the sweet voice behind you saying, “This is the way, walk in it.” Isa. 30.21 I will be tender with your weakness and inculcate my admonitions line upon line, and feed you with milk when you cannot digest stronger meat. Isa. 28.13; 1Cor. 3.2 I will instruct you, and guide you with my eye. Psa 32.8
4. His fatherly protection.
My fatherly protection. In my fear is strong confidence, and my children shall have a place of refuge. Prov. 14.26 My name shall be your strong tower to which you may fly at all times and be safe. Prov 18.10 To your stronghold, you prisoners of hope! Zech. 9.12 I am an open refuge, a near and inviolable refuge for you. Psa 48.3; Deu. 4.7; Job 11.18-19
5. His fatherly provision.
My fatherly provision. Do not be afraid of want; in your father’s house there is bread enough. Psa 34.9; Luke 15.17 I will care for your bodies. Do not care for what you shall eat, drink, or put on: let it suffice for you that your Heavenly Father knows that you have need of all these things. Mat. 6.25 ff; Luke 12.22-34 I will provide for your souls; meat for them, mansions for them, and portions for them. John 6.30-59; Psa 146.15; Psa 16.5-6; Lam. 4.24
Behold, I have spread the table of my Gospel for you, with privileges and comforts that no man takes from you. Isa. 35.6; Mat. 22.4; Prov 9.2 I have set before you the bread of life, and the tree of life, and the water of life: John 6.48. Rev. 2.7; 22.17 Eat, O friends! Drink abundantly, O beloved!
All this is but a taste of what I have prepared. You must have but smiles and hints now; and be contented with glimpses and glances here: but you shall shortly be taken up into your Father’s bosom, and live forever in the fullest views of his glory. 1Thes. 4.l7
6. His fatherly approval.
First, my fatherly approval. I will chasten you because I love you, so that you may not be condemned with the world. 1Cor. 11.32; Prov 3.11-12
Secondly. God the Son, to be a husband to us. My Son I give to you in a marriage-covenant forever. Isa. 9.6; 42.6; 2Cor. 11.2 I give him to you as wisdom for your illumination; righteousness for your justification; sanctification for the curing of your corruptions; redemption for your deliverance from your enemies. 1Cor. 1.30 I bestow him upon you with all his fulness, all his merits, and all his graces.
He shall be yours in all his offices. I have anointed him for a prophet. Are you ignorant? Then he shall teach you; he shall be eye-salve to you. Isa. 49.6; 42.16; Rev. 3.18 I have sent him to preach the Gospel to the poor, to recover sight to the blind, and to set at liberty those who are bruised. Luke 4.18
I have established him by oath as a priest forever. Psa 110.4 If any sin, he shall be your advocate; he shall expiate your guilt, and make the atonement. 1John 2.1-2; Zech. 13.1 Have you any sacrifice and service to offer? Bring it to him, and you shall receive an answer of peace. 1 Pet. 2.5; Heb. 13.15 Present your petitions by his hand; I will accept him. John 14.13-14 Having such a high priest over the house of God, Heb. 10.19-22 you may come and be welcome; come with boldness.
I have set him up as a king upon my holy hill of Sion. He shall rule you; he shall defend you. Isa. 9.6-7; Mat. 1.21 He is the king of righteousness, king of peace; and such a king shall he be to you. Heb. 7.2; Jer. 23.6; Eph. 2.14 I will set up his standard for you; Isa. 49.22 I will set up his throne in you. Psa 110.2; Luke 17.21 He shall reign in righteousness, and rule in judgment. He shall be a hiding-place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest, and the shadow of a great rock in a weary land. Isa. 32.2 He shall hear your causes, judge your enemies, Isa. 11.3-5 and reign till he has put all under his feet; Psa 110.1; 1Cor. 15.25 yes, and under your feet: for they shall be as ashes under you, and you shall tread them, says the Lord of hosts. Mal. 4.3 Yes, I will undo those that afflict you; and all those that despised you shall bow themselves down at the soles of your feet. Isa. 60.14; Zeph. 3.19 And you shall go forth, and behold the carcasses of the men that have trespassed against me: their worm shall not die, nor shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring to all flesh. Isa. 66.24
Thirdly. God the Spirit, to be counsellor and comforter to us. My Spirit I give to you for your counsellor and comforter. John 16.7; Rom. 8.14 He shall be a constant inmate with you, and shall dwell in you, and abide with you forever. Ezek. 36.27; John 14.16-17 I consecrate you as temples to his holiness. Cor. 3.16-17; 6.19 He shall be your guide; he shall lead you into all truth. Gal 5.18; John 14.26 He shall be your advocate, to indite your prayers and make intercession for you, and he shall fill your mouths with the arguments that he knows will prevail with me. Rom. 8.26-27 He shall be oil to your wheels, and strength to your ankles, wine to your hearts, marrow to your bones, and wind to your sails. He shall witness your adoption. Rom. 8.16 He shall seal you up to the day of redemption, and be the earnest of your inheritance, until the redemption of the purchased possession. Eph. 1.14; 3.14; 2Cor. 1.22
Section IV. He gives all things with himself, both present and to come.
And as I give you myself, so much more all things with myself; Rom. 8.32; 1Cor. 3.22 earth and heaven; life and death; things present and things to come. John 16.13
I. Things present are ours.
Things present are yours. Look, I give you Caleb’s blessing – the upper springs and the nether springs. I will bless you with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ. Eph. 1.3
First. The upper springs, or spiritual blessings, such as:
1. Adoption, access, audience, peace, perseverance.
To you pertains the adoption, and the glory, the covenants, the service of God, and the promises. Rom. 9.4 To you I will give the white stone and the new name, Rev. 2.l7 access into my presence, Eph. 3.12 the acceptance of your persons, Eph. 1.6 the audience of your prayers. 1John 5.14-15; Jam 5. 14-16
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. John 14.27 I will undertake your perseverance, and keep you to the end; and then I will crown my own gift with eternal life. Jer. 32.40; John 10.28; Phil. 1.6 I have made you heirs of God, and co-heirs with your Lord Jesus Christ, and you shall inherit all things. Rom. 8.17; Rev. 21.7
2. The protection of his angels.
I have granted you my angels for your guardians. The courtiers of heaven shall attend you; they shall all be ministering spirits for your good. Heb. 1.14 Behold, I have given them charge over you on their fidelity to look after you; and, as tender nurses, to bear you in their arms and keep you from coming to any hurt! Psa 91.11-12 These shall be like the careful shepherd: to watch over my flock by night, and camp round my fold. Psa 34.7
3. The inspection of his ministers.
My ministers I give for your guides. Eph. 4.11 Paul, Apollos, Cephas – all are yours. 1Cor. 3.22 I am always with them, and they shall be always with you, to the end of the world. Mat. 28.20; Eph. 4.l1 You shall have pastors after my own heart; Jer. 3.15; 23.4 and this shall be my covenant with you, that my Spirit, which is upon you, and my words, which I have put into your mouth, shall not depart out of your mouth, nor the mouth of your seed, nor of your seed’s seed, says the Lord, from henceforth and forever. Isa.59.21
4. The rod of his discipline.
In short, all my officers shall be for your profit and perfecting; Eph. 4.12 all my ordinances shall be for your edifying and saving. 2Cor. 12.19; Rom. 1.16 The severities of my house, admonitions, censures, etc., and the whole discipline of my family, shall be to prevent your infection, to cure your corruption, and to procure your salvation. 1Cor. 5.5-7; Mat. 18.15; Jam 5.20
I have ordained my word for converting your souls, enlightening your eyes, rejoicing your hearts, cautioning you of dangers, cleansing your defilements, and conforming you to my image. Psa 19.7-9, 11; Eph. 5.26; 2Cor. 3.18 To you I commit the oracles of God: Rom. 3.2 here you shall be equipped against temptations; Mat. 4.4; Eph. 6.11, 17 from here you shall be comforted under distresses and afflictions; Psa 119.92-93 here you shall find my whole counsel. Acts 20.27 This shall instruct you in your way, correct you in your wanderings, direct you into the truths to be believed, detect for you the errors to be rejected. 2Tim. 3.16; Psa 119.105
5. The pledges of his sacraments.
My sacraments I give you as the pledges of my love. You shall freely claim them; they are children’s bread. Look, I have given them as seals to certify all that I have promised you here; Rom. 4.11 and when these sacred signs are delivered to you, then know and remember, and consider in your hearts, that I pledge my troth to you in them, and set my hand to it, and thereby ratify and confirm every article of these indentures, and actually deliver this glorious charter into your own hands, with all its immunities and privileges, as your own forever. 1Cor. 11.25; Gen. 17.10
Secondly. The nether springs, or temporal mercies: 1. The supply of his creatures.
Having so largely sowed to you in spiritual blessings, shall you not much more reap the temporal? Do not be of doubtful mind – all these things shall be added to you. Luke 12.29,31 I grant my creatures to you for your servants and supplies. Psa 8.3 ff Heaven and earth shall minister to you: all the stars in their courses shall serve you, and (if need be) shall fight for you. Jdg 5.20 And I will make my covenant for you with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven; and you shall be in league with the stones of the field; and all shall be at peace with you. Job 5.23; Hos. 2.18 I will undertake all your necessities. Do I feed the fowls, and clothe the grass, and do you think that I will neglect my children? Mat. 6.25 ff I hear the young ravens when they cry; shall I not much more fulfil the desire of those that fear me? Psa 145.19; 147.9 Fear not; you shall be sure to want no good thing. Psa 34.10
You would not desire riches, pleasures, or preferment, to your hurt. I will give meat to those that fear me; I will be ever mindful of my covenant. Psa 111.5
2. The co-operation of his providences.
My providences shall co-operate to your good. Rom. 8.28 The cross wind shall blow you sooner and swifter into your harbour. You shall be preferred when you seem most debased; and then be greatest gainers when you seem to be deepest losers; and most effectually promote your good when you seem most to deny it. 2Cor. 4.17; Mark 10.29; Phil 1.29
II. Things to come are ours.
Things to come are yours: the perfecting of your souls, the redemption of your bodies, the consummation of your bliss.
1. At death, in glorification initiate.
When you have glorified me for awhile on earth, and finished the work I have given you to do, you shall be caught up into paradise, and rest from your labours, and your works shall follow you. Rev. 14.18; Luke 23.43
2. The convoy of angels.
I will send of my own lifeguard to conduct your departing souls home, Luke 16.22 and receive you among the spirits of just men made perfect; Heb. 12.23 and you shall look back upon Pharaoh, and all his host, and see your enemies dead upon the shore.
3. Redemption from all afflictions and corruptions.
Then will be your redemption from all your afflictions and all your corruptions. Luke 21.28; Eph. 4.30
4. The thorn in the flesh taken out.
The thorn in the flesh shall be pulled out, and the hour of temptation shall be over, and the tempter forever out of work.
5. The sweat wiped off from our brows.
The sweat shall be wiped off from your brows, and the day of cooling and refreshing shall come; and you shall sit down forever under my shadow. Acts 3.19; Heb. 4.9 For the Lamb that is in the midst of the throne shall feed you, and lead you to the living fountains of waters. Rev. 7.17
6. The tears wiped away from our eyes.
The tears shall be wiped away from your eyes, and there shall be no more sorrow nor crying, nor shall there be any more pain; for the former things are passed away, and, behold, I make all things new. Rev. 21.4-5 I will change Marah into Naomi, and the cup of sorrow into the cup of salvation; and the bread and water of affliction into the wine of eternal consolation. John 6.20, 22; Luke 6.21 You shall take down your harps from the willows, and I will turn your tears into pearls, and your penitential psalms into songs of deliverance. You shall change your Ickabods1 into Hosannahs, and your Ejahs2 of sorrow into Hallelujahs of joy. Rev. 19.1,4,6. 7. The cross taken off our backs.
The cross shall be taken off from your backs, and you shall come out of your great tribulations, and wash your robes, and make them white in the blood of the Lamb; and you shall be before the throne of God, and serve him night and day in his temple. And he that sits on the throne shall dwell among you; and you shall hunger no more, nor thirst anymore; nor shall the sun beat down on you, nor any heat. Rev. 7.14-16
8. The load taken off our consciences.
The load shall be removed from your consciences; sins and doubts will no longer defile you or distress you. Rev. 22.17. Heb. 12.23 I will make an end of sin, and knock off the fetters of your corruptions; and you shall be a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but holy, and without blemish. Eph. 5. 27; Rev. 7.9, 13-14
Thus shall you be brought to the King, all glorious, in raiment of needle-work, and clothing of gold; you shall be brought with gladness and rejoicing, and enter into the King’s palace. Psa 45.9, 13- 15 So shall the beloved of the Lord dwell safely by him; and you shall stand continually before him, and behold the beauty of the Lord, and hear his wisdom. 1Cor. 13.12 Then I will open in you an everlasting spring of joy, and you shall break forth into singing, and never cease, nor rest day or night, saying, “Holy, holy, holy.” Rev. 4.8; Psa 16.11
Thus shall the grand enemy expire with your breath, and the body of death be put off with your dying body; and the day of your death shall be the birthday of your glory. 2Cor. 5.6, 8; Phil. 1.20, 23; Luke 23.43
10. At the resurrection, consummated in glorification, redemption is complete.
The return of the Redeemer. The raising of the body. Have faith in God. Mark 11.22 Wait but a little, and sorrow shall cease, and sin be no more: and then a little longer, and death shall be no more; Rev. 20.14; 21.4 but your last enemy shall be destroyed, and your victory completed. Yet a little while, and he that is to come will come, and you also shall appear with him in glory. Heb. 10.37; Col. 3.4 This same Jesus which is taken up from you into heaven, Acts 1.11 shall come just as
1 Where is the Glory? or, There is no Glory – An expression used by Eli’s daughter-in.law, as a name for the son she delivered a little before her death, when she had heard of the tidings that the ark of God was taken, and that her father-in-law and her husband were dead. 1 Sam. 4.19-21.
2 Ejah, an exclamation of grief.
he went up into heaven; and when he comes, he will receive you to himself, so that where he is, there you may be also. John 14.3 Behold his sign: he comes in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory; and every eye shall see him, and all the tribes of the earth shall mourn because of him. Rev. 1.7; Mat. 24.30But you shall lift up your heads, because the day of your redemption draws near. Luke 21.28; John 5.28 Then shall he sound his trumpet, 1Cor. 15.52 and make you hear his voice in your dust; 1Thes. 4.16 and he will send his mighty angels to gather you from the four winds of heaven; Mat. 24.31 who shall carry you in the triumphant chariot of the clouds, to meet your Lord; 1Thes. 5.17 and you shall be prepared for him. and presented to him, as a bride adorned for her husband. Rev. 21.2
11. Full conformity, both in body and soul, to our glorified Saviour.
And as you have borne the image of the earthly, so shall you bear the image of the heavenly; and you shall be fully conformed, both in body and spirit, to your glorious head. Phil. 3.21; Heb. 12.23
12. Public approval and absolution.
Then he will confess you before his angels, Rev. 3.5 and you will receive your open absolution before all flesh; and be owned, approved, and applauded in the public audience of the general assembly. Mat. 10.32; 25.32, 34-35
13. Solemn espousals.
And with all royal solemnities, you shall be espoused to the King of Glory in the presence of all his shining courtiers; Rev. 19.7-8; 2Cor. 4.14; Mat. 25.3l to the envy, gnashing, and terror of your adversaries. Luke 13.28
14. The coronation and enthronement of the saints: sitting in judgment upon the world.
So shall your Lord, with his own hand, crown you Rev. 2.10 and set you in thrones; Rev. 3.21; Mat. 19.28 and you shall judge men and angels, 1Cor. 6.2-3 and you shall have power over the nations Rev 2.26-27 and you shall set your feet upon the necks of your enemies. Psa 49.14
Look, I have set the very day for your installment; Acts 17.31 I have provided your crowns; I have prepared the kingdom. 2Tim. 4.8; Mat. 25.34 Why do you doubt, O you of little faith? These are the true sayings of God. Rev. 19.9 Are you sure that you are now on earth? So surely will you shortly be in heaven with me. Are you sure that you shall die? So surely will you rise again in glory. Look, I have said it; and who will reverse it? You will see me face to face, and be with me where I am, and behold my glory; 1Cor. 13.12; John 17.24 for I will be glorified in my saints, and admired in all those who believe. 2Thes. 1.10 And all flesh will know that I have loved you, Rev. 3.9 for I will make you the instances of my grace: Eph. 1.5-6; 2.7 in whom the whole world shall see how unutterably the Almighty God can advance the poor worms-meat and dust of the ground. And the despisers shall behold, wonder, and perish; Acts 13.41 for they will witness the richness of my magnificence, and the exceeding greatness of my power. Luke 16.23 These will go away into everlasting punishment, but you will go away into eternal life. Mat. 25.46
15. Our triumphant ascension into heaven.
For no sooner will their doom be past than the bench will rise; Mat. 25.41,46 and the judge will return with all his glorious train; with the sound of trumpet and incredible shouts he will ascend, and he will lead you to your Father’s house. Psa 45.14-15; Mat. 25.43; John 14.2, with 2Cor. 5.1 Then the triumphal arches will lift up their heads, Psa 24.7; 2Pet. l.11 and the ever-lasting gates will stand open, and the heavens will receive you all; and so you shall be with the Lord forever. John 12.26; 1Thes. 4.17
And now I will rejoice over you with singing, and rest with my love; and heaven shall ring with joys and acclamations because I have received you safe and sound. Luke 15.27 In that day, you will know that I am a rewarder of those who diligently seek me; Heb. 11.6 and that I recorded your words, Mal. 3.16 and bottled your tears, and told your wanderings; Psa 56.8 and kept an account, even to giving a cup of cold water, of whatever you said or did for my name. Mat. 10.42
16. Blessed eternity.
You will surely find that nothing is lost; 1 Cor. 15.58 but you will have full measure, pressed down and running over; Luke 6.38 thousands of years in paradise for the least good thought and thousands of thousands for the least good word; then the reckoning will begin again, until all of arithmetic is confounded: for you will be swallowed up in a blessed eternity, and the doors of heaven will be shut behind you, and there will be no more going out. Dan. 12:2-3; Rev. 3.12; Luke 16.26
17. Glorious company.
The glorious choir of my holy angels, the goodly fellowship of my blessed prophets, the happy society of triumphant apostles, the royal hosts of victorious martyrs – these will be your companions forever. Mat. 8.11-12; Heb. 12.22-23 And you shall come in white robes with palms in your hands, everyone having the harps of God and golden vials full of savory aromas; and you will cast your crowns before me, and join in with the multitude of the heavenly hosts, glorifying God and saying, “ Hallelujah! the Lord God omnipotent reigns! Rev. 12. 9-12; 19.5-6 Blessing, honour, glory, and power be to Him that sits upon the throne, and to the Lamb forever and ever.” Rev. 5.18
18. Beatific vision.3
In short, I will make you equal to the angels of God, Luke 20.36 and you shall be the everlasting trumpets of my praise. Rev. 12.10-12, 15 You will be abundantly satisfied with the exorbitance of my house, and I will make you drink of the rivers of my pleasures. Psa 36.8 You will be an eternal excellency: Isa. 55.15 and if God could die and eternity run out, only then would your joys expire. For you shall see me as I am, 1John 3.2 and know me as you are known; 1Cor. 13.12 and shall behold my face in righteousness, and be satisfied with my likeness. Psa 17.15 And you will be the vessels of my glory; whose blessed use will be to receive the overflowings of my goodness, and to have my infinite love and glory poured out into you, brimful and running over forevermore. Rom. 9.23; 2Tim. 2.20; Rev. 22.1 Blessed is the one who has believed; for the things that have been told him will be performed. Luke 1.45 The Lord has spoken it: “You shall see my face, and my name will be written in your foreheads, and you will no longer need the sun or the moon, for the Lord God will give you light, and you shall reign forever and ever.” Rev. 22. 3-5
19. He takes us for his people.
And as I give myself to you for your God, and all things with myself, so I take you for my covenant-people; Heb. 8.10; Isa. 43.1 you shall be mine in the day when I make up my jewels, says the Lord of Hosts; and I will spare you as a man spares his own son that serves him. Mat 3.17 The Lord will count when he registers the people – surely they are my children. Psa 87.6
3 Experiencing celestial joy
I not only require you to be mine, Lev 20.26. Ezek. 36.28 (if you would have me be for you), but I promise to make you mine, and to work in you4 the conditions which I require of you; I will circumcise your hearts to love me; Deut. 30.6 I will take out the heart of stone; Ezek. 36.26 I will write my laws within you. Jer. 31.33
Yet you must know that I must be sought after for these things; Ezek. 36.37 and if you ever expect to partake of the mercies, then I charge you to lie at the pool and wait for my Spirit, and be diligent in the use of my means. Prov. 2.3-5; Luke 11.13
I am content to abate the rigour of the old terms; Rom. 4.4,6 I will not require satisfaction by your hands; Luke 7.42 I have received a ransom, and only expect your acceptance; Rev. 22.17; 1Tim. 2.6 I will not insist upon perfection. 1John 1.8-9 – fn Walk before me and be upright; and sincerity will carry the crown. Gen. 17.1; Psa 97, 11 – fn 6 Yes, both the faith and the obedience that I require of you are my own gifts. Eph. 2.8 I require you to accept my Son by believing, but I will give you a hand to take him, Phil 1.29; John 6.65 and to submit to and obey him: but I must and will guide your hand to write according to him, 2Pet 1.21 and cause you to walk in my statutes. Ezek. 36.27 I will take you by the arms, and teach you to go; Hos. 11.3-4 I will order your steps. Psa 37.23,31 Yes, I will accept those things of you as the condition of life which, 7 viewed in the strictness of my justice,8 would deserve eternal death. Eph. 3.8; 1Thes. 3.10; Heb. 5.9; Eccl. 7.20
Grace! Grace! Amen.
Chapter III. The Voice of the Redeemed After the Proclamation.
Amen! Hallelujah! May it be it to your servants according to your word! But who are we, and what is our father’s house, that you have brought us here? And now, O Lord God, what shall your servants say to you? For we are silenced with wonder, and must sit down in astonishment; for we cannot utter the least tittle of your praises. What does the height of this strange love mean? And what does it mean to us, that the Lord of heaven and earth should condescend to enter into covenant with dust, and take into his bosom the viperous brood that has so often spit their venom in his face? We are not worthy to be as the handmaids, to wash the feet of the servants of our Lord; how much less are we worthy to be your sons and heirs, and to be made partakers of all these blessed liberties and privileges which you have settled upon us! But for your goodness’ sake, and according to your own heart, you have done all these great things. Even so, Father, because it seemed good in your sight.
This is why you are great, O God, for there is none like you; nor is there any God besides you. 2Sam. 7.18 ff
And what nation on earth is like your people, whom God went to redeem as a people for himself, and to make him a name, and to do great and terrible things for the? For you have confirmed them to yourself, to be a people for you forever; and you, Lord, have become their God.
Wonder, O heavens, and be moved, O earth, at this great thing! Rev. 21.4 For, behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people; and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. Be astonished and ravished with wonder, for the infinite breach is made up, the offender is received, and God and man reconciled; and a covenant of peace entered into, and heaven and earth are all agreed upon the terms and have struck their hands and sealed the indentures. O happy conclusion! O blessed conjunction! Shall the stars dwell with the dust? Or the wide distant poles be brought to mutual embraces and cohabitation?
But here the distance of the terms is infinitely greater. Rejoice, O angels; shout, O seraphim; O all you friends of the bridegroom, prepare an epithalamium;1. be ready with the marriage-song. Look, here is the wonder of wonders; for Jehovah has betrothed himself forever to his hopeless captives, and he admits the marriage before all the world; and has become one with us and we with him. He has bequeathed to us the precious things of the heaven above, and the precious things of the earth beneath, with the fulness thereof, and has kept back nothing from us.
And now, O Lord, you are that God, and your words be true; and you have promised this goodness to your servants, 2Sam. 7.25. 28·and have left us nothing to ask from your hands except what you have freely granted already. Only, the word which you have spoken concerning your servants: establish it forever, and do as you have said; and let your name be magnified forever, saying, “The Lord of hosts, he is the God of Israel.” Amen, Hallelujah.
1 A song or ode composed or sung in honour of the marriage of anyone.