Tuesday, September 4, 2007
It shall be well with the righteous!
“Say ye to the righteous, it shall be well with him.”
Briefly let me run over a few things which the Christian has... He has a Bank that never breaks, the glorious throne of grace; and he has only to apply on bended knee to get what he will. Over the door there is written, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you.”
He has ever near him a most sweet companion, whose loving converse is so delightful that the roughest roads grow smooth, and the darkest nights glow with brightness. The coldest and most shivering days become warm when that companion talks. “Did not our hearts burn within us while he spake with us by the way?...”
The believer has an arm to lean upon also, an arm that is never weary, never feeble, never withdrawn; so that if he hath to climb along a rugged way, the more rough the road the more heavily he leans, and the more graciously he is sustained.
Moreover, he is favored with a perpetual Comforter - not an angel to whisper of heaven, but God himself, the blessed Paraclete, the Holy Ghost, to pour in oil and wine into every wound, and to bring to his remembrance the things which Christ hath spoken. Why, sirs, if there were anything that the Christian needed which were not supplied to him, I might admit that it must sometimes be ill with him; but when I read, “All things are yours, whether things present or things to come; or life or death, all are yours; and ye are Christ’s, and Christ is God’s,” truly I conclude that it is and must be well with the righteous.
It is well with the righteous when he comes to die.... Lastly; it is well with the righteous after death. His disembodied spirit is in Jesus' bosom. Is it not well? When the trumpet sounds, his spirit comes down to meet the risen body; to behold the glorious advent of the once despised Son of David, to reign with him in his reign, and triumph in his triumph, and then to he caught up to sit upon his throne, and dwell with him where the glorified church is, world without end. “Say ye to the righteous, it shall be well with him.”
From a sermon entitled "Cheering Words and Solemn Warnings," delivered January 13, 1867.
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