Saturday, April 16, 2016

     God has made a covenant with his people, has given him-self for their portion, his Son for their price, his Spirit for their guide in the way, his earth for their accommodation by the way, his angels for their guard, the powers of darkness and death for their spoils, everlasting glory for their crown.  And because their way is difficult and their work is contrary to them, he has given them all that grace which is necessary to bring them to glory.  In general, a new heart, in all things suited to their way, and thoroughly furnished for every good work.  In particular, knowledge to guide, oneness to fix and intend, tenderness to submit to and yield, love to constrain and bring on, fear to fence and hold in, obedience to perform and bring forth....
....."But will the Lord indeed do all these things for mortals?  Will he take notice of worms?  Shall such dry bones live?  Will he set such vile dust as the apple of his eye?  Is not this too good to be true, too great to be believed? that I were sure the one half were as it hath been told me!"  Too great to be believed!  As if it must be questioned whether the sun be light because it dazzles our eyes.  But what certainty would you have?  Is all this too great for the great and Almighty God to do, who hath said, "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts." Isa. 55:9.  Can he not do it, who can do all things?  Will he not do it, when he hath said he will?  Will the Lord mock?  Can God deceive?  Shall his word, yea, and his oath too, those two immutable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, can these fail?  If you should hear the Lord himself speaking to you from heaven with audible voice, My covenant I make with thee, and it is my intent and purpose to perform every word that is written in it, according to the plain import and meaning thereof; there shall not a tittle fail, neither will I alter the thing that is gone forth of my lips.  Heaven and earth shall fail, but my word shall not fail; trust to it, trust everlasting truth, trust to everlasting strength.  Fear not, for there shall not fail one word of all that I have spoken by all the prophets.                                                          
     If you should hear the Lord speaking thus to you from heaven, what would you say? would not this satisfy you?  Why, search the Scriptures, that "more sure word of prophecy." 2 Pet. 1:19.  Read them diligently, understand what thou read-est, and then say if thou dost not there find the Lord speaking fully to thee.....
                                                                                                                                         Richard Alleine

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