The elect of God, in their pathway to glory, experience that the way is beset with impediments that would, were they able, halt the steps of such pilgrims. But “the righteous shall hold on his way” (Job 17:9); and said the apostle Paul, “In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us” (Rom. 8:37). Among the opposers, that as stumbling blocks would keep us apart from our God, are our accusers. Moses, the law accuses; and the condemnation and ministration of death that visited upon us wretched sinners when we meet him alone is an intolerable affliction to our Lord Jesus. Oh, the only way to silence the accusing voice of Moses is to be joined unto Christ in faith and love, to have Christ with us, our Surety, our Advocate, our Shield; for Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth. Oh then, we can sing:
“The terrors of law and of God
With me can have nothing to do;
My Savior’s obedience and blood
Hide all my transgression from view.”
And accusing conscience is a dreadful plague. How shall such a conscience be cleansed? And Satan our dreadful enemy, is the accuser of the household of God; for thus it is recorded, “Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ; for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night” (Rev. 12:10). Our Savior said: “Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for My sake. Rejoice and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you” (Matt. 5:11-12). And the apostle Peter speaks of those “that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ” (1 Peter 3:16). There is but one way of ultimate triumph over all these powers, and that is in our soul’s intimacy by faith with our dear Mediator, Jesus Christ: whose precious blood and imputed righteousness is our justification from all our offenses, and shuts the mouths of all our enemies, “They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death” (Rev. 12:11). “Who shall lay anything to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea, rather that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us” (Rom. 8:33-34). Our God will hide us in the secret pavilion from the strife of tongues (Psa. 31:20). If the Lord be for us, who can be against us? “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shalt condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of Me, saith the Lord” (Isa. 54:17). Oh when with lively faith we are confiding in the Lamb of God, not a dog shall move his tongue against us (Exod. 11:7), for Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us, and we joyfully come forth out of Egypt and from all oppression, leaning upon our Beloved.
Our freedom from every ill, our blessedness and strength is in our precious Lord Jesus Christ. And with Christ dwelling in our hearts by faith, we grow up into Him, finding Him to be our all, our dear and lovely Friend. And He in His unparalleled friendship calleth us His friends (John 15:15) and brethren (Heb. 2:11). He tells us of the Father; He gives us the words given Him of the Father, and our very hearts receive them (John 17:8). In the midst of the church our Savior sings the praises of our Father who is in heaven. Hallowed be thy name! In Christ Jesus we are chosen and everlastingly loved, and God is not ashamed to be called our God, for He hath prepared for us a city. Christ is not ashamed to call His people brethren, and shall we poor sinners be ashamed of Jesus?
“Ashamed of Jesus, that dear Friend,
On whom my hopes of heaven depend!
No; when I blush – be this my shame,
That I no more revere His name.’’
Ah, there are times when because of our transgressions we are ashamed (Ezra 9:6), we blush to lift up our faces unto our God, we are ashamed of all that we have done (Ezek. 43.11). But when the Lord sends us some token of His pardoning love, when we fly to the fountain of Jesus precious blood, when with faith and love we confide in Him, we find that word to be sweetly true, “Whosoever believeth on Him shall not be ashamed” (Rom. 9:33). “Israel shall be saved in the Lord with an everlasting salvation: ye shall not be ashamed nor confounded world without end” (Isa. 45:17).
Oh, abiding in thee, how blessed is our confidence! we shall not be ashamed before thee at thy coming (1 John 2:28). “Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus” (Rev. 22:20).
FREDERICK W. KEENE
North Berwick , Maine
THE GOSPEL MESSENGER, 1918
OLD FAITH CONTENDER,
February 15, 1953