Zion, the place of deliverance.

Obadiah 1:17
Obadiah stated “ But upon Mount Zion shall be deliverance,and it shall be holy, and the house of Jacob shall posses their possessions,” (v.17

What a burst of heavenly sunshine! What an effusion of joyous light! What music from the throne of God. What great words of life at the fourth watch of the night. What a smile of Divine Love for the cast down.

The inspire prophet sets fourth some of the richest treasures of the grace of God. Salvation is set forth in the gospel as the heritage of the people who have come to mount Zion, to the city of the living God.

Their is Safety in mount Zion. “upon mount Zion shall be deliverance” This is deliverance from the law “There is no condemnation to them who are in Christ Jesus.”

The ten thousand condemning voices of the law are silenced by the deliverer.

Christ has met the law’s requirements. Christ has paid our debt. We are not under the law, but under grace.

This deliverance is from sin. He shall be called Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins”
From the penalty, from the power, and from the presence of our sins.

This deliverance is from Satan. (Gen.3:5 ) “The Seed of the woman has bruised the serpent’s head.” Christ has vanquished our deadly foe. Now, if we resist the devil, he will flee from us. (Ja.4:7)

This deliverance is from the world. He who said, “Be of good cheer, I have overcome the world,” He also prayed that his people might be kept from the evil in the world.

The apostle Paul stated “Through him we are more than conquerors “ This is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.”

This deliverance is from death. “O death,where is thy sing?” If our faith is in Christ we shall never die.

That which we call death is to the child of God the gate to life. The Christian is promised that he shall not taste of death.

The death we undergoes is only the death of pain, sickness, of sorrow, of sin, and of death.

The scripture teachers us, to depart is to be with Christ, which is far better than remaining here, far better.

In the next place in this setting, we find sanctity promised. Our sanctification is set apart for God.

The vessels of the sanctuary, was consecrated only for holy uses. It was Belshazzar’s great sin that he took the vessels of the temple and put them to a profane us.

God’s people are to be vessels unto honour, meet for the master’s service. We are not our own, we are to be a separated people, sanctified or set apart by God.

We are to grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour. We are to add to our faith. We are to be going from strength to strength. We are to press towards the mark. We are to be changed from glory to glory by the Spirit of the Lord “Upon Mount Zion shall be deliverance, and it shall be holy,”

We need to seek to be filled with the spirit of God. The prophet Joel declared “And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh;” (Joel 2:28) and Peter said “and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”

Another promise in our text is sufficienoy “The house of Jacob shall possess their possessions.” All things are ours, the world, death, things present, things to come.

Let us enter upon the unsearchable riches of Christ. His salvation ours, his pardon ours, his joy ours, his rest ours, his kingdom ours, his angels ours, his home ours and his glory ours.

We do not stop here with just these blessing, Christ himself our, “Christ in us the hope of glory,’ Christ for us the pledge of glory, crucified together with him, raised together with him, seated together with him, and glorified together with him, what unsearchable riches set before us. (Rev.3:8) “I know thy works: behold, have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it:”

We must learn to possess our possessions, to use our talents, to enjoy our privileges, to rise to our dignity, to realize our standing, to pass through the length and breadth of our Canaan!

Ours, a righteousness which is Divine, a peace which surpasseth understanding, a joy which is unspeakable, a love which passeth knowledge, a kingdom which cannot be moved, a crown of glory that fadeth not away, let us go up and possess! “Upon Mount Zion shall be deliverance, and it shall be holy, and the house of Jacob shall posses their possessions.”(v.17)

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