The greatest wonder in the world is the Bible. Its origin, teaching, and power are all superhuman, (II.Tim. 3:16) tell us “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:”
Let us also note (I.Pt.1:21) “For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.” II.Pt.1:21).
Let us note this truth. The grace of God hath appeared or we may say, hath been made to appear or shine forth” (Isa 9:2) or hath been manifested (Tit. 3:4), after having been long hidden in the loving counsels of God (Col.1:26).
The grace of God hath now been embodied in Jesus, “the brightness of the Father’s glory,” manifested as the “Sun of righteousness,” (Mal.4:3) as well as “the Word made flesh” (Jh.1:12) There is a double appearing that of “grace and that of glory,” the grace that bringeth salvation to all men hath appeared,” or “been manifested (I.Tim.3:16). Hence God is called “our Saviour” (Tit. 2:10). The very name Jesus means the same.
We see the account of the goodness of God at the Cross of Calvary, in seeing the Lamb of God’s love, bleeding and dying for guilty men (1.Pt. 3:18) “For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit:”
In (v.13 Jesus is called “The Great God and our Saviour.” People may say Jesus Christ was only a man, but Paul declares that He was the Great God.
Note what (Isa.9:6) declared “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
What a consolation is here for the the people of God. Our Saviour is the Great God, we need not to fear. What encouragement is here for the troubled.
The great God is our Saviour, fear not to trust Him. What fearfulness is here for the self-righteous. You hope to save yourself, how fruitless your effort. It takes the Great God to save a soul.
What a Wonderful Gift.“He gave Himself for us.” For a man to lay down his life for his friend is wonderful. This is man at his best.
But while we were yet enemies, Christ died for us. This is Divine, This is the only example in history that the world has ever given us of one willingly dying for his own murderers.
He gave Himself for you. What hast thou given for Him? Oh, you say, “I have no time. ” What, no time to thank thy God for such a Gift.
Room and time now give to Jesus, soon will pass God’s day of Grace.
Soonthy heart will be cold and silent, And thy Saviour‘s pleadings cease.
Christ done a wonderful work. The work of Christ as here stated was to redeem and to purify, to purchase and to cleanse.
The Lord uses us, not because we are great and gifted, not because we are clever, but because we are clean.
It is not enough that we be redeemed. If God is to be glorified in us we must be cleansed.
God’s people is a wonderful People. The redeemed and the purified are to be “a peculiar people.”
Some Christians are afraid of being peculiar, lest they should be talked about.
They wish to mar the very works by which they ought to be known.
Christians are a peculiar people. We have a peculiar citizenship. Our citizenship is in Heaven, because we have been born from above.
Such a birth is not a thing to be ashamed of. We speak a peculiar language.
The ungodly don’t care about their conversation any more than for one speaking in a foreign tongue.
The life of God’s is a wonderful life. The life of the redeemed man is to be a resisting life, a denying out to ungodliness, It is to be a sober life, not only a abstain life, This is implied, but much more. Be sober in your eating, in your clothing, in your speech and in your drinking.
It is to be a righteous life. The Christian should be the most prompt business man, the most trustworthy of all men.
It is to be a godly life. A life beaming with the gentleness and truthfulness of Jesus, reflecting back on a dark world the image of the invisible God. It is to be an activelife, “zealous of good works. ”
There is a Wonderful Prospect for God’s people.
We are Looking for His glorious appearing. That the sun will rise to-morrow is not more certain than that Christ will come again.
It may seem strange that He should say, “Behold, I come quickly, two thousand years have passed, and he has not come yet, but remember that 1000 years are with the Lord as but one day, now two days have passed according to His reckoning.
He will come. Are you ready for His appearing ? God grant that you may be prepared for that great day.