CHRIST’S UNFAILING LOVE – Pt 1

 “My  vineyard, which is mine, is before me: thou, O Solomon must have a thousand and those that keep the fruit thereof two hundred” SOS 8:12

I, with the company of so great a number of God’s beloved, believe that in this song of songs, which is Solomon’s, also hear Christ speaking to His church – his bride and the church in a like manner, responding to His words of love in tones which His love has suggested to her. This quickly points my attention to what prayer really is. It is a communion, a conversation between two entities eternally joined in love unfeigned. You should never for a second forget that it is always a “I – You” relationship. The very knowledge of the concept of love, points to us a relationship. If God loves and He is love, there must be an object or receptor of such attribute. My vineyard (Church) which is mine (personal in nature) is before me (Christ).

So, I have no difficulty in understanding that the vineyard mentioned in the text is Christ’s church because it is so significant a symbol of the body of believers bounded together in love to their Saviour.

Two thoughts can easily be highlighted from the above text:

That Christ claims a special property in His church

That He has special regard and care for her – He constantly grooms her bride until she has attained his full stature.

Christ claims the church as His own by His father’s gift: A love-token, a reward, a sign of his father’s favour towards Him. We are His, then by donation; and as such, since the father gave us to him, we are very precious in His sight.

Next, Christ’s church is His by purchase: As Naboth, when asked to sell his vineyard to Ahab, answered the king, “The Lord forbid it me, that I should give the inheritance of my fathers’ unto thee” (1Kings 21:3), and kept it even at the cost of His dear life. Do you think that your Lord Jesus would ever part with you – His vineyard, which is not only His by inheritance from His father, but also His by purchase? Not with corruptible things (1 Pet 1:18), but with His own most precious blood. FAR BE IT FROM HIM! On you (his vineyard, his church) his blood hath fallen.

 

 

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NEITHER FORSAKEN NOR FORGOTTEN

“Behold, I have graven thee upon the palms of my hand”.  Isa 49:16

Upon the consideration of our text, you would probably notice a sharp call to behold! Another translation portrays it as see. There would not be a need to look into or behold if there is no object in the picture. Our assurance of salvation and life eternal rests absolutely in the finished work of Christ. As long as we keep a steadfast look on him, we would be changed from glory to glory.

Sometimes, we get into the same sad condition that Zion was then in, and we fancy that God has forgotten us. I want to show you that if you are a believer in the Lord, Jesus Christ, he gives to you an answer similar to that which he gave to sorrowful Zion. I have graven thee upon the palms of my hand.  On this short sentence, i seek to encourage you.

THE FEAR EXPRESSED: Fear is a contagious and infectious thing (Isa 49:14). When it has taken hold on one person, it has been often known to spread to many others till a terrible panic has resulted from a very slight cause. The Lord encouraged us to cast not away our confidence, but to look unto Him – The author and finisher of our faith.

THE COMFORT BESTOWED: Seeing that the Lord could not find any greater object as a seal to this eternal promise, he is here declaring once again – I AM WHO I AM. I, the Lord have committed myself to something which will henceforth render it absolutely certain that i never can forget my own. For i have graven thee upon the palms of my hands.

THE COMFORT’S ABODE: ‘Upon the palms of my hands’. These words seem to say to us that God has already secured beyond any possible hazard His tender memory toward His own. He has chosen to engrave you on the palms of his hands. You are always upon his consideration. He looks constantly upon you and smiles – just the same way you watch your baby sleep in your arms.

Finally, the Lord has declared that this love for you is everlasting (Jer. 31:3). You were loved by Him long before the world was created. He has loved you too long ever to forget or forsake you.

Cast not away therefore your confidence which hath great recompense of reward! er