Ezra 6* The decree for completing the temple. (1-12) The temple isfinished. (13-22)1-12 When God's time is come for fulfilling his graciouspurposes concerning his church, he will raise up instruments todo it, from whom such good service was not expected. While ourthoughts are directed to this event, we are led by Zechariah tofix our regard on a nobler, a spiritual building. The Lord JesusChrist continues to lay one stone upon another: let us assistthe great design. Difficulties delay the progress of this sacrededifice. Yet let not opposition discourage us, for in due seasonit will be completed to his abundant praise. He shall bringforth the head-stone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace,grace unto it. 13-22 The gospel church, that spiritual temple, is long in thebuilding, but it will be finished at last, when the mysticalbody is completed. Every believer is a living temple, buildingup himself in his most holy faith: much opposition is given tothis work by Satan and our own corruptions. We trifle, andproceed in it with many stops and pauses; but He that has begunthe good work, will see it performed. Then spirits of just menwill be made perfect. By getting their sins taken away, the Jewswould free themselves from the sting of their late troubles.Their service was with joy. Let us welcome holy ordinances withjoy, and serve the Lord with gladness.
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