Isaiah 11* The peaceful character of Christ's kingdom and subjects. (1-9)The conversion of the Gentiles and Jews. (10-16)1-9 The Messiah is called a Rod, and a Branch. The wordssignify a small, tender product; a shoot, such as is easilybroken off. He comes forth out of the stem of Jesse; when theroyal family was cut down and almost levelled with the ground,it would sprout again. The house of David was brought very lowat the time of Christ's birth. The Messiah thus gave earlynotice that his kingdom was not of this world. But the HolySpirit, in all his gifts and graces, shall rest and abide uponhim; he shall have the fulness of the Godhead dwelling in him,#Col 1:19; 2:9|. Many consider that seven gifts of the HolySpirit are here mentioned. And the doctrine of the influences ofthe Holy Spirit is here clearly taught. The Messiah would bejust and righteous in all his government. His threatening shallbe executed by the working of his Spirit according to his word.There shall be great peace and quiet under his government. Thegospel changes the nature, and makes those who trampled on themeek of the earth, meek like them, and kind to them. But itshall be more fully shown in the latter days. Also Christ, thegreat Shepherd, shall take care of his flock, that the nature oftroubles, and of death itself, shall be so changed, that theyshall not do any real hurt. God's people shall be delivered, notonly from evil, but from the fear of it. Who shall separate usfrom the love of Christ? The better we know the God of love, themore shall we be changed into the same likeness, and the betterdisposed to all who have any likeness to him. This knowledgeshall extend as the sea, so far shall it spread. And thisblessed power there have been witnesses in every age ofChristianity, though its most glorious time, here foretold, isnot yet arrived. Meanwhile let us aim that our example andendeavours may help to promote the honour of Christ and hiskingdom of peace. 10-16 When the gospel should be publicly preached, the Gentileswould seek Christ Jesus as their Lord and Saviour, and find restof soul. When God's time is come for the deliverance of hispeople, mountains of opposition shall become plains before him.God can soon turn gloomy days into glorious ones. And while weexpect the Lord to gather his ancient people, and bring themhome to his church, also to bring in the fulness of theGentiles, when all will be united in holy love, let us tread thehighway of holiness he has made for his redeemed. Let us waitfor the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life,looking to him to prepare our way through death, that riverwhich separates this world from the eternal world.
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