Isaiah 35* The flourishing state of Christ's kingdom. (1-4) Theprivileges of his people. (5-10)1-4 Judea was prosperous in the days of Hezekiah, but thekingdom of Christ is the great subject intended. Convertinggrace makes the soul that was a wilderness, to rejoice with joyand singing, and to blossom abundantly. The feeble andfaint-hearted are encouraged. This is the design of the gospel.Fear is weakening; the more we strive against it, the strongerwe are, both for doing and suffering; and he that says to us, Bestrong, has laid help for us upon One who is mighty. Assuranceis given of the approach of Messiah, to take vengeance on thepowers of darkness, to recompense with abundant comforts thosethat mourn in Zion; He will come and save. He will come again atthe end of time, to punish those who have troubled his people;and to give those who were troubled such rest as will be a fullreward for all their troubles. 5-10 When Christ shall come to set up his kingdom in the world,then wonders, great wonders, shall be wrought on men's souls. Bythe word and Spirit of Christ, the spiritually blind wereenlightened; and those deaf to the calls of God were made tohear them readily. Those unable to do any thing good, by Divinegrace were made active therein. Those that knew not how to speakof God or to God, had their lips opened to show forth hispraise. When the Holy Ghost came upon the Gentiles that heardthe word, then were the fountains of life opened. Most of theearth is still a desert; neither means of grace, spiritualworshippers, nor fruits of holiness, are to be found in it. Butthe way of religion and godliness shall be laid open. The way ofholiness is the way of God's commandment; it is the good oldway. And the way to heaven is a plain way. Those knowing butlittle, and unlearned, shall be kept from missing the road. Itshall be a safe way; nothing can do them any real hurt. Christ,the way to God, shall be clearly made known; and the way of abeliever's duty shall be plainly marked out. Let us then goforward cheerfully, assured that the end of this way shall beeverlasting joy, and rest for the soul. Those who by faith aremade citizens of the gospel Zion, rejoice in Christ Jesus; andtheir sorrows and sighs are made to flee away by Divineconsolations. Thus these prophecies conclude. Our joyful hopesand prospects of eternal life should swallow up all the sorrowsand all the joys of this present time. But of what avail is itto admire the excellence of God's word, unless we can call itsprecious promises our own? Do we love God, not only as ourCreator, but because he gave his only Son to die for us? And arewe walking in the ways of holiness? Let us try ourselves by suchplain questions, rather than spend time on things that may becurious and amusing, but are unprofitable.
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