Isaiah 55* An invitation to receive freely the blessings of the Saviour.(1-5) Gracious offers of pardon and peace. (6-13)1-5 All are welcome to the blessings of salvation, to whomthose blessings are welcome. In Christ there is enough for all,and enough for each. Those satisfied with the world, that see noneed of Christ, do not thirst. They are in no uneasiness abouttheir souls: but where God gives grace, he gives a thirst afterit; and where he has given a thirst after it, he will give it.Come to Christ, for he is the Fountain opened, he is the Rocksmitten. Come to holy ordinances, to the streams that make gladthe city of our God. Come to the healing waters, come to theliving waters, #Re 22:17|. Our Saviour referred to this, #Joh7:37|. Come, and buy; make it your own by application of thegrace of the gospel to yourselves. Come, and eat; make it stillmore your own, and enjoy it. The world comes short of ourexpectations; we promise ourselves, at least, water in it, andwe are disappointed; but Christ outdoes our expectations. Wecome to him, and we find wine and milk. The gifts offered to usare such as no price can be set upon. The things offered arealready paid for; for Christ purchased them at the full price ofhis own blood, #1Pe 1:19|. Our wants are beyond number, and wehave nothing to supply them; if Christ and heaven are ours, wesee ourselves for ever indebted to free grace. Hearkendiligently; let the proud heart stoop; not only come, but acceptGod's offers. All the wealth and pleasure in the world, will notyield solid comfort and content to the soul. They do not satisfyeven the appetites of the body; for all is vanity and vexation.Let the disappointments we meet with in the world, help to driveus to Christ, and to seek for satisfaction in him only. Then,and not before, we shall find rest for our souls. Hear, and yoursoul shall live. On what easy terms is happiness offered us! Bythe sure mercies of David, we are to understand the Messiah. Allhis mercies are covenant mercies; they are purchased by him,they are promised in him, and out of his hand they are dispensedto us. We know not how to find the way to the waters, but Christis given to be a Leader, a Commander, to show us what to do, andenable us to do it. Our business is to obey him, and follow him.And there is no coming to the Father but by him. He is the HolyOne of Israel, true to his promises; and he has promised toglorify Christ, by giving him the heathen for his inheritance. 6-13 Here is a gracious offer of pardon, and peace, and of allhappiness. It shall not be in vain to seek God, now his word iscalling to us, and his Spirit is striving with us. But there isa day coming when he will not be found. There may come such atime in this life; it is certain that at death and judgment thedoor will be shut. There must be not only a change of the way,but a change of the mind. We must alter our judgments aboutpersons and things. It is not enough to break off from evilpractices, we must strive against evil thoughts. To repent is toreturn to our Lord, against whom we have rebelled. If we do so,God will multiply to pardon, as we have multiplied to offend.But let none trifle with this plenteous mercy, or use it as anoccasion to sin. Men's thoughts concerning sin, Christ, andholiness, concerning this world and the other, vastly differfrom God's; but in nothing more than in the matter of pardon. Weforgive, and cannot forget; but when God forgives sin, heremembers it no more. The power of his word in the kingdoms ofprovidence and grace, is as certain as in that of nature. Sacredtruth produces a spiritual change in the mind of men, whichneither rain nor snow can make on the earth. It shall not returnto the Lord without producing important effects. If we take aspecial view of the church, we shall find what great things Godhas done, and will do for it. The Jews shall come to their ownland; this shall represent the blessings promised. Gospel gracewill make a great change in men. Delivered from the wrath tocome, the converted sinner finds peace in his conscience; andlove constrains him to devote himself to the service of hisRedeemer. Instead of being profane, contentious, selfish, orsensual, behold him patient, humble, kind, and peaceable. Thehope of helping in such a work should urge us to spread thegospel of salvation. And do thou help us, O Spirit of all truth,to have such views of the fulness, freeness, and greatness ofthe rich mercy in Christ, as may remove from us all narrow viewsof sovereign grace.
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