Isaiah 60* The glories of the church of God, when the fulness of theGentiles shall come in. (1-8) and the Jews shall be convertedand gathered from their dispersions. (9-14) and the kingdoms ofthis world shall become the kingdom of our Lord, and of hisChrist. (15-22)1-8 As far as we have the knowledge of God in us, and thefavour of God towards us, our light is come. And if God's gloryis seen upon us to our honour, we ought, not only with our lips,but in our lives, to return its praise. We meet with nothing inthe history of the Jews which can be deemed a fulfilment of theprophecy in this chapter; we must conclude it relatesprincipally to future events. It predicts the purity andenlargement of the church. The conversion of souls is heredescribed. They fly to Christ, to the church, to the word andordinances, as doves to their own home; thither they fly forrefuge and shelter, thither they fly for rest. What a pleasantsight to see poor souls hastening to Christ! 9-14 God will be very gracious. We must begin with his promise,thence all mercies take rise. Many shall be brought into thechurch, even from far countries. Christ is always ready toreceive all who come to him; and the gate of mercy is alwaysopen, night and day. All that are about the church shall be madeserviceable to it. But those who will not be subject to Christ'sgolden sceptre, to his word and Spirit, who will not be kept inby the laws and rules of his family, shall be broken in piecesby his iron rod. The peculiar advantages of every nation, and ofevery description of men, shall join to beautify the church ofChrist. We must suppose this to be accomplished in the beautiesof holiness, and the graces and comforts of the Spirit, withwhich gospel ordinances are adorned and enriched. Blessed be hisname, the gates of Zion are ever open to returning sinners. 15-22 We must look for the full accomplishment in times andthings, exceeding those of the Old Testament church. The nationsand their kings shall lay themselves out for the good of thechurch. Such a salvation, such a redemption, shall be wroughtout for thee, as discovers itself to be the work of the Lord.Every thing shall be changed for the better. In thy land shallno more be heard threats of those that do violence, norcomplaints of those that suffer violence. Thy walls shall bemeans of safety, thy gates shall be written upon with praises toGod. In the close of this chapter are images and expressionsused in the description of the New Jerusalem, #Re 21:23; 22:5|.Nothing can answer to this but some future glorious state of thechurch on earth, or the state of the church triumphant inheaven. Those that make God their only light, shall have himtheir all-sufficient light. And the happiness shall know nochange or alloy. No people on earth are all righteous; but thereare no mixtures in heaven. They shall be wholly righteous. Thespirits of just men shall there be made perfect. The glory ofthe church shall be to the honour of God. When it shall befinished, it will appear a work of wonder. It may seem toodifficult to be brought about, but the God of almighty power hasundertaken it. It may seem to be delayed and put off; but theLord will hasten it in the time appointed by his wisdom, thoughnot in the time prescribed by our folly. Let this hope cheer usunder all difficulties, and stir us up to all diligence, that wemay have an abundant entrance into this everlasting kingdom ofour Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
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