Isaiah 61* The Messiah, his character and office. (1-3) His promises ofthe future blessedness of the church. (4-9) The church praisesGod for these mercies. (10,11)1-3 The prophets had the Holy Spirit of God at times, teachingthem what to say, and causing them to say it; but Christ had theSpirit always, without measure, to qualify him, as man, for thework to which he was appointed. The poor are commonly bestdisposed to receive the gospel, #Jas 2:5|; and it is only likelyto profit us when received with meekness. To such as are poor inspirit, Christ preached good tidings when he said, Blessed arethe meek. Christ's satisfaction is accepted. By the dominion ofsin in us, we are bound under the power of Satan; but the Son isready, by his Spirit, to make us free; and then we shall be freeindeed. Sin and Satan were to be destroyed; and Christ triumphedover them on his cross. But the children of men, who stand outagainst these offers, shall be dealt with as enemies. Christ wasto be a Comforter, and so he is; he is sent to comfort all whomourn, and who seek to him, and not to the world, for comfort.He will do all this for his people, that they may abound in thefruits of righteousness, as the branches of God's planting.Neither the mercy of God, the atonement of Christ, nor thegospel of grace, profit the self-sufficient and proud. They mustbe humbled, and led to know their own character and wants, bythe Holy Spirit, that they may see and feel their need of thesinner's Friend and Saviour. His doctrine contains glad tidingsindeed to those who are humbled before God. 4-9 Promises are here made to the Jews returned out ofcaptivity, which extend to all those who, through grace, aredelivered out of spiritual thraldom. An unholy soul is like acity that is broken down, and has no walls, like a house inruins; but by the power of Christ's gospel and grace, it isfitted to be a habitation of God, through the Spirit. When, bythe grace of God, we attain to holy indifference as to theaffairs of this world; when, though our hands are employed aboutthem, our hearts are not entangled with them, but preservedentire for God and his service, then the sons of the alien areour ploughmen and vine-dressers. Those whom He sets at liberty,he sets to work. His service is perfect freedom; it is thegreatest honour. All believers are made, to our God, kings andpriests; and always ought to conduct themselves as such. Thosewho have the Lord for their portion, have reason to say, thatthey have worthy portion, and to rejoice in it. In the fulnessof heaven's joys we shall receive more than double for all ourservices and sufferings. God desires truth, and therefore hatesall injustice. Nor will it justify any man's robbery to say, itwas for burnt-offerings; and that robbery is most hateful whichis under this pretence. Let the children of godly parents besuch, that all may see the fruits of a good education; an answerto the prayers for them, in the fruit of God's blessing. 10,11 Those only shall be clothed with the garments ofsalvation hereafter, that are covered with the robe of Christ'srighteousness now, and by the sanctification of the Spirit haveGod's image renewed upon them. These blessings shall springforth for ages to come, as the fruits of the earth. So duly, soconstantly, and with such advantage to mankind, will the LordGod cause righteousness and praise to spring forth. They shallspread far; the great salvation shall be published andproclaimed, to the ends of the earth. Let us be earnest inprayer, that the Lord God may cause that righteousness to springforth among us, which constitutes the excellence and glory ofthe Christian profession.
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