Malachi 4* The judgements on the wicked, and the happiness of therighteous. (1-3) Regard to be had to the law; John the Baptistpromised as the forerunner of Messiah. (4-6)1-3 Here is a reference to the first and to the second comingof Christ: God has fixed the day of both. Those who do wickedly,who do not fear God's anger, shall feel it. It is certainly tobe applied to the day of judgment, when Christ shall be revealedin flaming fire; to execute judgment on the proud, and all thatdo wickedly. In both, Christ is a rejoicing Light to those whoserve him faithfully. By the Sun of Righteousness we understandJesus Christ. Through him believers are justified andsanctified, and so are brought to see light. His influencesrender the sinner holy, joyful, and fruitful. It is applicableto the graces and comforts of the Holy Spirit, brought into thesouls of men. Christ gave the Spirit to those who are his, toshine in their hearts, and to be a Comforter to them, a Sun anda Shield. That day which to the wicked will burn as an oven,will to the righteous be bright as the morning; it is what theywait for, more than those that wait for the morning. Christ cameas the Sun, to bring, not only light to a dark world, but healthto a distempered world. Souls shall increase in knowledge andspiritual strength. Their growth is as that of calves of thestall, not as the flower of the field, which is slender andweak, and soon withers. The saints' triumphs are all owing toGod's victories; it is not they that do this, but God who doesit for them. Behold another day is coming, far more dreadful toall that work wickedness than any which is gone before. Howgreat then the happiness of the believer, when he goes from thedarkness and misery of this world, to rejoice in the Lord forevermore! 4-6 Here is a solemn conclusion, not only of this prophecy, butof the Old Testament. Conscience bids us remember the law.Though we have not prophets, yet, as long as we have Bibles, wemay keep up our communion with God. Let others boast in theirproud reasoning, and call it enlightening, but let us keep nearto that sacred word, through which this Sun of Righteousnessshines upon the souls of his people. They must keep up abelieving expectation of the gospel of Christ, and must look forthe beginning of it. John the Baptist preached repentance andreformation, as Elijah had done. The turning of souls to God andtheir duty, is the best preparation of them for the great anddreadful day of the Lord. John shall preach a doctrine thatshall reach men's hearts, and work a change in them. Thus heshall prepare the way for the kingdom of heaven. The Jewishnation, by wickedness, laid themselves open to the curse. Godwas ready to bring ruin upon them; but he will once more trywhether they will repent and return; therefore he sent John theBaptist to preach repentance to them. Let the believer wait withpatience for his release, and cheerfully expect the great day,when Christ shall come the second time to complete oursalvation. But those must expect to be smitten with a sword,with a curse, who turn not to Him that smites them with a rod.None can expect to escape the curse of God's broken law, nor toenjoy the happiness of his chosen and redeemed people, unlesstheir hearts are turned from sin and the world, to Christ andholiness. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with us all.Amen.
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