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then above Angels. “ Being so much better than the Angels, as He hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they." " For unto which of the angels said He at any time, Thou art My Son, this day have I begotten Thee?'” Never ! But He did say so to Ais own Son. This was the Father's testimony. “And again, ‘I will be to Him a Father, and He shall be to Me a Son.' And again, when He bringeth in the first-begotten into the world, He saith, And let all the angels of God worship Him.'” The angels were great in power and might! They were great in honour and in majesty! But they must worship the Son. He is greater ! He is their king. He is the God of the angels. Though "He maketh His angels spirits, and His ministers a flame of fire.” “But unto the Son the Father saith, “Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of Thy kingdom. Thou hast loved righteousness and hated iniquity; therefore God, even Thy God, hath anointed Thee with the oil of gladness above Thy fellows.'” “And, "Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth ; and the heavens are the works of Thy hands: they shall perish ; but Thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment; And as a vesture shalt Thou fold them up, and they shall be changed : but Thou—Thou Son of God, -Thou, the only begotten of the Father, — Thou art the same, and Thy years shall not fail.' But to which of the angels said He at any time, Sit on My right hand, until I make Thine enemies Thy footstool ?'” He never said it to any one of them. But to His only begotten He has said, “Sit Thou on My right hand till I make Thine enemies the footstool of Thy feet.” Now, you see that the glory which belongs to the Lord Jesus Christ, is an excellent glory,--a becoming glory. It is suitable to Him as He is the Mighty God, the Father's Fellow and Equal. Hence, in my text it is said :-“ We beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father." It is with the only begotten Son of the Father, the eternal covenant stands, which can never be broken. Read Psalm lxxxix. 27, 28, “I will make Him My Firstborn—The Firstborn among many brethren-higher than the kings of the earth. My mercy will I keep for Him for evermore, and My covenant shall stand fast with Him.” Blessed and glorious Saviour. Thou art the very Covenant of Thy people, and the very glory of Thy Father's House. All the glory of our salvation shall hang upon the Only Begotten of the Father.
This brings me to say a few words upon our last point,—“ We beheld His glory." My brethren, this is personal, spiritual, and very practical. John was privileged with a sight of his Lord's glory on the Mount of Transfiguration. We beheld His glory. We saw it with our eyes. We were witnesses of His majesty. - We were beside ourselves when He was transformed before us. Have we, beloved, beheld the glory of the Lord Jesus coming down from heaven for us? Personally for us. What glory in His condescension! The glorious One standing in the stead of the inglorious, that they may be partakers of His glory. Behold the riches of His glory. Spiritually, Have we seen Christ on Calvary bearing our sins and our sorrows ? If so, we shall be able to use the
language of the Apostle : “ God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by Whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world ” (Gal. vi. 14). “Let him that glorieth, glory in the Lord” (1 Cor. i. 31). In the Lord's work on his behalf. know anything about this glory of Jesus for ourselves? If so, then we may sing-
“ When I survey the wondrous cross,
On which the Prince of Glo 'y died,
And pour contempt on all my pride.” Well, there is a further glory, connected with the Lord Jesus Christ, in His resurrection, ascension, and session. “The glory that should follow" His glorious work upon Calvary after His resurrection from the dead. “ Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a Name which is above every name: that at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth : And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the” praise and glory of God the Father” (Phil. ii. 9–11). Have we beheld the resurrection glory of Jesus? Sown in dishonour, but raised in glory. The glorious liberty of the children of God is bound up in the resurrection glory of Jesus. Our King of Glory has ascended up far above all heavens. He is our glorious high priest within the veil. He is the King of Glory, and the Lord of Hosts. He shall also come again in His glory to be admired in and by all believers. What know we of this glory of Christ ? Can we say, with the Apostle, “We beheld His glory!" Many may attend church or chapel, and be pleased with what they see and hear. Still the question is--Have we beheld the glory of Christ ? Has the Holy Ghost made the reading, the preaching, and the hearing of His word a blessing to our souls ? A sermon is of little worth if it does not reveal the glories of Jesus. The Lord Jesus came from heaven to reveal the glory of the Father in the salvation of sinners. Hear the Apostle's words—“No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, Who is in the bosom of the Father, He hath declared Him” (John i. 18). The only begotten Son has explained to us the heart of His loving Father, which is full of com. passion and tender mercies. He bowed the heavens and came down to do this. Who could do it like an only son? We now know what is in the bosom of the Father. His beloved Son has told us. And it is our privilege to proclaim to you the glory of the Saviour as it is revealed to us in the Word of God. We see in the glass of God's Word the glory of the Lord. We are changed into the same image from glory to glory, but it is by the Spirit of the Lord (II Cor. iii
. 18). What a privilege to have the image of Christ impressed upon the soul. To be changed into the image of a perfect Christ. A lost and ruined soul filled with the glory of Christ! From glory to glory. No creature could accomplish this excellent work! No, indeed! It is done by the Spirit of the Lord. Practically and personally, What do we know about these things? Is the glory of Christ reflected in us and by us ? If it be so with us now, soon we shall be glorified together with Christ. Now, to conclude this subject. Are we waiting for the glorious appearing of the great God even our Saviour Jesus Christ, Who shall introduce us into that beautiful city, the heavenly Jerusalem, with its pearly gates and golden streets ? (Rev. xxi.) When the children of God enter this celestial city they will realize what is stated in the last verses of the 60th chapter of Isaiah :—"Thou shalt call thy walls salvation, and thy gates praise. The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee, but the Lord shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God, thy glory. Thy sun shall no more go down ; neither shall thy moon withdraw itself: for the Lord shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended.” Glory be to Thee, O Lord, most high !!
“All hail the power of Jesus' name,
Let angels prostrate fall,
And crown Him Lord of all.”
AT ST. GEORGE THE MARTYR’S, SOUTHWARK, LONDON,
WEDNESDAY EVENING, FEBRUARY 2ND, 1876.
In the 89th Psalm, and at the 18th Verse, you will find these words :
" BLESSED IS THE PEOPLE THAT KNOW THE JOYFUL SOUND: THEY
SHALL WALK, O LORD, IN THE LIGHT OF THY COUNTENANCE."
FROM the title of this Psalm we learn that it is a Psalm for the purpose of giving instruction—instruction concerning the providential dealings of our God with His ancient people Israel. And from the Psalm we may also gather instruction concerning the providential dealings of God with His people in all times. In the first part of the Psalm we have the mercy, the faithfulness, the oath, the power, and the perfections of God spoken of. The mercy of God is thus extolled : “I will sing of the mercies of the Lord for ever. For I have said, “Mercy shall be built up for ever. Now this mercy of our God is built up in the Person of our Lord Jesus Christ. God's mercy is graciously displayed in and through-Christ Jesus to His people. It is built up and abides in Him for ever.
“With my mouth will I make known Thy faithfulness to all generations." God is always faithful. He never goes back from His word. What He says He always performs. “Thy faithfulness shalt
. Thou establish in the very heavens.” God's faithfulness is known in the congregation of the saints. His faithfulness is round about Him. God's faithfulness, like His mercy, is with Christ for evermore. Then there is God's oath, as in the third verse. "I have made a covenant with My chosen, I have sworn unto David, My servant."
This is not spoken simply of David of old, but of the Lord Jesus Christ, Who is the Beloved One, or our Beloved David. “With Him, I have made a covenant, and unto Him I have sworn, and I shall not fail him. His seed will I establish for ever, and build up His throne to all generations.' This portion has its grand accomplishment in the Person of Christ ruling and reigning over His spiritual seed for ever. Then we have the power of God brought out from the 5th verse down to the words of my text. “The heavens shall praise Thy wonders, O Lord.” The redeemed of the Lord shall praise His wonders in Creation, in Redemption, in Regeneration, and in the Preservation of Thy people Israel. - For who in the heavens can be compared unto the Lord? Who among the sons of the mighty or among the angels, “can be compared, or likened unto the Lord ?” And yet, the angels are mighty in power, and in wisdom, and in knowledge ; but they cannot be likened unto their Creator. Who is like unto the Lord ? “God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be had in reverence of all them that are round about Him." The assembly of the saints, that is, believers gathered together into congregations here on earth, and finally gathered around the throne of our God in heaven. In the midst of them, God is greatly to be feared, and praised, and reverenced. 66 O Lord God of Hosts, who is a strong God like unto Thee? or to Thy faithfulness round about Thee?” There is no God like the God of Jacob, that defendeth His people Israel. “Thou rulest the raging of the sea : when the waves thereof arise, Thou stillest them. Thou hast broken Rahab in pieces, as one that is slain ; Thou hast scattered Thine enemies with Thy strong
The heavens are Thine, the earth also is Thine : as for the world and the fulness thereof, Thou hast founded them.” The floods came and destroyed the old world. The Red Sea divided to let Israel go
through, but the waters rose to destroy the Egyptians. Jordan divided and the people of God passed through in safety. The raging waves obeyed the Lord Jesus Christ, for He spake and they were still. And so it is as regards the raging waves of the troubled sea of this ungodly world. The Lord has only to speak to them and they are still. He has only to say, “ Ye proud waves, hitherto shall ye come, and no further, and the proud waves are stayed.” His word is a word of power, and must be obeyed. “Thou hast a mighty arm : strong is Thy hand, and high is Thy right hand. Justice and judgment are the habitation of Thy throne : mercy and truth shall go before Thy face.” We now come to the text which is a very precious and blessed portion, and which it will be well for us to consider, and carefully look at. “Blessed is the people that know the joyful
. sound : they shall walk, O Lord, in the light of Thy Countenance.” I dare say, my brethren, that many of you have heard my text preached upon many times, perhaps times without number, and if so, and you know all about it, and all that can be said about it, it will be all the easier for me to address you on the present occasion. To remind you of those truths with which you are already acquainted may not be wholly unprofitable to you, whilst at the same time it will be most pleasant and agreeable to me to speak of the old truth, “the joyful sound," and of the