Meditations on the Song of Solomon:
Richard SibbesSweet Drops:
Life of Faith:
By Richard Sibbes
“God in Christ would save us by a triumphant and abundant love and mercy and, the Spirit of God never goes but where there is a magnifying of the love and mercy of God in Christ; therefore the ministry of the gospel, which only reveals the kindness and love of God to mankind, being now reconciled in Christ, the gospel is accompanied with the Spirit, to assure us of our own inclusion and taking in of those benefits, for the Spirit is the fruit of God’s love as well as Christ. Christ is the first gift, and the Spirit is the second, therefore the part of the word that reveals God’s exceeding love to mankind, leaving angels when they were fallen, in their cursed state, and yet giving his Son to become man, and “a curse” for us for the revealing of this love and mercy of God, and his Son Christ to us, is joined with the Spirit. For by the Spirit we see our cursed state without the love and mercy of God in Christ, and likewise we are convinced of the love of God in Christ, and thereupon we love God again, and trust his mercy, and out of love to him we are enabled to all cheerful obedience. Whatever else we do, if it is not stirred by the Spirit, apprehending the love of God in Christ, it is but morality. A man shall never go to heaven but by such a disposition and state of mind and soul as is worked by the Holy Spirit, persuading the soul first of the love and favor of God in Christ. What are all our doings if they aren’t out of love to God? And how shall we love God except we be persuaded that he loves us first? Therefore the gospel brings forth love in us to God, and this love has the Spirit with it, working a blessed state of growing in holiness, whereby we are inclined to every good duty. Therefore if we would have the Spirit of God, let us think, meditate and believe on1 the sweet promises of salvation, upon the doctrine of Christ, Himself; for together with the knowledge of these things, the Holy Spirit slides, insinuates, and infuses himself into our souls.”
Richard Sibbes, (“The Sweet Dropper”), excerpt from Works of Richard Sibbes, Loc.614, [ language slightly modernized in places, emphasis mine, ]
I was reading 1st Peter 1 a few weeks ago. This chapter is now one of my favorites. It is a great summation of faith in Jesus Christ, faith in God. If you would, please read this chapter. 1st Peter 1
Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the chosen ones who are living as aliens in the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, 2 according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of the Spirit, to obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace be multiplied.
The chosen ones of God were living as aliens in places into which they were dispersed. They were made missionaries, [many by seemingly unfortunate circumstances to other peoples.] God brings wonderful things out of seemingly bad things. Those who are His children are aliens to this world. The world does not understand us, why we do the things we do. They misjudge our motives and hearts, they cannot figure us out. We have become God’s children through the sanctification of the Spirit. The Spirit most immediately to us, initiated our salvation. He, in one way or another, turned our thoughts to Jesus, He drew us to Jesus, and Jesus reconciles us with God. God led us to God, and God reconciles us with God. We have a sure and trustworthy salvation. “and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” Thank God, our salvation is His doing and keeping, and not our own. May His grace and peace be multiplied to us. May we come more and more to rely on His mercy, grace, and love for us, which will produce peace when trusted and relied on.
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to his great mercy became the father of us again to a living hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,
Oh, Blessed be Our Father, God, and the Father of Our Lord Jesus Christ. This reminds us of God the Father’s love and loyalty to His Son Jesus Christ. It is from this love of God the Father to God the Son, from which our faith in God’s love for us can rest. There is not much in us practically, in our deficient morality, goodness, conduct, hearts; seen by us and others in this world, that is at all worthy of God’s love for us. You see, this is not where our hope lies. Our hope is only sure, steadfast and truly hopeful when resting on The Fathers love and acceptance of His Son, Jesus Christ. It is in the righteousness, love, obedience, the covering of Jesus Christ Himself, that we may have a living hope. This is His wonderful and merciful gift to us. This living hope, who is the living God, Who dwells within us indeed, He is the source and only true Spiritual Life within us. His dwelling within us is what brought us from death to life. As Jesus was raised from the dead.
“that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; to the end that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be strengthened to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and height and depth, 19 and to know Christ’s love which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. 20 Now to him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,“
This same resurrection power has occurred in us, and continues to give us hope and life.
” and what is the exceeding greatness of his power toward us who believe, according to that working of the strength of his might which he worked in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and made him to sit at his right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule, and authority, and power, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age, but also in that which is to come. ”
We have a sure, and powerful Living Hope within us. The Ruler of All is within us, in a mysterious, but true way. Though we may be feeble, and weak in ourselves, we do have access to great strength and power. If only we had a fuller, deeper, more trusting faith in God to believe more fully in His power. I hope, you and I will seek, trust and believe more of the mercy and grace of God for us, to help us experience more of His wonderfully powerful working within us. May we share His great mercy and power more effectively with others, through His working in us.
I will continue this at a later date, Lord willing.- Paul M.