Charles Haddon Spurgeon's|
Morning Devotional For
Tuesday February 13, 2018
Time: 11:34 AM PST
"Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should
be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew
Him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God." --1 John 3:1,2
"Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us. Consider who
we were, and what we feel ourselves to be even now when corruption is powerful
in us, and you will wonder at our adoption. Yet we are called "the sons of
God." What a high relationship is that of a son, and what privileges it
brings! What care and tenderness the son expects from his father, and what love
the father feels towards the son! But all that, and more than that, we
now have through Christ. As for the temporary drawback of suffering with the
elder brother, this we accept as an honour: "Therefore the world knoweth us not,
because it knew Him not." We are content to be unknown with Him in His
humiliation, for we are to be exalted with Him. "Beloved, now are we the sons
of God." That is easy to read, but it is not so easy to feel. How is it with
your heart this morning? Are you in the lowest depths of sorrow? Does corruption
rise within your spirit, and grace seem like a poor spark trampled under foot?
Does your faith almost fail you? Fear not, it is neither your graces nor
feelings on which you are to live: you must live simply by faith on Christ. With
all these things against us, now--in the very depths of our sorrow, wherever we
may be-- now, as much in the valley as on the mountain, "Beloved,
now are we the sons of God." "Ah, but," you say, "see how I am arrayed!
my graces are not bright; my righteousness does not shine with apparent glory."
But read the next: "It doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know
that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him." The Holy Spirit shall
purify our minds, and divine power shall refine our bodies, then shall we see
Him as He is.
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