Charles haddon gaianation.net October 3, 1869 Scripture: Revelation 1:18 From: urban Tabernacle Pulpit Volume 15


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Christ with the keys of Death and also Hell

“I have actually the tricks of hell and also of death.”— Revelation i. 18.

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THEN hell and death, damaging powers together they are, space not left to riot without government. Death is a land of darkness, as darkness itself, without any order, yet a sovereign eye surveyeth it, and also a grasp hand holdeth that key. Hell additionally is a horrible region, where powers that evil and also of terror organize their high court and also dread assembly; however hell trembles in ~ the existence of the Lord, and there is a throne higher than the throne the evil. Let us rejoice that nothing in heaven, or earth, or in locations under the earth, is left to itself to engender anarchy. Everywhere, serene over the floods, the lord sitteth King for ever and ever. No province of the universe is cost-free from the magnificent rule. Things do not come through chance. Nowhere doth chance and chaos reign, i do not have anything is evil really and also permanently enthroned. Remainder assured the the mr hath ready his throne in the heavens, and his kingdom ruleth end all; because that if the shortest hell and also death very own his government, much an ext all points that room on this reduced world.

that is exciting for united state to observe, together we review this chapter, that government of hell and of fatality is vested in the person of the male Christ Jesus; he who holdeth the tricks of these dreadful regions, is described by man as “One favor unto the boy of man,” and we understand that he was our mr Jesus Christ himself. John experienced a strange and also glorious readjust in him, but still recognised the old likeness, possibly impressed through the nail-prints and also other clues of manhood which he had seen in him while yet he was in the job of his flesh. What an honour is therefore conferred upon mankind! depend which of the angel stated he at any time, “Thou shalt be affected by each other the secrets of hell and of death”? yet these keys are cursed to the kid of man, and also Jesus Christ, bone of our bone and also flesh of our flesh, make in all points prefer unto his brethren, ruleth over all. However manhood is no so exalted as of itself and also apart from Godhead, because that while the description given that our mr by John, together he saw him at Patmos, is evidently human, yet is it also convincingly divine. Over there is a bright of glory about that secret manhood, i m sorry stood in between the gold candlesticks, that comes no of the Virgin mar nor that Nazareth, however is alight apart, belonging only to the everlasting God, whose kid the Redeemer is, and whose equal he counts it not robbery to be. Jesus, in essence, is “God end all, blessed for ever.” Let us rejoice, then, in the condescension that God, in acquisition man into such union v Godhead, that now in the person of Christ man hath dominance over all the functions of God’s hands; and he ruleth not only over every sheep and oxen, and also all bird of the air, and also fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth with the routes of the sea, however death and Hades additionally are cursed to the ascendancy of the glorified man. “At the surname of Jesus every knee must bow, of things in heaven, and also things in earth, and also things under the earth; and also that every tongue must confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

The an allegory of keys is intended, no doubt, to set forth the twin thought of our Lord’s possessing both the rightful and the actual rule over death and also hell. The rightful dominion, i say, for often it has actually been the custom when emperors have pertained to the gates of loyal cities, because that the mayor, or high bailiff, or branch of the city, to current the secrets in official state, in acknowledgment that his majesty to be the lawful owner and also rightful can be fried of the borough. For this reason Christ afoot the keys of hell and also death — that is come say, that is rightfully the mr over those dark regions, and rules them by indefeasible location of sovereignty. But in commonest life the crucial is associated with yes, really possession and power. When the tenant offers up the vital to the landlord, climate the owner has actually the home again under his power, and also in his possession, by the act and also deed. So Christ is not only de jure (according to right), however de facto (according come fact), mr over hell and also death. He actually rules and also manages in all the concerns of the grave, and overrules every the councils of hell, restraining the mischievous gadgets of Satan, or transforming them come subserve his own designs the good. Our mr Jesus Christ tho is supreme; his kingdom, willingly or unwillingly, expand over every existences in everything regions they may be.

It might be well right here to remark, the the word interpreted “hell,” despite it may be rightfully described the an ar of lost and damned spirits, yet need not be limited thereto. Words is “Hades,” i m sorry signifies the dwelling location of spirits, and also so that may incorporate both heaven and hell; no doubt it does encompass them both in plenty of places, and I think in this. Our lord then hath the keys of heaven, and also hell, and death. Wherever separate spirits are now existing, Christ is King, and over the stole gate with which men pass right into the disembodied state, the authority of Christ is paramount. Every hail! you brightness that the Father’s glory, be thou evermore adored!

Come we currently to take into consideration this message in the complying with lights; first, as we may be permitted and strengthened, we shall take into consideration the power of the keys; secondly, us shall consider the key of this power; and then, thirdly, the choice reflections locked up in this theory of the keys.

I. What is to plan by THE strength OF this KEYS right here mentioned?

A crucial is first of all provided for opening, and also hence our Lord can open the gates of death and also hell. The is his to open up the door of the be separate spirits, to admit his saints one through one to their eternal felicity. As soon as the time chandelier come for us to depart out of this civilization unto the Father, no hand however that of the Wellbeloved shall placed that gold key into the lock and open the pearly door which admits the righteous to the spirit-land. Once we have actually tarried awhile as disembodied soul in Paradise, it will certainly be Christ’s occupational to open the entrances of the grave inside our body shall have been confined, in order the at the tramp the the archangel we may rise come immortality. He is the resurrection and also the life; because he lives, we shall live also. At his bidding every bolt the death’s prison residence shall be drawn, and also the substantial iron entrances of the sepulchre candlestick be rolled back. Then shall the body sown in weak be increased in power, sown in dishonour be raised in glory. We need not ask the question, “Can these dried bones live?” as soon as we watch in the hands of our omnipotent Saviour the golden key. Death in vain shall have gathered up the carcases of millions together his treasure, he shall shed all these treasures in a moment, once the mr shall let walk his captives, not for price nor because that reward. In the Egypt of the tomb no Israelite shall continue to be a prisoner; over there shall not a hoof it is in left behind; of all that the Father gave to Christ that will lose nothing, but will for sure raise it up in ~ the critical day. Christ has purchased the bodies as well as the souls the his people; he hath redeemed them by blood, and their mortal frames room the temples of the divine Ghost; rest assured he will certainly not lose a component of his purchase. The is no the will certainly of our father in heaven that the Redeemer must be defrauded the any part of his to buy possession. “Thy dead guys shall live, along with my dead body shall lock arise.”

but a vital is likewise used to shut the door, and even so Jesus will certainly both closeup of the door in and also shut out. His golden key will shut his world in in heaven, as Noah was shut in the ark —

“Far from a civilization of grief and sinWith God eternally shut in.”

There is no fear that glorified saints shall loss from your high estate, or the they chandelier perish after all the salvations i beg your pardon they have actually experienced. Heaven is the ar of eternal safety. There the gateways shall be quick shut by which their foes might enter, or through which their joys can leave them. But, alas! over there is the dark side to this shutting that the gate. That is Christ, who, through his key shall close up door the gateways of heaven versus unbelievers. When as soon as the understand of the house hath increased up and hath shut come the door, it will certainly be useless for mere professors to come through anxious knock and bitter cry, “Lord, Lord, open up unto us;” for i wot the the boy of David, once he shutteth, shutteth so the no man openeth, and also he himself repenteth no of what he has done. As soon as let him close mercy’s door upon the soul of a man, and the stole bar shall never ever be uplifted. O might none the you understand what it is to check out Christ shut the door of sky in her face. It will be devastating when you are expecting to enter into the marital relationship supper to discover yourselves thrust forth right into “outer darkness, wherein shall be weeping, and wailing, and gnashing the teeth.” Jesus, through his sovereign key, has locked the end of heaven all sinners that die impenitent, and also shut out of sky all sin; shut the end of heaven all temptation, every trouble, and also all pain and death; shut the end of heaven all the temptations the the devil, and not also the howlings of that dog of hell shall be heard throughout the jasper walls of that brand-new Jerusalem.

A crucial is offered to shut and also to open, and so the is offered to closeup of the door in, in reference to hell, those spirits who space immured there. “Between us and also you,” stated Abraham come Dives, “there is a great gulf fixed: so the they that which would pass hence to girlfriend cannot; neither deserve to they happen to us, that would certainly come native thence.” the is Christ’s vital that hath closeup of the door in the lost spirits, so that they cannot roam by means of respite, no one escape by means of pardon. May you never ever be for this reason shut in. Christ afoot the vital by which the shutteth in Satan. That is to be bound because that a thousands years, however Jesus shall host the chain, for only our Immanuel could bind this old dragon. Once temptation is preserved away indigenous a Christian that is the Saviour’s restraining strength which holdeth back the arch enemy; and also if the adversary cometh in favor a flood it is through permission of Jesus that the attempt comes. Every roaming that the lion the the pit is permitted by our Master, or he can never walk forth top top his devouring errands. The an essential that shall tie the old dragon in those blessed days of the millennial rest, is in our Lord’s power, and the final triumph, as soon as no sin shall any type of further be well-known on earth, and also evil shall it is in pent up in the grim caverns that hell, will be accomplished by Christ Jesus, the Man, the Mediator, our Lord and also God. Come open, then, and to closeup of the door out, to shut in and to closeup of the door out, these room the work-related of the keys.

by the secrets we must further understand below that our mr rules, because that the key is the Oriental an allegory for government. He shall have the vital of David: “the federal government shall it is in upon his shoulder.” We know by Christ’s having actually the tricks of hell that he rule over all that room in hell; therefore he rules end the damned spirits. They would certainly not in this life have this man to ascendancy over them, but in the life come come they have to submit whether they will certainly or not. In the seething caldron every wave of fire is guided by the will certainly of the man Christ, and also the mark of his sovereignty is on every steel chain. This the ungodly will certainly be compelled to feel with terror, for although the ferocity of their natures will certainly remain, yet the boastfulness of your pride shall be taken indigenous them. Despite they would still revolt, they shall find themselves hopelessly fettered, and also powerless to attain their designs. Though they would fain proceed stouthearted as Pharaoh, and cry, “Who is the Lord, the we need to obey his voice?” they shall discover their loins loosed favor Belshazzar’s top top that dreadful night when his city to be destroyed; castle shall wring your hands in anguish and bite your tongues in despair. Among the an excellent terrors that the shed in hell will certainly be this, the he who concerned save to be rejected by them, and now only reveals himself to them together mighty come destroy. The who hosted out the silver sceptre as soon as they would certainly not touch it, candlestick for ever break them with a rod of iron for your wilful impenitence. Ye despisers, behold and also wonder! If ye will not honour the lord willingly, ye shall submit by pressure of arms. What should be the consternation of those that were loudest versus Christ top top earth, the males who refuse his deity, the infidels who vented curses upon his blessed name— your Voltaires and also Tom Paines, who were never ever satisfied other than when lock uttered bitterness words versus the guy of Nazareth? What will be their amazement! What confusion to the wretch who stated he would crush the wretch, to uncover himself crushed through him who he despised! What consternation and confusion shall overwhelm that guy who claimed he resided in the twilight the Christianity, to uncover himself where the blaze of Christ’s glory shall for ever be together a heater to his guilty soul! O the none of us may recognize what the is to be ruled in righteousness by Christ due to the fact that we would certainly not be ruled by mercy. “Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, once his wrath is kindled yet a little. Blessed are all they that put their to trust in him.” yet beware, ye that forget him, lest that tear girlfriend in pieces and also there be none come deliver.

as in hell Christ has power over all the damned spirits, therefore our text means that he has actually power over all the devils. It was wilfulness, doubtless, that made Satan revolt versus God. Peradventure, Milton’s poetic surmise is not far from the truth, and also Satan did think it “better to preeminence in hell 보다 serve in sky but, fool the he was, he needs to serve in hell through a service ten thousands times more irksome 보다 that i beg your pardon would have actually been his lot in heaven. There, firstborn boy of the Morning, brightest of the angels of God, exactly how happy can have been his perpetual business of the many High; but now blighted through the scathing thunderbolts that Jehovah, the crawls forth from his den degraded, going choose the serpent top top his belly, v dust to be, his meat, debased beneath the very beasts of the field, and cursed over all cattle, going forth for meanest ends, seeking come tempt others the they may come into the exact same loathsome condition with himself. Yet, mark how even in those temptations that his, Satan is ruled by Christ! He permits the foul fiend come tempt, yet there is constantly a “Hitherto shalt she go, and no further,” simply as Satan was permitted to try Job approximately a certain point, but past that suggest he have to not heap increase the patriarch’s agony; for this reason in all situations Christ rule Satan by restraining him. Yea, and also even in that which he is permitted to do, God strengtheneth his servants so that Satan it s okay no honour in the contest, yet retires continually much more and more disgraced by being beat by the bad sons that Adam. Shrewd spirit together he is, the is worsted in the dispute with bad creatures that dwell in flesh. Ay, and much better still, the end of every the temptations the Satan, God’s people are make to derive profit and also strength. In ours exercises and also conflicts, we room taught our weakness and led to fly to Christ because that strength; and also so, together Samson’s slain lion succumbed him honey, out of the eater cometh soon meat, and also out that the strong cometh forth sweetness. An abject servant of Christ arts thou, 0 Satan; a an extremely scullion in the kitchen of providence. When thou thinkest most to impact thine very own purposes, and to fall the Kingdom the Christ ~ above earth, even then what art thou but a just hack, accomplishing still the functions of your Master, whom in vain thou dost blaspheme! Lo, in ~ Christ’s girdle space the secrets of hell. Allow the entirety legion the accursed soul tremble.

Brethren, I have said that words “Hades” here may incorporate both hell and also heaven, or the totality state of separated spirits. For this reason we space bound to remark, the our Saviour rules over every the glorified spirits in heaven, and all the angels that are their associates and ministering spirits. Is not this a delightful reflection, that the Redeemer is the King of angels, because that in times of peril he have the right to send an point of view to combine us, or, if requirements be, twenty soldier of angels would soon uncover their way to stand side through side with the weak however faithful warrior of the cross. O believer, thou canst never be actors where magnificent succours cannot reach thee. Angels watch their method by night, and also journey over mount and sea through unwearied flight, unimpeded through wind or tempest. Castle can accomplish thine enemy, the prince of the power of the air, and overcome him for thee; as doubtless oftentimes they perform unknown to us, in mysterious war of the spirits. You shalt never ever be left to perish, when the chariots that God which space twenty thousand, also thousands the angels, are all in ~ the beck and also command of that who has actually redeemed thee v his precious blood.

Joyous is the thought that Jesus rules over all redeemed soul in heaven, for us hope come be there soon, and also this shall be among our dearest joys that, without temptation, there is no infirmity, without weariness, we shall offer our mr day and also night in his temple. Mine brethren, of every the joys of heaven, beside that that being with Christ, one delights to think of offer Christ. Ah! just how rapturous will certainly be ours song! exactly how zealously we will certainly praise him! just how earnest shall it is in our service! If that should provide us commissions to distant worlds, as perhaps he will; if that shall prepare us to end up being preachers that his reality to creatures in unknown orbs; if the shall call us v revolving periods to i announced to new created myriads the wondrous grace of God in Christ, with what ardent pleasure will certainly we accept the service! just how constantly, exactly how heartily will certainly we tell out the story of ours salvation by the precious blood that Jesus! O that we can serve him right here as we wish; yet we shall offer him over there without fault or flaw. Oh, happy heaven, due to the fact that Jesus afoot the vital of it, and reigns supreme, as soon as shall we stand upon her sea that glass before his throne?

One an ext remark is wanted to complete the explanation that the power of the keys. Our mr is stated to have the tricks of death, indigenous which us gather that all the problems of death are at his alone disposal. No man can die unless as Jesus opens the mystic door the death. Also the ungodly man owes his forgive life come Christ. It is the intercession and also the interposition the Jesus that keeps breath also in the swearer’s nostrils. Long since hadst thou to be consumed in the fire that God’s wrath, O sinner, had actually not Jesus offered his government to save thee out of the jaws that death. As for his saints, it is your consolation that their death is totally in his hands. In the midst of fever and also pestilence, us shall never die till he wills it; in the times of the greatest healthiness, once all the wait is balm, we shall not live a 2nd longer 보다 Jesus has actually purposed; the place, the circumstance, the exact 2nd of our departure, have all been appointed through him, and worked out long ago in love and wisdom. A thousand angels would certainly not hurl us to the grave, nor might a organize of cherubim confine united state there one moment after Jesus said, “Arise.” This is our comfort. We are “immortal it rotates our work-related is done;” mortal still, yet immortal also. Let united state never are afraid death, then, but rather rejoice in ~ the method of it, because it come at our dear Bridegroom’s bidding. Over there be some who count the a many notable expectation, that probably they may be amongst the variety of those that shall no sleep, however be alive and also remain in ~ the Lord’s coming. I am sure I would certainly not disturb any type of joy i beg your pardon they can derive from such a contemplation. Because that my own part, if I had actually the choice, i would favor to die, because that it appears to me the such as carry out not die, while they cannot have any type of preference end them that autumn asleep (for we room told castle shall not stop them that space asleep) will lose much of desirable experience. They will never be able to say in heaven, “I to be made like unto my dice Saviour;” they can never say that they have actually slept in the grave as he did; they deserve to never say, “My body come forth in the resurrection as his did.” I would certainly fain be in all points made favor unto my Lord, to have fellowship through him in every respects. “To die,” saith the apostle, “is gain.” I will add, a obtain I would not lose, and also “Death is yours,” saith the apostle, nor would certainly we have actually it rent away from us; despite the prospect of ours Lord’s comes is sweet, immeasurably sweet, yet the prospect of going to him on the other hand if so he wills it, is not without its sweet too. Christ on foot the vital of death, and also therefore fatality to united state is no much longer a door of terror.

Thus have I, as best I could, if suffering lot bodily pain, laboured to open up up to you what is the power of the tricks in the Redeemer’s hands.

II. What is THE vital OF THIS POWER? Whence go Christ obtain this ideal to have the keys of hell and death? Doth he not derive it very first of all from his Godhead?

In the eighteenth verse, the saith, “I am he that liveth,” language which only God have the right to use, for while we live, yet it is only with a obtained life, like the moon the shineth through a obtained light, and as the moon can not say, “I to be the orb the shineth,” neither can man say, “I to be he that liveth.” God saith, “I am, and also there is none beside me,” and Jesus gift God, claimeth the exact same self-existence. “I am he the liveth.” Now, because Christ is God, he certainly hath power over heaven, and also earth, and hell. There have the right to be no dispute worrying the magnificent prerogative. That is the creator of every things; that is the preserver of every things; all power belongeth depend him. As for all things that space apart native him, they would certainly vanish together a puff of air is gone, if therefore he willed the : the alone existeth; the alone is; as such let the wear the crown, let him have undivided rule. The doctrine the the divine being of Christ, just how I tremble for those who will not receive it! Brethren, if over there be noþeles in words of God the is clear and also plain, it is surely this; if there be any kind of doctrine that is essential for our salvation, it is this. How might we trust to a mere man? If over there be anything that can offer us comfort when we pertained to rest upon Christ, it is simply this, that we are not looking come an point of view nor depending upon a creature, yet are resting upon him who is Alpha and Omega, the beginning and also the end, the Almighty God. O you who dare trust in a man, ns pity you for her credulity; yet you that cannot to trust in Jesus, the life God, I may well blame girlfriend for her unbelief. Having such a absent of our salvation together the ever-living and ever-blessed God, let the believed kindle in our souls the pure joy.

but the vital to this strength lies additionally in ours Saviour’s conquests. That hath the secrets of death and also hell since he afoot actually overcame both these powers. Friend know just how he met hell in the disastrous onset in the garden; exactly how all the strength of darkness there combined versus him. Such was the agony of the struggle, that he sweat great drops that blood falling come the ground; yet he sustained the brunt of the onset without wavering, and kept the field unbeaten. He continued still come wrestle v those evil powers top top the cross, and in the thick midday midnight right into which no curious eyes could pry, in the midst of that darkness he ongoing still to fight, his hoe bruised, but breaking on the other hand the dragon’s head. Grim to be the contest, but glorious to be the victory, worthy to be sung by angels in eternal chorus. Take down your sweet harps ye seraphs, elevator up your loudest note ye cherubim, unto him that fought the dragon and overcame him, come Michael the an excellent archangel that the covenant, unto him it is in glory for ever and ever. Well doth Jesus deserve to dominion the provinces which that hath subdued in fight. He has dominated the king of hell and destroyed the functions of the devil, and an excellent right hath he to be King end the domain the the vanquished.

as to death, ye know how our mr vanquished him! By death he overcame death. When the hands were nailed, they came to be potent come fight through the grave; as soon as the feet were fastened to the wood, then started they to trample ~ above the sepulchre; as soon as the death pangs started to thrill through every nerve that the Redeemer’s body, climate his arrows shot with the loins the death, and when his anguished heart was all set to take it its speedy flight, and leave his blessed corpse, then did the tyrant sustain a mortal wound. Our Lord’s entrance into the tomb was the acquisition possession of his enemies’ stronghold; his sleep in ~ the sepulchre's stony walls was the revolution of the prison right into a couch of rest. Yet especially in the resurrection; when, due to the fact that he might not be held by the binding of death, neither can his heart be preserved in Hades, he climbed again in glory, climate did he end up being the “death of death and hell’s destruction,” and rightfully to be he identified the torment of death and the devastation of the grave. Together if to prove that he had the secrets of the grave, Jesus passed in and passed out again, and he hath made cost-free passage now for his people, free entrance, and free exit. Whether, when our lord died, his soul actually descended right into hell itself we will certainly not assert or deny; the elder theologians all asserted that he did, and also hence they placed in the Creed, the sentence, “He descended into hell,” meaning, many of them, at any type of rate, hell itself. The was no till Puritanic times the that doctrine began to be typically questioned, when it was, as I think correctly asserted, that Jesus Christ entered the people of separated spirits, yet not into the region of the damned. Well, that is not for united state to speak wherein Scripture is silent, however why might it no be true that the an excellent Conqueror actors the zero of his existence over the dens of his adversaries as he passed in triumph by the gateways of hell? might not the keepers of the infernal gate have actually seen his star, and also trembled as they additionally beheld their understand like lightning fall from heaven? would certainly it not add to his glory if those who were his implacable foes were made to recognize of his finish triumph? At any kind of rate, that was however a pass presence, because that we know that swiftly he sped come the gateways of heaven, taking through him the repentant thief come be through him the day in Paradise. Jesus had actually opened therefore the grave through going right into it, hell by happen by it, sky by passing right into it, sky again through passing the end of it, fatality again by increasing from it right into this world, and heaven by his ascension. Thus passing, and repassing, he has proved that the tricks are in ~ his girdle. At any type of rate, by his achievements, by his doings, he hath won for himself the power of the keys.

We have one an ext truth to remember, the Jesus Christ is installed in this high location of power and dignity by the father himself, together a reward for what he has actually done. The was self to “divide the spoil v the strong,” however the Father had actually promised to provide him a “portion through the great.” view the reward because that the shame which the endured among the sons of men! he stooped reduced than the lowest, he has risen greater than the highest; he wore the crown of thorns, yet now the wears the triple crown of heaven, and also earth, and also hell: he was the maid of servants, however now he is King the kings, and also Lord of lords. Planet would not discover him shelter, a stable must be the location of his birth, and a borrowed tomb the sepulchre that his dead body; yet now, all an are is his, time and eternity tremble in ~ his bidding, and there is no creature however minute or vast, that is not topic to him. How significantly hath the dad glorified the whom guys rejected and despised i Let us adore him; let our hearts, while us think over these plain but precious truths, come and also spread their wide range at his feet, and also crown him mr of all.

III. THE valuable BEARING the the entirety subject shows up to be this — according to the ten verse— “Fear not.”

This manifestation of Christ, as having the tricks of death and also hell, was given to the tremble John, who had actually fallen down with astonishment and also dread as one dead, to lull him, and also as if to do this clean the words to be spoken, “Fear not.” Beloved, those words i would address to friend this morning, “Fear not.” Why need you fear? There, is no feasible cause for are afraid for believers, because Jesus lives. “But I might be very poor,” saith one.

“Since Christ is rich, deserve to you it is in poor?What deserve to you desire beside?”

“But I may be very sick,” saith another. “I will certainly make all your bed in your sickness,” saith the Lord; and also since Christ is through you, sickness shall work-related your soul’s health. “Ah,” saith another, “I may be grievously tempted.” but while he liveth, he will certainly pray for you that your confidence fail not, though Satan hath preferred to have you. Yes, yet you yourselves are very frail, girlfriend say, and you are afraid that in part dark hour the frailty may overcome her faith. Yes, but he ever before liveth, and also you room one v him, and who shall damage you while the crucial energy pours indigenous your agreement Head right into you together a member of his body? ns say again, over there is no possible cause for are afraid to any kind of soul the believeth in Christ. Girlfriend shall ransack the corruptions of your heart within; girlfriend shall count your trials without; girlfriend shall imagine every the tribulations the shall come to-morrow; girlfriend shall reflect on all the sins that were through you yesterday and also in the past; friend shall peer into the shades of death and horrors that hell, yet I declare solemnly to you that there is nothing in any of these which you, believing in Christ, have any kind of cause to fear. Nay, if lock all have to unite, if the totality together, the world, the flesh, the devil, in trinity the malice have to all come versus you, if you have a living faith in a living Saviour, “Fear not” is yet the logical inference from that valuable fact. Bring this fearlessness in your life, and be happy as a king. Oh, through nothing else but a living Saviour, just how rich chandelier a saint to be! and with everything else, but lacking that living Saviour, how miserable the richest and the biggest of men constantly would be, if lock did yet know their true state as prior to the Lord!

Now, observe, that this “Fear not” may be specially used to the issue of the grave. We require not fear to die, due to the fact that Jesus has actually the vital of the dig ; we shall never pass with that steel gate with an angel to be our conductor, or part grim executioner to command us, as it were, through the Traitor’s Gate, or into a dreary place of hideous imprisonment. No, Jesus shall involved our dice bed, in all the glory that his supernal splendour, and also shall say, “Come with me, indigenous Lebanon, my spouse, v me indigenous Lebanon: look indigenous the height of Amana; because that the work breaketh, and the shadows flee away.” The vision of Jesus, together he thrusts in the crucial and opens up that door of death, shall make you forget the supposed terrors the the grave, because that they are yet suppositions, and you shall discover it sweet to die. Since Jesus hath the sepulchre’s key, never fear it again, never are afraid it again. Count upon it, your dying hour will certainly be the best hour girlfriend have ever before known; her last will be your richest moment, far better than the job of your birth will certainly be the day of her death. It shall be the beginning of heaven, the rising of a sun that shall go no much more down because that ever. Let the are afraid of fatality be banished from friend by confidence in a living Saviour.

some saints have a fear of the human being of spirits. “Oh,” to speak they, “it have to be a disastrous thing to go into that unknown land. We have actually stood and also peered as ideal we could through the mist the gathers end the black color river, and also have wondered what it must be choose to have actually left the body, and to it is in flitting, a nude soul, through that land from which no traveller hath e’er returned.” Ah! but, perhaps, you imagined that you were sailing into an enemy’s country, yet Jesus is King in Hades, and also Lord the earth. It is not as despite you crossed the channel native England right into France, and also were amongst a people speaking one more language, and owning an additional sovereignty. The is yet as passing the Tweed from England come Scotland, you do yet pass from one province of your Lord’s realm into another, and indeed from a darker into a brighter are of the exact same one sovereign. In that heart land castle speak the exact same tongue, the tongue of the new Jerusalem, which girlfriend have currently begun to lisp; they own the King whom you below obey; and when girlfriend shall get in into the assemblies that those disembodied spirits you shall uncover them all singing to the prayer of the same glorious One who you have adored to-day, rejoicing in the light which was your light top top earth, and triumphing in his love i m sorry was your Saviour below below. Be of great courage, Jesus is King of Hades. Are afraid not.

Neither, brethren, ought we to are afraid the devil. We ought to be watchful versus him, but we need to not fear him so the he may get an benefit from our fear. “Resist the devil, and also he will certainly flee from you;” stand trembling and also he will attack you worse than ever. The boldness of courageous faith is that which makes the adversary tremble. Well may you be brave, for when he comes howling in ~ you choose a lion, you may taunt the thus, and also say, “Ah, present thy teeth and howl, and yell, but thou art chained; she canst do no much more than threaten me. Thou thinkest to issue me, however thou canst not devour me, and therefore i defy thee. Avaunt, in the name of Jesus Christ who bruised thee, dragon the hell, avaunt!” The courage the shall enable thee for this reason to address the adversary while it provides glory come thy Lord and also Master, shall give rapid success unto thee. The is a chained enemy; this leviathan on foot a bit between his jaws and a hook in his nose. He may vex thee for awhile, but thou shalt it is in “ more than conqueror with him that loved thee;” thus fear not. That is the lesson indigenous the message to the boy of God.

One other word come the believer the God. Have to not this contemplation make united state say, “Let united state worship him that hath the keys of hell and also death: let united state come right into his visibility with thanksgiving, and also show ourselves happy in him v songs”? Preaching is not the good end of the Sabbath-day; listening to sermons is no the an excellent aim that Sundays. It is a means; what is the end? Why, the end, so far as we can achieve it top top earth, is for united state to glorify God in service, and also especially in the singing of his praises. Praise rendered come God in prayer and praise is the true fruit the the Sabbath, and I am fear we space behind in this. I wish that as soon as believers come with each other they would oftener render depend Christ the coronals of your hymns, to crown him lord of all. His opponents miss no chance to spite him; those that dislike his gospel are zealous to carry shame top top it. Oh, miss no methods to extol him through your praises, and to honour him v the holiness of your lives and also the zeal of her service. Is the King end heaven, and death, and also hell? then shall he be King over the triple are of my spirit, soul, and also body; and also I will make every my powers and passions productivity him praise.

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come conclude. If come the righteous the class from every this is, “Fear not,” methinks the lesson to the ungodly is, “Fear and tremble.” Christ afoot the secrets of death. Climate you may die this moment: you might die ere friend reach her homes. You have actually not the an essential of death, friend cannot as such prolong your life; yet Christ afoot it, and he can end the times of his longsuffering just when he for this reason wills it. And also what would certainly it be to some of you if the door of fatality were opened up for you, and you were driven through it prefer dumb driven cattle this really day? O man, what would end up being of thee, O mrs what would become of thee, if currently those eyes need to glaze, and that pulse must stop? i beseech thee consider thy ways, and also turn thee depend God, lest you die and perish ~ above a sudden. Remember, soul, the if thou wouldst battle each other with Christ, and also be his enemy, however thou canst not, for he is Lord, and also will be Lord. Even shouldst thou paris to hell come escape him, he ruleth there. “If ns make mine bed in hell thou arts there.” “Oh,” stated one that had gone into the woodland of America much away, and also there met a preacher, “I assumed I had escaped this Methodists, and also here come a parson worried me even here.” “Yes,” said the other, “if you checked out heaven you would discover religion there, and if you go to hell girlfriend will, ns am afraid, discover preachers even there.”

If religion thus follows a man, how much more does the strength of God surround him! You can not escape indigenous the lord of all true preachers, if you deserve to escape native them. Wherever you might go, over there shall the remembrances that his garbage love pierce you like barbed arrows. Even in hell candlestick the glory that his power, i beg your pardon you can not thrust under though friend tried to perform it, strike you with a deeper despair. I implore you to listen to his gospel. He that believeth and also is baptised, shall be saved. This is the article he offered us when he was taken up, practically the last word he spake ere the rose into his glory. “Go ye, therefore, and also teach all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father, and also of the Son, and of the divine Ghost.” O then, productivity to his gospel: believe, that is, trust implicitly in that who passed away on the cross of Calvary to make atonement, and also now liveth to make intercession. Trust in him, and also then come forth and also confess her trust: it is in baptised in his name, confessing your sins, and acknowledging you yourself to it is in his disciple. This is the gospel: disapprove it at your peril. Submit to it, i beseech you, because that Christ’s sake.