Christianity: The Anointed Ones | Part 23
What God has wrought in our souls, as well is what he has wrought for them, we must declare to others! We have been anointed with the oil of gladness above our fellows.” We called the prophets the penman of Scripture, whereas really they were but scribes. The tongue of the most subtle disputant, and the most eloquent oratory, is but not comparable with what God writes Why should we quarrel with the pen if bitter things be written against us, our idolize the pen if it be written in our favor? When we read the words of inspiration we read what God intended us to think of Christ and His children that were given Him? Hebrews 2:11-13 Through His seed, His word might spread the further, He had it put down to never change. The Spirit’s pen was that of a ready writer, that let nothing slip. When the tongue is writing of a precious matter, it is a pity should the pen of the ready writer not be present to leave it on record, so God has not found himself in that position. When He wrote, the penman was ready and the matter was eternal! When He wrote of us as “joint-heirs,” He had already given us of His Spirit!
What the Holy Spirit wrote of Christ is most beautiful and descriptive. He writes of the Royal Bridegroom: “Thou art fairer than the children of men, than any of them ”, Psalms 45:2. The beauties of the Lord Jesus, as God, as mediator, far surpass the tongue of human nature and as children we are endowed with that word to lead us on to our glory!! There is more in Christ to encourage our love than there is or can be in any creature. Our Savior is more than just another one to love, His beauty goes beyond the lower earth, His charm draws us higher than the heavens. For this reason, we do not find it hard to know how much more worthy He is of our love!! By His word, His gospel, His promise, the goodwill of God is made known to us and the good work of God is begun in carrying on in us. The qualities which the Lord Jesus had, has, retains for His work in the office of mediator, form the “fullness” that we can never comprehend! The apostle John writes: “of His fullness have we all received, and grace for grace.” John 1:16 This grace, the gospel of peace which poured from His lips; “began to be spoken by the Lord, and them that heard him.” Because He is a great trustee of divine grace for the use and benefit of His children, we, who are the offspring of His gospel, far exceed all others. The apostle Paul says: “we are blessed with spiritual blessings in Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 1:3
As the Royal Bridegroom, our Master is a man of war, and His marriage did not excuse Him from the field of battle (as was allowed by law, Deuteronomy 24:5). “Gird thy sword upon Thy side, oh most mighty God, with Thy glory and Thy Majesty,” Psalms 45:3. The word of the Lord is the sword of the Spirit. By the promises made by the Holy Spirit, we are willing to submit to Christ and become His loyal subjects; by the threatenings of that word and the judgments executed accordingly, those that stand out against Christ will, in due time, be brought down into ruin! By the gospel of Christ many Jews and Gentiles were converted, and, at length, the Jewish nation was destroyed, according to the predictions of it, for their implacable enmity to it; and paganism was quite abolished. With His
sword girt on Christ side, the message was said “to proceed out of His mouth,” Revelation 19:15. When the gospel was sent forth to be preached to all nations, the marriage had just ended. Our Redeemer girded on His sword to prostrate the war against sin!
His was a holy war: He goes forth with His glory and His Majesty, as a great King takes the field with abundance of pomp and magnificence-in His gospel, He appears great beyond all those writings of men. There is so much of the mind of God opened to the sons of men by the preaching of His message, and therefore glory, the Scriptures are reverberant with the truth: “He that believes and is baptized shall be saved.” So much terror, that His Majesty, the King of Kings continues: “he that believes not shall be damned.” Mark 16:16 He is engaged in the glorious cause-truth and righteousness, which had been lost amongst men. “Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever, Thou hast loved righteousness and hated iniquity: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed Thee with an oil of gladness above thy fellows…”