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the living in Jerusalem

"And it shall come to pass, that he that is left in Zion, and he that remaineth in Jerusalem, shall be called holy; even every one that is written among the living in Jerusalem. When the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof, by the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of burning."—Isaiah iv. 3, 4.

What a precious scripture is here! and what vast things are contained in the bosom of it! Mark them down, my soul, one by one, this evening, and see what of thy personal interest thou canst trace in the whole. And first, who they are, of whom these things are said, namely," the living in Jerusalem; even every one that is written: and he that is left, and he that remaineth. "By living, and being written, can only be meant what the beloved apostle saith of being "written in the book of life."- Rev, xiii. 8. And of "him that remaineth," there is, as another apostle saith, "a remnant according to the election of grace."- Rom, xi. 5. Hence the Lord Jesus bids his disciples rejoice, not because the spirits were subject unto them, but because "their names were written in heaven."- Luke x. 20. Secondly, what they are; and we find, that they are called holy. This is the great object of gospel grace; whence the apostle saith," We are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren, beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation, through sanctification of the Spirit." - 2 Thess. ii. 13. And when God saith, "Be ye holy, for I am holy," - Levit, xi. 44; his word works by his divine power, in the new creation of the soul, as he did in the old creation of the earth: the same efficacy is wrought by the one as by the other. "Let there be light, and there was light. "Thirdly, What they shall be. They shall be cleansed from filth and uncleanness. There shall be cleansing work, and purging work. Zion shall be washed, and Jerusalem shall be purged. Sweet and precious scripture, in proof of that fountain of Jesus's blood, opened in after-days," to the house of David, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, for sin and for uncleanness."- Zech, xiii. 1. Fourthly, Who shall do all this? - The Lord! this blessed scripture saith; for He, and he only, can be competent to the great work. The Creator of the soul must also be its Redeemer. None but the Lord can take away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and purge the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof. Precious Jesus! it is thy blood only, which cleanseth from all sin. Fifthly, How will the Lord do it? By the spirit of judgment, and the spirit of burning! Yea, the Holy Ghost, amidst his manifold gifts and gracious offices, will thus act upon every one that is written among the living in Jerusalem. "As a spirit of judgment," he will plead the cause of an injured God and Saviour, with the sinner's guilty conscience; "convincing of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment." And he will be a "spirit of burning;" for his word will act, (as the prophet describes it, Jer. xx. 9.) "as a burning fire, shut up in the bones," consuming all the day. My soul! what sayest thou to this solemn but sweet scripture? Hath God the Spirit been to thee all these? Hath he convinced thee, enlightened thee, and been to thee a spirit of judgment, and a spirit of burning? Hath he convinced thee of thy sinful heart, enlightened thy dark heart, burnt, up the lustful desires of thy corrupt heart, melted thine hard heart, warmed the frozen affections of thy cold heart, and formed a love there towards the person, grace, and righteousness of a dear Redeemer? Canst thou set thy seal to this blessed scripture, that God is true? Robert Hawker

11:40 a.m. - 2021-03-16


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