The best Saints see themselves undone, unless continually preserved by the grace of God. Psalm 40: 16 ” Let all those that seek you rejoice and be glad in you: let such as love your Salvation say continually ” The Lord be magnified! ” – But see the frightful view the Psalmist had of sin. Romans 3: 23 ” For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. ” The result of that mankind, in a body, as he is now, sees God’s commands, and before they come within the range of welcoming Jesus at Christmas, fall short of , miss, or fail to obtain the glory of God. Let us rehearsed what is the Glory of God? God’s glory is his approval and favor, but it was now thrown open to all who became members of the Messianic Kingdom. John 12: 43 ” For they love the approval of men more than the approval of God.“- This made the discovery of a ” Redeemer ” so welcome-the true meaning of Christmas In all his reflections upon each step of his life, he discovered something amiss. The sight and sense of our sins in their own colors, must distract us, if we have not at the same time some sight of a Savior. If Christ has triumphed over our spiritual enemies, then we, through him, shall be more than conquerors.
The best use of our consciousness of what we ought to be as ” followers “, is when it rouses conscience to feel the discordance with it of what we are ( sinner ), and so drives us to Christ. The law, whether in the Old Testament, or as written in our heart by their very make ( of our repentance ), is the slave whose task is to bring us to Christ, who will give us power to keep God’s commandments.