WHO MAKES THE DIFFERENCE?
If there is one great battering ram to pride it is this, who makes you to differ from another?
Is there anything that you have that you did not receive? Do you have faith? Have you a new heart, a new nature? Do you have a heart that loves God that bows and submits to and feels its need of Christ? A heart that loves the brethren? If you received these graces, and you received a new heart it is because of the Sovereign grace of Christ. We cannot glory in any grace, any love, any gift that we have, for we have them because of GRACE. Why would we be proud as if these things were of our own making? For who maketh thee to differ from another? Do you believe and have a knowledge of the Lord Jesus? How many in your family are without any knowledge of Him, or even an interest in Christ? How many of them are still steeped in their religious traditions and darkness? Who made you to differ? In any direction you choose to look you see sin, drunkenness, profanity, immorality, homes and families destroyed, drugs in every community. Our prisons cannot hold the criminals of our society, superstition and religious easy-believes has multitudes in its clutches. But, who made thee to differ?
Let me ask you, are you better by nature than these? Were you more godly or better in hearing than these? The only difference between us and the vilest soul on earth and in hell is the Sovereign grace of God!
“Tis not that I did choose Thee,
For Lord, that could not be.
This heart would still refuse Thee
Hadst Thou not chosen me!”
— Donnie Bell
DAVID BECAME A CAPTAIN OVER THEM
“And every one that was in distress, and every one that was in debt, and every one that was discontented, gathered themselves unto him; and he became a captain over them: and there were with him about four hundred men” 1 Samuel 22:2
David was in the cave Adullam. He was an outcast from the people, dwelling in this cave. He was in this cave because a wicked King named Saul was on the throne. Everywhere David went, King Saul tried to kill him, he did this because of his hatred of David. God had rejected King Saul and Saul knew that David was the chosen and anointed King of Israel.
David is a picture of our Lord Jesus Christ, an outcast from this world, rejected of men. When some of the people heard where David was they came unto him and he became a captain over them. So when God’s chosen people, his sheep, hear of him and where he is they will go to him and are identified with him.
Heb. 13:8 Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach. This describes those who came to David. And this is a picture of those who will still come to our Lord Jesus Christ, they will be identified with him, and he will become a Captain over them.
All those who come to the Lord Jesus Christ, become his loyal subjects. Luke 9:23-24 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.
Those who come to our Lord are said to be in:
Debt: Without anything to commend themselves to God, totally bankrupt Blessed are the Poor in Spirit. This describes those who are under the conviction of sin.
Distressed: This refers to those oppressed to the point of anguish. This is the anguish of soul which comes as the result of the conviction of sin. It must have been one thing to hear about David and to sympathize with him in his cause, but it was quite another to be driven to the cave out of sheer necessity and with utter distress of heart.
Discontented: This describes a person who has been made to feel the weight of sin, and feels the anguish of soul over his sin, one who can no longer be content with where he is. He is now discontented. The emptiness of the world to a soul which God hath smitten with a sense of sin. He now turns in disgust from that which he had previously sought after with all his heart. There is now an aching void which nothing without can fill. Christ our Lord and rightful king became a Captain over us. He is truly the Captain of our Salvation.
“The Manifold Wisdom of God”
Displayed in the Incarnation of Christ Our Redeemer
The incarnation of Christ reveals the manifold wisdom of God (Isaiah 7:14; Philippians 2:5-8; 2 Corinthians 8:9). No mind, but the infinite mind of the infinite God could conceive and accomplish such a thing as this: ¾ The great, eternal, incomprehensible God assumed our nature and came into this world!
- God became a man!
- He who is the eternal Jehovah became Jehovah’s Servant.
- He who is the eternal Spirit was born of a woman.
- The immortal God became flesh and blood!
- God, who is independent, self-sufficient, and all sufficient, stood in need of food, clothing, and shelter.
- God, who owns all things, became a man who owned nothing.
- He who upholds all things by the word of his power lived upon the charity of men.
- God, who knows all things, as a man, had to learn how to walk, talk, read, and write (2 Corinthians 8:9).
- He who wrote the law and gave it to Moses in the Mount became subject to the law, and performed obedience to the law as a Man.
- The holy Son of God came under the obligation and sentence of the law as a guilty sinner.
- He who is life was made to die.
- God, who is infinitely, immutably, unchangeably happy, was made to suffer sorrow, pain, torment, and death.
- He who is the object of God’s perfect love became the object of God’s unmitigated wrath.
- The infinite, omnipotent God became a finite, feeble man!
- The great sovereign of heaven and earth became a worm (Psalm 22:6).
- The Holy One was made sin!
- The Innocent Lamb of God was made guilty!
- The Darling of Heaven was made the cursed thing, made a curse for us!
—Pastor Don Fortner