Here is Christ's Banner, The Flag of Christ and it's purpose as
foretoldCHRIST STANDING FOR AN ENSIGN OF THE PEOPLE:
A Sermon Preached to
the Honorable and Ancient Artillery Company in Boston, June 5, 1738, Being
the Day of the Finishing Their First Century. Boston: J. Draper, for J. Edwards and
S. Eliot, 1738.
Title verse:] Exodus 17:15: "The LORD my Banner."
[Christ's Army] Isaiah 11:10: "And in that day there shall be
a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign to the people; to it shall the Gentiles
seek, and his rest shall be glorious." The whole chapter is a most noble
and illustrious prophecy of the wise and peaceful, victorious and triumphant reign
of the Messiah. It is the person of Jesus, the Son of David, the son of Jesse, in
the offices and benefits of our Lord Redeemer, that is here displayed under the similitude
of an ensign, standard, and banner, to them that fear Him and because of the truth.
He, the Head of the Church, who also bears on his shoulders the goverment
of the whole world, is the rod from the stem of Jesse (verse 1) and also the root
of Jesse, which is the greater dignity born in my text. He is both the "root
and offspring of David" (Revelation 22:16): in His Divine nature, the root;
in His human, the branch or offspring: Immanuel, God with us, in two distinct natures
and one Person forever.
You see then, my fathers and brothers, fellow-soldiers
under the one ensign and standard of Christ, whom we Gentiles are to be looking,
seeking, and gathering to, that His rest may be glorious in us as a part of His church,
and ours in Him, whose "banner over us is love" (Song of Solomon 2:4).
You see your King and General, the "Captain of your Salvation," and are
now in His presence, to behold His glory, to hear His word of command, and to seek
His favor and protection. The armies of Heaven follow Him, and "bless Him all
ye his hosts," you ministers of His who do His pleasure, [together] with all
His works in all places of His dominion. Bless the Lord, O our souls!
is now almost forty years ago that I spoke to your fathers in this place, and on
this solemnity, and I then led them to Jesus, to the faith in Him, whereby the heroic
saints of old time "subdued kingdoms" (Hebrews 11:33); wrought righteousness,
obtained promises, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant to fight, and
turned "to flight the armies of the aliens." (See Psalms 71:17-18; 92:14-15.)
It is the will of Christ, my brothers, that they without us should not be made perfect,
and therefore I would now finish as I began and lead you again to your standing colors:
Christ your Ensign (the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the Ending, the "first
and the last", which is and which was and which is to come, the Almighty!, the
"same yesterday, today, and forever"). And I doubt not but you will gladly
be led again and again to Him, the glorious object of your saving faith, the Author
and the Finisher of it.
It is no empty flourish you are invited to! It is
Jesus in His saving offices and benefits you are come forth to see! Behold Him, behold
Him! "Red in his apparel," with "died garments from Bozrah!"
Travelling in the "greatness of His strength!" Speaking in righteousness
and "mighty to save"! Look to Him and be saved, all the ends of the earth!
(See Isaiah 63:1-2; 45:22.)
[Christ Is the Banner]
1. He is the Ensign
and Standard set up "from everlasting," in the eternal counsel and decree
of God, from the "beginning or ever the earth was": the father's everlasting
delight and "rejoicing in the habitable parts of the earth"--these parts
of it which He then saw and ordained to be inhabited by our fathers. (Proverbs 8:23,
And this Royal Standard of Heaven was "first displayed on Earth,"
to the confusion of devils and the everlasting wonder and praises of angels and men,
in that glorious revelation and promise to our first parents (Genesis 3:15): "A
Seed of the woman to break the serpent's head, with his bruised heel.'
then held out the flag of sovereign grace with these words written on it, this figure
drawn on it: A serpent piercing the heel of a Godlike Man, but his [the serpent's]
head crushed by it. The Standard bore the image of God's dear Son in our nature,
treading the dragon--the devil and Satan--into hell, from off that dust where it
had crawled and reared its poisonous head.
Indeed, our Savior is the Ensign
lifted up through the whole written Word, and displayed from Sunday to Sunday in
the preached Gospel. He is lifted up on high by Moses and the Prophets and by the
inspired Apostles of the New Testament, and after them, all the ministers of Christ
in all His churches through the whole earth and to the end of time are standard-bearers,
to bear His name and truth, His law and covenant, His promises and threats [judgments],
to all people. We preach Christ crucified, buried, risen, ascended, and reigning
at the Father's right hand and coming again in the clouds of Heaven. He was lifted
up as an ensign on the cross, and from the grave in His resurrection, and yet more
in His exaltation to the right hand of power. Christ, the power of God and the wisdom
of God and the righteousness of God for us.
[Rally to the Flag of Christ]
2. An ensign is a conspicuous thing, to be looked at, seen, beheld, and
considered: and such is Christ.
This is the gracious evangelical phrase,
"Looking to Jesus!" (See Hebrews 12:2; Isaiah 65; Zechariah 12:10.) The
gracious Gospel precept: "behold me, behold me!" and the gracious constraining
promise: "they shall look upon Him whom they have pierced."
is the eye of faith and the hand of prayer, to reach the highest Heaven and bring
down salvation from the exalted Jesus. We must look and admire, look and love, look
and ascend to Him on the wings of strong desire and unfailing faith. He has said
(John 12:32): "And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to
me." Amen, glorious Lord!
From Heaven we also look for Him again in
power and great glory. The angels of Jesus bid the disciples do so in the hour of
His ascension (Acts 1:11): "Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into Heaven?
This same Jesus which is taken up into Heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye
have seen Him go into Heaven."
Without controversy, great is his "mystery
of godliness," the "visions of the Son of Man" as in the "glories
of the Only-begotten of the Father." (See 1 Timothy 3:16): "God was manifest
in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached to the Gentiles,
believed on in the world, received up to glory."
[Enlist Under His Colors]
3. The Standard is set up and the Ensign displayed for People to gather
to, and such is Christ. To Him shall the Gentiles seek, says my text, and after it
the prophet goes on: "He shall set up an Ensign to the nations, and gather the
dispersed of Judah, and assemble the outcasts of Israel."
the ancient and famous promise in the prophecy concerning Judah, and the blessing
with which His Father blessed Him! Genesis 49: "The Scepter shall not depart
from Judah, nor a Lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come, and unto Him
shall the gathering of the people be."
This is the first meaning and
use of the standard: for summoning and inviting persons to enlist themselves, and
for the assembling of the enlisted. The tribes of Israel, in their encampments and
marches through the wilderness, had each their own standard, and they pitched about
their own ensign. Numbers 2:2: "Every one by his own standard, with the ensign
of their fathers' house." This made their camp look beautiful and yet terrifying
in their order and array!
The Spirit of prophecy in later times speaks of
this use of the ensign: to call the nations from afar, and to [call] to them from
the ends of the earth to come with speed swiftly with their "loins girt"!
And thus runs the burden of Babylon: Lift ye up the Banner upon the high mountain,
exalt the voice to them, and shake the hand to go up to her gates; "I have commanded
my sanctified ones;" "I have called my mighty ones", etc. (See Isaiah
The Gospel is preached to the nations for this very end:
to enter them in a war against sin and Satan and for the defense and support of the
kingdom of Christ, His truth and ways, people, and worship. We gather to Him as our
Ensign by our profession of faith in His name, by our assembling to worship from
one Lord's Day to another, in His appointed ways. Of Him the whole family in Heaven
and Earth are named. To His one altar the tribes go up to give thanks to His name,
to worship the Lord in the "beauties of holiness." So the tabernacle of
the Lord stood in the midst of the encamped tribes and marched in the midst of them.
The cloud, the glory and Shechinah was their standard; when that went they did, and
when that stood they rested round about it. Christ was there with His shining hosts
of angels, their guard and conductors. There were their holy convocations; there
was the holy Law deposited in the sacred ark, and there stood the altars of burnt
offering and incense. There stood the golden table and the shew-bread, and there
hung the golden candlestick with the burning lights. All was but a figure [symbol]
of Christ in the flesh, enlightening the multitudes on the Mount with His heavenly
doctrine, feeding them with the bread of life, and then offering Himself as a sacrifice
on the tree. The Day of Pentecost was the famous time of the in-gathering of Jews
and Gentiles together: Christ was the Ensign lifted up in the rushing wind and eleven
tongues and the thousands of converts; the tongues were for gathering in the nations
to Him. Acts 2:32: "This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we are witnesses!
Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father
the gift of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed abroad this which ye see and hear: As it
is written by David, 'The Lord said unto my Lord, sit Thou at my right hand until
I make thy foes thy footstool: Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly,
that God hath made that same Jesus, whom ye have crucified both Lord and Christ."
This pricked them [in the] heart and made them come in: "Men and brethren, what
shall we do?" In all Christ was the Ensign, to gather in souls to Himself.
4. The Standard and Ensign is for union, for the
gathered people to unite under--to unite in affection and to join their strength--and
such is Christ to His church.
There is one Lord and one body, one faith
and one baptism. All Christians declare themselves to be as one and bind themselves
to be so. They enlist in one cause and engage in one design, which [is] Christ's.
John 11:52: "That he should gather together in one the children of God which
are scattered abroad." They gather to Him as their common Lord and General--to
His colors, or, if you will, into His fold, for there is one fold and one Shepherd.
One is the Head: Christ, and the many members are one Body, animated by one Spirit,
and having the same care one for another. Christ is the "center of unity"
to His people; the faith and love in Him is the bond and means of it. What He asked
of the Father for His chosen--that His apostle declares to be granted and true in
fact: He prayed for them, "That they may be one, one in Us, as Thou, Father,
art in Me and I in Thee." This the Apostle affirms of true believers: "Ye
are all one in Christ Jesus." As we read of the multitude of the first believers,
that "they were of one heart and of one soul" (Acts 4:32). So soldiers
are one, an army is one, and their unity like the form of a phalanx in their force
and strength to bear down all before them. (See Ephesians 4:5 and 1:10; 1 Corinthians
12:13 and 10:17; Galatians 3:28; John 10:16; Colossians 1:18; 1 Corinthians 12:15,
and John 17:21.)
5. The Standard, Ensign, and Flag of the King of State
is for the "protection of the subject," and such is Christ to His Church:
its Almighty Protector and Defense. We repair [turn] to Him for salvation, and nothing
less; we flee to Him and are safe. He is our King and shall save us. His name is
Jehovah-nissi, the "Lord our Banner"! The "Lord our Righteousness".
Write this on our one altar and sacrifice. This name of our God and Savior defend
us! Send us help from His sanctuary and strengthen us out of sin! We will rejoice
in His salvation and set up our banners! Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we will remember "the name of the Lord our God"! Save, Lord; let the
King hear us when we call! Be Thou exalted, Lord, in Your own strength; so will we
"sing and praise thy power" (Psalm 20 and 21).
of War Against Evil]
6. And lastly, the standard and ensign are more
especially for a declaration of war, a defiance of enemies, the conquest of them
and triumph over them.
Christ has His enemies, and souls have theirs. His
enemies are ours, and the enemies of our souls are His. Against these the Spirit
of the Lord prepared and raised a victorious Standard in the body of Jesus, our atoning
sacrifice. (See Psalm 40:6; Hebrews 10:5; Colossians 2:15; Luke 10:18.) He triumphed
over them on His cross, spoiling principalities and powers and making a show of them
openly. Satan, like lightning, fell from Heaven; the "prince of this world"
was cast out.
We are all enlisted in this spiritual warfare and must be
good soldiers, fighting the good fight and resisting unto blood, in striving against
sin. (See 1 Timothy 1:18; 2 [Timothy] 2:3-4; 1 [Timothy] 6:12; 1 Corinthians 9:26;
2 Corinthians 10:4; Hebrews 12:4, and Ephesians 6:12.)
We had need be "strong
in the Lord" and in the power of "his might", and put on the "whole
armor of God," that we may be able to stand against the "wiles of the devil."
For we "wrestle" not only against "flesh and blood," but against
"principalities," against "powers," against the "rulers
of the darkness" of this world, against "spiritual wickedness in high places."
Strength, armor, and courage is provided for us to put on, prove [test], wear, and
use. "Wherefore," as the Holy Spirit says, "take to you the armor
of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day." Stand, therefore,
having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breast-plate of righteousness,
and your feet shod with the preparation of the Gospel of peace, above all taking
the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is
the Word of God, and "praying always with all prayer and supplication in the
Spirit." Good armor, truly, for our own day of rebuke and blasphemy from the
infidelity of the enemies of Christianity, who like Rabshakey, reproach the Living
God. Enough to make us cry out with the mourning prophet: "My bowels, my bowels!
I am pained at my heart! Because thou hast heard, O my soul, this alarm of war."
We must heartily offer and engage on the side of truth and holiness. The
Lord has sworn that He will have war with Amalec forever. Ourlusts and their confederates,
the world and the devil, are this Amalec. The war is for life, and the Lord will
fight for us. More are with us than with them. We go forth in the name of the Lord
of hosts, whom they defy. His Ensign is displayed against error and vice, profaneness
and impiety, our own and others' sins. Jeremiah 51:5: "Behold, I am against
thee, O thou that destroyest the Earth! Set ye up the Standard, blow the trumpet,
prepare the nations, and Babylon shall be a desolation."
The ensign inspires courage and animates the host
to battle. The flying colors put life into the soldier and lead him on intrepidly.
It speaks to the hosts and says, as our Lord does to us, "Look on me and do
likewise! Come on without fear! Have I not commanded thee! Be strong and of good
courage: Be not afraid or dismayed, for the Lord thy God is with thee" (Joshua
1:6, 7, 9; Judges 7:17).
Christ can inspire fortitude and strength to endure
hardness, to resist unto blood, to be steadfast and immoveable and not draw the hand
back that stretches out the spear. Jesus can make Joshuas and strengthen [them] with
all might in the inner man; yes, out of weakness He makes [men] strong. Luke 10:19:
"Behold I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all
the power of the enemy." Accordingly read the confidence and defiance of faith
in Him, Romans 8:37-38: "Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors
through Him that loved us: for I am persuaded that neither death, nor life, nor angels,
nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height
nor depth, nor any creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which
is in Jesus Christ our Lord."
Here then is victory and triumph in
the highest, to the utmost, under our conqueroring Ensign, CHRIST JESUS:
1. Victory. We have a Standard that can never fall. Heaven and earth
shall pass awaty, but not a tittle of His Word. "The everlasting God fainteth
not, neither is weary." A Sampson may faint for thirst, and one of the "three
mighty men with David" smote the Philistines till his hand was weary and cleaved
to his sword, benumbed with holding it so long and fast, but they that war under
Christ "shall renew their strength." It is He who "brings forth judgment
unto victory." He came and overcame, and in His strength we conquer ourselves,
the world, and [the] devil. The victory that overcomes them all is our faith. "The
God of grace," says the Apostle, shall "bruise Satan" under your feet
shortly. The enemy may sometimes roar in the midst of the congregation and set up
his ensign in assurance of victory; he may prevail over a Peter in an assault, but
not in the war; no, Jesus has prayed for him [Peter], that "his faith fail not,"
and he returns to his colors. Keep to your Ensign and you fright away the enemy;
"resist the devil" and he shall flee before you. Greater is He that is
in you, than he that is in the world. What says the Spirit to the churches through
the second and third chapters of the Revelation of Jesus Christ? He speaks of all
the saints as overcomers and [victors]: "To him that overcometh will I grant"--every
high honor and glory that our immortal souls can possibly aspire after or receive.
(See Clarke on 2 Samuel 23:10; Isaiah 40:28; 1 John 5:4; Romans 16:20; Psalm 74:4;
James 4:7, and 1 John 4:4.)
On victory follows triumph: triumph for every
one who overcomes. There is an eternal triumph before every good soldier of Jesus
Christ. He is triumphing at the right hand of the Father, and all His enemies are
made His footstool. He wills that they, also, whom the Father has given Him be with
Him where He is, "to behold His glory." He has promised them a share in
it: Revelation 3:21: "To him that overcometh will I grant to sit down with me
on my throne, as I also overcame and am set down with my Father on his throne."
Thus the standard of war and the banner of love are in the end, one. Our
Savior subdues us to Himself and captivates us by His grace, [so] that we may triumph
in His love, over all His and our enemies. And thus it has been from the "beginning
of revenges on the enemy." Jeremiah 1:2: "Declare ye among the nations
and publish, and set up a standard; Babylon is taken, Bel is confounded."
And thus have we seen, in many respects, our glorious Savior standing for an Ensign
of the people.
Imagine, if you please, my brothers, your
own ensign today bearing before you your "professed devotion to the Lamb"
in the midst of the throne as [if] it had been slain. Or, if you please, to the "Lion
of the Tribe of Judah." They are both One, and alike reverend and holy to you;
alike formidable to sinners and pleasurable to saints.
Let Christ be great
and good and glorious in your eyes: the "chiefest of ten thousand and altogether
lovely." Be you as "the valiant of Israel about his bed"; they all
"hold swords" and are "expert in war"; every man has his sword
upon his thigh because of fear in the night. You watch for Christ's church, its preservation
and safety; He wakes for it and you. Let faih make your necks like the "tower
of David," built for an armory, whereon there hang a "thousand bucklers,"
all "shields of mighty men" (Song of Solomon 3:7-8). Such you will become
by faith in your Savior and obedience to Him, and he that is feeble shall be as David,
and "the house of David as the angel of God."
See, my brothers,
your need of Christ and "your God, your glory." See [the] danger of distancing
[yourselves] from Him and [bearing] enmity against Him. Mourn all your desertions
from Him and rebellions against Him. Never [let it] be said of any one here present,
"This my enemy that would not have me to reign over him!" Ever may the
Lord be able to say of us, as the centurion did to Him of the soldiers under him,
"I say unto one, Go, and he goeth, and to another, Come, and he cometh."
Take the sacrament of fidelity to your General and King (for the word meant at first
the "oath of soldiers" to their general). You know who has said and sworn
by Himself, "Unto Me every knee shall bow, and every tongue shall swear! Surely
shall one say, in the Lord have I righteousness and strength! To Him shall men come,
and all that are incensed against Him shall be ashamed; in the Lord shall all the
seed of Israel be justified and shall glory" (Isaiah 45:23-25).
Word to Soldiers: Be a Soldier in Christ's Army]
In this address to
you, my fellow-soldiers in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ (meaning the
whole assembly and not the Company in arms only), I am persuaded you will think I
act as becomes my age (my 65th year). What else were worthy of your souls and mine!
Or were any of our deceased fathers to return and speak to you today, what else would
they think worth saying to you! They who have finished the war and see the face of
the Lamb and know the "price of souls" and of His blood!
in arms, let this be your first character: That you are of this blessed company and
Christ has called you to be His soldiers, like the "trained
family of Abraham," whose blessing is come upon you by faith, who also "saw
Christ's day and was glad." The heroic patriarch at the head of his small victorious
host paid his grateful tithes to this :"King of Glory, the Lord strong and mighty,
the Lord mighty in battle," the "King and Priest of the Most High God,"
and He blessed Abraham in that high Name. The King of Salem, the Prince of Peace,
brought forth bread and wine to the valiant father of the faithful and blessed the
Most High God who had delivered his enemies into his hand. Just so, the Lord your
Banner displays Himself, His grace and benefits, to you and to all of us, in His
Gospel feast, to whom you have there "lift up your hands" with your hearts,
that "the King of Glory might come in." If you, my brothers, in your places
and under your colors, are faithful to Christ, [and] your king and country, you also
shall be blessed of the Most High God.
Your earthly Captain-General (Governor
Belcher) is here present to go before you. And I doubt not but he will gladly lead
you toward a better world. I am persuaded he has chosen the Lord, to serve Him in
the way of these churches, and that many of you also have given your hearts with
your names, in Christ. May you all be found chosen and called and faithful. Such
are they that truly war under the LAMB, "who is the Lord of Lords, and King
of kings" (Revelation 17:14).
[The Faith of Our Founding Fathers]
Your fathers had the honor to be "enrolled soldiers on the Lord's
side." (The completion of your century led me into this consideration of the
piety and fortitude of our fathers.) They had a "sure prospect" of enduring
hardship for His truth and ways. Like Peter, they walked with Him on the sea, and
their feet did not sink. To perils by water succeeded new dangers and fatigues on
shore. A wild desert and many barbarous savages were to be subdued by their arms.
Their zeal for Christ, whose cause they had at heart, animated them for the labor
and encounter. After the manner of Christian men, they fought here with beasts, in
hopes of a better world: the heavenly. (See 2 Timothy 2:3; Matthew 14:30; 2 Corinthians
11:26; 1 Corinthians 15:32; Mark 10:18, 29; Psalm 61:5; 119:111; Romans 14:27, and
They trusted in God, and from time to time had the evidences
of His presence with them. "They got not the land in possession by their own
sword, neither did their arm save them; but thy right hand and thy arm," O Lord,
"and the light of thy countenance, because Thou hadst a favor unto them."
What got they in temporal [things] for themselves? Or rather, what "loss for
Christ's sake" did they not suffer? Leaving all to follow Him! But for spiritual
and eternal gains.
What have they not left to us, their children? A most
"pleasant and goodly heritage" on temporal accounts, as we must acknowledge
who have seen other (and the better) parts of the world. But above all, they fought
for us and have bequeathed to us "the heritage of those who fear God's name"!
Purity of worship and liberty of conscience: a valuable portion, for the purchase
whereof they counted no travel or expense too much [for] that kingdom of God which
is not "meat and drink, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Ghost."
God gave them valor and conduct, for "wisdom and strength are His."
He said, and spoke effectually to them, as He had done to Joshua when he was entering
Canaan, "Only be thou strong and very courageous, to observe to do according
to all my Law" (Joshua 1:7). They were inspired accordingly to act a brave and
Christian part for the Law of their God and the saving good of their posterity.
Religion and learning, churches and schools were their first care, and for these
they laid a wise and strong foundation, while they might seem but weak and feeble
for it, to propagate a well-instructed and a "godly seed." They proposed
nobly and great, and projected wisely the surest means, beginning humbly and creeping
alone in their infant-state.
Only in respect of arms, they commenced [to
act like] men at once: fought [for] their own and the natives' peace; did all they
could to teach and win and save them; but when hatred was returned for their love,
and enmity for their offered friendship, they resolutely defended themselves and
pursued their invaders. God sent His fear before them, and one, as it were, chased
a thousand. The plague also had made room for them and set them in a large place.
This settlement on religious principles and motives prospered, while others on worldly
motives failed. Our founders died in faith, and [being] dead, call us to prudence,
meekness, devotion, courage, and love.
They prayed and wrought and fought,
plowed and built, with their guns and swords by their side, like Nehemiah and the
remnant in his day. How ardent were they on their Sabbaths; how diligent and frugal
all the week long. Only their training days and days for electing their civil rulers
were those of their show and pride. Then they took state upon them and made an appearance
to express their thankfulness to God their trust, and to inspire their sons with
reverence of God and government and with a zeal to maintain and preserve what they
had so worthily acquired for them, by the blessing of God. Just as Moses and Joshua
did, for their learning, in the minority of Israel.
ORDER was their aim.
This was sacred to them, as it is throughout the creation of God. A just rule and
liberty they sought in state, in church, in families and schools. They put great
honor on their officers, who were ambitious to deserve their titles and command respect.
A corporal looked as great as a captain now, and set more [store] by his office.
This was not vanity but true wisdom, for by them looking great and acting so, we
soon grew great among the provinces [American colonies].
[To Every Generation]
The residue of the Spirit is with God, and down to our days He takes
of the Spirit that was in Moses and puts it on rulers here and there--and also Joshua's
Spirit on commanders-in-chief and subordinates. God has many a David in store for
His church, in times long to come, to serve their own generation after His own heart,
in integrity and uprightness. And then how easy is it for them to "fall asleep
and be gathered to their fathers?" (Acts 13:36)
But let us "recover
our arms": Christ our King and Captain lives! Of Him it is testified that "He
liveth." He can humble and reform us, respirit, revive, and restore us. Of His
fulness we may receive, and "grace for grace." Whatever we ask of the Father
in His name, He will do it. One day is with Him as "a thousand years,"
and a thousand years as "one day." Our centuries pass quickly, and how
sovereign is the rise and fall of families, cities, provinces, and kingdoms in every
century almost! But "Thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail" (Hebrews
One "generation goes" and "another comes," but
the "Word of the Lord endureth forever"-- the same to every generation.
This Word which by the Gospel is preached to us, was also [preached] to our fathers
and received by them with love, fear, and reverence. The Lord has commanded it "to
a thousand generations." We will not hide it from our children, but show to
the generations to come the praises of the Lord and His strength.
in the "cloud of glory" will cover our camp and dwell in our churches,
we shall yet be safe and flourishing. But else in vain is salvation hoped for from
the hills and mountains. Worthy is the LAMB to receive power and riches, and wisdom
and strength, and honor and glory and blessing!AMEN>
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