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NOTES OF A SERMON BY MR. POPHAM, PREACHED AT GALEED CHAPEL, BRIGHTON, SUNDAY MORNING,
JANUARY 29TH, 1882.
PSALM cxix. 94. MANY a child of God present may feel that, if he possessed the world, and parting with it would bring into his soul the assurance of his being the Lord's, he would gladly part with it. Oh, what an infinite mercy we see and feel it to be, to belong to God! Well, but some may say, “We do belong to Him as His creatures.” Yes, you may be saying that in your heart, yet listen to what He Himself says : * And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you.” It will be a solemn matter for those who, when assembled before the great white throne, hear that “I never knew you." Being God's by creation is not enough for God's children. They want to know they are His by redemption and by regeneration; and, until they know it to their soul's satisfaction, they have no solid rest.
Sometimes we argue from cause to effect. Now, I feel my mind led to reverse that order this morning; and, in looking at the words, “I am Thine,” will try to show in what respects, besides creation, God's people are His.
To begin with vital religion at once, let me say they are His by the regenerating work of God the Holy Ghost in their souls : “The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live." And this work is at once, though in different degrees in different cases, manifested by the state of feeling the new-born soul comes into. The desires, the confessions, the prayers, the breathings of this soul are quickly manifested, to all who have eyes and ears, to be spiritual
. If born of God, you will go where God is to be found. If you know, by divine teaching, what a sinner you are, you will seek salvation in Christ Jesus. As the Spirit influences your heart, though you know not God, nor that He loves
you, you will be constrained to seek an interest in the Lord Jesus Christ. God the Holy Ghost dwells in every elect person when quickened; hence, although between your soul and God there are mountains of guilt, quantities of sins, and an unbelieving heart that none but He can overcome, notwithstanding all that, you are obliged to seek Him. Your heart will cleave to God's children, though you do not feel fit to be where they are. Every
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mark of grace in them you admire. You will seek the Word, go into your room, drop on your knees, and your heart will heave such sighs as only God's people know.
Here is a following after God, although the soul feels to be getting further away from Him; but there is no giving Him rest until He is found. God has got the heart, the ear, and the attention of this poor soul. Oh, what God has accomplished in a man when He has got hold of him, body and soul, so to speak !
But such a sinner says, I am not fit to go where God's people are.” Yet you belong to Him. Though guilt seems as if it would drive you into perdition, and though the delay in answering your prayers much tries you, you belong to God, and you will some day come to this,
" 'Midst all my sin, and grief, and woe,
Thy Spirit will not let me go.” Certainly, you are His by quickening grace, if this is your experience. Here is a word some of us know
“ Determined to save, He watched o'er my path
When, Satan's blind slave, I sported with death.” “Sported with death.” We remember the time when our hearts said, “Depart from us, for we desire not the knowledge of Thy ways." Oh, what enemies to God and goodness! what desperate creatures! And yet grace subdues us, and squeezes many a prayer out of our hearts.
If, then, you are God's by quickening grace, let me go a step further you are His by redeeming blood. When I carried the burden of my sin and rebellion against God and His truth, what a bowed down creature I was, until He took the burden away by that word, "Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; but with the precious blood of Christ;" clenched afterwards with this—"But I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.”
You say, “ If the Lord would tell me He had redeemed me, I should want no more. Well, ask Him as well as you can. Do you find you cannot rest without redeeming blood made known to your heart, through faith? He has it for you. It will come in His own time. The brokenness of heart, the earnestness you feel in following after God, are so many graces given, and the blessing you are seeking is one God has in store for you. Then you will say, “I am Thine.'
Again, “And he that keepeth His commandments dwelleth in Him, and He in him. And hereby we know that He abideth
in us, by the Spirit which He hath given us." Now, let us test
. ourselves by that for a minute or two. What spirit have you got? Do you want the world or God ? Will the literature which pleases a carnal mind please you, or do you turn to the Word of God ? Does a form of prayer satisfy you, or do you want to be breathing out your soul to God daily?
Does sin press you down? Do you sigh for a broken heart? Do you always want to do your own pleasure ? or is this rather your desire, “Make Thy face to shine upon Thy servant; save me for Thy mercies' sake”? Is that your desire, your prayer? “Hereby know we the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error.” Does godly fear keep you from going wrong? Does the spirit of humility make you drop down and take the lowest place? Do you sometimes see such beauty in the mangled form of Jesus, in His bleeding, dying love, as to cause your soul to go out in earnest longings
“Oh, that closer we could cleave
To Thy bleeding, dying breast"? And, again,
Rend, oh, rend the veil between !
Open wide the bloody scene”?
says, “Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of God, that we might know the things which are freely given to us of God.” He is the Spirit of truth. What will the letter of truth do for us if it is alone ? Nothing in a saving way. But you have felt the truth warm upon your heart, fitting your case so exactly that you have said, God must have written it expressly for you. The blessed truth has so strengthened your faith that you have felt you could go through fire for it. It is the Spirit who makes truth warm with life and moist with unction. We may, without that life and that unction, pick up truth, and afterwards have to go back and learn it by experience.
But you may say, “I cannot see the Lord Jesus—cannot behold Him as my soul desires." Now, what heaviness you feel; but when He “stands confessed,” then, “or ever you are aware, your soul makes you like the chariots of Amminadib. arms entwine round Him! He is precious ; and your language is
I love the Lord with mind and heart,
His people and His ways. Then you belong to Him-you are His. Did He ever hold communion with one who did not belong to Him ?
If, then, we are the Lord's in this way, we may go a step further, and say we are His by eternal choice—by election. The knowledge of this truth, got in a right way, never makes the heart hard. It does not harden the heart to trace up to God's eternal choice every sweet grace—a broken heart, the tender feeling of godly fear, the hope you have in the Person of Jesus. No; but it will melt it still more. What a mercy to belong to God! Jesus said, “Thine they were.” “Thine by choice." All the hope, the godly tenderness, the faith, the earnestness these chosen ones possess and feel, flow from this river of love coming from the throne of God. 66 And it shall come to pass,
everything that liveth, which moveth, whithersoever the rivers shall come, shall live ” (Ezek. xlvii. 9). And, when it touches your souls, you
live. “I am Thine." What a mercy to be enabled to look up to God and say that! What peace I felt one evening during the past week, and was constrained to look up and say, “I do belong to Thee, Lord !”
Perhaps there are some here who are saying they fear they shall never get the blessing they desire and seek, because they have such hard, unbelieving hearts. Friends, whoever got a blessing for a soft heart? Whoever obtained it for faith? my sins," says one. When the blessing of pardon comes, where are they? The blessing of God was never merited by faith. It works brokenness and contrition, and immediately it comes, faith mixes with it and embraces it.
“I am Thine.' And there is another way in which we know and feel we are the Lord's. By His preserving grace and
power. Where should we have gone to, since we have known the Lord's calling grace, but for His preserving grace? What gins and snares have been laid for us ! What sins have bubbled
up hearts, and yet we are preserved ! “Having obtained help of God, we continue to this day.” “ If it had not been the Lord who was on our side, now may Israel say, if it had not been the Lord who was on our side, when men rose up against us, then they had swallowed us up quick.” What a comfort it is to sometimes look back upon the way God has led us ! “For by Thee have I run through a troop; and by my God have I leaped over a wall.” Thus, child of God, you feel you are His. Well may you say
“And can He have taught me to trust in His name,
And thus far have brought me, to put me to shame ?"
If anything could turn the Lord's heart away from us, unbelief would. If aught could make Him alter His purpose of mercy, our treachery would. But, instead, He has kissed us over and over again. What a Gospel this is ! What a God we have!