Mightier Than We: Conclusion

So we saw in our text today that God gave the promises of the covenant to Isaac. And God is faithful and he will maintain this family line, through Jacob to Judah, to Perez, to Hezron, and so forth until you have “Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called Christ.” Matthew 1:16. Why did Isaac receive this honor? It was all of grace. Isaac has proven himself unworthy to receive the blessings of God and yet he is the recipient of the blessings because of God’s free and sovereign grace. Isaac received because of Abraham’s faith which God gave Abraham and grew in him. As Spurgeon said, “We come not to preach salvation to the righteous–for where shall we find them? But we proclaim it to the unrighteous and to the ungodly. “The whole have no need of a physician; but they that are sick” Christ has come after the sick, calling, not the righteous, but sinners to repentance. Oh, if anything will touch the heart it should be this word of free grace, this fact that God does bid sinful men return to him.” Too many people try to follow Christ because of what they receive from him not because of who he is. They want Jesus as far as he serves their needs. This is not following Jesus at all. A true follower of Jesus longs for the Holy Spirit to convict, to show them their sin, to point out every wicked thought and the show them just how bad they are because it is against this darkness that the light and beauty of Jesus in their hearts shines brighter. The temporal blessings are important and are true blessings from God. But like Isaac learned the spiritual blessings of God are so much greater. As Spurgeon also said, “A new heart is better than a new coat! To feed on Christ is better than to have the best earthly food! To be an heir of God is better than being the heir of the greatest nobleman! To have God for our portion is to be blessed, infinitely more blessed than to own broad acres of land! God has blessed us with all spiritual blessings! These are the rarest, the richest, the most enduring of all blessings! They are priceless in value!”

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