Devotional Thought for Today – 11/27/21

Samuel Rutherford Covenanter Quote - God's Smiles and Eternity


CONTEXT: Here in Matthew 25 we have the final part of the Olivet Discourse. Which is another way of saying Jesus’s preaching from Mount Olive. Scholars all seem to agree that the first four parts are located in:

  1. Chap 5–7
  2. Chap 10
  3. Chap 13
  4. Chap 18

Not all agree where this last part starts, some say Chapter 23 some Chapter 24. Matthew Henry gives us the following overview:

This chapter continues and concludes our Saviour’s discourse, which began in the foregoing chapter, concerning his second coming and the end of the world. This was his farewell sermon of caution, as that, Jn. 14:15, 16, was of comfort to his disciples; and they had need of both in a world of so much temptation and trouble as this is. The application of that discourse, was, Watch therefore, and be ye also ready. Now, in prosecution of these serious awakening cautions, in this chapter we have three parables, the scope of which is the same—to quicken us all with the utmost care and diligence to get ready for Christ’s second coming, which, in all his farewells to his church, mention was made of, as in that before he died (Jn. 14:2), in that at his ascension (Acts 1:11), and in that at the shutting up of the canon of the scriptures, Rev. 22:20. Now it concerns us to prepare for Christ’s coming; I. That we may then be ready to attend upon him; and this is shown in the parable of the ten virgins (v. 1-13). II. That we may then be ready to give our account to him; and this is shown in the parable of the three servants (v. 14-30). III. That we may then be ready to receive from him our final sentence, and that it may be to eternal life; and this is shown in a more plain description of the process of the last judgment (v. 31-46). These are things of awful consideration, because of everlasting concern to every one of us.

When I saw the quote from Samuel Rutherford’s letter to To John Gordon, from Aberdeen 1637, above this morning it reminded me of the Parable of the Talents v.14-30. Let me try and explain:

Read over your life, with the light of God’s day-light and sun; for salvation is not casten down at every man’s door. It is good to look to your compass, and all ye have need of, ere you take shipping; for no wind can blow you back again. v.14-18 tells me that we are to continually be evaluating the things we are doing for the Kingdom. Preparing for what God’s plans for our lives, as He may include greater things.

Remember, when the race is ended, and the play either won or lost, and ye are in the utmost circle and border of time, and shall put your foot within the march of eternity, and all your good things of this short night-dream shall seem to you like the ashes of a bleeze of thorns or straw, v.19-23 As Paul says in 2 Timothy 4:7 (KJV) I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course {or race}, I have kept the faith: The Christian life is not some cakewalk it is an endurance race. At the end we should expect to be winners and get our prize (v.21 and 23)

and your poor soul shall be crying, ‘Lodging, lodging, for God’s sake!’, then shall your soul be more glad at one of your Lord’s lovely and homely smiles than if you had the charters of three worlds for all eternity. v24-30 How many so called believers will never hear those words spoken (v.21 and 23), instead they will be among the multitude that hear Christ proclaim: Matthew 7:21-23 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

The question is simple how are you using the “talents” God has provided? Will Christ all you a Good and Faithful Servant?

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