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1 Thessalonians 5:24 (KJV)
24 Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.
It is noted, the reason why most Christians are not as happy as they might be, is this: they are looking for their proofs and encouragements in their own hearts, and not in God. The ultimate appeal, the true logic of the soul, the only resting-place, is here: God is God, and God is true. ‘Faithful is He that calleth you, Who also will do it.
In numerous places in His word God has promised to sanctify His followers, and His faithfulness binds Him to fulfill His promises; therefore, He will do it. However, the one who can believe will find this thing also possible to him.
This faithfulness is of Him “that calleth you.” It is a fidelity to His own gracious engagement. He without destroying human freedom or responsibility, of His free grace commences, continues and ends the whole Christian work. Yet so faithful is His compassion that He represents Himself as bound and tied to the impulses of His own unconstrained mercy. There is no bond but His own love, yet that bond is stronger than iron; and He, whom the universe cannot compel, commands Himself. The great achievement must ever remain the work of God.
The Divine faithfulness is gloriously characteristic of the spiritual system to which we belong. No words can go beyond the confidence of David in the faithfulness of God, and no doubt high and spiritual meanings belong to his expressions of such confidence. Holiness was to be the foundation of all, but yet a holiness triumphant in visible majesty and regal pomp. But the faithfulness of our text has exclusive reference to sanctification.
Let us remember it was not relief from temporal evils that Paul promised; the mercy of God might send them to the lions; it was still His mercy, if it but kept them un-spotted from the world. How many of us are content with such faithfulness as this? Is this the tenor of our prayers? Is our heart busy in pleading with God His own eternal faithfulness in behalf of our sanctification and spiritual safety?
Have a Great and God filled Day