Thou art weighed in the balances and art found wanting. — Dan 5:27
It is well, to frequently weigh ourselves in the scale of God’s Word. You will find it a holy exercise, to read some psalm of David, and, as you meditate upon each verse, to ask yourself, “Can I say this? Have I felt as David felt? Has my heart ever been broken on account of sin—as his was when he penned his penitential psalms? Has my soul been full of true confidence in the hour of difficulty—as his was when he sang of God’s mercies in the cave of Adullam, or in the strongholds of Engedi? Do I take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the Lord?”
Then turn to the life of Christ, and as you read, ask yourselves how far you are conformed to His likeness. Endeavor to discover whether you have the meekness, the humility, the lovely spirit which He constantly inculcated and displayed.
Take, then, the epistles, and see whether you can go with the apostle in what he said of his experience. Have you ever cried out as he did, “O wretched man that I am! Who shall deliver me from the body of this death”? Have you ever felt his self-abasement? Have you seemed to yourself the chief of sinners, and less than the least of all saints? Have you known anything of his devotion? Could you join with him and say, “For me to live is Christ and to die is gain”?
If we thus read God’s Word as a test of our spiritual condition, we shall have good reason to stop many a time and say, “Lord, I feel I have never yet been here, O bring me here! give me true penitence, such as this I read of. Give me real faith; give me warmer zeal; inflame me with more fervent love; grant me the grace of meekness; make me more like Jesus. Let me no longer be ‘found lacking,’ when weighed in the balances of the sanctuary, lest I be found lacking in the scales of judgment.” “Judge yourselves—that you be not judged.”
Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling. — 2 Tim 1:9
The apostle uses the perfect tense and says, “Who has saved us.” Believers in Christ Jesus are saved. They are not looked upon as people who are in a hopeful state, and may ultimately be saved but they are already saved. Salvation is not a blessing to be enjoyed upon the dying bed, and to be sung of in a future state above but a matter to be obtained, received, promised, and enjoyed now.
The Christian is perfectly saved in God’s purpose; God has ordained him unto salvation, and that purpose is complete. He is saved also as to the price which has been paid for him, “It is finished” was the cry of the Savior before He died. The believer is also perfectly saved in His covenant head—for as he fell in Adam—so he lives in Christ.
This complete salvation is accompanied by a holy calling. Those whom the Savior saved upon the cross—are in due time effectually called by the power of God the Holy Spirit unto holiness. They leave their sins; they endeavor to be like Christ; they choose holiness, not out of any compulsion but from the compulsion of a new nature, which leads them to rejoice in holiness—just as naturally as aforetime they delighted in sin.
God neither chose them nor called them because they were holy but He called them that they would be holy; and holiness is the beauty produced by His workmanship in them. The graces which we see in a believer are as much the work of God—as the atonement itself. Thus the fullness of the grace of God is brought out very sweetly. Salvation must be of grace, because the Lord is the author of it and what motive but grace could move Him to save the guilty? Salvation must be of grace, because the Lord works in such a manner that our righteousness is forever excluded. Such is the believer’s privilege—a present salvation; such is the evidence that he is called to it—a holy life.
Morning and Evening - June 12
Public domain content taken from Morning and Evening by Charles H. Spurgeon.