24 OCTOBER (PREACHED 1770)
The Beloved Son of God
‘And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him.’ Luke 9:35
SUGGESTED FURTHER READING: Isaiah 45:15–25
Except you conceive aright of Jesus as the Beloved Son of God, all your professed dependence upon him as a Saviour, is presumption and idolatry. You may learn from Isaiah 45:21 and 43:11 that there is but one Saviour, and that he is the Lord Jehovah. He is jealous of his glory and will not give it to another, nor could he, consistent with his honour and holiness, command all men to honour the Son as they honour the Father, if he was not the proper object of our supreme adoration and love. Your making mention of the name of Jesus, being baptized in it, and concluding your prayers with it, will not make you a Christian, except you are enlightened to receive him as he is revealed in the Word.
Here is comfort for believers and all who are truly seeking salvation. That name in which you are directed to trust is above every name—he on whom your help is laid is mighty, all-mighty. As the Beloved Son, he exercises all power in heaven and earth and is therefore able to save unto the uttermost.
What think you of Christ? If he is the Beloved Son, what will be the end of those who despise him, live in rebellion against him and say in their hearts, We will not have this man to reign over us [Luke 19:14]?
What think you of CHRIST? is the test
If asked what of JESUS I think?
To try both your state and your scheme;
Though still my best thoughts are but poor;
You cannot be right in the rest,
I say, he’s my meat and my drink,
Unless you think rightly of him.
My life, and my strength, and my store,
As JESUS appears in your view,
My Shepherd, my Husband, my Friend,
As he is beloved or not;
My Saviour from sin and from thrall;
So GOD is disposed to you,
My hope from beginning to end,
And mercy or wrath are your lot.
My Portion, my LORD, and my All.
SERMON SERIES: ON THE TRANSFIGURATION, NO. 9 [4/4]