|Written by W. S. Craig|
|Wednesday, 19 May 2010 00:04|
Reproduced from Primitive Baptist Faith and Practice by Elder W.S. Craig.
"To the poor the gospel is preached."-Lu 7:22. "The spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor."-Lu 4:18. "Comfort ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God."-Isa 40:1-2. "Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price."-Isa 4:1. "Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden."-Mt 11:28. "If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink."-Joh 7:37. "Blessed are the poor in spirit;" "Blessed are they that mourn;" "Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled."-Mt 5:3-4,6. This blessed gospel is positively discriminating, for verily it is only the needy and helpless soul that leans through its felt necessity upon Jesus Christ. If the blessed Lord of mercy has been pleased to open any one's heart, the above scriptures should convey a good definition of this glorious "gospel of the grace of God."-Ac 20:24.
While we all are subjects of moral address and exhortations to right living, only the regenerated are subjects of this gospel address. In the absence of the Holy Spirit's gracious heart-work, no bearer or preacher (no matter how highly otherwise gifted) can conceive of or convey, a correct definition; for they can only be expected to look to, declare their views of the law, and love and magnify the doctrines and commandments of men. God alone can prepare the heart and give spiritual wisdom. And without a spiritual mind and wisdom, spiritual things cannot be understood. 1Co 2:14. "The Lord God hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary."-Isa 1:4. This blessed gospel proclaims soul-rest for the weary, and they only enter into that gospel rest in the perfect and finished work of Jesus Christ after they have ceased from their own works, as God did from His. Heb 4:10. God alone calls and qualifies all those He sends forth to preach, and burdens them with a message of heavenly mercies for His people.