Showing the state of our nation in the light of God’s Holy Word

23rd October 2020

“Even to him shall men come.” Isaiah 45:24

The Lord has given an absolute promise that “In the Lord shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and shall glory.” And no less absolute is the addition, and as it were divine corollary to that promise, “To him shall men come.” And who gives them will and power to come? The Father himself, according to the Lord’s own words, “No man can come to me except the Father which hath sent me draw him.” But will the Father draw all the chosen vessels of mercy to Jesus? Surely he will; for the Lord adds, “It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me” (John 6:45). Every act of faith whereby you look to Jesus is a coming. Every beam and ray of hope in his blood and righteousness is a coming. Every sigh, groan, or tear; every contrite feeling, every breathing desire of a broken heart, all are a coming. So that though you may not be able to realise as fully as you could wish an interest in the former part of the promise, “Surely, shall one say, in the Lord have I righteousness and strength;” yet there is wrought in your soul by a divine power that secret coming whereby you have a manifested interest in the second part of it, “Even to him shall men come.” We cannot come until we are drawn. “Draw me,” says the bride, “we will run after thee” (Song Sol. 1:4). “The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love, therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.” When we are drawn, then we come, and cannot but come. It is good to come. Even those who have received must be ever coming. We get nothing but by coming. Our daily life, as one of faith and hope, is a life of coming. Our continual prayer is a continual coming. For the language of the Church still is, “And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” Thus must we be ever coming that we may be ever receiving; and so everything that makes us come has in it a real or an implied blessing. Nor will you come in vain, be you who or what you may. “For him that cometh to me,” the blessed Lord himself has said, “I will in no wise cast out.”

J. C. Philpot 1802-1869