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They delight in prayer- have internal peace —
- make progress.
665. Saints delight in devout meditation and prayer.
Ps. 1: 2 His delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
Ps. 16: 8 I have set the LORD always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved. - 63: 5 My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips :6 When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches. — 77: 11 I will remember the works of the LORD: surely I will remember thy wonders of old. 12 I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings. 119: 23 Princes also did sit and speak against me: but thy servant did meditate in thy statutes. 24 Thy testimonies also are my delight, and my counsellors. 48 My hands also will I lift up unto thy commandments, which I have loved; and I will meditate in thy statutes. 97 O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day. 99 I have more understanding than all my teachers: for thy testimonies are my meditation. 148 Mine eyes prevent the night-watches, that I might meditate in thy word. - 143: 5 I remember the days of old, I meditate on all thy works; I muse on the work of thy hands. 6 I stretch forth my hands unto thee: my soul thirsteth after thee, as a thirsty land.
Dan. 6: 10 When Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime. [See 64, 531.]
666. Saints have, peculiar internal peace.
Ps. 119: 165 Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.
Jn. 14: 27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
Gal. 5: 22 The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith.
Ph. 4: 7 The peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. [See 582.]
667. Saints make progress in knowledge and holiness.
Ps. 92: 12 The righteous shall flourish like the palm-tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. 13 Those that be planted in the house of the Lord, shall flourish in the courts
They cannot boast Their comparative number.
of our God. 14 They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing.
Mat. 13: 33 Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.
Mk. 4: 26 He said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground; 27 And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how. 28 For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear.
2 Cor. 4: 16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
2 Th. 1:3 We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth. [See 515.]
668. Saints made to differ — boasting excluded.
Rom. 3: 27 Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay; but by the law of faith.
1 Cor. 4: 7 Who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?
Ep. 2: 1 You hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins; 2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: 3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. 8 For by grace are ye saved, through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.
669. Real saints have been comparatively few, but will be very numerous.
Gen. 7: 1 The LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark: for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation. [Gen. 6: 11, 12.]
Gen. 18: 32 He said, Oh, let not the Lord be angry and I will speak yet but this once: Peradventure ten shall be found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for ten's sake.
Num. 14: 23 Surely they shall not see the land which I
They are the light of the world - Their peculiarity.
sware unto their fathers, neither shall any of them that provoked me see it: 24 But my servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and hath followed me fully, him will I bring into the land whereinto he went; and his seed shall possess it.
Mat. 7:14 Strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. 20: 16 The last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.
Lk. 12:32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. 13: 23 Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them, 24 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able. 18: 8 I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?
2 Tim. 1: 15 This thou knowest, that all they which are in Asia be turned away from me; of whom are Phygellus and Hermogenes.
Rev. 7: 9 After this I beheld, and lo, a great multitude which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands. [See 440.]
670. Saints, the light and salvation of the world.
Jer. 5:1 Run ye to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, and see now, and know, and seek in the broad places thereof, if ye can find a man, if there be any that executeth judgment, that seeketh the truth; and I will pardon it.
Ezk. 22: 29 The people of the land have used oppression, and exercised robbery, and have vexed the poor and needy: yea, they have oppressed the stranger wrongfully. 30 And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found none.
Mat. 5: 13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. 14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. [See 545.]
671. Singularity of Sainis.
Dt. 14: 2 The LORD hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth. Rom. 7: 15 That which I do, I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. 16 If then I do
Their future preeminence and glory.
that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. 17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. 18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good, I find not. 19 For the good that I would, I do not; but the evil which I would not, that I do. 20 Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. 21 I find then a law, that when I would do good, evil is present with me. 22 For I delight in the law of God, after the inward man: 23 But I see another law in my members warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. 24 O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? 25 I thank God, through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then, with the mind, I myself serve the law of God: but with the flesh the law of sin.
2 Cor. 6: 8 As deceivers, and yet true; 9 As unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed; 10 As sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.
Tit. 2: 14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
672. God's delight in saints, and prospective view of their perfection, preëminence and glory.
Num. 23: 21 He hath not beheld iniquity in Jacob, neither hath he seen perverseness in Israel.
Dt. 32: 9 The LORD's portion is his people; Jacob is the lot of his inheritance.
Job 7: 17 What is man, that thou shouldest magnify him? and that thou shouldest set thine heart upon him? 18 And that thou shouldest visit him every morning, and try him every moment?
Ps. 50: 2 Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God hath shined.
Song 4: 7 Thou art all fair, my love; there is no spot in thee.
Is. 43: 4 Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honorable, and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life. - 46: 13 I will place salvation in Zion for Israel my glory.- 62: 3 Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God. 5 For as a young man marrieth
Their future preeminence and glory.
a virgin, so shall thy sons marry thee: and as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee.
Zep. 3: 17 The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.
Mal. 3: 16 Then they that feared the LORD spake often one to another and the LORD hearkened, and heard it: and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the LORD, and that thought upon his name. 17 And they shall be mine, saith the LORD of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him.
Mat. 13: 43 Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father.
Lk. 7: 42 When they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most? 43 Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged. 47 Wherefore, I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little. 15: 7 I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nine just persons which need no repentance. 22 But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet.
Jn. 14: 21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me, shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him. 22 Judas saith unto him, (not Iscariot) Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world? 23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. 15: 9 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. 15 Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father, I have made known unto you.-20: 17 Go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father and your Father, and to my God and your God.
Rom. 8: 29 Whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the first-born among many brethren.
1 Cor. 6: 3 Know ye not that we shall judge angels?