EVERY TRUE CHRISTIAN IS GREATLY BELOVED
“O man greatly beloved, fear not: peace be unto thee, be strong, yea, be strong.” [Daniel 10:19]
Every true Christian is, in some sense – and that a very deep and true sense, too, a “man greatly beloved.” Though there are differences in the manifestation of the Love of God, so that we may say there are elect ones out of the Elect, yet the entire Elect are “greatly beloved.” There are choice spirits among the chosen, such as the 70 who were selected from the disciples, the 12 out of the 70, the three – Peter, James, and John – out of the 12, and John out of the three. Election rises out of itself again and again, ascending like a pyramid; yet for all that the common disciples, at the base of the pyramid, are “greatly beloved,” and loved with an Infinite Love.
The weakest babes in Grace are as truly loved as those who have come to the fullness of the stature of men in Christ Jesus; there are spots where the sun’s light seems to rest most constantly, yet the sun of God’s Love shines on all the field which He has chosen. The goodly land owned the superior excellence of its Carmel and Sharon, yet from Dan to Beersheba, every acre was blessed of the Lord. Every heir of Heaven is purchased with the SAME BLOOD, written in the SAME ROLL OF LIFE, called by the SAME SPIRIT, preserved by the SAME DIVINE POWER, and is ripened under the SAME SPIRITUAL INFLUENCES for Glory; surely then EVERY BELIEVER is “beloved,” and “greatly beloved,” too!
Great Love has been shown in the Salvation of each one of us, and in our preservation to this day; therefore, if none of us should be bold enough to hope that the expression of the Text could be applied to us in any peculiar and eminent sense, yet our faith, without presumption, dares to know that we are men greatly beloved, seeing we have been saved by the Sovereign Grace of God, and made near to God by the blood of Jesus Christ.
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