Then Moses sang at the Red Sea, it was his joy to know that all Israel were safe. Not a drop of spray fell from that solid wall until the last of God's Israel had safely planted his foot on the other side the flood. That done, immediately the floods dissolved into their proper place again, but not till then. Part of that song was, "Thou in thy mercy hast led forth the people which thou hast redeemed." In the last time, when the elect shall sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and of the Lamb, it shall be the boast of Jesus, "Of all whom thou hast given me, I have lost none." In heaven there shall not be a vacant throne.
"For all the chosen race
Shall meet around the throne,
Shall bless the conduct of His grace,
And make His glories known."
As many as God hath chosen, as many as Christ hath redeemed, as many as the Spirit hath called, as many as believe in Jesus, shall safely cross the dividing sea.
We're not all safely landed yet:
"Part of the host have crossed the flood,
And part are crossing now."
The vanguard of the army has already reached the shore. We're marching through the depths; we're at this day, following hard after our Leader into the heart of the sea.
Let's be of good cheer: the rear-guard shall soon be where the vanguard already is; the last of the chosen ones shall soon have crossed the sea, and then shall be heard the song of triumph, when all are secure. But oh! if one were absent---oh! if one of His chosen family should be cast away---it would make an everlasting discord in the song of the redeemed, and cut the strings of the harps of paradise, so that music could never be extorted from them.
Thinking on These Things
The astronomer looks at the stars, the phrenologist looks at the head, the palmist looks at the hand, the doctor looks at the tongue, the detective looks at the eye, the world looks at the clothes/outward appearance---but God looks at the heart. Man can't look on the heart. Man looks at the outward appearance; his vision stops with the surface of our life. It's what the world sees on the surface of our life that settles their attitude toward Christianity. So let's be careful about the surface , for the world judges our religion by what it sees. Only God looks on the heart.
The world can't see our love, but it can see our living; the world can't see our character, but it can see our conduct; the world can't see our motives, but it can see our methods; the world can't see our proclivities, but it can see our performances. And, we say again, not for the sake of repetition, but for the sake of emphasis, it's what the world sees that settles its attitude toward the Church and the Lord Jesus Christ.
Transformed by Insight
"We all, with open face, beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord,
are changed into the same image."
(2 Corinthians 3:18)
The outstanding characteristic of a Christian is this "unveiled frankness" before God so that the life becomes a mirror for other lives. By being filled with the Spirit, we're transformed, and by beholding, we become mirrors. We always know when a man has been beholding the glory of the Lord, we feel in our inner spirit that he's the mirror of the Lord's own character. Let's beware of anything which would sully that mirror in us; it's nearly always a good thing, the good that's not the best.
The golden rule for our life...is this concentrated keeping of the life open towards God. Let's let everything else---work, clothes, food, everything on earth---go by the board, saving that one thing. The rush of other things always tends to obscure this concentration on God. We have to maintain ourselves in the place of beholding, keeping the life absolutely spiritual all through. Let's let other things "come and go" as they may, let other people criticize as they will, but let's never allow anything to obscure the life that's hid with Christ in God. Let's never be hurried out of the relationship of abiding in Him. It's the one thing that's apt to fluctuate, but it ought not to. The severest discipline of a Christian's life is to learn how to keep "beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord."