Glory Honor and Immortality Eternal Life
Glory Honor and Immortality Eternal Life by George Hawtin. This morning, January 14, 1986, for family devotion my wife and I read the gracious word of God spoken through His faith-ful servant Hosea. Gomer, the wife of Hosea, had borne a son to him and, at the time when the son was to receive a name, “then God said, Call his name Lo-Ammi; (a word which means not My people); for ye are not My people, and I will not be your God. Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured nor numbered; and it shall come to pass that in the place where it was said un-to them, Ye are not My people, there shall it be said unto them, Ye are the sons of the living God.” Hosea 1:9-10 Upon reading these blessed words of infinite grace, I had to pause to choke back my emotions. Can mortal man indeed comprehend such matchless, infinite grace as this, spoken in loving kindness and tender mercy to such a prodigal son as the House of Israel, who continually devoured his inheritance with such avid prodi-gality among the harlots of Baalism and all manner of false gods, and now, after his lavish squandering, he sits half starved in the swine pen of his earthly corruption, unfaithfulness and unbelief? Who but the Father, full of grace, could ever have uttered such words as these to a sinful, rebellious people? “In the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not My people, there shall it be said unto them, Ye are the sons of the living God.”
When our wonderful Lord Jesus recited the story of the prodigal son, (Luke 15:11-34), he was in fact re-citing and re-telling the same story found here in the words of Hosea the prophet. Our Lord in the gospel of Luke spoke of a son who was not content with the warmth, love and provision of a kind, caring father, but who no doubt had for many years sullenly harbored the rebellious thought of a day when he could free himself from the wise and kind restraints of his parents and home to have his uninhibited fling, unrestrained and unre-stricted, in prodigal living. Like almost every boy, he imagined himself to be much wiser than his father. He resented the cau-tions of his mother. They were too old-fashioned, he thought. In his immature mind he judged that his parents were out to spoil his fun, and he would enjoy life without them.
Long had he impatiently awaited the day when he would be old enough to receive the inheritance his father had through sacrifice and toil laid up in store for him, and when at long last that day came, he was instant with his request; “Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me, and he (the father) divided unto them his living. Not many days after, the younger son gathered all together and took his journey into a far coun-try and there wasted his substance in riotous living. And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want. And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him. And when he came to himself, he said, How many servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven and before thee, and am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired serv-ants. And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. And the son said unto him, Father, / have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son. 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: and bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry: for this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.” Luke 15:12-24
Glory Honor and Immortality Eternal Life
Marvelous grace of our loving Lord!
Grace that exceeds our sin and our guilt;
Yonder on Calvary’s mount outpoured,
There where the blood of the Lamb was spilt.
Dark is the stain that we cannot hide;
What can avail to wash it away?
Look! There is flowing a crimson tide.
Whiter than snow you may be today.
Marvelous, infinite, matchless grace,
Freely bestowed on all who believe.
You who are longing to see His face,
Will you this moment His grace receive?
How our glad hearts rejoice and our eyes drop down their pearls of praise in the sacred knowledge that our heavenly Fa-ther has called us prodigals home and introduced us to the as-sembled throng with the words of pride and joy, “This is my son, who was dead and is alive. He was lost and now is found.” Angels of light on starry wings touch their harps of gold and rejoice before the throne of God that one sinner has repented and returned from his prodigal wandering back to the fold from which he strayed.
Coming home! Coming home, never more to roam.
Open wide Thine arms of love, Lord, I’m coming home!
Oh, let us always remember that it was the Father who so loved the world that He gave His Son. It was the Father who gave His Son for the ransom of the many. It was the Father who gave His Son to be a propitiation for us — not to propitiate Himself, but to propitiate us and dispose us to kindness and repentance. It was the Father who gave the only Son He had to reconcile us to God. It was the Father who sent us the glorious tidings that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto Him-self, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and it was the Father who committed that marvelous universal word of rec-onciliation to us, and He made us ambassadors for Christ, “as though God did beseech you by us, Be ye reconciled to God” 2 Cor. 5:18-20 The more I read the Bible and the more I come to know Him by personal association with Him the more the evi-dence abounds that our heavenly Father is hopelessly in love with His creation and is longing for the day when each and eve-ry wandering soul returns to Him with the eager words upon his lips, “Father, I have sinned”. Then, without waiting for more and without one word of reproach, with joy He calls to His servants, “Bring the robe of righteousness and put it on him. Put the marriage ring on his finger. Bring hither the shoes that he may be shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace. Kill the fatted calf and let us dance and rejoice and sing, for this My son was dead, but now he lives forever, a new creation in Christ Jesus. He was lost and is found.” And they began to make merry. It is a merriment and rejoicing that has only be-gun. The ever increasing joy of our sonship will never end, no, not in all the eons of eternity; for this My son was dead and is alive again – he was lost and is found.
Thus did the Most High Father speak through His prophet Hosea, saying, “In the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not My people, there shall it be said unto them, Ye are the sons of the living God.”
0h the love that sought me!
0h the love that bought me!
0h the grace that brought me to the fold!
Wondrous grace that brought me to the fold!
Oh the wonder of it all! Sonship! Sons of God and joint heirs with Christ! “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath be-stowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: Therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew Him not.” 1 John 3:1 Sonship is the hope of all creation. It is the pride of God’s own heart. He created the whole race, the Adamic race, and the first father of that race, Adam. He (Ad-am) is called the son of God. Luke 3:38. If our father Adam was a son of God, then indisputably he belonged to the God family, and we, being his children, are sons of that Adam and are the children of him who was called the son of God. Prodigal sons indeed we have been, without hope, without God in the world, sometimes called the children of wrath even as others, “but God, who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace are ye saved); and hath raised us up together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus; that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus” Eph. 2:4-7
Our sonship is the hope of all creation. “For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of Him who hath subjected the same in hope. Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.” Rom. 8:20-23
There is a place where sons of God may ever dwell all the while they tread this vale of tears below. It is the secret place of the Most High where saints abide beneath the shadow of the Almighty. Psa. 91:1
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