Daniel Smith

Chapter 56 The Lamb Enthroned In Glory

I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne…stood a Lamb” (Revelation 5:6). In the book of the prophet Isaiah, we have seen our Lord in His humiliation—in the agony of His sufferings. Here we see Him on the throne of glory. It is the same Lamb. His humiliation is now past—His sufferings forever over. His exaltation is not something of the future. He is exalted now and was so immediately upon His ascension into heaven after His glorious resurrection. This chapter is a scene of un...

Chapter 57 The Wrath Of The Lamb

The great day of His wrath is come (Revelation 6:17). There is no wrath like the wrath of the Lamb. Before that wrath breaks forth upon the world we must remember how long-suffering God has been. The works of God in nature are largely silent works. The sun rises without noise; so do the stars move in their courses. The grass grows and the harvests of the earth come to ripeness in perfect stillness. So it is in the moral world. God has given to man the power of choice and he has left man, ...

Chapter 58 Overcoming By The Blood

And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony (Revelation 12:11). The first testimony of the Lord Jesus is that He would bruise the serpent’s head—that is, the head of Satan. He was the promised Redeemer and the bruising of Satan was to be His work. The meaning of Satan’s head is his government, dominion and sovereignty. The cross is introduced in the same promise (Genesis 3:15) in the words—“thou (the serpent) shall bruise His heel”—that...

Chapter 59 The Lamb In The Eternal City

The glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof (Revelation 21:23). God’s plan for a perfect society is to be fully realized. This society is called “The new Jerusalem,” or “The holy Jerusalem” (Revelation 21:2, 10). It is seen by John as “coming down from God out of heaven,” which means that all residents are children of God and have a heavenly citizenship. The City of God Since the city is perfect in holiness there can enter in nothing “that defi...

Chapter 21 The Ministering Servant

For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give His life a ransom for many (Mark 10:45). The whole purpose of our Lord in coming into this world and assuming our human nature was to atone for our sins and thus reconcile us to God. This is our Lord’s own interpretation of His sufferings and death on Calvary’s cross. The Central Importance of It The primary reason why the Lord came from heaven to earth was not to live a life in the flesh and de...

Chapter 44 The Cross Of Christ

The cross of our Lord Jesus Christ (Galatians 6:14). The Lord God, in sending forth His beloved Son into our humanity, has set down a new kind of man. This new man is not just better than other men but altogether different from other men. It is as though God has said—“This is the Man I had in view from all eternity and every man must conform to His image.” Satan is against that kind of man. So when our Lord was manifested as the prototype of the man who alone could please God, Sa...

Chapter 43 The Curse Of God

Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us (Galatians 3:13). The ultimate of all evil is the curse of God. When God blesses, one in sorrow finds joy—one in pain finds ease—one who is burdened finds their burdens bearable—death becomes most welcome. But who can tell what horrors may be wrapped up in His wrath? Better not to have been born than to have to experience that! We must remember at the outset that man’s act of crucifying another may not...

Chapter 42 The Placarding Of Christ

Before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you (Galatians 3:1). Bishop Lightfoot has a good word in place of the phrase “evidently set forth.” It is the word placarded. The Lord and His atoning work on the cross had been placarded before these Galatians. The message of His Person and work had been clearly demonstrated before them. But now they were falling back to the legalism of the old covenant. “O foolish Galatians”—what stupid folly is this...

Chapter 23 The Desire Of Simeon

Lord, now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace … for mine eyes have seen Thy salvation (Luke 2:29, 30). There is a growing sense of helplessness in the world and maybe something of perplexity among believers. We are doubtless in the end days, but there is a special witness to bear at the close of the age. Everything outside of Christ is disjointed, disrupted, and distempered. Believers live in the midst of a disintegrating society and our witness must be one of harmony, order, love,...

Chapter 25 The Necessity Of The Atonement

Thus it is written, and thus it behooved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day; And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem (Luke 24:46, 47). In these words our Lord was alleviating the fears of His disciples, showing them that nothing had taken place but what was foretold in the Scriptures, and decreed by God in eternal counsels. Behind all the on-going of evil men and the powers of darkness was
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