Daniel Smith

Chapter 44 Self-Control In The Cross

“Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward. For this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye...

Chapter 45 Self-Sacrifice In The Cross

Hereby perceive we the love of God, because He laid down His life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren (1 John 3:16). Self-sacrifice is the pouring out of life on behalf of others. This is the high point of taking up our cross and following our Lord. There is no compulsion in the things of God. God never compels. The things of the Spirit are voluntary, else they have no value. We read that the Romans “laid hold upon one Simon, a Cyrenian, coming out of the country...

Chapter 48 Forerunner Into The Holiest

Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec (Hebrews 6:20). Our Lord Jesus Christ is for us a Forerunner entered into Heaven. We do not hear much of this, but it is vitally important. It really should read “a forerunner,” not “the forerunner.” The latter could refer back to a type, but there is no such type in the Old Testament. The idea of our Lord’s being a forerunner into the actual presence of God was some...

Chapter 49 The Reigning Lamb

And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain (Revelation 5:6). The Lamb in the midst is central to the whole revelation of God. Here is one of the most thrilling and exciting chapters in Holy Writ. Our Lord’s humiliation is past; His exaltation is present. He is high and lifted up, as Isaiah promised He would be. The scene is one of magnificence and majesty, and there is nothing to equal it as...

Chapter 50 The Lamb In The Eternal City

The Lamb is the light thereof (Revelation 21:23). The last two chapters of the Holy Bible are the consummation of divine revelation. The Apostle John is carried by the Spirit to a great high mountain—symbolic of spiritual elevation—that he may behold this grand and glorious vision. The Holy City “The holy city, new Jerusalem” seems to be both the eternal residence of the saints and also figurative of the redeemed people themselves. As a place of residence it is a holy city. ...

Chapter 9 The Sin Offering

Let him bring for his sin, which he hath sinned, a young bullock without blemish unto the LORD for a sin offering (Leviticus 4:3). Sin is a word with an ominous sound. The word is one of the briefest, but the thing itself dragged angels down from Heaven and ruined our God-created humanity. Our Lord’s cross flung a new and divine light upon sin as the abominable thing which God hates. There was sin upon the earth before the Christ of God died, but it was imperfectly known. Sin is no t...

Chapter 13 The Drink Offering

The drink offering thereof shall be of wine (Leviticus 23:13). Wine, which cheereth God and man (Judges 9:13). On most occasions in the tabernacle ceremonies of the Old Testament, wine was outpoured and, as a drink offering, completed the worship. A cup was there and, in the cup, a wine offering. The revealing rays of the Spirit make faith to fly from this to the last paschal feast which our Lord interrupted to inaugurate His own remembrance feast. It was here that our Lord took a cup ...

Chapter 36 The Lord And His Friends

The LORD…will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you (Exodus 12:23). Ye are My friends (John 15:14). The whole purpose of our Lord’s redeeming sacrifice is to have those with Him who shall be His companions forever. The fellowship with Him in the remembrance feast is a beautiful expression of that companionship. Before the Lord instituted the feast, Judas had gone out. He had proved to be a traitor, not a friend. When Judas went out, a whole nation wen...

Chapter 35 Sabbath Rest Of Soul

There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God (Hebrews 4:9). God’s Creation Rest Concerning the work of creation, we read that God ended the works which He had made in six days, and “rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had made” (Genesis 2:2). Why God should take six days to complete the work of creation belongs to His own chosen ways of wisdom and love. There is certainly much that is symbolic both in the order in which things were created and in the num...

Chapter 20 The Accomplished Mystery

My meat is to do the will of Him that sent Me, and to finish His work (John 4:34). It is finished (John 19:30). The Bible is God’s spiritual paradise. In this paradise of God believers love to sit down in those choice spots which are thickset with the Saviour’s love—where they drink from everlasting springs, where they feed on the regaling fruit of everlasting redemption. The mystery of the Saviour’s cross is too profound for us fully to understand. But there is a wondrous p...
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