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"I am the Lord that confirmeth the word of his servant, and performeth the counsel of his messengers" (Isa. 44:26).

Notice the sympathy and co-operation there is between the heart of God and the work and service of the true minister. Man preaches and God blesses; man works on the heart and God gives grace; the minister expounds righteousness and God says: "So be it, he shall be righteous"; a minister pronounces mercy to a penitent sinner and immediately God has mercy on him.

Here we see the great and glorious estimate God has of the Word his ministers preach, when it is truly taught and properly applied. It is as though He ties His blessing to it. Ordinarily until someone knows this righteousness by means of an interpreter, God does not have mercy on him, but as soon as he does know it, then as we see here, "God will be gracious unto him, and saith: Deliver him" (Job 33:24). It is a considerable honour for ministers and for their ministry that God Himself blesses it, and works when they work. He waits patiently while they declare His righteousness and "then he will be gracious." The Word spoken by a minister of God is as powerful as that. This is simply what Christ promised: "And whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven" (Matt. 16:19). If we want to know what this means, John's Gospel gives us the answer: "Whose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted (forgiven) unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained" (John 20:23). If we want to know what this means, Isaiah explains it: "Tha t frustrateth the tokens of the liars, and maketh diviners mad; that turneth wise men backward, and maketh their knowledge foolish; that confirmeth the word of his servant, and performeth the counsel of his messengers" (Isa. 44:25-26). In this way, God binds and looses with ministers and remits and retains with them, by confirming their word and fulfilling their warnings.

For example, a true minister may see a sinner hardened in his sins and still rebelling against the will of God. He therefore declares his unrighteousness and sins and warns of the just misery and divine condemnation which he merits. Here he binds on earth, here he retains on earth. There, in heaven, this man's sins are likewise bound or retained.

On the other hand, the true minister may see someone who is penitent and believing, and assure him of the forgiveness of sins and real happiness. He thus frees him from the bondage of his sins by telling him he is now righteous. This person's sins are likewise loosed and remitted in heaven. God Himself pronounces him free in heaven when the minister does on earth. Thus God "confirmeth the word of his servant, and performeth the counsel of his messengers."

William Perkins (1558-1602), minister in Cambridge

Dit artikel werd u aangeboden door: Reformatorisch Dagblad

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Bekijk de hele uitgave van zaterdag 13 december 2008

Reformatorisch Dagblad | 36 Pagina's

Confirmation

Bekijk de hele uitgave van zaterdag 13 december 2008

Reformatorisch Dagblad | 36 Pagina's