"Lo, I come!" Psalm 40:7

Text: “Then said I (Christ Jesus) ‘Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of Me.'”         
Psalm 40:7.
Good morning, believing Christian!  Ever since God the Holy Spirit opened your ears to hear the Gospel truth from God’s inspired Word (KJV); you have been granted His gift of faith to believe and receive it gladly. 

“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast.”  (Ephesians 2:8)

Of yourself or myself naturally, we could never have heard, nor received the truth of God’s Word, and specifically the Gospel of Salvation in Christ, and in Christ and His full Atonement Sacrifice alone.  Spiritual ‘hearing’ is a Supernatural gift from God to His people.  Fact. 

Hear God’s Word: “Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.  Which things also we speak, not in the words which man’s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing Spiritual things with Spiritual.  But the natural (Spiritually unregenerate) man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are Spiritually discerned.”  (1 Corinthians 2:12-14)

Asking unsaved people to believe that Christ Jesus is God’s Eternal Son; that He came into this world and took on human form to save us from our sins against God; that He was born of a virgin; lived a sinless, perfect, life; did miraculous wonders; went to a cruel Cross and suffered, died, and rose again to free ‘His people’ from our sins – is like talking to a chair, or any other unhearing piece of one’s house furniture!  They will not hear!  They will never understand! 

Without the quickening power of the Spirit of God – sinners are Spiritually dead, and incapable of believing anything about God we say!  This is the truth of God’s Word!  We speak/preach God’s Word, and He grants vital faith to believe it.

“For unto us was the Gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the Word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.”  (Hebrews 4:2)

It takes Supernaturally given faith to believe and place total trust in a God we cannot actually see, hear, touch, taste, or experience in the natural realm. 

The Lord God Jehovah, Creator of all things, took upon Himself a human body, was born as one of His creatures; lived for thirty-three-and-a-half years in sinless perfection; performed many Supernatural miracles.  He then allowed Himself to be sentenced to death for our sins, since He had none of His own – and was Crucified to death upon a Cross – thus taking our sins upon His sinless Self, bearing the punishment required of the Law for them; shedding His sinless Blood to redeem ‘His people’ who were chosen before the foundation of the world by Divine election grace to be saved.

Believing and trusting these Gospel facts of Eternal Salvation in Jesus Christ alone takes Supernatural faith, without which it would be humanly impossible to do so!  Without such a Supernaturally given faith/trust in Christ – it is totally impossible to please our Holy and Righteous Lord God of wrath against sin! 

“But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is (that God actually exists at all!), and that He is a rewarder to them that diligently seek Him.”  (Hebrews 11:6)

By the exercise of such God-given faith we receive the full portent of God’s knowledge of the Incarnation – God coming to man in bodily form – as portrayed prophetically in verse 7 of Psalm 40, our Bible text for this lesson today. “Then said I (Christ Jesus) ‘Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of Me.”

Verse 7. “Lo, I come.  Behold, O Heavens, and thou earth, and ye places under the earth!  Here is something worthy of your intensest gaze.  Sit ye down and watch with earnestness, for the invisible God comes in the likeness of sinful flesh, and as an infant the infinite hangs at a virgin’s breast!”  (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 194)

Can we not see more clearly that, it takes Supernatural faith to believe, and Supernaturally given sight to see and understand such a truly wondrous thing as this?  Jesus Christ, the Eternal Son of the Living Father-God, through the power of God the Spirit – took on the flesh of His Created beings, in order that He might fully experience everything that you and I experience in life; and take Adam’s Curse, and our burdens of vile sin upon His own sinless Head, and make Atonement for us with His Heavenly Father.  Now we have peace with God, through and in Him.

“Therefore (a conclusion) being justified (just-as-if-I’d-never-sinned) by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: by Whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”        (Romans 5:1-2)

Verse 7. “Lo, I come.  Immanuel did not send, but came; He came in His own personality, in all that constituted His essential Self.  He came forth from the Ivory Palaces to the abodes of misery; He came promptly at the designated hour; He came with sacred alacrity as One freely offering Himself.”  (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 194)

Verse 7.  “…In the volume of the Book it is written of Me.  All Old Testament types, illustrations, and prophecies point forward to the Lord Jesus Christ’s coming.  All the New Testament stories point back to what He achieved for us when He came.

Thought: “…Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.” (1 Timothy 1:12-17)

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