Gird your sword on your thigh, O most mighty, with your glory and your majesty.…
I. WHENCE IT IS OUR LORD JESUS IS DESIGNED "MOST MIGHTY."
1. He is so from the omnipotent power of His Divine nature, which is the principal of His mighty operations in the union of His person (Isaiah 9:6.)
2. He is mighty from the authority and power that was communicated and given unto Him by the Father, as Mediator, for the accomplishing of His whole work. Christ had strength and power as "the mighty God"; and He hath authority too, as all power is communicated to Him by God the Father (Matthew 28:18). And concerning the power given Him by the Father, the apostle tells us (Ephesians 2:22, 23).
3. He may justly be designed "most mighty" from what He has done, not only in giving being and existence to all things, as God equal with the Father; but also considered as Mediator.
II. IN WHAT RESPECTS THE WORD OF CHRIST MAY BE COMPARED TO A SWORD.
1. For defence of His people.
(1) Our Lord Jesus defends His subjects from their persecutors by His Word and Spirit. Whatever persecutors may be permitted to do with the bodies of any of God's saints, their souls, against which the shot of their enemies is chiefly aimed, are still in safeguard.
(2) By His Word and Spirit He defends His people from the deceit and cunning craftiness of those who lie in wait to deceive them.
(3) Our Lord Jesus defends His people from all their inward enemies by His Word and Spirit.
(4) It is by means of the Word our Lord Jesus supports, comforts and bears up His people under all the tribulations in their house of pilgrimage.
2. For the downbringing of His and their enemies (Isaiah 11:4; Revelation 3:16).
III. SOME THINGS IMPLIED IN HIS GIRDING ON HIS SWORD.
1. His appointing ordinances in the Church.
2. His calling, fitting and qualifying a Gospel ministry to bear His name before sinners. Faithful ministers are the gift of Christ to the Church (Ephesians 4:10, 11, 12).
3. His accompanying the dispensation of all His ordinances with the power and efficacy of His Spirit.
IV. WHY THE SWORD OF CHRIST, WHICH IS HIS WORD, IS CALLED HIS GLORY AND MAJESTY.
1. Because of the purity and holiness that shines forth in every part of it (Psalm 19:8, 9; Romans 7:12).
2. Because the scope and tendency of it is to declare His glory and majesty (John 5:39; 1 John 5:20).
3. Because He therein manifests His glory unto us.
4. Because of the glorious and majestic effects it has upon the hearts and consciences of men.
(1) We may see and he informed when it is that our Lord Jesus has gone through with the arduous work of men's redemption and salvation to the glory of God and eternal consolation of all the spiritual Israel (Romans 9:5).
(2) We may see what a safe and happy people they are who have fled unto Christ by faith for refuge.
(3) We may see the egregious folly of all who endeavour to stand in the way of the advancement of the kingdom and interests of Christ.
(4) We may see with what reverence and attention men should both read the Word of God and hear it read and preached unto them (Hebrews 12:25).
(5) We may see matter of reproof to those who do not only slight and neglect the Word of Christ, but profane and abuse it.
2. Of trial and examination. What experience have you got of the powerful effects of the Word of Christ upon your hearts?
3. Of exhortation.
(1) We exhort you, who are the true subjects of the mighty Captain of our salvation, who have been subdued to the obedience of faith by the powerful efficacy of His Word and Spirit, to be faithful to Him; "endure hardness as good soldiers of Jesus Christ."(2) We exhort all who are yet at war with this mighty One to take a believing view of the glory of His person, the greatness of His love, the riches of His grace and suitableness of His offices to the condition of your souls; and drop the weapons of your rebellion at His feet.
Parallel VersesKJV: Gird thy sword upon thy thigh, O most mighty, with thy glory and thy majesty.