It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.…
I. WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE SALVATION HERE SPOKEN OF.
1. A salvation from every kind and degree of evil — sin, temptations, the troubles of this world, and future everlasting miseries (Revelation 21:3, 4).
2. The being put into the possession of all good (2 Timothy 2:10; 1 Peter 1:4, 5). Every desire filled up, every prayer answered, and all changed into the most exalted, everlasting praise and thanksgiving.
II. WHY IS IT CALLED THE SALVATION OF THE LORD?
1. It is a salvation worthy of Him (Hebrews 11:16).
2. It is designed, prepared, and promised by Him (Revelation 2:10).
3. It is a salvation that will consist in the enjoyment of Him.
III. WHAT IS IMPLIED IN HOPING AND PATIENTLY WAITING FOR IT?
1. Having the heart fixed by faith on the salvation of God as real, though out of sight (Hebrews 11:1).
2. A full persuasion that the salvation of God will come at last, though for a time deferred.
3. Expecting the salvation of God in His time; depending upon His wisdom to choose the fittest season, and His faithfulness to remember us when that season comes.
4. Serious care to be found ready, whenever called to enter upon the salvation of God, which we have been waiting for.
IV. IN WHAT RESPECTS IT MAY BE SAID TO BE GOOD, THUS TO HOPE AND QUIETLY WAIT FOR THE SALVATION OF GOD.
1. It is good, as it redounds to God's glory; as it is a testimony of his power and grace.
2. As it may encourage others to look, and wait for this salvation.
3. As it will be comfortable to ourselves, disposing us to meet the will of God in a becoming manner.
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