For by me your days shall be multiplied, and the years of your life shall be increased.
This verse is the epilogue or conclusion of the gospel-treaty with sinners. The entertainment the gospel meets with is twofold, and there are two sorts of gospel-hearers: compilers with the gospel-call; these are called the wise: refusers; these are styled scorners.
I. IF THOU BE NO COMPLIER WITH THE GOSPEL CALL THOU ART A SCORNER OF IT: there is no middle course. Thou art not a complier with the gospel-call as long as —
1. Thou entertainest any prejudice against religion and wilt not come to Christ.
2. Thou art in a doubt whether to come or not, or delayest and putteth off.
3. If thou dost come, but dost not turn from thy sins unto God in Christ sincerely, thoroughly, and universally, thou dost not comply. By not complying with the gospel-call thou abusest the mercy, goodness, and patience of God. Thou lookest on the gospel-call as a trifling, inconsiderable thing. Thou exposest it to shame and dishonour. Thou failest of thy fair promises. Thou makest thyself merry with thy disobedience to this call. Is not that scorning?
II. IF THOU COMPLY WITH THE GOSPEL-CALL THOU SHALT THEREIN ACT WISELY FOR THYSELF. The profit descends to themselves; it does not ascend to God. To confirm this, consider —
1. God is infinite in perfections, self-sufficient, and therefore the creatures can add nothing to Him.
2. All the goodness and profitableness of men or angels, or any creatures, can add nothing to Him. But by complying thou shalt advance thine own interest.
Parallel VersesKJV: For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased.