Praising God, and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.
I. DIVINE IN ITS SOURCE. "The Lord."
1. It was instrumentally Divine. Through the labours of the good.
2. It was voluntarily Divine. Omnipotence did not coerce.
3. It was beneficently Divine. None deserved to be influenced.
4. It was impartially Divine. No respect of persons.
5. It was unostentatiously Divine. The virtual energy and blessing came from the Lord, but He was hidden in the instrument:
6. It was mediatorially Divine. "The Lord" — Christ, operating not as Creator, but Redeemer.
II. SOCIAL IN ITS FORM. "To the Church." This implies —
1. Separation from the world. New maxims, motives, aspirations, activities.
2. Public profession of attachment to Christ.
3. Supreme sympathy with, and love to, the associated friends of the Saviour. Like draws to like.
4. Co-operation with advocates of organized Christianity.
III. CONSTANT IN ITS OCCURRENCE. "Daily."
4. Accumulativeness. Each day added to the advance of the others.
IV. REDEMPTIVE IN ITS BLESSINGS. "Such as should be saved."
1. Saved from sin and its contaminations.
2. Saved by the Spirit through the blood of Christ.
3. Saved for a life of holiness and usefulness.
4. Saved unto eternal gains. Rest, victory, purity, fellowship, happiness.
(B. D. Johns.)
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