I know that my redeemer liveth – Part 2
Next comes that all-important word ‘my.’ “My Redeemer liveth”. Here, the matter becomes a very, very, personal one, my own conscious ownership. The question that faces us all is, “Have we made that Redeemer ours; have I made Him mine”? We all have to face it. Have we actually taken that essential step of faith? The Bible plainly says, “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abideth on him” (John 3:36).
It is our conviction that, if we really see our need, that step of faith will not be difficult. But we are so proud, and a willingness to repent comes but very slowly. We would suggest, however, that just one honest look at the ten commandments would greatly help us here, for we are all guilty on all points, in one way or another (see Matt. 5:21, 22, etc.). Very obviously, we need that Redeemer! The greatest aid to faith, however, is just a sight of the Redeemer Himself. He draws us irresistibly by His incomparable mercy and compassion, and we can only run after Him (Song of Sol. 1:4). And, once we have come, we shall be singing like that happy bride in the Song of Solomon, “I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine (Song of Sol. 2:16; 6:3). There will be no doubt then that our own Redeemer lives.
Finally, in our text are these wonderful words ‘I know’. Job knew that his Redeemer was alive and he knew it thousands of years before Christ actually appeared! The Bible makes it very clear that God not only wants us to have salvation, but He also wants us to know that we have it. We read, “These things have I written unto you, that ye may know that ye have eternal life” (1John 5:13). Blessed assurance, indeed!
We would say this assurance comes to the believer in two distinct ways. First, it comes from God’s unfailing word, the Bible. That book says, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ thou shalt be saved” (Acts 16:31). My response is, “I have believed, and I have done so from my heart, and so I am saved! On the basis of what is written in the book, I know.
Then comes the second way. Once we have taken our stand on God’s Word, we find we have a further assurance, one that is deep within ourselves. God’s Holy Spirit enters into us and forthwith “bears witness with our spirit that we are the children of God” (Rom. 8:16). Thus, we are able to say with full assurance, “I know”. And we shall be part of that great, living church which bears the same testimony.
We ask you now, in closing, “Can you now say with Job of old, “I know that my Redeemer liveth?” Settle it without delay, and add your voice, and your life to the same glad testimony: “I know that my Redeemer liveth”.
Covenant Prayer Life Assembly, 6, Unity Crescent, off Olatunji Street, Ladipo, Oshodi, Lagos. Contact us on 08034849689, or e-mail: Covenantradiotv@gmail.com
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