God’s Recognition of Substitution

The mere bringing the question into the courts of law would have availed
nothing, had there not been provision made for so ordering their processes
and judgments that the sinner might be righteously acquitted; that God might
be ‘just and the justifier” (Rom 3:26), “a just God and a Saviour” (Isa 45:21);
that law might be brought to be upon the sinner’s side; his absolver, and not
his condemner.

This provision has been made by means of substitution, or transference of the
penalty from him who had incurred it to One who had not.

God has introduced the principle of substitution into His courts. There He sits
as judge, “just and justifying”; acting on the principle of transference or
representation; maintaining law, and yet manifesting grace: declaring that
“all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” (Rom 3:23); that “by the
deeds of the law shall no flesh be justified in His sight, for by the law is
the knowledge of sin” (Rom 3:20); yet presenting a divine Surety, as “a
PROPITIATION through faith in His blood, to declare His RIGHTEOUSNESS for
the remission of sins that are past” (Rom 3:25).

Horatius Bonar, The Everlasting Righteousness

I will never leave thee. Hebrews 13:5

I will never leave thee.
Hebrews 13:5
No promise is of private interpretation. Whatever God has said to any one saint, he has said to all. When he opens a well for one, it is that all may drink. When he openeth a granary-door to give out food, there may be some one starving man who is the occasion of its being opened, but all hungry saints may come and feed too. Whether he gave the word to Abraham or to Moses, matters not, O believer; he has given it to thee as one of the covenanted seed. There is not a high blessing too lofty for thee, nor a wide mercy too extensive for thee. Lift up now thine eyes to the north and to the south, to the east and to the west, for all this is thine. Climb to Pisgah’s top, and view the utmost limit of the divine promise, for the land is all thine own. There is not a brook of living water of which thou mayst not drink. If the land floweth with milk and honey, eat the honey and drink the milk, for both are thine. Be thou bold to believe, for he hath said, “I will never leave thee, nor
forsake thee.”In this promise, God gives to his people everything. “I will never leave thee.” Then no attribute of God can cease to be engaged for us. Is he mighty? He will show himself strong on the behalf of them that trust him. Is he love? Then with lovingkindness will he have mercy upon us. Whatever attributes may compose the character of Deity, every one of them to its fullest extent shall be engaged on our side. To put everything in one, there is nothing you can want, there is nothing you can ask for, there is nothing you can need in time or in eternity, there is nothing living, nothing dying, there is nothing in this world, nothing in the next world, there is nothing now, nothing at the resurrection-morning, nothing in heaven which is not contained in this text–“I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”

Charles H. Spurgeon, Morning and Evening

Imploring Divine Influence

l My God, whene’er my longing heart
The praiseful tribute would impart,
In vain my tongue with feeble aim,
Attempts the glories of thy name.

2 In vain my boldest thoughts arise,
I sink to earth and lose the skies;
Yet I may still thy grace implore,
And low in dust thy name adore.

3 0 let thy grace my heart inspire,
And raise each languid, weak desire ;
Thy grace, which condescends to meet
The sinner prostrate at thy feet.

4 With humble fear let love unite,
And mix devotion with delight;
Then shall thy name be all my joy,
Thy praise my constant, blest employ.

5 Thy name inspires the harps above
With harmony, and praise, and love ;
That grace which tunes th’ immortal strings,
Looks kindly down on mortal things.

6 0 let thy grace guide every song,
And fill my heart and tune my tongue ;
Then shall the strain harmonious flow,
And heaven’s sweet work begin below.

Anne Steele, Hymns, Psalms, and Poems