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#228, TESTS OF COMING TO CHRIST BY SAVING FAITH, #14

From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away? JOH 6:66-67.

As we have dwelt upon the exercise of saving faith, and coming to Christ by saving faith, it behooves us to examine the evidences of coming to Christ by saving faith. Notice that the Lord Jesus was testing their faith, and "...many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him."

Let’s consider the verses preceding our text. JOH 6:61 says, "When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you?" Does what offend you? Jesus had told them, "This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever," JOH 6:58. Jesus meant His own body and blood when He referred to the bread. They did not see or understand this. "Doth this offend you?" "What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before? It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life." JOH 6:62-63. Jesus was telling them that His bodily presence is nothing; it is the Spirit that profits them. When He spoke of His body, He was not talking about His flesh and blood in a literal sense. He was speaking in a spiritual sense.

"But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him," JOH 6:64. They didn’t believe; yet they had been following Him all this time. If we go to the beginning of Chapter 6 we see in Verse 2, "And a great multitude followed him, because they saw his miracles which he did on them that were diseased." Verses 3-13 tell how Jesus went up into a mountain where a multitude followed Him. He fed them with five barley loaves and two small fishes; He fed about five thousand people with twelve basketfuls left over.

Jesus sent His disciples out to across the sea. They got into a storm. The Lord Jesus then came to the ship, walking upon the sea. "Then they willingly received him into the ship: and immediately the ship was at the land whither they went," JOH 6:21.

The multitude and His disciples had seen all these miracles; they witnessed and experienced all of this, yet "From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away?" JOH 6:66-67. Do you see the test of saving faith? The people were following Jesus.

"When the people therefore saw that Jesus was not there, neither his disciples, they also took shipping, and came to Capernaum, seeking for Jesus. And when they had found him on the other side of the sea, they said unto him, Rabbi, when camest thou hither?" JOH 6:24-25. These people were coming unto Jesus; they believed in Jesus, but not with a saving faith.

The chapter before us for consideration has many lessons for examining the distinction between faith, and saving faith. 1CO 13:2 says, "And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing." So you can have great faith and have nothing if it isn’t saving faith.

Look at the test the Lord Jesus used to determine whether or not their faith was saving faith. A great multitude had faith enough to follow Jesus, and even to be healed of their diseases, but then Jesus put their motive for following Him to the test, and many went away. "Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away?" Will you follow to a given point then desert Me?

The Lord Jesus had warned them that their motive for following Him was selfishness. JOH 6:26 says, "Jesus answered them and said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled." Now, we see that the test is to determine one’s motive for following Him. Do you follow Him because you can gain by it? Will you follow Jesus just for selfish gain, i.e., to escape the consequences of sin when you still love sin itself? If your whole motive is to escape hell, if you follow Christ only because you fear hell, it is still selfish. Then your motive is not your love for God. If you are not following the Lord Jesus Christ with a motive of love, it is not saving faith. It is selfishness.

How many heaven seekers today follow Christ because it is written in MAT 25:41, "Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels." How many people flee hell as a motive for following Christ? They are heaven seekers who want to seize upon the death of the Son for the inheritance, but never bring forth the fruit of love for Christ or their fellow man? Cf. MAT 21:38. They want to come unto Christ only because they want to escape hell, but they have never stopped to understand why those people were placed on the left hand. If they would continue reading, verses MAT 25:42-45, they would learn what Jesus was teaching about love for Him and their fellow man, and they would know why they were on the left hand.

They have never learned to understand that law of love, which Jesus taught in those next four verses. Jesus said, "Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels. [Now see the connecting link.] For I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee? Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me," MAT 25:42-45.

Jesus tells them to depart from Him because they did not have a spirit of love. It was a law of love that Jesus taught in those next four verses, and they never learned to understand. Therefore, they were on the left hand. Love had never been their motive; they had never learned the second table of the law, and one does not understand the second table of the law by nature until you understand the first table of the law. First, you must learn to love God above all with your heart, your soul, and your mind to understand Verses 42-45.

Jesus follows with why they are on the left hand. "Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me," They never learned to understand the law of love. This is also what Jesus is teaching in our text, "Will ye also go away?" Look at the test of faith. The test of genuine, saving faith is being brought to the surface.

If all we are labouring for is to escape the consequences of sin, we are selfish in our motive; it is still not done from a motive of love. The Lord wants our service because we love Him and it is our desire to do God’s will. He wants a new heart. Jesus said in JOH 6:27, "Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed." Labor for that meat that endures.

That meat we are to labor for is clearly defined by the Lord Jesus in JOH 4:34. "Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the will of him that sent me, and to finish his work." What is this meat that perishes not? The meat that endures to everlasting life is serving the Lord from a motive of love. The Lord Jesus tells us of the coming judgment, and we will be judged under the law of love on the basis of what we did for our fellow man. "And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them," REV 14:13. In other words, your labors of love do follow you.

This meat is that which Job spoke of in JOB 23:12, "Neither have I gone back from the commandment of his lips; I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food." Do you see how the will of God was Job’s meat; it was that which he fed upon to nourish his soul. Now, we begin to understand what Jesus meant when He said, "Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you," JOH 6:53. In other words, unless you have learned to walk in my footsteps, doing the will of God, you will never enter into life.

Job had an appetite, a hunger and thirst, after righteousness. That is the meat that endures forever. "Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day," JOH 6:54.

Jesus said in JOH 6:35, "And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst." It is coming to Christ with saving faith; it is the hunger for the broken body of Christ and the cleansing blood with sanctifying power. It is a desire after righteousness.

Now, we begin to see the hunger, pangs and longings of a living soul hungering and thirsting after God. The true hungers and thirsts after Christ are a hungering and thirsting after righteousness as we see in David in PSA 19:9-11. "The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward." David feasted upon the will of God. That was his meat.

The Lord Jesus is telling us that if we labor after the meat that perishes, we are not laboring under saving faith. Anything that gratifies the flesh, anything that is from a selfish motive, and any heart’s desire that is not right before the Lord is laboring for meat that perishes. Our desire must be, "Lord, what will Thou have me to do? Lord, give me wisdom to know Thy will, and give me the grace to do thy will." That is hungering and thirsting after righteousness.

This hunger and thirst after Christ is a longing desire for Christ to be revealed in you, so people can see Christ in your walk of life. David had this desire to be an image-bearer or true reflection of the character of Christ as recorded in PSA 19:12-14. "Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults. Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins [That is anything that promotes "me."]; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression. Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer." That shows a longing desire for Christ to be revealed in you.

The man after God’s own heart could not be satisfied with a mere intellectual knowledge of sound doctrine. This is what the apostle James warned of in JAM 2:19-20. "Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?" Just an intellectual knowledge of doctrine, or the fact that one believes in one God, is a step short of the devils. They also tremble. The Apostle James is pointing out that God not only wants us to have a head knowledge of Him, a doctrinal knowledge of His Word, He wants to see the exercise of saving faith. "Faith without works is dead." The Lord wants to see service; He wants to see that our heart has returned to the purpose of God’s creation. Man is to serve God for His glory. May the purpose of our creation be reinstated. Then our heart’s desire would be to serve the will of God for His glory.

Possessing Christ by saving faith is far more than possessing a piece of land. You may be in possession of the land, have a total confidence of having clear title. You may have a Warranty Deed recorded on the public record and filed away in a secure place, but it may lay there for years without ever looking at it again. If you have a deed to a piece of land, you can have it filed on the public record and throw the deed itself away. If you decide to sell that land, all you need to do is issue another warranty deed. Now, let’s see how that varies from possessing Christ.

Possessing Christ by saving faith is to live upon Him as bread is the staff of life. Possessing Christ by saving faith is to have nourishment for your soul. That is not a once a year occurrence, it is a daily exercise of living upon Him for nourishment and strength. That is much different from owning a piece of land.

I hear so many people say they have accepted Jesus, and they are saved. They are eternally secure, but they put this faith away like a deed to a piece of land. The only problem is that it is worth no more than an unsigned piece of paper for a deed. They have never learned to live upon Christ as the bread of life. This is the message Jesus is giving us; by the possession of Christ through saving faith we come to the point where our spiritual nourishment and strength is derived from Him daily.

JOH 6:53 tells us, "Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you." Unless it is the perfect atonement of Christ and the sanctification of Christ that nourishes our souls daily, there is no life in you.

The person who claims to be a Christian, but does not do what Christ commanded out of love for Him, is an empty professor. Such a person feeds upon a good opinion of himself with a high self-esteem rather than upon Christ as we see from King Saul. This is distinguished from David’s plea we just read in PSA 19. In 1SA 15:30 King Saul says, "Then he said, I have sinned: yet honour me now, I pray thee, before the elders of my people, and before Israel, and turn again with me, that I may worship the LORD thy God." Yes, King Saul confessed his sins, but look at his motive. Where was his heart? No where do we see in him a desire to be brought into the service of God. This is a marked contrast to David’s plea, "Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer," PSA 19:14. Saul’s motive to worship the Lord was selfish; he was promoting his own honor and image.

We see how King Saul was stirred in his emotions; he acknowledged his sins, he felt sorry for his sins, but there is no salvation in that. He desired Samuel to join him in the worship of God, but this was no sure sign that God had savingly convicted him of his sin. Saul was convicted of the guilt of his sins, but not of the pollution of those sins. A person can have all the fears of hell and damnation, and can spend half of a lifetime in remorse, but this in itself has no salvation. One must also be convicted of the pollution of sin, the sinfulness of sin, and have the desire to be cleansed from them and a desire to no longer walk in those sins. The desire must be to be cleansed of the sin, not just the consequences of sin.

1SA 15:31 continues, "So Samuel turned again after Saul; and Saul worshipped the LORD." Saul had many of the marks of grace: he said he sinned, he had much emotion over it, he had a desire to serve and worship the Lord, but his motive was wrong. It was selfish. It was not a desire to serve God out of self-denial; he wanted serve God to enhance his own stature.

The exercise of saving faith is the heart grieving over sin itself, not merely the consequences of sin as with King Saul. Let’s go back a few verses to find out what prompted King Saul’s confession of sin. 1SA 15:28-30 says, "And Samuel said unto him, The LORD hath rent the kingdom of Israel from thee this day, and hath given it to a neighbour of thine, that is better than thou. And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for he is not a man, that he should repent. Then he said, I have sinned: [but it was not a godly sorrow for sin, see what his request was!] yet honour me now, I pray thee, before the elders of my people..."

A godly sorrow for sin, which is the evidence of the work of regeneration of the Spirit, breaks the reigning power of sin. We must have the true working of regeneration in our soul. As we feed on the broken body of Christ as the bread of life we understand ROM 6:10-12; "For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof." The reigning power of sin must be broken. It was never broken in King Saul. He had the desire to worship the Lord, but he never died unto sin. We must follow our Saviour’s footsteps and die unto sin; it is necessary unto salvation.

To reckon yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord speaks of a mental attitude. It is a frame of mind and a decision process in your head that takes place. The Holy Spirit by the work of regeneration gives you the new desire and a new will and a new heart. This is what is meant by the Spirit of Christ. When you refer to the Spirit of Christ, it is His frame of mind, His thinking, His way of thinking. ROM 8:9 says, "But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his," That means that if you do not have the attitude of Christ, you are not His.

That spirit of the flesh no longer controls your thinking. Your mind and carnal thinking have been adjusted unto a spiritual frame of mind; it is one of sacrificial love. That is the Spirit of Christ; it is a completely new frame of mind, Cf. PHI 2:3-5.

The word Spirit as it is used in ROM 8:9 comes from the Greek word pneuma which means, "a spirit, i.e., a rational soul, a vital principle, a mental disposition, etc., or Christ’s Spirit, the Holy Spirit." It is speaking of a frame of mind. That is powerful. If you do not have Christ’s attitude, His frame of mind, His rational mental disposition, you are none of His. It must include a spirit of self-denial. That is what is meant by the word Spirit, and it is awesome to understand what the Scriptures teach when you go back into the original to unfold the meaning. It also means Christ’s Spirit which is the Holy Spirit.

When you receive the Holy Spirit, it is not something that brings shivers down your spine, it is the Spirit of Christ, Cf. ROM 8:9-10. You have received the mental frame or mind of Christ. PHI 2:1-5 says, "If there be therefore any consolation in Christ . . . Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus." Except you have this "mind" or i.e., this "Spirit of Christ," you are none of His, " . . . we have the mind of Christ," 1CO 2:16. If your heart and soul are filled with the lusts of this world, if you are still seeking the meat that perishes, you are not Christ’s.

You must have His thought process and His mind. We can read that in context in PHI 2:1-5. "If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and mercies, Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind. Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves. Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others. Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus."

If you do not have that mind of Christ described there, lowliness and esteeming others better than yourself, you are none of His. When we understand what the Scriptures mean by having the Spirit of Christ, we have to examine ourselves. That is the exercise of saving faith. That is eating of His flesh and drinking His blood. Your meat is to do the will of the Father.

To live in that mental attitude of Christ we must understand how "...he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God." To have that Spirit of Christ is to "...be renewed in the spirit [or attitude] of your mind," EPH 4:23. Your thinking and attitude must be renewed.

The effect of a renewed mind is described so beautifully in EPH 4:24-30. "And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another. Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: Neither give place to the devil," EPH 4:24-27. That is the mind of Christ that accompanies saving faith. If that state of mind is not yours, and you are claiming saving faith, I must admonish you. You do not understand saving faith.

To see how repentance is the central theme of the gospel to those who have received a renewed attitude, let’s continue with Verses 28-30. We must look for the spirit of repentance and evaluate the areas where we are walking contrary to the Word, and change our attitudes and actions. Repentance means a change of attitude, a change of mind. It is coming from a carnal to a spiritual mind. It is a complete change in one’s thought process. "Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that, which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. And grieve not the Holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption."

We grieve the Holy Spirit when we get into a dialogue with Satan – allowing human reasoning to start conquering our mind. Grieve not the Holy Spirit; be likeminded with Christ.

Unless there has been an unconditional surrender to the will and Lordship of Christ there can be no rightful claim laid to the gospel promises such as we find in ACT 16:31. "And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house." That verse may not be used recklessly. It must not be quoted to a person in rebellion; the gospel begins with the word repent. Cf. MAT 4:17 and MAR 1:14-15. No apostle used ACT 16:31 to comfort a person who has not had that change of heart. That comfort of the gospel does not go to those who still have a wrong attitude.

These words of comfort were not spoken to a man who remained in his rebellion, but to a trembling sinner whose rebellion was broken. He had come to a change of mind. He had become a new man as we can see in ACT 16:29-30; "Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas, And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?" He was no longer the brave jailer who had put Paul and Silas in the stocks. Now, as a broken sinner, he came to Paul and Silas trembling. That is a complete change of mind; he had a new desire to know the way of salvation. To that man it was said, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house."

As Jesus spoke to the multitude who followed Him because they "...did eat of the loaves, and were filled," JOH 6:26, He said, "I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst," JOH 6:35. Jesus was speaking to them about coming to Him hungering for the bread of life. Then they could believe on Him and have meat and drink and never hunger or thirst.

Then Jesus admonished them for their unbelief, showing how faith and works cannot be separated. What is unbelief? It is not trusting Christ enough to obey Him. Therefore, belief is to trust Him enough to obey Him. You cannot separate faith from the obedience of faith.

JOH 6:36-38 says, "But I said unto you, That ye also have seen me, and believe not. All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me." Do you believe in Him? Then do the will of Him who sent Jesus by having His thinking, His mental process, and being like-minded. That is to have the mind of Christ. From a motive of love Jesus came down from heaven to do His Father’s will. The Lord wants us to serve Him from a motive of love, not from one of selfishness. It means total, unconditional surrender.

Jesus’ gospel comes against the flesh. Many of the multitude were offended with His doctrine; therefore, Jesus said in JOH 6:63- 65, "It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. [He is looking for a like-mindedness.] But there are some of you that believe not. For Jesus knew from the beginning who they were that believed not, and who should betray him. And he said, Therefore said I unto you, that no man can come unto me, except it were given unto him of my Father."

You and I by nature have our hearts and minds and desires so polluted by the fall. Outside of the regeneration work of the Holy Spirit to give us a new heart and a new thinking, we cannot come to Christ. It requires new desires, new affections, and a change of attitude. It is a gift from heaven. We may have followed the Lord for years, believing we have followed Him in saving faith, but we still experience times when the Lord has withdrawn Himself. Our hearts may hunger and thirst after Him, but we cannot come to Him until the Father makes the connection. It is still a gift of the Father even after we have possessed grace to be able to come unto Christ to share in true fellowship with Him.

We experience a spiritual famine in our heart when our heart has gone after the world; we have been guilty of spiritual adultery. A man once said it was easy to run away from the Lord; you could run miles and miles a minute, but coming back is always on your knees. Sometimes the way is so rough and takes so long. Don’t we find that we have such a desire to come to Him, but we cannot come except the Father restores the union and fellowship with Christ that was broken by a backsliding condition?

Remember how David ran away from the Lord. Except the Lord sent Nathan, David would have never returned. Again, it is the Father’s love that drew him back and showed him the true conviction of what he had done. David sinned with Bathsheba, but he compounded the sin by having Uriah killed. His heart had hardened; it took the special renewing of the Father drawing him back.

This is what brought us to the words of our text, "From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him. Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away?" JOH 6:66- 67. Isn’t that a searching question? He was talking to His own disciples. That is the test of saving faith that the Lord Jesus Christ puts you and I through. Are we going to follow Him? To what extent can you crucify yourself? Can you love Him more than father, mother, and children?

The answer of the true believers to this question can only be what Peter answered his Master in JOH 6:68-69; "Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God." When it seems as if the Lord has tried our faith, we see such emptiness in everything outside of Christ; we know by faith we can look back to see the fullness in Christ and the emptiness in ourselves. Nothing will prompt us to turn away from Him. The answer to Jesus’ question is that we believe He is the Christ, and there is no one else worthy to follow. There is no one else besides Him to desire because the true believer sees there is no one in heaven or here on earth that could be desired. The purifying and purging process has given the true believer this knowledge of the Son.

Saving faith is made known by that Spirit of Christ in the inner desires of the heart and mind which we see in David’s account in PSA 119:10-16. See the childlike faith that the Father gives those who are truly in Christ and have received that saving faith.

"With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments. Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. Blessed art thou, O LORD: teach me thy statutes. With my lips have I declared all the judgments of thy mouth. I have rejoiced in the way of thy testimonies, as much as in all riches. I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways. I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word."

The Word of God was precious to David; we are sanctified by the Word. We hunger for the Bread of Life and Water from the free flowing fountain.

As I have said before, a true biography reveals a man’s weaknesses as well as his virtues, and so it was also with David at the close of PSA 119. David confesses his weaknesses. "Let my supplication come before thee: deliver me according to thy word. My lips shall utter praise, when thou hast taught me thy statutes. My tongue shall speak of thy word: for all thy commandments are righteousness. Let thine hand help me; for I have chosen thy precepts. I have longed for thy salvation, O LORD; and thy law is my delight. Let my soul live, and it shall praise thee; and let thy judgments help me. I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek thy servant; for I do not forget thy commandments," PSA 119:170-176.

Do you see the mind and Spirit of Christ in David’s supplication? He begs for the Lord to feed his soul that it might live. He sees the beauty in God’s law, but he confesses that he has gone astray like a lost sheep. Do you know the difference between the sheep and lamb? The sheep has matured in the way of following his shepherd. David is saying that even though he has such a longing desire for God’s precepts, he strayed into the wrong pasture. He realizes he has a tendency to feed in the wrong pastures, i.e., of the flesh. It is a constant warfare in our souls; the Spirit of Christ wars constantly with the spirit of lust. David found the spiritual warfare to be a struggle for his soul, and he went astray from the beloved commandments of God. He did not forget the Lord. The admonition of our Saviour, to you and I, is "Will ye also go away?" The answer from Peter is so precious; "Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God." Amen.


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