There are various ways in which as saints we are tried, but through all circumstances our Father is threading our way, occupying Himself with us personally, our particular characters, etc., in order to develop and mature us spiritually. What we want is to realize that our Father loves us so much, we are of such value to Him as that He should take such pains to make us “partakers of His holiness….” We are apt not to believe the activity of his love. Some trouble comes upon us; our Father has been watching us individually for weeks, months, and years, watching us to bring this trouble which He sees is needed for our spiritual growth.
Everything that makes the condition of the heart better is good, and all is grounded on grace. Grace puts us in the Father’s presence, makes us partakers of His holiness; then He says, “looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace,” i.e., do not lose this entire confidence in My love. This is the present practical enjoyment of what the Father is for you. If you lose that, you fail. There is nothing that links up the heart with God but grace. “Sin shall not have dominion over you, for ye are not under law, but under grace.”
Walk in the sanctuary of the Father’s presence. You are not come to the terrible mountain Sinai; but having come to the perfect grace of the Father in His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, take care how you walk. Grace must be the character of our walk. This is true blessedness. There is no hindrance of evil by terror. The effect of the fire from Sinai was that they “entreated the word should not be spoken to them anymore.” Was that getting on with God? But we come to a different thing. We may speak of the law, but that is not where we are. Now we must be living witnesses of what we are, and where we are. We are come unto Mount Zion, which represents grace.
We are come “to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant.” We are not come to the new covenant, but to Jesus the Mediator of it. I am in living union with Him who is the Mediator; that is a higher thing than if merely come to the covenant. He will make this new covenant with Israel on earth.
Having come to the Mediator, I am come to the prospect of all the blessedness for earth. It is sweet to know earth will have it, but ours is the far better part. We are to be witnesses of whence we are. We come from heaven. In spirit it is true now. What is true in spirit is more real and palpable than what we see. What is passing in our hearts and minds is more what we are really, than what our bodies are occupied in. The Lord Jesus was a carpenter (as really as any other carpenter), but that was not what He was. So with us, we are brought into all these things with our Father.
Then the thing is to be always a witness of the place to which He has called us in grace. We are come; then we have the Father dealing with us in respect of this place to which He has brought us. Do you say, This trial or that is enough to discourage me? But no; it is the Father who is bringing you into it, and He is with you in the place, dealing with you in grace and love, according to the place He has brought you into. In the midst of the company of heaven, each one is singled out—that is, ourselves. Surely this is enough to make us humble and restful.
1)”And thou shalt remember all the way which the Lord thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no.” Deut. 8:2
2)” Examine me, O Lord, and prove me; try my reins and my heart.” Psalm 26:2
3)”And this he said to prove him: for he himself knew what he would do.” John 6:6
4)”For thou, O God, hast proved us: thou hast tried us, as silver is tried.” Ps. 66: 10
5)”And let these also first be proved; then let them use the office of a deacon, being found blame-less.” 1 Tim. 3:10
6)”That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ..” 1 Peter 1:7