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up, and Thy love in keeping us. “ We will remember Thy love more than wine : the upright love Thee." "The upright" are believers. Abraham was an upright man, and so was Noah, Jacob, and Job. These and others were upright men. These upright men, or believers, were not born such, but God made them such by His Grace. For these upright men, or believers, there is a promise. “ The Lord God is a Sun and a Shield; the Lord will give grace and glory; no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly" (Psalm lxxxiv. 11). That is, He will give all the good things to these believers which' He has made over to them in His covenant, and they shall enjoy them in due time. But to the text.
FIRST, the King. Who is He? Secondly, the King's Chambers. What are they? And, Thirdly, the King's gracicus work : “He hath brought me into His Chambers.
The King. This is our first head. And now allow me to drop speaking of Solomon literally that I may speak to you of Him whom Solomon prefigured, even of Christ, the King of His Church. You must bear in mind that Christ is King as He is the mighty God. He is King Creator. He is the Lord of all creation. It is kept in its présent position by Him, and its end is described as for Him. In the 1st chapter of St. Paul's Epistle to the Colossians, you read in the 16th and 17th verses : “For by Him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers : all things were created by Him, and for Him : and He is before all things, and by Him all things consist,” or stand together. This is Christ as God, as King Creator and Preserver. So that all things that you see, all things in Creation, all things in Providence, and all things in grace, are conducive to this end, even to the acknowledgment of Christ as God and King Creator. The Lord is the Holy One, Creator, and King (Isa. xliii. 15).
But our text, I think, speaks of Christ rather in His mediatorial character. Hence He is King Mediator. In the 44th Psalm I read that the Lord is my God and my King (4th verse), and that He will “command deliverence for Jacob.” And you are aware that where the word of a king is there is power ; power to put down, and to lift up. This is true of the King Mediator, of Whom I am speaking. Jehovah Father
in the 2nd Psalın: “I have set My King upon My holy hill of Zion."
In other words : the Lord Jesus Christ is the appointed King Mediator in the midst of His church, which is God's holy hill of Zion. Our Lord said to His disciples, in the 22nd chapter of St Luke's Gospel : “As my Father hath appointed unto me a kingdom, so I appoint unto you a kingdom" (verse 29). They were to be under-kings
“kings and priests unto God." But He was to be King of kingseven the King of saints. The Saviour has done, and is doing, what no other king can do. “ And who may say unto Him, what doest Thou ?" (Eccle. vii. 4).
Now the Lord Jesus Christ, as He is King Mediator, is typified by several persons in the Old Testament. I shall mention two or three by
He is typified by Melchizedek. You cannot tell who
Melchizedek was, nor whence he sprang, and you know nothing of the end of his days. We read in the 7th chapter of St. Paul's Epistle to the Hebrews, and the 2nd and 3rd verses: “First,”—Melchizedek "being by interpretation, King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is King of peace; without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life ; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.” From these words, it is evident that there is a likeness between Melchizedek and our Lord Jesus Christ. Again, David was a prominent type of the Lord Jesus, for he was a man of war. From the time that David was called from the sheepfold he had to go to war, and to fight his way right up to the throne. “The war lasted long between Saul and David ; but David waxed stronger and stronger, and the house of Saul waxed weaker and weaker” (II Sam. iii. 1). See now how this applies to the Lord Jesus Christ. When He was called to His work, He had to go at once into conflict with the Prince of the power of the air, the God of this world. But He obtained a victory over him on his own battle field (Matt. iv.) And after this he goes on warring against all His enemies, against the Scribes and Pharisees, who were His bitter opponents, against an ungodly world, against sin, against death, against the grave, and against hell; but He obtains à triumphant victory as King, and then takes possession of His throne. Jesus is our David, and through Him we shall triumph. Read Jeremiah, the 23rd chapter and the 5th verse, for he speaks thus of our King David. “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will raise unto David a righteous branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.” This is Jesus “the Lord our righteousness. Ezekiel also speaks of Him as the Prince, and as David who shall come and reign and prosper (Ezekiel xxxvii. 24, and xxxiii. 24). Our King Jesus has obtained a glorious victory over every foe. There is another eminent type of Christ, it is Solomon himself. He did not fight for his kingdom like David, but he came to it peaceably. And there was this characteristic in Solomon's reign, that it was a peaceable
His kingdom stretched from shore to shore, thus setting out the greatness of Christ's kingdom. It is true of Solomon and of Christ : “In His days shall the righteous flourish ; and abundance of peace so long as the moon endureth. He shall have dominion also from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth” (Psalm lxxii). There are three prominent features in Christ's kingdom set forth by these three men.
Christ is our Melchizedek, as He is King of Righteousness and Priest of the Most High God. Christ is our David, as He has warred against and conquered every enemy, and taken possession of the throne for us. He is our Solomon, as He is King of Peace, ruling and reigning peaceably in His Kingdom.
Now, the Lord Jesus Christ was King before He appeared on the face of the earth. And when He was born, you know that the wise men came from the east to inquire in Jerusalem : “Where is He that is born King of the Jews ?” (Matt. ii. 2). 66 Where is He? We want to know where we shall find Him." Well, they had been in the east, and
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they had seen His star, and they had come to worship and to do homage to the new-born King. Now, the Lord Jesus Christ showed Himself to be a king in many ways whilst he was upon the earth. Need I mention any particular instances ? Think of the miracles which He performed, and the wonderful works which He did, and do they not proclaim Him King? He could lay down His life and take it again. Truly this must be the King of kings. And if He be a King He must have a kingdom or subjects over which to rule and reign. And who are they? If we turn to the 1st chapter of St. Luke's Gospel we read of Jesus, that “He shall be great, and that He shall be called the Son of the Highest : and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of His Father David : and He shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever (verses 32, 33). Why, Jacob is the spiritual Israel. “And of His Kingdom "--of His reigning and ruling over the Church of God—“there shall be no end." Well, this is a glorious kingdom, and a glorious government which God
“Unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given: and the government shall be upon His shoulder : and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon His kingdom to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the Lord of Hosts will perform this ” (Isa. ix). Look what a King we have. And look what a kingdom it is over which He rules. He is a successful King, and He will take out of His kingdom all things that offend. This kingdom, of which I wish to say a few things before I pass on, is a spiritual kingdom. And what do I mean by this? Our Lord said that His kingdom was not of this world. No person can become a subject of this kingdom of Christ without being born again of the spirit of God. And when the Spirit of God enters into a believer's soul he sets up therein a reign of righteousness, of joy, and of
peace. “For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink, but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost” (Romans xiv. 17). You see the nature of this kingdom then is spiritual. It is also peaceable. Believers have 56 peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ" (Romans v. 1). The Lord's peace with His people is not peace with the world. No!' He said : “In the world ye shall have tribulation, but in Meye shall have peace”-you shall have my peace.
" Peace I leave with you, peace I give unto you” (John xiv. 27). You know that the world may promise you something like peace, but it is not peace. Now, the kingdom of peace which Jesus sets up, all the powers of earth and of hell can never destroy. Well, this kingdom is also an everlasting kingdom. The King is everlasting like His government. The heavens shall pass away but Thou remainest. Who remains ? (Hebrews i. 11). The Lord Jesus Christ. And He remains the same for ever. And of His years there shall be no end. The end of His days cannot come. Не. abideth a King for ever. What a King! and what a kingdom! You know that if this kingdom could become extinct, Christ would become an ex-king, for He would have no kingdom to reign over. Blessed be God, the kingdom will remain, and Christ its King will remain too.
Thus, then we may conclude that the whole church of God will be safe under His care and protection. We need not enter into the laws and the rules which this King gives for good government. He has redeemed all the subjects of this kingdom with His blood and conquered them by His
grace, and now He rules in their hearts by love. This is the divine law of the kingdom. He subdues all enemies, and keeps believers out of all dangers. He is ever round about this kingdom, watching it, and guarding it, and protecting it for Himself.
The Second point is this: The King's Chambers. Now, what are these Chambers into which the King brings His Queen or believers ? I find that there were chambers connected with the temple. If you look in the 6th chapter of the 1st Book of Kings, you have there lower chambers, middle chambers, and upper chambers (6th verse). If we turn to the 42nd chapter of the Book of the Prophet Ezekiel we read of chambers connected with Ezekiel's visionary temple. What Ezekiel's temple means, I shall not now presume to say “I am speaking of the chambers. There were north chambers and south chambers, and these chambers were holy chambers, and these holy chambers were for the priests. These chambers were for the priests to eat in, and to change their garments in. Surely there is some spiritual teaching connected with these chambers of the temple. We might mention many other chambers that come before us in God's word. But we hasten to bring before you some of the spiritual instruction suggested by these chambers.
The first chamber into which the King brings a sinner, we shall call the chamber of imagery. You will find it given in the 8th chapter of Ezekiel and the 12th verse. The chamber of imagery is a very dark chamber. Those in this chamber say :—“O! the Lord does not see us.” “The Lord seeth us not” (12th verse). But the Lord knew all about them, and what was going on in this chamber of imagery. The Lord exposed to Israel in this chamber their idolatries, their wickedness, their backslidings, and their dark and dreadful deeds. When God brings a person into this chamber, He reveals to him a few things concerning the vileness of his own heart. He learns in this chamber of imagery a little of the 3rd chapter of Romans. He learns something of the wickedness that exists in the hearts of men, and especially in his own heart. It is in this chamber he learns what it is to be guilty before God (verse 12). And that if God were just to mark man as he appears in this chamber of imagery, he must go down into one that is darker still. In this chamber God teaches man to know himself and the exceeding sinfulness of sin.
Now for the second chamber. What shall we call it? Well, I think we may venture to call it the stripping chamber. But what has a person to be stripped of? I find there is one spoken of in the Book of Zechariah, and the 3rd chapter, who “was clothed with filthy raiment " (verse 3). What do we understand by filthy raiment, or filthy garments? I will tell you what I understand by them. They are men's own righteousnesses, and men's own doings. Isaiah says of them that they are “filthy rags ” (Isaiah lxiv. 6). I daresay that in this chamber, the sinner, before he gets rid of his filthy garments, will turn to and try to patch up his
rags. He will try to sew a piece of new cloth upon an old garment. I need not say what then takes place. The rent is made worse. The stitches will not hold. Man's righteousness and God's righteousness will not hold together. If one goes up the other must go down. If man's righteousness ascends, God's descends. What does the King do in this stripping chamber? I think he tears off all rags and makes a sinner feel that there is no goodness in him, that he can do no good thing, that he cannot please God, and he must come before Him "wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked." As in one of our hymns.
“ Nothing in my hand I bring,
Simply to Thy cross I cling,
Wash me, Saviour, or I die.”
may wash himself with snow water, and make his hands never so clean ; yet God shall plunge him in the ditch and make his own clothes to abhor him (Job ix. 30-31). When the sinner has been stripped and made to feel his own defilement what is the next chamber ?
We shall call it the bath chamber or the cleansing chamber. What does this mean? You see that he is naked and his sins exposed. This is just the man that needs a bath in the cleansing chamber. He needs the fountain opened for sin and for uncleanness, the fountain filled with the blood of the Son of God. “In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness” (Zechariah xiii. 1). “ The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin ” (I' John i. 7). O! what a cleansing chamber. You see how it is that our sins are done away. Jesus Christ Himself takes away all our filth and all our rotten rags. The blood of Jesus Christ has effectually cleansed the sinner, so that he can sing :
“ There is a fountain filled with blood,
Drawn from Immanuel's veins,
Lose all their guilty stains." Beloved, have you been into this chamber ? Have you been stripped and cleansed ?
What then is the next chamber? We shall call it the robing chamber? You will see in that 3rd chapter of Zechariah that when “Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and stood before the angel,” that it was said “unto those that stood before him, " " Take away the filthy garments from him. And unto him, He said, behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of raiment" (Zechariah iii. 3, 4). This change of raiment ! What is it? Isaiah says, in his 61st chapter, and the 10 verse : hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, He hath covered me with the robe of righteousness.' Why, this is a King's son ; this is a prodigal returned. Put a ring upon his hand, and shoes upon his feet; and bring forth the best robe, and put it upon him (Luke xv. 22). Put a fair mitre
upon his head for he is a priest unto God, and crown him for he is a King. Thus cleansed and robed, he is made pure and white, and fit to appear in the presence of the great King.