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The same power will he still exercise over Satan on our behalf
[He is that stronger person who alone can overcome the strong man
However enslaved we have been, he is able to deliver us He that once triumphed over principalities on the cross, will now vanquish them in us
His word has been effectual for the deliverance of thousands
If he suffer "Satan to buffet" us, "his grace
shall be suf
ficient for us"
If to "sift us as wheat," he will keep us that " fail not❞—
He has given us armour by which the weakest may with
And has promised in due time to bruise him under our feet-]
This benevolent act could not fail, one would suppose, of conciliating the esteem of all
III. Though all are greatly indebted to Jesus for restraining Satan, there is a wide difference in the dispositions of different men towards him
The ungrateful Gadarenes solicited his departure from. them
[The Jews who owned the swine were justly punished for keeping them
Yet were well recompensed for the loss of them by the dismission of the evil spirits
And should have rejoiced, that so mighty a deliverer was come among them
Yea, they should have availed themselves of his presence to gain instruction
But they preferred their temporal to their spiritual interests And with one voice intreated him to depart from them-] Thus do many act at this time when Jesus comes to them in his gospel
[While they acknowledge him to be "the Son of God," they exclaim, "What have we to do with thee?" They cannot endure to have their lusts mortified and slain-They dread his presence as an occasion of " torment" to
k Luke xi. 21, 22.
2 Cor. xii. 7, 9.
4 Rom. xvi. 20.
1 Col. ii.. 15.
m Acts xxvi. 18.
• Luke xxii. 31, 32. P Eph. vi. 11-13.
[should make them melancholy.
Were it not for the restraints imposed by Jesus, Satan would destroy them utterly as he did the swine
Yet they love their chains, and hate their delivererThey deprecate freedom from sin, as though it were the sorest bondage
Their language resembles that of the Gadarenes in the
Not that they speak thus from ignorance or humility, like
The motives, which actuate them, are declared by our Lord himself"]
But the dæmoniac had far different thoughts of his benefactor
[He begged to become a stated attendant and follower of Jesus
When, for wise reasons, his petition was refused, he acquiesced cheerfully in his Lord's will
He willingly denied himself, that he might benefit his friends, and glorify his Lord
He gladly proclaimed to all around him what great things Jesus had done for him
In discharging his duty he feared neither men nor devilsBut lived a conspicuous monument of the of Christ-]
grace Every one that has experienced a like deliverance, will resemble him
[A sense of benefits received will animate their soulsThey will" devote themselves as living sacrifices" to their God and Saviour
To enjoy and glorify him will be their highest ambitionYet will they deny themselves many spiritual privileges to promote the welfare of others, or to fulfil their relative duties Sure of divine protection, they will shrink at no dangerThey will study only to walk worthy of their RedeemerThey will rejoice, like David, to commend him to others And to extend the knowledge of him to all around them-] APPLICATION
[Let us inquire whether we have been indeed rescued from this "roaring lion?"
We must not judge by extorted confessions, or occasional
Satan acknowledged Christ, and deprecated his wrathBut though" he believed and trembled," he was a devil still
'Compare Job xxi. 14. with the text. " John iii. 19, 20.
t Luke v. 8.
* Ps. lxvi. 16,
Thus many pray, "Torment me not," who have no real love to Christ, or desire after spiritual blessings
Let us seek a better and more certain evidence of our conversion
Let us obey his commands however dangerous or self-deny. ing
Let us devote ourselves to his service, and live to his glory-]
CCXCIV. THE WOMAN WITH A BLOODY FLUX
Mark v. 25—29. A certain woman which had an issue of blood twelve years, and had suffered many things of many physi cians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bet tered, but rather grew worse, when she heard of Jesus, came in the press behind, and touched his garment. For she said, if I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole. And straightway the fountain of her blood was dried up; and she felt in her body that she was healed of that plague.
THE miracles of our Lord afford much useful instruction
They were not perhaps always intended as typesBut they afford a just occasion for spiritual observa
To improve the miracle now before us, we observe I. Sin has introduced many lamentable evils into the
[Sickness and pain and death are the effects of sin
If our first parents had not sinned, these things had never
The infirmities of the weaker sex are especially noticed in
Deplorable was the condition of the woman mentioned in
But incomparably worse effects have proceeded from sin-
a Gen. iii. 16.
"There is no health in us."
b Isai. i. 5, 6.
d. 1 Cor. vi. 9.
II. We are prone to rest in carnal methods of removing them
[The woman had employed many physicians
And had spent her substance on them without any benefit-
If guilt lie heavy on our souls, we flee to duties
Unless we do this, our labour will end in disappointment-] III. However desperate our disorders be, the Lord Jesus is able to heal them
[The woman's disease had baffled all the art of medicineBut she hoped to find relief from the Lord JesusNor was she disappointed in her application to himThere went virtue out of him and healed her instantlyThe same power will he exercise over the diseases of the soul
The most heinous sins may be purged away by his bloodThe most inveterate lusts may be subdued by his spiritA whole cloud of witnesses have testified of this truth1Nor are there wanting many living monuments of his power and grace.]
IV. The more we honour Jesus by faith, the more will he bless and honour us
[Greatly did this diseased person honour Jesus by her
She had heard of his unbounded power and benevolence towards others
She trusted that he would exercise them towards herselfNor did she at all stagger through unbelief
Jesus therefore determined to bless and honour herHis inquiries were made, not for his own information, but to bring her into notice
e 2 Chron. xvi. 12.
f Mic. vi. 6, 7.
Rom. ix. 31, 32.
1 Cor. vi. 11.
iManasseh, David, Solomon, Paul, &c. See 1 Tim. i. 16. VOL. III.
And to propose her as a pattern for the encouragement of others
He not only conveyed, but expressly confirmed, her cureAnd dismissed her with the endearing appellation of daughter"
Thus will he testify his love to all who rely upon himHow gloriously did he reward the confidence of the Hebrew youths!
Nor shall any put their trust in him in vain
Their sins, however numerous, shall surely be forgiven'― Their difficulties, however great, shall surely be overcome]
1. To those who are unconcerned about their spiritual maladies
[We all are sensible that we are sinful creaturesAnd profess an intention to seek forgivenessYet for the most part we defer this necessary workIf our bodies were disordered we should apply to the phy sician
We should even spend our substance in procuring his aidAnd this, with only an uncertain hope of obtaining reliefBut we account the smallest labour too much for our soulsWe will not apply in earnest to our almighty PhysicianNotwithstanding we could not fail of success in our appli
And should be sure to obtain healing "without money and without price"
What strange infatuation possesses impenitent sinners!What extreme folly is it to prefer the transient welfare of a perishable body, before the eternal welfare of an immortal soul!
Let the conduct of this woman put such persons to shame And let them instantly avail themselves of the Saviour's
2. To those who desire to have their disorders healed
[Man is ever prone to seek help in the creature firstThe Jews of old did this to their own confusion"And God has declared, that all who do so shall fail of
Let us then be convinced that the sinner's help is in God
And that all others are "physicians of no value❞—
k Dan. iii. 17, 25, 27. л Hos. v. 13.
1 Matt. xii. 31. • Jer. xvii. 5, 6.
m Mark xi. 22, 23.