Evening, July 7, adapted from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening

“When I passed by you … I said to you … ‘Live!’”  — Ezekiel 16:6

You who are saved, consider gratefully this mandate of mercy. Note the majesty of this decree of God. In our text, we perceive a sinner with nothing in him but sin, expecting nothing but wrath; but the eternal Lord passes by in his glory; he looks, he pauses, and he pronounces the solitary but royal word, “Live.” There speaks power befitting a God. Who but he could venture that way to deal with life and dispense it with a single syllable? Again, this decree is diverse. When he says “Live,” it includes many things. Here is judicial life. The sinner is ready to be condemned, but the mighty One says, “Live,” and he rises pardoned and exonerated. It is spiritual life. We didn’t know Jesus–our eyes could not see Christ, our ears could not hear his voice–Jehovah said “Live,” and we were made alive who were dead in trespasses and sins. In addition, it includes the life of glory, which is the perfection of spiritual life. “I said to you, Live:” and that word rolls on through all the years of time till death comes, and in the midst of the shadows of death, the Lord’s voice is still heard, “Live!” In the morning of the resurrection it is that same exact voice which is echoed by the arch-angel, “Live,” and as our perfected spirits rise to heaven to be blessed forever in the glory of their God, it is in the power of this same word, “Live.” Note again, that it is an irresistible mandate. Saul of Tarsus is on the road to Damascus to arrest the believers of the living God. A voice is heard from heaven and a light is seen greater than the brightness of the sun, and Saul is crying out, “Lord, what will you have me to do?”

This mandate is a mandate of free grace. When sinners are saved, it is only and solely because God will do it to magnify his free, unpurchased, unsought grace. Christians, see your position, in debt to grace; show your gratitude by serious, Christlike lives, and as God has bidden you live, see to it that you live in earnest.