“But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city,” Hebrews 11:16.
Introduction to a sermon preached at the morning service in Larne FPC
By Rev Ivan Foster on Lord’s Day, November 19th, 2017.
God’s grace and love is so far beyond our comprehending that we often refuse to believe it can be so wonderful, so boundless!
No phrase sums up the believer’s blessedness like the one contained in our text. The God of the whole earth is, in a very special way, the God of the Christian. They have a special relationship with Him that none other can claim.
He is our God by creation. This is the case with all creatures. But He is also our God by redemption. This is something only the elect can claim. God has a peculiar interest in His people.
I. GOD IS NOT ASHAMED OF HIS PEOPLE THOUGH THEY ARE DEEPLY ASHAMED OF THEMSELVES.
The Lord is not ashamed of us even though there are so many times when we are ashamed of ourselves!
They were deeply ashamed of their failings. The lament of David in Psalm 51 and the bitter tears of Peter are symbolic of what all who have shared in their failings feel. Indeed, every time we bow the knee in prayer we feel a sense of shame and failure and yet God is there to meet with us with grace and mercy and pardon and restoration.
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