Suggested further reading: Romans 8:28-39
This passage contains a gracious word of consolation for all
true believers (v. 32). Our Lord knew the hearts of his disciples well.
He knew how ready they were to be filled with fears of every
description, fears because of the fewness of their number, fears because
of the multitude of their enemies, fears because of the many
difficulties in their way, fears because of their sense of weakness and
unworthiness. He answers these many fears with one golden sentence (v. 32).
Believers are a little flock. They always have been ever since
the world began. Professing servants of God have sometimes been
many. But true Christians are very few. It is foolish to be surprised at
this. Listen to our Lord's teaching (Matt. 7:14).
Believers have a glorious kingdom awaiting them. Here
upon earth they are often mocked and ridiculed, persecuted and, like
their Master, despised and rejected of men. But let us remember
Paul's words (Rom. 8:18; Col. 3:4).
Believers are tenderly loved by the Father. It is `the
Father's good pleasure' to give them a kingdom. He does not receive
them grudgingly, unwillingly and coldly. He rejoices over them as
members of his beloved Son in whom he is well pleased. He regards
them as his dear children in Christ. He sees no spot in them. Even
now when he looks down on them from heaven in the midst of their
infirmities he is well pleased and, hereafter, when presented before
his glory he will welcome them with exceeding joy (Jude 24).
Are we members of Christ's little flock? Then surely we
ought not to be afraid. There are given to us exceeding great and
precious promises (2 Peter 1:4). God is ours and Christ is ours. Greater
are those that are for us than all that are against us. The world, the
flesh and the devil are mighty enemies. But with Christ on our side
we have no cause to fear.
For meditation: Christ has not been sent for us, nor the Spirit
sent to us, so that in the end we might fail to reach our eternal
home. When God appoints us to salvation he does not fail to bring us
to our destiny.