Come, ye sinners, poor and needy,
Weak and wounded, sick and sore;
Jesus ready stands to save you,
Full of pity, love and pow’r.
Come, ye thirsty, come, and welcome,
God’s free bounty glorify;
True belief and true repentance,
Every grace that brings you nigh.
I will arise and go to Jesus,
He will embrace me in His arms;
In the arms of my dear Savior,
Oh, there are ten thousand charms.
Come, ye weary, heavy-laden,
Lost and ruined by the fall;
If you tarry till you’re better,
You will never come at all.
“But you have come to Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven.”
Do you know, ‘Every grace that brings [or brought] you nigh?’ Am I confident to speak as I should to listening ears, ‘Come, ye thirsty, come, and welcome, God’s free bounty glorify?’ God calls the lost and the ruined granting true belief and true repentance,’ even through our Spirit-led efforts. Indeed, we are saved by God’s abundant grace to glorify in this ‘free bounty!’ “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them.” This passage does refer to the apostle Paul and his fellow ambassadors. However, the ‘ministry or message of reconciliation’ applies to all genuine believers—your call and mine too, by God’s empowering grace, is to overflow this great salvation, shine brightly, and pray for saving mercy.
Oh, the joy of meeting with the body of Christ. The church fellowship, small groups, and 1:1 meeting for mutual encouragement, the strengthening of our shared faith, to express love, and sit, stand, walk, in awe of God’s word, his supernatural presence, to experience growth, enjoy insights, share, confess, pray, pursue accountability, repent, and spur one another on toward love and good deeds. The growing believer journeys in these ways to greater and lesser degrees, but we do engage as the Spirit helps us. Therefore, engage my brother! Engage my sister! Do it with joy always! My heart aches for those who profess Jesus as Lord, yet do not know or experience the ever-increasing love and joy that God gives, develops, and is necessarily evident through the body of Christ.
“You have come to Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God.” The assurance and joy of our salvation! Jesus encouraged his disciples and us that he was going to prepare a place for us—in Christ, you, me, and every genuine believer has a home there in glory. Very cool! Our assured hope is a dynamic place where God our Father, and the heavenly hosts, Jesus our Lord, Savior, brother, the Holy Spirit, thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly! In Wednesday night Zoom Bible talk I sat together as Christians united as family in awe of this text! The church of the firstborn, our sovereign God, the judge of all men, spirits of righteous men made perfect! Jesus the mediator of a new covenant we are part of—the body of Christ! This is a difficult section of scripture to readily understand. Nonetheless, exciting! One commentator summarized it in an encouraging fashion:
“Perhaps the best solution is to see a reference to the whole communion of saints, the church on earth and in heaven. Believers not only come to it but into it.”
Beloved, you have ‘come to it’ and are in the enormous family of God, including the multitude of angels, the great saints of old, every regenerate heart passed on, and our awesome sovereign triune God! We have received this great gift! In receiving we must share with the many lost, unregenerate hearts; and, we rejoice with the great multitude above in heaven, especially as God continues to give the gift unto salvation to many in our midst and beyond.
“In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”
View Him prostrate in the garden;
On the ground your Maker lies;
On the bloody tree behold Him;
Sinner, will this not suffice?
Lo! th’ incarnate God ascended,
Pleads the merit of His blood:
Venture on Him, venture wholly,
Let no other trust intrude.
Let not conscience make you linger,
Not of fitness fondly dream;
All the fitness He requireth
Is to feel your need of Him.
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 Hebrews 12:22-23a
 2 Corinthians 5:17-19
 Hebrews 12:22-24
 Expositor’s Bible Commentary. (1981) Gaebelein, F. E. (ed) vol 12
 Luke 15:10