Throughout the epistle to the believers at Philippi, Paul is always making reference to rejoicing in the Lord; "Rejoice in the Lord always and again I say rejoice" (Phil. 4:4). I can truthfully say there have been times in my life when I rejoiced in everything but the Lord, in religious service, office, ceremony, heritage. But there was a time when our God taught me the saving and the true gospel and convinced me that all was vanity and dung, and that Jesus Christ is All and in All, that every believer is complete in Christ (Col. 2:9). Once this was revealed to me, now I find that there are always abundant reasons to rejoice in Him no matter how difficult the day may be. Let me remind you of a few.
(1). We rejoice in His glorious person. Totally and fully God and yet identified with our flesh (1 Tim. 3.16)
(2). We rejoice in His perfect righteousness which He worked out for His people as our Mediator and Redeemer, He is the Lord our Righteousness (Jer. 23.6).
(3). We rejoice in His glorious sacrifice which etenally puts a way all our sin (Heb. 9.12).
(4). We rejoice in His powerful grace that can transform usout of the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of His dear Son (Col. 1:13).
(5). We rejoice in His good and wise providence that works all things for our eternal good (Rom. 8.28).
(6). We rejoice in His glorious resurrection by which we are justified (Rom. 4.25).
(7). We rejoice in His eternal intercession for us as the Surety of the covenant of grace (Heb. 7.25).
(8). We rejoice in His second coming, although we no not know the hour or the time, we do know that He will appear the second time without sin unto salvation (Heb. 10. 28).
So, my good friend, if you are a believer, you always have reason to rejoice in the Lord!
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