Foremost or Hindermost

Foremost and Hindermost, All  Important

C.H . Spurgeon

 

Numbers 2:31

They shall go hindmost with their standards.

 

The camp of Dan brought up the rear when the armies of Israel were on the march. The Danites occupied the hindmost place, but what mattered the position, since they were as truly part of the host as were the foremost tribes; they followed the same fiery cloudy pillar, they ate of the same manna, drank of the same spiritual rock, and journeyed to the same inheritance. Come, my heart, cheer up, though last and least; it is thy privilege to be in the army, and to fare as they fare who lead the van. Some one must be hindmost in honour and esteem, some one must do menial work for Jesus, and why should not I? In a poor village, among an ignorant peasantry; or in a back street, among degraded sinners, I will work on, and “go hindmost with my standard.” The Danites occupied a very useful place. Stragglers have to be picked up upon the march, and lost property has to be gathered from the field. Fiery spirits may dash forward over untrodden paths to learn fresh truth, and win more souls to Jesus; but some of a more conservative spirit may be well engaged in reminding the church of her ancient faith, and restoring her fainting sons. Every position has its duties, and the slowly moving children of God will find their peculiar state one in which they may be eminently a blessing to the whole host. The rear guard is a place of danger. There are foes behind us as well as before us. Attacks may come from any quarter. We read that Amalek fell upon Israel, and slew some of the hindmost of them. The experienced Christian will find much work for his weapons in aiding those poor doubting, desponding, wavering, souls, who are hindmost in faith, knowledge, and joy. These must not be left unaided, and therefore be it the business of well-taught saints to bear their standards among the hindmost. My soul, do thou tenderly watch to help the hindmost this day.

All He has Are Ours

All He Has are Ours

 

All He has are ours

But we can go poor

Without the knowledge

Of what He has done;

Of what He purchased-

Our inheritance I Him.

 

Lord, open my eyes

That I may behold;

Fully comprehend

All that you have done.

Help me to appropriate

All that is for me in Christ.

 

You lavished your love

Paid a great price

When you came from above

O that I will rise

And take my place-

The place foreordained

Before the world began.

“…These many years I have been serving you…yet you never gave me a young goat that I might make merry with my friends. But as soon as this son of yours came, who has devoured your livelihood with harlots, you killed the fatted calf for him.” And [his father] said to him, “Son…all that I have is yours”‘ (Luke 15:29-31 NKJV).

Because the elder brother’s ignorance of whom he was, he did not enjoy what was available to him. He lived in the lap of luxury, yet he was poor.  How pathetic! Many of us are living below what Christ has purchased for us on Calvary’s cross because of our lack of knowledge.

 6         My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Hosea4:6

 2     Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord,

3     as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue,

4     by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

2Pet1:

 Redemption in Christ

3     Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,

4     just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love,

5     having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,

6     to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.

7     In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace

8          which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence,Eph1:3-8

3     Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses.

Josh1:3

19        Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.Luke10:19

17   And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues;

18   they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

Mark16:18

 9     But as it is written: ” Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”

1Cor2:9

 We are Children of God.

 16   The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, Rom8:16

 1     Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him.

2     Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. 1 John 3:

 We are heir of God and joint heirs with Christ

 17        and if children, then heirs — heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together. Rom8:17

 We have an advocate in Christ

1 John 2:

1     My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.

 

We are forgiven

9     If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.1John1:9

 We have the Holy Spirit as our standby, Guide, Intercessor, Friend, Teacher, Strengthener, comforter, advocate, purifier, refiner and helper

7     Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you. John16:7

 Answers to Prayer

7     If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.

John15:7

Confidence and Compassion in Prayer

14   Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.

15   And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.1John5:14-15

 25   Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.Heb7:25

 16   Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Heb:4:16

 26   Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.

27   Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.Rom8:26-27

 We are co-workers with God

9          For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building.1Cor3:9

 We are more than conquerors

Romans 8

37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.

 The Greater one indwells us

Rom8:37

4          You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. 1John4:4

  

We are overcomers. We are victors

 4     For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world — our faith.1John5:4

 

There are marvellous things in us in Christ

6     that the sharing of your faith may become effective by the acknowledgment of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus. Phil1:6

 

 Christ dwells in our hearts and His love is boundless

17   that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love,

18   may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height —

19   to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.Eph1:17-19

 We have been Brought Near in Him

 12   that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.

13   But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

 We have peace In Christ

Christ Our Peace

14   For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation,

EPh2:14

 Christ in us-Hope of Glory

 27   To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Col1:27

 We were crucified in Him and been raised with Him

 20   I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. Gal2:20

 Christ is our righteousness, sanctification, redemption

 30   But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God — and righteousness and sanctification and redemption1Cor 1:30

 If God be for us, no one can be against us

31   What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? Rom8:31

 We are seated with Him in heavenly places

5     even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),

6     and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, EPhe2:5-6

 We are New Creatures

17   Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.2Cor517

 We are His workmanship, His masterpiece, created for good works

10        For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.Eph2:10

 We are His ambassadors

 20        Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.

 Believers Are Salt and Light

13   “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.

14   “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.

15   Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.

16   Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.Matt5:13-16

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