Thursday, February 16, 2012

Mephibosheth Conclusion

"Grace For Grace"
    After King David's bestowal of grace, Mephibosheth dined at the royal table for the rest of his life.
    "Fear not: for I will surely show thee kindness for Jonathan thy father's sake, and will restore thee all the land of Saul thy father; and thou shalt eat bread at my table continually...  So Mephibosheth dwelt in Jerusalem: for he did eat continually at the king's table" (II Samuel 9:7; 13).
     In far greater manner, the born again believer in the Lord Jesus Christ must continually partake of our Savior and His freely given bestowal of favor and sustenance.
     "Of His fulness have all we received, and grace for grace" (John 1:16).
    Our first taste of grace in the new birth prepares and equips us for a continual feasting upon Christ in this life and forevermore.  The present partaking of grace makes possible the next step of faith whereby "grace for grace" becomes the ongoing dynamic of our lives.  God redeemed us for this through Christ, and tragic is the chronicle of any believer distracted or deterred from the Divine goodness that fills and fulfills us.  "Continue in the grace of God... continue in the faith... continue in His goodness... continue in the Son, and in the Father" (Acts 13:43; 14:22; Romans 11:22; I John 2:24).
     The falling, failing believer always falls and fails because he stops feasting at the table of grace.  He forgets or ignores the bounty thereupon, and thus does not avail himself of the strength-giving sustenance and restorative provided by the Lord Jesus.  Indeed, the feast of Christ offers power for the fulfilling of our hearts, the living of our lives, forgiveness and cleansing for our failures, provision for our journeys, comfort in our losses, peace for today, and hope for tomorrow.  "For my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus... "His divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain to life and godliness" (Philippians 4:19; II Peter 1:3).
     Long ago, a lame man found grace in the sight of the King of Israel because he was related to the King's beloved friend.  In this day, millions find infinitely greater grace because we are related to the beloved Son of Heaven's King.  May our pathway to the Table of Christ become well worn as we feast upon Him by believing that He is the Bread of life, and that the invitation of grace beckons us to the Sustenance of our hearts in this moment and forevermore...
"O taste and see that the Lord is good!  Blessed is the man that trusteth in him."
(Psalm 34:8)

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