The Berean Expositor
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#33.  The beloved of the Lord.
"The safe dwelling."  (concluded).
pp. 57, 58
While as members of the one body we rejoice in our own special nearness to the
glorious Head, we may enter into this intimate covering which the Lord has promised to
His beloved "all the day long".
Thus the wilderness journey is amply provided for, both in this covering and in the
third blessing mentioned, viz.:  "And he shall dwell between His shoulders."  The
shoulders of the High Priest carried the names of the twelve tribes before God
(Exod. 28: 12). The shoulders, too, of the seeking shepherd carried the lost sheep
back to the fold (Luke 15: 5).
Surely there is a message of cheer in these words for every one who, by grace, is
numbered among God's beloved. The beloved of the Lord is assured of a safe and
certain dwelling when the tabernacle of God shall be with men.  He is also most
intimately associated by ties of love to His Lord, as intimately as bride with bridegroom
or body with head, and he is assured of "traveling mercies" through the perils and trials
of the wilderness, being borne upon the shoulders of the great High Priest and Shepherd
of the sheep. May every reader be able to say out of a full heart, "My Beloved is mine,
and I am His".
The beloved of the Lord.
The election of God.
pp. 58 - 60
Writing to the church of the Thessalonians, the apostle said:--
"Knowing, brethren beloved, your election of God" (I Thess. 1: 4).
To some, this seems a strange statement. How could Paul or the Thessalonians really
"know" their election of God? Surely that would be one of the secret things that belong
to the Almighty. The book of life is not accessible to search as are the documents at
Somerset House. Yet it is perfectly true, and the whole secret is wrapped up in the word
"love". It goes without saying that if "beloved", then "elect".
"Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent His Son to be
the propitiation for our sins" (I John 4: 10).
The same is true with reference to the presence of our love toward God:--