Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech. 2 Cor. 3:12
As the Apostle says ‘We use great plainness of speech’. This is true of all that God reveals. He reveals. He does not put a veil over it but withdraws the veil. The hindrance is in the natural obliquity [deviation from sound thinking] of our minds, which Satan is allowed to increase to our chastisement; and we need God’s gracious intervention to be saved from the sin not only of neglecting but of perverting Scripture.
The tendency of the human heart to welcome anything whereby it is exalted, facilitates this delusion. The result of this misapplication of Scripture is the destruction of well-nigh every practical principle that God desires to be exhibited in His Church.
See also the hymn,
“Joyful all ye nations rise;
join the triumph of the skies;
with the angelic host proclaim
‘Christ is born in Bethlehem!’”
Are the nations indeed to rise and join the triumph of the skies, because Christ is born into the earth? Born to be rejected; born to be crucified; born for His Truth to be set at naught; for Him and His servants to be abhorred!
You see, hymns like this altogether deceive the soul; they place us virtually in the Millennium!
If that really were so, and the nations were brought to the “fountain open for sin and for uncleanness,” they might “rise to join the triumph of the skies:” but see how the human heart may be deceived by words of God’s own Truth being misapplied!
B.W. Newton (1807 – 1899)