God's Elect Children
Ac 18:10 For I am with thee, and no man shall set on thee to hurt thee: for I have much people in this city.
THE LORD HAS CHILDREN FAR AWAY: “Bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth.” Some of them are far away in the matter of locality. They are not dwelling where the gospel is preached; they are nowhere near to the happy shores where the message of salvation is constantly being proclaimed; some of them are where roads have not as yet been made, and the commerce of civilization has not come. I doubt not that, in dark Africa, the Lord Jesus has multitudes of those who are redeemed with his precious blood, — those who are elect according to the foreknowledge of God, — whom he is determined to save; and in those lands of which Mr. Hudson Taylor spoke to us the other night, in Thibet, in Manchuria, in Tartary, Christ has a people whom he has ordained unto eternal life, and whom he means to bring unto himself. In all nations, and among all kindreds, and people, and tongues, there is a remnant according to the election of grace, upon whom the eye of God is specially set, and of whom he has declared, in his eternal purpose, “They shall be mine in that day when I make up my jewels.” It should be a great encouragement to every missionary of the cross to know that the Lord has a people everywhere. He said to Paul, concerning Corinth, “I have much people in this city;” and that assurance encouraged the apostle to preach the Word there. We can never tell where the Lord has much people; but this we do know, our commission runs thus, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature;” and one reason for this command is, because the Lord has many of his sons and daughters who are far off as a matter of locality.