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“The Way of the Just”
“The way of the just is uprightness: thou, most upright, dost weigh the path of the just.” (Isaiah 26:7)
When Isaiah spoke of the day of grace and salvation, he described those who are saved by God’s almighty grace as a people who walk with the living God in sweet communion (Isaiah 26 7-9). Communion with God is “the way of the just.” And it is the way of uprightness. Like Enoch, all who live by faith in Christ walk with God. And there is in every believer sweet communion with God in Christ. Some enjoy the experience of communion more fully and more intimately; but all believers walk with God in sweet communion.
Coming to God
The first motion of spiritual life is the return of the sinner to his God. To be saved is to come to God through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ (Hebrews 7:25; Matthew 11:28). As the prodigal, “when he came to himself arose and came to his father,” so the regenerate sinner comes to God, being reconciled to him by grace.
Spiritual life, the life of grace, grows as we continue coming to God through Christ, our Mediator (1 Peter 2:1-4). Coming to Christ is something we have done, something we are doing, and something we shall continue to do so long as we live in this world. Coming to Christ is not an act of life. It is our way of life.
As we behold the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ, we obtain from our Savior, by faith in him, peace, rest, and hope. And in proportion as we know more of God, as he reveals himself to us in the Person of his dear Son, we grow in Christ and grow in grace. The knowledge of God is the meat and drink of faith. Faith ever seeks to know God our Savior (Philippians 3:10).
Communion with God
The most important, most beautiful, most useful, most practical aspect of the believer’s life is communion with God (Luke 10:38-42). Communion with God is the fruit of faith and the essence of true worship. Communion with God is the source of true, spiritual knowledge. Mary learned of God as she sat at the Savior’s feet and heard his words.
Communion with God is the fountain of good works and service to Christ and his people. Whoever did greater service for Christ and his church than that dear, redeemed sinner who knelt at the Savior’s feet, washed them with her tears, wiped them with her hair, and anointed him for his burial (Matthew 26:6-13)? Who knew or did more than that dear lady (Mark 14:1-9)?
If we would serve our God and the generation in which we live, if we would be useful to one another and useful to the souls of men, if we would know God, if we would honor him, we must seek to constantly walk with him in the sweet and blessed fellowship and communion of life, faith, and love in, by, and with our Lord Jesus Christ. This is “the way of the just.”