Beware of Him and Obey Him

Our Lord’s whole life was a continuous sanctifying of His Father’s Name. Everywhere, and in every act, He acknowledged its divinity, upheld its authority, vindicated its sanctity, magnified and illustrated its greatness. God’s Name was in Him–and the solemn consciousness of being the sacred depository of so great, holy, and awesome a treasure–invested with the beauty and perfumed with the fragrance of holiness, every thought, word, and act of His life. His obedience to God’s holy law, His zeal for His Father’s honor, His jealousy of His Father’s glory, His full redemption of the Church, entrusted to His hands by God, was a living comment on the petition He daily taught, “Hallowed be Your Name.”

Reader, beware of Him, and obey Him, for God’s great and holy Name is in Him! You approach not a mere creature, you deal not with a finite being in your transactions with the Lord Jesus Christ. Beware of Him! It is not a human Name you profane, it is not a created being you deny, it is not a subordinate authority you denounce, when you deny His Deity, reject His Atonement, and trample His truth and claims to your love, faith and obedience, in the dust. You tear the robe of dignity from an infinite being; you pluck the crown of royalty from a kingly brow; you trample in the dust the sacrificial work of a Divine Redeemer. Oh, beware of His anger, beware of His power, lest, at last, you be numbered among those who will hide themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains, and exclaim, “Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him that sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb, for the great day of His wrath is come, and who shall be able to stand?”

Octavius Winslow, The Lord’s Prayer, as published in The Works of Octavius Winslow (Monergism Books, Kindle Edition)

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