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Morning and Evening

For the evening of December 6th
by Charles H. Spurgeon

"Girt about the paps with a golden girdle." --Revelation 1:13

One like unto the Son of Man" appeared to John in Patmos, andthe beloved disciple marked that He wore a girdle of gold. Agirdle, for Jesus never was ungirt while upon earth, but stoodalways ready for service, and now before the eternal throne Hestays not is holy ministry, but as a priest is girt about with"the curious girdle of the ephod." Well it is for us that He hasnot ceased to fulfil His offices of love for us, since this isone of our choicest safeguards that He ever liveth to makeintercession for us. Jesus is never an idler; His garments arenever loose as though His offices were ended; He diligentlycarries on the cause of His people. A golden girdle, tomanifest the superiority of His service, the royalty of Hisperson, the dignity of His state, the glory of His reward. Nolonger does He cry out of the dust, but He pleads withauthority, a King as well as a Priest. Safe enough is our causein the hands of our enthroned Melchisedek.

Our Lord presents all His people with an example. We must never unbind our girdles. This is not the time for lying down atease, it is the season of service and warfare. We need to bindthe girdle of truth more and more tightly around our loins. Itis a golden girdle, and so will be our richest ornament, and wegreatly need it, for a heart that is not well braced up with thetruth as it is in Jesus, and with the fidelity which is wroughtof the Spirit, will be easily entangled with the things of thislife, and tripped up by the snares of temptation. It is in vainthat we possess the Scriptures unless we bind them around uslike a girdle, surrounding our entire nature, keeping each partof our character in order, and giving compactness to our wholeman. If in heaven Jesus unbinds not the girdle, much less may weupon earth. Stand, therefore, having your loins girt about withtruth.

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