When we receive an invitation to some social event, we should appreciate the opportunity that has been set before us. Think about what an invitation implies. Someone thought of us, they wanted us to be present for their event and finally, they took the time and effort to send us their invitation. We should have taken their invitation as a compliment, someone thinks highly of us.
The far greatest invitation that we can receive was extended to us from Almighty God. It is an invitation that tells us that those who are invited are loved by Him, He desires to spend an eternity with them in His presence, and He is willing to make the ultimate sacrifice so that they can receive this sincere, legitimate invitation.
Let’s take a look at the invitation that is extended from God to His people…
1) Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.
2) Wherefore do ye spend money for [that which is] not bread? and your labour for [that which] satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye [that which is] good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness.
3) Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, [even] the sure mercies of David.
1) Who can take advantage of this invitation?
a) Vs 1 – “everyone that thirsteth” – He must see he has a need
i) Mark 2:17 – Christ came for sinners
ii) Roms 3:9-10 – All are lost but blinded
iii) John 5:40 – Men are blinded… they will not come.
b) Vs 1 – “he that hath no money” – He must see he is undeserving of this great gift
i) Jer 10:23 – Not in man to direct his steps
ii) Jer 17:9 – heart is deceitful above all things desperately wicked
2) What is he invited to do?
a) Vs 1 – “come” –
i) Repentance – turning from sin to God – Acts 26:18
ii) Belief – trusting Him alone for salvation – Matt 11:28
b) Vs 1 – “buy” – Salvation is a possession we can obtain through grace of God –
i) Jhn 1:12 – to them gave He power to become Son of God
ii) 1 Cr 2:6-11 – wisdom given from God not world
c) Vs 1 – “eat” – Personally partake of
i) Heb 3:24 – partakers of Christ
ii) 2 Pet 1:4 – partakers of the divine nature
3) What is the purpose behind this invitation?
a) Vs 1 – to obtain “water” – salvation
i) John 4:1-14 – living water
b) Vs 1 – to obtain “wine” – blood of Christ
i) Gen 35:14 – Blood poured out on rock to sanctify it
ii) Luke 10:30-36 – Good Samaritan – Blood in wounds of sin.
c) Vs 1 – to obtain “milk” – Word
i) 1 Cor 3:1-2 – fed with milk not meat
ii) 1 Ptr 1:22- purify soul through truth
4) What must be given to obtain this?
a) Vs 1 – “without money” – not riches of world
i) 2 Tim 2:25-26 – Repentance is a gift
ii) Eph 2:8 – Belief is a gift
b) Vs 1 – “without price” – not in other types of works or good deeds
i) Titus 3:5 – Not of our works
ii) Isa 64:6 – filthy rags
5) How can we waste our lives?
a) Vs 2- “spend money for that which is not bread” – spend worldly possessions in pursuit of satisfaction
i) Eccl 2:7-9 – wealth and purchases do not satisfy
b) Vs 2 – “your labor for that which satisfieth not?” – labor with good deeds to secure satisfaction
i) Eccl 2:1-6 – labors for happiness failed
6) How can we save our lives?
a) Vs 2 – “hearken diligently unto me” – listen and obey the Lord’s Word
i) Rom 10:12-17 – how shall they hear without a preacher
b) Vs 2 – “eat ye that which was good” – partake of that which satisfies (work of Christ)
i) John 6:35 – I am the Bread of Life
c) Vs 2 – “let your soul delight itself in fatness” – Joy from blessings bestowed
i) 1 Pet 1:8-9 – Joy unspeakable and full of glory
7) What must we do to be saved?
a) Vs 3 – “Incline your ear” – Hear Him with intent to obey (submission to Lordship)
i) Rom 10:3 – submit to His righteousness not works of righteousness
b) Vs 3 – “come unto me” – Turn from sin to Lord
i) Matt 11:28-30 – Come all that labor…. He gives rest
ii) John 6:37 – Come to Him, He will not cast out
c) Vs 3 – “hear” – Receive His Word
i) 1 Thess 2:13 – Word working in those who receive it as God’s Word
8) What graces do we receive?
a) Vs 3 – “your soul shall live” – receipt of everlasting life
i) Num 21:7-9 – look (with faith) at serpent on pole and live
ii) John 10:25-30 – give eternal life, never perish, not plucked form hand
b) Vs 3 – “I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David” – the promise (contract) that secures His everlasting mercy to us
i) Heb 12:22-29 – New covenant with Christ
For those who are saved …
We need to thank the Lord for extending to us this invitation of the gospel and then giving us the ability to come to Him and receive His grace in our lives.
For those who have yet to be saved…
Take the invitation the Lord has extended very seriously. By recognizing your need of forgiveness turning to Him in faith, and then trusting Him to grant you that forgiveness and the promise of a new life in Him… you will be saved.
Don’t put off coming to Him. None of us know what tomorrow may hold for us.
2Cor 6:2 (KJV)
2) (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now [is] the accepted time; behold, now [is] the day of salvation.)
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