Torrey - Man - 15.3- Who can give acceptable thanks?

III. WHO CAN GIVE ACCEPTABLE THANKS? <19A701> Psalm 107:1-2 — "O give thanks unto the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, whom he hath redeemed from the hand of the enemy."

First Proposition: The redeemed of the Lord can render acceptable thanks. 1 Timothy 4:3 — "Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth."

Second Proposition: Those who believe and know the truth can give acceptable thanks.

The body of believers ("a spiritual house, an holy priesthood") exists for this purpose: "to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ" ( 1 Peter 2:5 RV; compare to Hebrews 13:15 RV). Proverbs 15:8 — "The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is his delight." (Compare Hebrews 13:15 — "By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to his name.") Third Proposition: The wicked cannot render to God acceptable thanks. Their sacrifice is an abomination to the Lord.