THAT Christ will manifest Himself unto those who love Him, appears in that His love engages Him and His Word engages Him hereunto
Christ's manifestation of Himself unto those who love Him by Thomas Vincent
His love engages Him. The love of Christ is like fire that cannot conceal itself long. There is no fire so strong, or has such a vehement flame—as the love of Christ to His people. Joseph had a great love to his brethren, notwithstanding all their unkindness; and, although he concealed himself for awhile and spoke roughly unto them—yet after they were sensible of their fault and were filled with perplexing fears, he could conceal himself no longer from them, as we read in Genesis 45:1, "Then Joseph could not refrain himself before all that stood by him, he wept aloud, and said unto his brethren, I am Joseph!" And verse 2, "Joseph said unto his brethren, Come near me, I am Joseph your brother, whom you sold into Egypt!" So Christ may conceal Himself for awhile from His people, whatever love He has to them and whatever they have to Him. Some unkindness they have shown may be the cause of this hiding; but, when they are sensible of their fault, full of grief and sorrow for their offences, His love will not permit Him to hide Himself much longer. His love will engage Him to manifest and reveal Himself, and say, "I am Jesus, your Savior! Come near Me, My brethren! Come near Me, that you may have a clearer view of Me, that you may know Me, and know that I love you!"
The Word of Christ also engages Him to manifest Himself unto those who love Him. It is Christ's promise here in the text, "He who loves Me, shall be loved of My Father, and I will love him, and will manifest Myself unto him." Christ's words are sure; true and faithful is Christ's name. The ordinances of the heavens may sooner fail—than Christ fail of His Word and promise.