And they shall hang on him all the glory of his father's house, the offspring and the issue, all vessels of small quantity…
By Christ's Father's house is meant His Church.
I. ON CHRIST JESUS HANGS ALL THE GLORY OF THE REDEMPTION OF HIS FATHER'S HOUSE.
II. ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST HANGS ALL THE GLORY OF THE INSTRUCTION OF HIS FATHER'S HOUSE. There is a two gold light which the Lord Jesus imparts to the members of His Father's house. There is the light of His Word, those Scriptures which testify of Him as "the Way, the Truth, and the Life." The Scriptures, however, are not, of themselves, sufficient for spiritual illumination. The light of the Spirit must accompany the truth revealed in the Word, that it may become effectual for salvation. The Holy Spirit is the fruit of the Redeemer's purchase. It is His glorious office to take of the things of Christ and show these to the soul. It is in the light of the Divine Word and Spirit that we discern aright the way of acceptance and the path of duty.
III. ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST HANGS ALL THE GLORY OF THE RENOVATION OF HIS FATHER'S HOUSE. When He ascended on high, He received gifts for men; even the seven Spirits before the throne — the Holy Ghost, in His quickening, renewing, and sanctifying grace. These gifts are bestowed, let it be carefully noted, in virtue of the believer's union with the Lord Jesus Christ, through the instrumentality of living faith.
IV. ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST HANGS ALL THE GLORY OF THE GOVERNMENT OF HIS FATHER'S HOUSE. They are under law to Christ as the sole Ruler of the house. We must take order from Him; for "One is our Master, even Christ."
V. ON THE LORD JESUS CHRIST HANGS ALL THE GLORY OF THE VICTORIES OF HIS FATHER'S HOUSE. The Christian Church, both collectively and in its individual members, is in an enemy's country on this side heaven. It is the Christian's solace to be assured that he has not been sent a warfare on his own charges. Apart from the clear and full revelations of Scripture, no subject of human contemplation is so saddening as death. He, on whom hangs all the glory of His Father's house, is Himself the Resurrection and the Life. Conclusion — Let us seriously inquire whether we are members of that house. Mere external relationship to it will avail us nothing. We must be united in the bonds of faith and love to the Lord Jesus.
(J. Smyth, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And they shall hang upon him all the glory of his father's house, the offspring and the issue, all vessels of small quantity, from the vessels of cups, even to all the vessels of flagons.