Monday, October 5, 2015

Utterly Impossible

It has been the distinctive aim, and the sincere desire of my ministry to make known and to endear the Savior to your hearts.

Oh, how worthy is He of your most exalted conceptions, of your most implicit confidence, of your most self-denying service, of your most fervent love!

When He could give you no more and the fathomless depths of His love, and the boundless resources of His grace, would not be satisfied by giving you less, He gave you Himself!

Robed in your nature, oppressed with your sorrows, laden with your curse, wounded for your transgressions, and slain for your sins, He gave His entire self for you!

His redeeming work now finished.  He is perpetually engaged in meting out blessings to His people, from the exhaustless treasures of His love! He constantly woos your affection, invites your grief, and bids you to come with your daily trials to His sympathy, and with your hourly guilt to His blood. You cannot in your drafts upon Christ's fullness, be too covetous; nor in your expectations of supply, be too extravagant! You may fail, as, alas! the most of us do, in making too little of Christ but you cannot fail, in making too much of Him!

It is utterly impossible to know Christ, and not become inspired with a desire   to love Him supremely, to serve Him devotedly, to resemble Him closely, to glorify Him faithfully here,  and to enjoy Him fully hereafter!

[Octavius Winslow]

John 3:16-17 ... For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

1 Peter 2:24 ... Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

Matthew 11:28 ... Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Romans 5:8 ...  But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.❤