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You are unwilling to come to Me so that you may have life.

—John 5:40

I once worked for a supervisor who was a devotee of the Power of Positive Thinking. His office was cluttered with books on the subject and his walls decorated with motivational slogans including, although he was clearly not a Christian, out-of-context Scripture verses. The one in particular that I remember was Psalm 37:4–5,

Delight yourself in the Lord;
And He will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the Lord,
Trust also in Him, and He will do it.
This man had no idea what was being promised, or to whom it was promised, and no real interest in knowing. Sadly, this is true of many Christians, as well, who view the promises of God as worldly benefits for those who will claim them. While living by faith often brings temporal benefits, and even unbelievers who live relatively moral lives may enjoy rewards of “good” living, Scripture offers no such guarantee (just ask the many faithful believers in China or Iran). But the promises of God are so much greater than that. The promise of Christ is no more or less than Christ himself.


Come, and you shall partake of all that Christ can communicate, and man can receive. Satan and sin will promise much to stay you from him, but though they promise more than ever they perform, yet they cannot promise so much as Christ will really give. Upon condition you will come, you shall have all that Christ can give you, and what cannot he give, who is Lord of heaven and earth, and has the disposing of all in both! You shall have all that heart can desire, . . . provided you desire nothing but what is good for you, nothing but what is truly desirable; you shall have all. All what? you will say. Why, all that Christ is, all that he has; all that he has done, and is doing, and all that he has suffered: all these, so far as they are communicable, and you capable; all this, if you will but come for it.

—David Clarkson, Men by Nature Unwilling to Come to Christ, Works (Banner of Truth, 1988), 1:348.

More to come . . .

Posted 2017·11·20 by David Kjos
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