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

—John 5:40

In Christ, we receive “all that Christ is, all that he has; all that he has done, and is doing, and all that he has suffered.”

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All that he has. Christ, I told you, will marry those that come to him, and this shall be the dowry, all that he has, which is communicable to the creatures; all those riches which the apostles calls unsearchable, Eph. iii. 8. That which is his shall be yours, he will withhold nothing that you are capable to receive; his righteousness is yours, Rom. v. 18. Christ’s own robe shall cover you, Isa. lxi. 10. Then you need not be afraid or ashamed to stand in the sight of God, this robe will hide all your deformities; whereas they that want it will call to the mountains to fall on them, and the hills to cover them, rather than appear before him who sits on the throne. His holiness, the ornament of his human nature, and the resemblance of his divine excellency, John i. 16, hence called the divine nature, 2 Peter i.; his peace yours, John xiv. 27; the peace of Christ shall be yours, and that is the peace of God, Philip. iv. 7; his joy, John xv. 11 and xvii. 13, their joy is the joy of the Lord; his glory, John xvii. 22, the glory wherewith Christ as man shall be glorious in heaven, those that come to him shall partake of hereafter; his kingdom, those who upon Christ’s invitements will come to him on earth, shall hear that sweet invitation of Christ hereafter, Mat. xxv. 34, ‘Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you,’ &c.; the same kingdom where Christ reigns shall be your inheritance hereafter, Luke xxii. 29, 30; his throne, Rev. ii. 21; those that come at Christ’s invitation shall not only be admitted to his table, but to his throne; not only sit, but reign with him, 2 Tim. ii. 12; the poorest sinner that will come to Christ shall be crowned with royal majesty, and reign gloriously with Christ for ever and ever;—all these are yours if you will come to Christ.

—David Clarkson, Men by Nature Unwilling to Come to Christ, Works (Banner of Truth, 1988), 1:349.



Posted 2017·11·22 by David Kjos
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