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

—John 5:40

All who come to Christ will 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 done is done in your stead, or in your behalf, or for your advantage; all that he did on earth, and all that he is doing in heaven, it is all for those, and only for those, that come unto him.

His observance of the law yours. You will then find, that he was made under the law, that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in you, Rom. viii. 34. That shall be as available to entitle you to eternal life, offered in that first covenant, &lsqoo;Do this and live,&rsqoo; as if you had perfectly done it in person.

His miracles yours, i. e., for you to ascertain the truth of that doctrine, of those promises, which are your evidences for all the happiness you can expect here or hereafter.

His prayers yours. They shall be as effectual for you as if he had prayed for you by name, or as if he were now on earth to pray for you, John xvii. 20. And oh how precious, how invaluable is interest in those prayers!

His resurrection yours. Those that come to Christ are risen with Christ, Col. iii. 1. Then you shall know that he rose from the dead, that you might be raised ont of the grave of sin, to sit with him in heavenly places, Eph. ii. 5, 6.

His ascension yours. Then you shall find he ascended to prepare for your entertainment in heaven, to make ready those mansions of glory where you shall mutually enjoy one another to all eternity, John xiv. 2, 3.

His intercession yours. As he lived on earth to act for you, so he ever lives in heaven to make intercession, Heb. vii. 25. No plea shall be admitted against them, he stands to rebuke any that will attempt it, Zech. iii. 1, 2. No service of theirs rejected in heaven, he offers them with his own hand; and lest sins and failings should appear, he interposes his merit, righteousness, satisfaction; this is that incense mentioned, Rev. viii. 3, which turns all their imperfect offerings into the smell of a sweet odour. Oh what comfort is here for those that are come! What encouragement for those that are not come to resolve upon it! Nay, more,

His present administrations. Not only all he did on earth before his ascension, and all he does in heaven since he left the earth, but all he does on earth when he is in heaven; all his dispensations are with respect of them, and for singular advantage to them, though they take no notice of it, though it seem so much of another tendency as they can scarce believe it, Rom. viii. 28. &lsqoo;All things,&rsqoo; none excepted; &lsqoo;called,&rsqoo; those that answer his call, come when he calls.

—David Clarkson, Men by Nature Unwilling to Come to Christ, Works (Banner of Truth, 1988), 1:349–350.



Posted 2017·11·24 by David Kjos
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