Wednesday, January 27, 2016

.....the faithful apostle found his deep and unfailing delight in unfolding and dwelling upon those precious subjects which clustered, in rich luxuriance, around the Person and the cross of his adorable Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.  He had found in Christ all he needed for time and eternity.  The glory of His Person had completely eclipsed all the glories of earth and of nature.  He could say, "What things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.  Yea, doubtless, and I count all things but loss, for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord; for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ" (Phil. 3:7-8).
     This is the language of a true Christian, of one who had found a perfectly absorbing and commanding object in Christ.  What could the world offer to such an one? what could it do for him?  Did he want its riches, its honors, its distinctions, its pleasures?  He counted them all as dung.  How was this?  Because he had found Christ; he had seen an object in Him which so riveted his heart that to win Him and know more of Him and be found in Him was the one ruling desire of his soul.....If any one had suggested to him the thought of getting on in the world or of seeking to make money, what would have been his reply?  Simply this: I have found my all in Christ; I want no more.  I have found in Him ''unsearchable riches"—''durable riches and righteousness."  In Him are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.  What do I want of this world's riches, its wisdom, or its learning?  These things all pass away like the vapors of the morning; and even while they last, are wholly inadequate to satisfy the desires and aspirations of an immortal spirit.  Christ is an eternal object, heaven's centre, the delight of the heart of God; He shall satisfy me throughout the countless ages of that bright eternity which is before me; and surely, if He can satisfy me forever, He can satisfy me now.  Shall I turn to the wretched rubbish of this world—its pursuits, its pleasures, its amusements, its theatres, its concerts, its riches, or its honors to supplement my portion in Christ?  God forbid!  All such things would be simply an intolerable nuisance to me.  Christ is my all and in all, now and forever. 
                                                                                                                                       C. H. Mackintosh

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