Precious Jesus

"Afresh, precious, precious Jesus, I resign this body to You, for doing or suffering, for living or dying. Will You accept it? Will You use me for Your glory more than heretofore, that You may have some little return for all the benefits You have done to me? Oh, do grant this request; my heart longs for it, my spirit pleads for it; and "if You will, You can." You know the hot temptation of which I am the subject. Bring Your glory out of it, and keep me from the evil, and it shall be well." - Ruth Bryan

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

The best Gift

This Christmas season is a blessing to those who know Christ; those who don't only view this time of year as a means of 'storing up treasures on earth'. I have noticed this past week and a half the number of deliveries by Fed Ex and UPS at my neighbor's, the last one being just a few minutes ago. Overall, they've had at least eight deliveries! I point this out because this is what Christmas means to them, and to most Americans. How terribly sad is it that they see themselves worthy of gifts, gifts that will soon perish! 

For those who are in Christ by the grace of God, our Gift is immeasurable, eternal, and magnificent! Henry Law says it wonderfully in his commentary on Ephesians 1:3 - ' 'Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who
has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ." ...
" For WHAT are blessings ascribed? Because He "has blessed us with all spiritual
blessings in heavenly places in Christ." Oh! for an outpouring of realizing faith, to
enable us to grasp tightly this glorious assurance! The believer is blessed with all
spiritual blessings. Such is his present portion. As to temporal gifts, such as health,
worldly possessions, and distinctions, he may be poor and needy; the absence of
these may be the riches of the inner man. But one treasure, even all spiritual
blessings, is surely his. Do you ask, How can this be? The reply is at handWhen God
gave the heirs of salvation unto Jesus, He gave Jesus unto them. "I am my Beloved's, and my Beloved is mine." He gave HIMSELF unto them!. "This God is our God forever and ever".{ take some time to ponder on this! Look what God has done for each of His own!}

He gave the Holy Spirit unto them. "Know you not, that your body is the
temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, who you have of God?" Moreover, He gave
unto them all things contained in the Everlasting Covenant of Grace. Is it not evident that he, who has the Triune Jehovah as his property, is blessed with all spiritual blessings? What is his spiritual need? Let him ask, and he has a supply; let him open his hand, and it is filled. But all believers do not realize this. Why? Because their faith is weak; the hand hangs down which ought to be extended to receive. The inheritor of vast estates who will not be persuaded of, or will not use his wealth, is the picture of the man who has all blessings as his own, but wilfully languishes in ignorance and blessings are in heavenly places. This expression tells us that our
store-house is heaven. "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and
comes down from the Father of Lights." The Father is in heaven, in whom they
originate; Jesus is in heaven, through whom they descend; the Spirit is in heaven, by whom they are bestowed. They are heavenly-place blessings, because they uplift
the thoughts and affections and desires above the filth of earth, and bear them far
away to regions of celestial purity. They are heavenly-place blessings, because they
fit us daily for the "inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fades not away, reserved in heaven for us."
Being thus in heavenly places, they are SECURE. Satan cannot storm that fortress;
our own evil hearts cannot betray it to the foe. Oh, my soul, seek you heavenly-place
blessings—seek them with the persuasion, that they are your own inheritance.
Finally, this blessedness is all in Christ. All salvation, and all appertaining to it, is in
Him. Without Christ—apart from Him—there is nothing but misery and the curse. In Him we possess a blessing God, exalting us to a blessed heaven. To Him let us
ascribe blessings forever and ever. Happy the day which finds the believer thus
employed!"    -  Henry Law

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