Keep a steady eye on Christ, the blessed Mediator of the covenant.
Eye Him as the storehouse and fountain of all
your supplies of grace and strength. For it is out “of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace” (Joh
Eye Him as your Captain to fight all your battles against sin and Satan; for He has “spoiled principalities
and powers” (Col 2:15); and if ever we overcome, it must be in the blood and strength of the Lamb.
Eye Him as
your guide to lead you through all the dark and difficult steps of your pilgrimage. For He leads the blind “in paths
that they have not known” (Isa 42:16).
Eye Him as your pattern. Endeavor to imitate Him in all His imitable
perfections. Run your Christian race, “looking unto Jesus” (Heb 12:2). Remember how steady and firm He was in
carrying on the great work of redemption. He set His face like a flint against all the storms and obstacles that lay
in His way. He did not faint, nor was He discouraged, but travelled on in the greatness of His strength, enduring
the cross, and despising the shame. For He said on the cross, “It is finished” (Joh 19:30).
So study ye after His
example to run your Christian race, your course of obedience, and press on against all temptations and difficulties,
until ye have finished your course with joy and arrive at the mark and prize of the high calling of God in Christ.
Ebenezer Erskine-From “The Backslider Characterised” in The Whole Works of the Late Rev. Ebenezer Erskine, Vol. 1