"Yet to all who received Him . . . He gave the right to become children of God" John 1:12
A whole Christ must be
received—with the whole heart.
Some in their
understanding, assent to the way of salvation--yet do not consent to it
with their will. In judgment they are for Christ--but in
affection they are for other things. There is only a part of their
soul that is for Christ. Others would have the benefits that are from
Christ--but have no love for the person of Christ.
have Christ only as a Savior--but not as a Lord. They desire Him
only as a Priest to offer a sacrifice for their sins--but not as a
Prophet to instruct them, nor as a King to rule over them. So that
it is but part of Christ, that they would receive.
But both of
these courses are equally dangerous; for, if we would be saved, we must cleave
to Christ with all the faculties of the soul--with will, judgment,
affection, etc. And so, again, we must cleave to the whole of
Christ--Christ in His natures, person, offices, etc. If, therefore, you would
rightly receive Christ, see that your whole soul receives a whole
"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