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 Ephesians 3
3:8 The unsearchable riches of Christ.
My
Master has riches beyond the count of arithmetic, the measurement of
reason, the dream of imagination, or the eloquence of words. They are
unsearchable! You may look, and study, and weigh, but Jesus is a greater
Saviour than you think Him to be when your thoughts are at the
greatest. My Lord is more ready to pardon than you to sin, more able to
forgive than you to transgress. My Master is more willing to supply your
wants than you are to confess them. Never tolerate low thoughts of my
Lord Jesus. When you put the crown on His head, you will only crown Him
with silver when He deserves gold. My Master has riches of happiness to
bestow upon you now. He can make you to lie down in green pastures, and
lead you beside still waters. There is no music like the music of His
pipe, when He is the Shepherd and you are the sheep, and you lie down at
His feet. There is no love like His, neither earth nor heaven can match
it. To know Christ and to be found in Him--oh! this is life, this is
joy, this is marrow and fatness, wine on the lees well refined. My
Master does not treat His servants churlishly; He gives to them as a
king giveth to a king; He gives them two heavens--a heaven below in
serving Him here, and a heaven above in delighting in Him for ever. His
unsearchable riches will be best known in eternity. He will give you on
the way to heaven all you need; your place of defence shall be the
munitions of rocks, your bread shall be given you, and your waters shall
be sure; but it is there, THERE, where you shall hear the song of them
that triumph, the shout of them that feast, and
shall have a face-to-face view of the glorious and beloved One. The
unsearchable riches of Christ! This is the tune for the minstrels of
earth, and the song for the harpers of heaven. Lord, teach us more and
more of Jesus, and we will tell out the good news to others. 

3:8
Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given,
that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of
Christ.

The
apostle Paul felt it a great privilege to be allowed to preach the
gospel. He did not look upon his calling as a drudgery, but he entered
upon it with intense delight. Yet while Paul was thus thankful for his
office, his success in it greatly humbled him. The fuller a vessel
becomes, the deeper it sinks in the water. Idlers may indulge a fond
conceit of their abilities, because they are
untried; but the earnest worker soon learns his own weakness. If you
seek humility, try hard work; if you would know your nothingness,
attempt some great thing for Jesus. If you would feel how utterly
powerless you are apart from the living God, attempt especially the
great work of proclaiming the unsearchable riches of Christ, and you
will know, as you never knew before, what a weak unworthy thing you are.
Although the apostle thus knew and confessed his weakness, he was never
perplexed as to the subject of his ministry. From his first sermon to
his last, Paul preached Christ, and nothing but Christ. He lifted up the
cross, and extolled the Son of God who bled thereon. Follow his example
in all your personal efforts to spread the glad tidings of salvation,
and let "Christ and Him crucified" be your ever recurring theme. The
Christian should be like those lovely spring flowers which, when the sun
is shining, open their golden cups, as if saying, "Fill
us with thy beams!" but when the sun is hidden behind a cloud, they
close their cups and droop their heads. So should the Christian feel the
sweet influence of Jesus; Jesus must be his sun, and he must be the
flower which yields itself to the Sun of Righteousness. Oh! to speak of
Christ alone, this is the subject which is both "seed for the sower, and
bread for the eater." This is the live coal for the lip of the speaker,
and the master-key to the heart of the hearer. 

3:8 The unsearchable riches of Christ.
My
Master has riches beyond the count of arithmetic, the measurement of
reason, the dream of imagination, or the eloquence of words. They are
unsearchable! You may look, and study, and weigh, but Jesus is a greater
Saviour than you think Him to be when your thoughts are at the
greatest. My Lord is more
ready to pardon than you to sin, more able to forgive than you to
transgress. My Master is more willing to supply your wants than you are
to confess them. Never tolerate low thoughts of my Lord Jesus. When you
put the crown on His head, you will only crown Him with silver when He
deserves gold. My Master has riches of happiness to bestow upon you now.
He can make you to lie down in green pastures, and lead you beside
still waters. There is no music like the music of His pipe, when He is
the Shepherd and you are the sheep, and you lie down at His feet. There
is no love like His, neither earth nor heaven can match it. To know
Christ and to be found in Him--oh! this is life, this is joy, this is
marrow and fatness, wine on the lees well refined. My Master does not
treat His servants churlishly; He gives to them as a king giveth to a
king; He gives them two heavens--a heaven below in serving Him here, and
a heaven above in delighting in Him for ever. His
unsearchable riches will be best known in eternity. He will give you on
the way to heaven all you need; your place of defence shall be the
munitions of rocks, your bread shall be given you, and your waters shall
be sure; but it is there, THERE, where you shall hear the song of them
that triumph, the shout of them that feast, and shall have a
face-to-face view of the glorious and beloved One. The unsearchable
riches of Christ! This is the tune for the minstrels of earth, and the
song for the harpers of heaven. Lord, teach us more and more of Jesus,
and we will tell out the good news to others. 

3:17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith.
Beyond
measure it is desirable that we, as believers, should have the person
of Jesus constantly before us, to inflame our love towards Him, and to
increase our
knowledge of Him. I would to God that my readers were all entered as
diligent scholars in Jesus' college, students of Corpus Christi,
or the body of Christ, resolved to attain unto a good degree in the
learning of the cross. But to have Jesus ever near, the heart must be
full of Him, welling up with His love, even to overrunning; hence the
apostle prays "that Christ may dwell in your hearts." See how near he
would have Jesus to be! You cannot get a subject closer to you than to
have it in the heart itself. "That He may dwell"; not that He may call
upon you sometimes, as a casual visitor enters into a house and tarries
for a night, but that He may dwell; that Jesus may become the Lord and
Tenant of your inmost being, never more to go out. Observe the
words--that He may dwell in your heart, that best room of the house of
manhood; not in your thoughts alone, but in your affections; not merely
in the mind's meditations, but in the heart's emotions. We
should pant after love to Christ of a most abiding character, not a
love that flames up and then dies out into the darkness of a few embers,
but a constant flame, fed by sacred fuel, like the fire upon the altar
which never went out. This cannot be accomplished except by faith. Faith
must be strong, or love will not be fervent; the root of the flower
must be healthy, or we cannot expect the bloom to be sweet. Faith is the
lily's root, and love is the lily's bloom. Now, reader, Jesus cannot be
in your heart's love except you have a firm hold of Him by your heart's
faith; and, therefore, pray that you may always trust Christ in order
that you may always love Him. If love be cold, be sure that faith is
drooping. 

3:19 The love of Christ which passeth knowledge.
The
love of Christ in its sweetness, its fulness,
its greatness, its faithfulness, passeth all human comprehension. Where
shall language be found which shall describe His matchless, His
unparalleled love towards the children of men? It is so vast and
boundless that, as the swallow but skimmeth the water, and diveth not
into its depths, so all descriptive words but touch the surface, while
depths immeasurable lie beneath. Well might the poet say, "O love, thou
fathomless abyss!" for this love of Christ is indeed measureless and
fathomless; none can attain unto it. Before we can have any right idea
of the love of Jesus, we must understand His previous glory in its
height of majesty, and His incarnation upon the earth in all its depths
of shame. But who can tell us the majesty of Christ? When He was
enthroned in the highest heavens He was very God of very God; by Him
were the heavens made, and all the hosts thereof. His own almighty arm
upheld the spheres; the praises of cherubim and seraphim perpetually
surrounded Him; the full chorus of the hallelujahs of the universe
unceasingly flowed to the foot of his throne: He reigned supreme above
all His creatures, God over all, blessed for ever. Who can tell His
height of glory then? And who, on the other hand, can tell how low He
descended? To be a man was something, to be a man of sorrows was far
more; to bleed, and die, and suffer, these were much for Him who was the
Son of God; but to suffer such unparalleled agony--to endure a death of
shame and desertion by His Father, this is a depth of condescending
love which the most inspired mind must utterly fail to fathom. Herein is
love! and truly it is love that "passeth knowledge." O let this love
fill our hearts with adoring gratitude, and lead us to practical
manifestations of its power. 

-JOE427

September 10, 2011 | 
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