Thursday, June 17, 2010

Christ, the balm for our every wound

What do you do when you are groaning under the weight of your unhappy disposition as a sinner?  You remember the provision of Christ.  There are few better pictures of this than that presented by Newton when he said:

…blessed be God, though we must feel hourly cause for shame and humiliation for what we are in ourselves, we have cause to rejoice continually in Christ Jesus, who, as he is revealed unto us under the various names, characters, relations, and offices, which he bears in the Scripture, holds out to our faith a balm for every wound, a cordial for every discouragement, and a sufficient answer to every objection which sin or Satan can suggest against our peace. 

If we are guilty, he is our Righteousness; If we are sick, he is our infallible Physician; if we are weak, helpless, and defenseless, he is the compassionate and faithful Shepherd who has taken charge of us, and will not suffer any thing to disappoint our hopes, or to separate us from his love.  He knows our frame, he remembers that we are but dust, and has engaged to guide us by his counsel, support us by his power, and at length to receive us to his glory, that we may be with him for ever.  --Letters to a Nobleman, #3

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