A Close Look at “Solus Christus” (Part3)
October 9, 2005 | Speaker: Bro Jurem Ramos
I am going to you read to you a tract entitled “Christ is All” which is based on part of the passage in Colossians 3:11. This tract was was published in the 19th century and it was written by an Evangelical Bishop, John Charles Ryle (1816-1900). In order to prepare you for listening, I’d like you to know that tracts of that period were not short, like the ones we have today. Tracts written then were normally more than ten pages in length.
Here is what someone wrote about Ryle’s writings: “For more than a century, J. C. Ryle was best known for his clear and lively writings on practical and spiritual themes. His great aim in all his ministry was to encourage strong and serious Christian living. His penetrating comments are as wise and relevant today as they were when he first wrote them. His sermons and other writings have been consistently recognized, and their usefulness and impact have continued to the present day, even in the outdated English of the author's own day.”
Having introduced Ryle, let’s now hear his biblical message about solus Christus,
based on Colossians 3:11, entitled, “Christ is All.”
Important note: Since this tract was intended as literature to be read rather than a sermon to be listened to, I have taken the liberty to modify some portions to make it more acceptable to a listening audience. The following text is my modified version which I read to the congregation during the SDG Sunday service. My apologies for the rough editing!
CHRIST IS ALL
"Christ is all."
- C. Ryle
-- COLOSSIANS 3:11
The words of the text are few and short, but they contain great things. These three words, Christ is all
, are the essence and substance of Christianity. If our hearts can really go along with them, it is well with our souls; if not, we may be sure we have yet much to learn. Christ is the mainspring both of doctrinal and practical Christianity. A right knowledge of Christ is essential to a right knowledge of sanctification as well as justification. He that follows after holiness will make no progress unless he gives to Christ His rightful place.
Let’s see in what sense "Christ is all" as we listen to this message.
I. First of all, let us understand that Christ is all, in all the counsels of God concerning man.
(a) There was a time when this earth did not exist. And man, with all the high thoughts he now has of himself, was a creature unknown.
And where was Christ then?
Even then Christ was "with God, was God, and was equal with God." (Jn 1:1; Phil 2:6) Even then He was the beloved Son of the Father: "You loved Me," He says, "before the creation of the world."—"I had glory with You before the world began" (Jn 17:5,24).
(b) There came a time when this earth was created in its present order. Sun, moon, and stars—sea, land, and all their inhabitants, were called into being, and made out of chaos and confusion. And, last of all, man was formed out of the dust of the ground.
And where was Christ then?
Hear what the Scripture says:
- Jn 1:3, “All things were made by Him, and without Him was not any thing made that was made.”
- Col 1:6, “By Him were all things created, that are in heaven and that are in earth.”
- Heb 1:10, “In the beginning, O Lord, you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands.”
- Pr 8:27-30, “I was there when he set the heavens in place, when he marked out the horizon on the face of the deep, 28 when he established the clouds above and fixed securely the fountains of the deep, 29 when he gave the sea its boundary so the waters would not overstep his command, and when he marked out the foundations of the earth. 30 Then I was the craftsman at his side. I was filled with delight day after day, rejoicing always in his presence.”
(c) There came a day when sin entered the world—Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit, and fell. They lost that holy nature in which they were first formed. They forfeited the friendship and favor of God, and became guilty, corrupt, helpless, hopeless sinners. Sin came as a barrier between themselves and their holy Father in heaven. Had He dealt with them according to what they deserved; there had been nothing before them but death, hell, and everlasting ruin.
And where was Christ then?
In that very day He was revealed to our trembling parents, as the only hope of salvation. The very day they fell, they were told that "the seed of the woman will crush the serpent's head,"—that a Savior born of a woman should overcome the devil, and win for sinful man an entrance to eternal life (Gen 3:15). Christ was held up as the true light of the world, in the very day of the fall; and never has any name been made known from that day by which souls could be saved, excepting His. By Him all saved souls have entered heaven, from Adam downward; and without Him none have ever escaped hell.
(d) There came a time when the world seemed sunk and buried in ignorance of God. After 4,000 years the nations of the earth appeared to have clean forgotten the God that made them. Egyptian, Assyrian, Persian, Grecian, and Roman empires, had done nothing but spread superstition and idolatry. Poets, historians, philosophers, had proved that, with all their intellectual powers, they had no right knowledge of God; and that man, left to himself, was utterly corrupt. “The world, by wisdom, knew not God” (1Co 1:21.) Except for a few despised Jews in a corner of the earth, the whole world was dead in ignorance and sin.
And what did Christ do then?
He left the glory He had had from all eternity with the Father, and came down into the world to provide a salvation. He took our nature upon Himself, and was born as a man. As a man He did the will of God perfectly, which we all had left undone: as a man He suffered on the cross the wrath of God which we ought to have suffered. He brought in everlasting righteousness for us. He redeemed us from the curse of a broken law. He died for our sins. He rose again for our justification. He ascended to God's right hand, and there sat down, waiting till His enemies should be made His footstool. And there He sits now, offering salvation to all who will come to Him, interceding for all who believe in Him, and managing by God's appointment all that concerns the salvation of souls.
(e) There is a time coming when sin shall be cast out from this world.—Wickedness shall not always flourish unpunished; Satan shall not always reign; creation shall not always groan. There shall be a time of restitution of all things. There shall be a new heaven and a new earth, wherein dwells righteousness, and the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea (Ro 8:22; Ac 3:21; 2Pe 3:13; Isa 11:9).
And where shall Christ be then? And what shall He do?
Christ Himself shall be King. He shall return to this earth, and make all things new. He shall come in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory, and the kingdoms of the world shall become His. The heathen shall be given to Him for His inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for His possession. To Him every knee shall bow, and every tongue shall confess that He is Lord. His dominion shall be an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and His kingdom that which shall not be destroyed. (Mt 24:30; Re 11:15; Ps 2:8; Phil 2:10,11; Dan 7:14).
(f) There is a day coming when all men shall be judged. The sea shall give up the dead which are in it, and death and hell shall deliver up the dead which are in them. All that sleep in the grave shall awake and come forth, and all shall be judged according to their works (Rev 20:13; Dan 12:2).
And where will Christ be then?
Christ Himself will be the Judge.
- "The Father hath committed all judgment unto the Son." (Jn 5:22)
- "When the Son of man shall come in His glory, then shall He sit upon the throne of His glory: and before Him shall be gathered all nations: and He shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides the sheep from the goats." (Mt 25:32)
- "We must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ: that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad." (2Co 5:10)
Now if any of us thinks little of Christ, let him know this day that he is very unlike God! You are of one mind, and God is of another. You are of one judgment, and God is of another. You think it enough to give Christ a little honor, a little reverence, a little respect. But in all the eternal counsels of God the Father, in creation, redemption, restitution, and judgment—in all these, Christ is "all." Surely we shall do well to consider these things. Surely it is not written in vain, “He that honors not the Son, honors not the Father which hath sent Him” (Jn 5:23).
II. In the second place, let us understand that "Christ is all" in the inspired books which make up the Bible.
In every part of both Testaments Christ is to be found—dimly and indistinctly at the beginning—more clearly and plainly in the middle—fully and completely at the end—but really and substantially everywhere.
Christ's sacrifice and death for sinners, and Christ's kingdom and future glory, are the light we must bring to bear on any book of Scripture we read. Christ's cross and Christ's crown are the clue we must hold fast, if we would find our way through Scripture difficulties. Christ is the only key that will unlock many of the dark places of the Word.
It was Christ to whom Abel looked when he offered a better sacrifice than Cain. Not only was the heart of Abel better than that of his brother, but he showed his knowledge of vicarious sacrifice and his faith in an atonement. He offered the firstlings of his flock, with the blood thereof, and in so doing declared his belief that without shedding of blood there is no remission (Heb 11:4).
It was Christ of whom Enoch prophesied in the days of abounding wickedness before the flood. “Behold,” he said, “the Lord comes with ten thousand of His saints, to execute judgment upon all” (Jude 15).
It was Christ to whom Abraham looked when he dwelt in tents in the land of promise. He believed that in his seed—in one born of his family—all the nations of the earth should be blessed.. By faith he saw Christ's day, and was glad (Jn 8:56).
It was Christ who was the substance of the ceremonial law
which God gave to Israel by the hand of Moses. The morning and evening sacrifice, the continual shedding of blood, the altar, the mercy seat, the high priest, the passover, the day of atonement, the scapegoat—all these were so many pictures, types, and emblems of Christ and His work.
It was Christ to whom God directed the attention of Israel by all the daily miracles which were done before their eyes in the wilderness. The pillar of cloud and fire which guided them, the manna from heaven which every morning fed them, the water from the smitten rock which followed them, all and each were figures of Christ. The brazen serpent, on that memorable occasion when the plague of fiery serpents was sent upon them, was an emblem of Christ (1Co 10:4; Jn 3:14).
It was Christ of whom all the Judges were types. Joshua, and David, and Gideon, and Jephthah, and Samson, and all the rest whom God raised up to deliver Israel from captivity, all were emblems of Christ. Weak and unstable and faulty as some of them were, they were set for examples of better things in the distant future. All were meant to remind the tribes of that far higher Deliverer who was yet to come.
It was Christ of whom David the king was a type. Anointed and chosen when few gave him honor, despised and rejected by Saul and all the tribes of Israel, persecuted and obliged to flee for his life, a man of sorrow all his life, and yet at length a conqueror—in all these things David represented Christ.
It was Christ of whom all the prophets from Isaiah to Malachi spoke. They saw through a glass darkly. They were sometimes moved by the Holy Ghost to write of the times of Christ crucified, and sometimes of Christ's kingdom in the latter days. But Jesus dying or Jesus reigning, was the thought you will ever find uppermost in their minds.
It is Christ of whom the whole New Testament is full. The Gospels are "Christ" living, speaking, and moving among men. The Acts are "Christ" preached, published, and proclaimed. The Epistles are "Christ" written of, explained, and exalted. But all through, from first to last, there is but one Name above every other, and that is Christ.
Let us ask ourselves frequently what the Bible is to us. Is it a Bible in which we have found nothing more than good moral precepts and sound advice? Or is it a Bible in which we have found Christ? Is it a Bible in which "Christ is all" If not, we have then used our Bible to very little purpose. We are like a man who studies the solar system, and leaves out in his studies the sun, which is the center of all. It is no wonder if you find your Bible a dull book!
III. In the third place, let us understand that "Christ is all" in the religion of all true Christians on earth.
In saying this, I wish to guard myself against being misunderstood. I hold the absolute necessity of the election of God the Father, and the sanctification of God the Spirit, in order to effect the salvation of every one that is saved. I hold that there is a perfect harmony and unison in the action of the three Persons of the Trinity, in bringing any man to glory, and that all three cooperate and work a joint work in his deliverance from sin and hell.
But, at the same time, I see clear proof in Scripture that it is the mind of the blessed Trinity that Christ should be prominently and distinctly exalted, in the matter of saving souls. Christ is set forth as the "Word," through whom God's love to sinners is made known. Christ's incarnation and atoning death on the cross, are the great cornerstone on which the whole plan of salvation rests. Christ is the way and door, by which alone approaches to God are to be made. Christ is the root into which all elect sinners must be grafted. Christ is the only meeting-place between God and man, between heaven and earth, between the Holy Trinity and the poor sinful child of Adam. It is Christ whom God the Father has "sealed" and appointed to convey life to a dead world (Jn 6:27).
Now let me show what I do mean.
(a) Christ is all in a sinner's justification before God.
Through Him alone we can have peace with a Holy God. By Him alone we can have admission into the presence of the Most High, and stand there without fear. "We have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of Him." In Him alone can God be just, and justify the ungodly (Eph 3:12; Ro 3:26). How can any mortal man come before God? Shall we say that we have done our duty to our neighbor? Shall we bring forward our prayers? our regularity? our morality? our amendments? our church going? Shall we ask to be accepted because of any of these? Which of these things will stand the searching inspection of God's eye? Which of them will actually justify us? Which of them will carry us clear through judgment, and land us safe in glory? None, none, none!
Take any commandment of the Ten, and let us examine ourselves by it. We have broken it repeatedly. We are all guilty, all deserve hell, all ought to die. How can we come before God? We must come in the name of Jesus, standing on no other ground, pleading no other plea than this, "Christ died on the cross for the ungodly, and I trust in Him. Christ died for me, and I believe on Him." The garment of our Elder Brother, the righteousness of Christ, this is the only robe which can cover us, and enable us to stand in the light of heaven without shame. The name of Jesus is the only name by which we shall obtain an entrance through the gate of eternal glory. The mark of the blood of Christ is the only mark that can save us from destruction. When the angels are separating the children of Adam in the last day, if we are not found marked with that atoning blood, we had better never have been born. Oh, let us never forget that Christ must be "all" to that soul who would be justified!
(b) But again, Christ is not only all in the justification of a true Christian, but He is also all in his sanctification.
I would not have any one misunderstand me. I do not mean for a moment to undervalue the work of the Spirit. But this I say, that no man is ever holy till he comes to Christ and is united to Him. And no man can grow in holiness except he abides in Christ. Christ is the great root from which every believer must draw his strength to go forward. The Spirit is His special gift, His purchased gift for His people. A believer must not only “receive Christ Jesus the Lord,” but “walk in Him, and be rooted and built up in Him” (Col 2:6,7). Do you want to be holy? Then Christ is the manna you must daily eat, like Israel in the wilderness of old. Do you want to be holy? Then Christ must be the rock from which you must daily drink the living water. Do you want to be holy? Then you must be ever looking unto Jesus, looking at His cross, and learning fresh motives for a closer walk with God, looking at His example, and taking Him for your pattern. Looking at Him, you would become like Him. Looking at Him, your face would shine without your knowing it. Look less at yourself and more at Christ, and you will find besetting sins dropping off and leaving you, and your eyes enlightened more and more every day (Heb 12:2; 2Co 3:18).
What a pity, those who try to be holy without Christ! Your labor is all in vain. You are putting money in a bag with holes. You are pouring water into a sieve. You are rolling a huge round stone uphill. You are beginning at the wrong end. You must come to Christ first, and He shall give you His sanctifying Spirit. You must learn to say with Paul, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Phil 4:13).
(c) But again, Christ is not only all in the sanctification of a true Christian, but all in his comfort in time present.
A saved soul has many sorrows. He has a body like other men, weak and frail. He has a heart like other men, and often a more sensitive one too. He has trials and losses to bear like others, and often more. He has his share of bereavements, deaths, disappointments, crosses. He has the world to oppose, a place in life to fill blamelessly, unconverted relatives to bear with patiently, persecutions to endure, and a death to die. And who is sufficient for these things? What shall enable a believer to bear all this? Nothing but "the consolation there is in Christ" (Phil 2:1).
Jesus is indeed the brother born for adversity. He is the friend that sticks closer than a brother, and He alone can comfort His people. He can be touched with the feeling of their infirmities, for He suffered Himself (Heb 4:15). He knows what sorrow is, for He was a man of sorrows. He knows what an aching body is, for His body was racked with pain. He cried, "All my bones are out of joint" (Ps 22:14). He knows what poverty and weariness are, for He was often wearied and had not where to lay His head. He knows what family unkindness is, for even His brothers did not believe Him. He had no honor in His own house.
And Jesus knows exactly how to comfort His afflicted people. He knows how to pour in oil and wine into the wounds of the spirit, how to fill up gaps in empty hearts, how to speak a word in season to the weary, how to heal the broken heart, how to make all our bed in sickness, how to draw nigh when we are faint, and say, “Fear not: I am your salvation” (Lam 3:57). David said in Ps 94:19, “When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul.”
Oh, you who want unfailing comfort, come to Christ! In Him alone there is no failure. Rich men are disappointed in their treasures. Learned men are disappointed in their books. Husbands are disappointed in their wives. Wives are disappointed in their husbands. Parents are disappointed in their children. Politicians are disappointed when, after many a struggle, they attain place and power. They find out, to their cost, that it is more pain than pleasure, that it is disappointment, annoyance, incessant trouble, worry, vanity, and vexation of spirit. But no man was ever disappointed in Christ.
(d) But as Christ is all in the comforts of a true Christian in time present, so Christ is all in his hope for time to come.
No living man but the real child of God, the sincere, thoroughgoing Christian, can give a reasonable account of the hope that is in him. No hope is reasonable which is not Scriptural. A true Christian has a good hope when he looks forward: the worldly man has none. A true Christian sees light in the distance: the worldly man sees nothing but darkness. And what is the hope of a true Christian? It is just this, that Jesus Christ is coming again, coming with all His people, coming to wipe away every tear, coming to raise His sleeping saints from the grave, coming to gather together all His family that they may be forever with Him.
Why is a believer patient? Because he looks for the coming of the Lord. He can bear hard things without murmuring. He knows the time is short. He waits quietly for the King. Why is he moderate in all things? Because he expects his Lord soon to return. His treasure is in heaven: his good things are yet to come. The world is not his rest, but an inn; and an inn is not home. He knows that He that shall come will soon come, and will not tarry. Christ is coming, and that is enough. This is indeed a “blessed hope!” (Tit 2:13).
In all true saving religion Christ is all: all in justification, all in sanctification, all in comfort, all in hope. Oh, that men would prove themselves, and see what they know of it for their own souls!
IV. One thing more, let us understand that Christ will be all in heaven.
I have no power to describe things unseen and a world unknown. But this I know, that all men and women who reach heaven will find that even there also "Christ is all." Jesus will fill the eyes of all who enter glory. In the midst of the throne, and surrounded by adoring angels and saints, there will be "the Lamb that was slain." And "the Lamb shall be the light" of the place (Rev 5:6; 21:23).
of the Lord Jesus will be the eternal song of all the inhabitants of heaven. They will say with a loud voice, "Worthy is the Lamb that was slain. Blessing, and honor, and glory, and power, be to Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb for ever and ever." (Rev 5:12,13).
of the Lord Jesus will be one eternal occupation of all the inhabitants of heaven. We shall “serve Him day and night in His temple” (Rev 7:13).
of Christ Himself shall be one ever lasting enjoyment of the inhabitants of heaven. We shall "see His face," and hear His voice, and speak with Him as friend with friend (Rev 22:4). What a sweet and glorious home heaven will be to those who have loved the Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity! Here we live by faith in Him, and find peace, though we see Him not. There we shall see Him face to face, and find He is altogether lovely.
I trust I have now shown how deep are the foundations of that little expression, "Christ is all."
I might easily add to the things I have said, if time permitted. The subject is not exhausted, I have barely walked over the surface of it. There are mines of precious truth connected with it, which I have left unopened. I might show how language seems exhausted in the Bible, in describing Christ's various offices.
I might describe how figures seem endless, which are employed in unfolding Christ's fulness. The High Priest, the Mediator, the Redeemer, the Savior, the Advocate, the Shepherd, the Physician, the Bridegroom, the Head, the Bread of Life, the Light of the World, the Way, the Door, the Vine, the Rock, the Fountain, the Sun of Righteousness, the Forerunner, the Surety, the Captain, the Prince of Life, the Amen, the Almighty, the Author and Finisher of Faith, the Lamb of God, the King of Saints, the Wonderful, the Mighty God, the Counselor, the Shepherd of Souls, all these, and many more, are names given to Christ in Scripture. Each is a fountain of instruction and comfort for every one who is willing to drink of it. Each supplies matter for useful meditation. But I trust I have said enough to throw light on the point I want to impress on the minds of all who hear this message.
Now let’s finish this subject with practical conclusions.
(1) Is Christ all? Then let us LEARN THE UTTER USELESSNESS OF A CHRISTLESS RELIGION.
There are only too many baptized men and women who practically know nothing at all about Christ. Their religion consists in a few vague notions and empty expressions. "They trust they are no worse than others. They attend their church faithfully. They try to do their duty. They do nobody any harm. They hope God will be merciful to them. They trust the Almighty will pardon their sins, and take them to heaven when they die." This is about the whole of their religion. But what do these people know practically about Christ? Nothing: nothing at all! What experience have they with His offices and work, His blood, His righteousness, His mediation, His priesthood, His intercession? None: none at all! Ask them about a saving faith, ask them about being born again of the Spirit, ask them about being sanctified in Christ Jesus. What answer will you get? You are a barbarian to them. You have asked them simple Bible questions. But they know no more about them experimentally, than a Buddhist or a Hindu. And yet this is the religion of hundreds and thousands of people who are called Christians, all over the world! If any [of you who hear this message] is a man of this kind, I warn him plainly that such Christianity will never take him to heaven. It may do very well in the eyes of man, but it will never comfort you. It will never satisfy your conscience. It will never save your soul. I warn you plainly, that all notions and theories about God being merciful, without Christ and except through Christ, are baseless delusions and empty fancies. Such theories are as purely an idol of man's invention. They never came down from heaven. The God of heaven has sealed and appointed Christ as the one only Savior and way of life, and all who would be saved must be content to be saved by Him, or they will never be saved at all. Let every one of us take note of this warning. A religion without Christ will never save your soul.
(2) Let me say another thing. Is Christ all? Then LEARN THE ENORMOUS FOLLY OF [ADDING ANYTHING TO] CHRIST IN THE MATTER OF SALVATION.
There are multitudes of baptized men and women who profess to honor Christ, but in reality do Him great dishonor. They give Christ a certain place in their system of religion, but not the place which God intended Him to fill. Christ alone is not "all in all" to their souls. No! it is either Christ and the Church, or Christ and the sacraments, or Christ and His ordained ministers, or [Christ and Mary, or Christ and the saints], or Christ and their own repentance, or Christ and their own goodness, or Christ and their own prayers, or Christ and their own sincerity and charity, on which they practically rest their souls. If [there is anyone here who is a Christian of this kind,] I warn him also plainly, that his religion is an offence to God. You are changing God's plan of salvation into a plan of your own devising. You are in effect deposing Christ from His throne, by giving the glory due to Him to another. Beware of resting the burden of your soul on anything but Christ, and Christ alone.
(3) Let me say another thing. Is Christ all? LET ALL WHO WANT TO BE SAVED, APPLY DIRECT TO CHRIST.
There are many who hear of Christ with the ear, and believe all they are told about Him. They allow that there is no salvation excepting in Christ. They acknowledge that Jesus alone can deliver them from hell, and present them faultless before God. But they seem never to get beyond this general acknowledgement. They never lay hold on Christ for their own souls. They stick fast in a state of wishing, and wanting, and feeling, and intending and never get any further. They see what we mean: they know it is all true. They hope one day to get the full benefit of it: but at present they get no benefit whatever. The world is their "all." Politics are their "all." Pleasure is their "all." Business is their "all." But Christ is not their all.
If any of us here is a man of this kind, I warn him also, he is in a bad state of soul. You are as truly in the way to hell in your present condition, as Cain or Judas Iscariot. There must be actual faith in Christ. It is not looking at the bread that feeds the hungry man, but the actual eating of it. It is not gazing on the lifeboat that saves the shipwrecked sailor, but actual getting into it.
Hear the advice I give you this day, and act upon it at once. Stand still no longer, waiting for some feelings which will never come. Hesitate no longer, under the idea that you must first of all obtain the Spirit, and then come to Christ. Arise and come to Christ just as you are. He waits for you, and is as willing to save as He is mighty. Make a direct application to Him, and tell Him all your wants. Take with you words this day, and cry mightily to the Lord Jesus for pardon and peace, as the thief did on the cross. Do as that man did: cry, “Lord, remember me” (Luke 23:42). Tell Him you have heard that He receives sinners, and that you are such. Tell Him, you want to be saved, and ask Him to save you. Rest not till you have actually tasted for yourself that the Lord is gracious. Do this, and you shall find, sooner or later, if you are really in earnest, that "Christ is all."
(4) One more thing let me add. Is Christ all? Then LET ALL HIS CONVERTED PEOPLE DEAL WITH HIM AS IF THEY REALLY BELIEVED IT. LET THEM LEAN ON HIM AND TRUST HIM FAR MORE THAN THEY HAVE EVER DONE YET.
Alas, there are many of the Lord's people who live far below their privileges! There are many truly Christian souls who rob themselves of their own peace and forsake their own mercies. There are many who make little progress in their pursuit of holiness, and shine with a very dim light. And why is all this? Simply because, in nineteen cases out of twenty, men do not make Christ all in all. Now I call on every one [who hears this message] who is a believer, to make sure that Christ is really and thoroughly his all in all. Beware of allowing yourself to mingle anything of your own with Christ. Have you faith? It is a priceless blessing. But take heed you do not make a Christ of your faith. Rest not on your own faith, but on Christ. Is the work of the Spirit in your soul? Thank God for it. But oh, beware, lest, you make a Christ of the work of the Spirit! Rest not on the work of the Spirit, but on Christ. Have you any inward feelings of religion, and experience of grace? Thank God for it. Thousands have no more religious feeling than a log. But oh, beware lest you make a Christ of your feelings and sensations! They are poor, uncertain things, and sadly dependent on our bodies and outward circumstances. Rest not a grain of weight on your feelings. Rest only on Christ. Learn, I entreat you, to look more and more at the great object of faith, Jesus Christ, and to keep your mind dwelling on Him.
Alas, I fear there is a great amount of pride and unbelief still sticking in the hearts of many believers. Few seem to realize how much they need a Savior. Few seem to understand how thoroughly they are indebted to Him. Few seem to comprehend how much they need Him every day. Few seem to be aware how full of love He is to His poor, weak people, and how ready to help them! And few therefore seem to know the peace, and joy, and strength, and power to live a godly life, which is to be had in Christ. Change your plan, listener, if your conscience tells you are guilty: change your plan, and learn to trust Christ more. Christ loves His people to lean on Him, to rest in Him, to call on Him, to abide in Him. Let us all learn and strive to do so more and more. Let us live on Christ. Let us live in Christ. Let us live with Christ. Let us live to Christ. So doing we shall prove that we fully realize that "Christ is all." So doing, we shall feel great peace, and attain more of that "holiness without which no man shall see the Lord" (Heb 12:14).