Friday, September 17, 2010

Christ comes to the church so cherish Christ

Sibbes calls us to cherish having Christ for:
"Time will come that the devil will set upon us with sharp temptations, fiery darts, temptation to despair, and present Christ amiss, as if Christ were not willing to receive us.... labour to cherish good conception of Christ. This is the finisher and beginning of the conversion of a poor sinful soul, even to consider the infinite love and condescendence of Christ Jesus for the good of our souls."
The greatest need we have is hearts that cherish Christ.
It's why preachers are appointed - to portray Christ to the hearts of his people.
It's why we worship, to cherish him. Yet we ask: will he come to us as we cherish him?
"We need not wonder at this his willingness to receive us, when we first know that God became man, happiness became misery, and life itself came to die, and to be 'a curse for us,' Gal. 3:13. He has done the greater, and will he not do the less?"
And so we should ask: 
"Is there such love in God to become man, and to be a suitor to woo me for my love?"

The soul thinks, he desires my salvation and conversion. Which kind of people does Christ come to. We might object because of our unworthiness. But:
- I am poor: ‘He comes to the poor,' Isa. 14:32 and 24:19.
- I am laden and wretched: ‘Come unto me, all ye that are weary and laden,' Mat. 11:28.
- I have nothing: 'Come and buy honey, milk, and wine, though you have nothing,' Isa. 55:1.
He takes away all objections! But I am stung with the sense of my sins: 'Blessed are they that hunger and thirst,' etc., Mat. 5:6. 
But I am empty of all: ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit,' Mat. 5:3. 
You can object nothing, but it is taken away by the Holy Spirit, wisely anticipating all the objections of a sinful soul. When we are converted, these thoughts, entertained with admiration of Christ's condescending, are effectual to give Christ further entrance into the soul, by which a happier communion is wrought still more and more between Christ and the soul of a Christian.
His love is enough to come to us, desiring a more intimate relationship, "a happier communion" between Christ and our hearts. Nothing can prevent this. No sense of weakness, emptiness, wretchedness on our part - for his love is great! The gospel tells us clearly - he came to the cross for us, he will come to our hearts.

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