Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Miscellanies 21 - Eternal life is to know the Father and His Son

If eternal life is to know God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ then we must begin the practice here. You must start now to rejoice in him, to find all your happiness in the knowledge of knowing him for this shall be your duty in eternity. If you have no delight now to know him, then I fear you may never enjoy him hereafter and heaven is no place for you. If you have no delight in a person would you marry them? If it does not excite you one bit to be around them, would you seek them out?  My friends you claim to know Christ but do you seek him, does your heart beat for him, are you thirsty without him, is your stomach hungry when you have not his bread to eat? The disciples turned the world upside down because they were about one thing, and that was to know Jesus Christ who is infinitely better than all the things this world can afford. Just as it is natural for a man to fix his eyes upon a beautiful woman likewise it is infinitely natural for the regenerate mind to fix their eyes upon Christ who is the author and perfecter of their faith. 

Oh come and seek his face, draw near to him if you have any inclinations, come if you have any love for him. Why withhold such splendid opportunities to be drenched in the waves of his love - I suppose it is because you do not want him. Be fools no longer and come through his gate, come willingly and boldly for he has called for you. His love is endless, his grace is matchless. Oh poor sinner, you are a child of God, a brother to your saviour; settle with your soul that it is the best of duty and delight to know him, no other thing is better than to know him. Settle it quickly with your soul, fight against your flesh and say the Lord is my portion, he is what I need and what I want. Come now and know him, he is alive and here. Call for his presence, bow your head in prayer, meditate on his precepts and the loveliness of his character. 

 Joh 17:1 When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, "Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, 
Joh 17:2  since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. 
Joh 17:3  And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.


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