It is by the exercise and discharge of the office of Christ, as the king, priest, and prophet of the church, that we are redeemed, sanctified, and saved…the redemption and salvation of the church do not depend merely on this–that God has given one to be king, priest, and prophet of the church, by the acting of which offices it is redeemed and saved; but on the person of him who was so given unto us: as is fully attested, Isiah 9:6-7.
I am a rose of Sharon, a lily of the valleys. Song of Songs 2:1
Let me know lift up my heart, with my eyes and hands, to God, in heaven. Let me rouse myself to take hold of God, to seek his face, and to ascribe to him the glory due his name.
The common talk is observing God and reforming the life, but who of a thousand speaks of the necessity of a new nature?
No bridegroom enriches his bride with such honors by marriage, as Christ does; he makes them related to God as their father, and from that day the mighty and glorious angles think it no dishonor to be their servants.
For God has shut up all to disobedience, that he might have mercy on all. Oh the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and the knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past tracing out! “For who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor?” Romans 11:32-34
No husband is so undying and everlasting a husband as Christ is; death separates all other relations, but the soul’s union with Christ is not dissolved in the grave. Indeed, the day of a believer’s death is his marriage day, the day of his fullest enjoyment of Christ. No husband can say to his wife, what Christ says to the believer, “I will never leave you, nor forsake you.”
God forbid, that having undertaken the sacred office of revealing the excellencies of Christ to the world, we should make light of him ourselves, and slight that salvation which we daily preach.
It is the highest folly to regulate our actions by any other standard than that by which we must be judged.
Reason alone–especially as it is corrupted and depraved–can discern no glory in the representation of God by Christ; yea, all that is spoken thereof, or declared in the Gospel, is foolishness unto it.