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"The grace that is in Christ Jesus." — 2 Timothy 2:1.

Grace is connected with the whole of our recovery as sinners. It is all in all in every part of our salvation. Whether he is chosen, or redeemed, or justified, or converted, or sanctified, or preserved, or comforted, the believer will acknowledge, by the grace of God I am what I am — not I, but the grace of God which is with me.

But where is this grace to be found? The Apostle tells us, when he speaks of it, as the resource of Timothy, both as a minister and a Christian, Thou, therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. As Mediator, he is the principle, and treasury of it, with regard to us.

It is in him exclusively. And we may as well think of finding snow on the bosom of the sun, or water to cool the tongue in hell, as to think of finding elsewhere than in him, wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption. As Pharaoh said to the famishing multitudes that cried to him for corn, "Go onto Joseph, he has all the corn;" so perishing sinners are sent to be blessed with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ. If there was only one well in the vicinity of a place, this would soon become the scene of concourse, and hither all the inhabitants would repair or die. "And to him shall the gathering of the people be". "If any man thirst," said he, "let him come unto me and drink." Neither is there salvation in any other; for there is none other Name given under heaven among men, whereby they must be saved. And what Christian will refuse to join in the ascription, "Of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace?"

It is in him all-sufficiently. For it is not in him as water in a vessel, which, though as large as the Brazen Sea, would, by constant drawing, be soon drawn dry; but as water in a spring, which, though always flowing, is always as full as ever. It is not in him like light in a lamp, which, however luminous, consumes while it shines, and will soon go out in darkness; but, like light in the sun, which, after shining for so many ages, is undiminished, and is as able as ever to bless the earth with his beams. There never has been, and there never will be, never can be a deficiency in him; Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and for ever.

It is in him relatively. He has it for the use and advantage of his people. Is he head over all things? It is to his body, the Church. Has he power given him over all flesh? It is that he might give eternal life to as many as the Father hath given him. Is he exalted at the right hand of God? It is to be a Prince and a Saviour, to give repentance unto Israel, and forgiveness of sins. Did he receive gifts? It was for men, and even for the rebellious also, that the Lord God might dwell among them. Many trustees are faithless to their office. The rich have wealth for the poor; but it is either hoarded by avarice, or squandered by extravagance, so that the poor often share but little of it, and the design of the proprietor is subverted by the baseness of the steward. But here there is no danger. He to whom all our welfare is entrusted, will be faithful, not as a servant, like Moses, but as a Son over his own house. His work falls in with every disposition of his heart. He so loves the recipients of his bounty, that he even died for them, and rose again. The power and authority to bless them was the joy set before him, for which he endured the Cross, and despised the shame.

And it is wisely in him. Could we see no reason for it, we ought to believe in the propriety of the dispensation. God does all things well; and we may always infer the rectitude of any instance of his conduct even from his adopting it. And when he has told us that a particular course of action "became him," it is absurd to speculate, and profane to object. But it is easy to apprehend the wisdom of God in his being pleased that in him should all fulness dwell. It is thus infinitely secure. Adam had all in his own hand, and soon failed, and ruined his whole race. And should we act better than he? But "this man abideth ever;" and therefore the Covenant, of which he is the head, is everlasting, ordered in all things and sure. By this appointment also, there is rendered necessary a communion between Christ and Christians, equally honourable to him, and beneficial to them. Let me explain this by a simple reference. An infant, when born, if left to himself, would perish, for he is entirely unequal to his own support. But he is not abandoned. Provision is made for his nourishment. Where? In another. In whom? The one above all others interested in him, and whose relation to him, whose anguish on his behalf, whose love will always yield him a welcome access to her bosom; and the mutual action of giving and receiving will endear the babe to the mother, and the mother to the babe. It is well we cannot live independent of Christ Jesus. How much are his glory and our welfare connected with the blessed necessity of our daily and hourly intercourse with him!

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By Rev. William Jay

 
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