Meditation for Sunday, December 2.

“All things that the Father hath are mine.”┬áJohn 16:15

Another direction to your faith is, O let faith take the testimony of Christ out of his own mouth concerning his own glory, which is here wrapped into the very midst of the Father’s glory! “All things that the Father hath are mine,” Christ, the Mediator, is the speaker here: and as he declares, to his Father’s praise and honour, that all things he hath for us are originally the Fathers, even that God, who so loved the world, as to give his only begotten Son, &c., so he proclaims his own glory that he hath from the Father: “All things that the Father hath are mine.” We need not commend Christ to you, as if we could say more than he says himself; there is ten thousand times more in this very word, than men or angels can tell: therefore, O hear his commendation out of his own mouth, “All things that the Father hath are mine.” He says, elsewhere, “Come to me, and I will give you rest.” Why? What rest? What happiness? What good things? Even all things that the Father hath, they are put in my hand to give. Christ himself is here the preacher, commending himself, and offering himself. O sirs, is there none here hearkening to him, and saying, O! “It is the voice of my Beloved; behold he cometh, skipping on the mountains, and leaping on the hills? It is the voice of my Beloved, saying, Rise, my love, my fair one, and come away; for, lo the winter is past, the rain is over and gone;” the heavy shower of the Father’s wrath for your sins, hath fallen on my head, and now all the treasures of the Father’s grace and love are put into my hand and will you not come to me? Rise, my love, my fair one, you shall be fair in my sight, though in yourself a vile monster, and black like hell, by lying among the pots of sin and guilt; yet, rise at my call; let your heart rise, let your soul rise: “Rise, my love, my fair one, and come away: all things are ready, come to the marriage.” If you intend to come to the marriage supper, come first to the marriage. All things are ready for you, whatever you lack; pardon, and peace, and grace, and glory, and every good thing; “All things that the Father hath are mine;” and, “I that speak unto you am he;” and, “To you, O men, do I call; my voice is to the sons of men. If any man thirst let him come to me and drink.” Come and drink abundantly of all things that your souls stand in need of: only come to me, and then drink. The Father hath put the cup of salvation in my hand: come then, and take a large drink of wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, redemption, and all things that the eternal God hath; for, “All things that the Father hath are mine.” A large drink of the Spirit is to be had here. See John 7:37.

Ralph Erskine

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