Meditation for Sunday, November 11.

All things that the Father hath are mine.” John 16:15.

Hence see the duty of all poor and needy sinners, and where they ought to go for supply, and for a share of all things they need and what a broad foundation for faith is here. God in Christ is the fountain of living waters. God the Father hath all things but how we come at them? Why, says Christ, come to me: for they are all mine; mine to give out, mine to distribute among poor needy sinners. Here is enough both to excite and direct your faith.
To move and excite faith. O may the Spirit come for this end. See that whatever you can object here is answered.
(a.) Do you think with yourself, Ah! I am universally destitute; I have nothing? Well, but here is all things; and they are all mine, says Christ; therefore come to me. But,
(b.) Do you think that God is displeased with you, because of your sin; and that the Father of Christ hath no favour for you? Nay, but the fullness here exhibited, is the fullness of God the Father; even ALL the things that the Father hath. But,
(c.) Do you think, O the Father is far away from me! How can I have all things that the Father hath? It is answered, They are all laid up in the hands of a near friend and kinsman; they are all mine, says Christ, for your use. But,
(d.) Do you think, Alas! I hear of these glorious things, but I do not see them; I am blind and in the dark, so as I cannot see any of these all things that Christ and his Father hath? Well, but says Christ; My Spirit is at hand to receive of mine, and shew it unto you: and thus to glorify me: he would not glorify me, if he did not shew it unto you. But now, in so far as he is shewing it to you, he is glorifying me, by making me appear glorious to you, more glorious than all the mountains of prey.
The Spirit shews this glory of Christ just in this glass of the word, 2 Cor. 3:18. And if he be shewing it to you, surely you must be moved to believe with application, that when Christ hath so much, you shall not lack; and that he hath enough to spare unto you. Is it possible to believe his immense fullness, and that he hath all things, and yet hath nothing to spare for you? Nay, let faith say it is for me, for me: “He received gifts for men, even for the rebellious.” O sirs, as the fullness of the Godhead is in him; so, if there were ten thousand millions of worlds, Christ could not be pinched to supply all their needs. Here is the well of life; but who knows how deep it is to the bottom? The due consideration of this might provoke all the world to come and draw water out of this well of salvation with joy, this fountain opened for you.   Ralph Erskine

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