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views and statement on this part of the discourse, yet I know not where to begin; and certainly, (when speaking of what is unsearchable in itself) the subject can have no end. Comprehensively considered it may
be said, that all the church hath or can have in time, or in eternity; all that her everlasting circumstances required before all worlds, of eternal life treasured up in Christ for her; all that she can posşibly stand in need of during the whole of the present state; and all that she will need to all eternity when there are no worlds; 'every portion is in Christ, and not a portion out of Christ. For such is not only the infinite fulness of Christ, but the infinite suitability of Christ, that in all spirituals, temporals, and eternals, he is the church's treasury, "the fulness that filleth all in all: " so that no case, no state, no circumstances, no want can be known or conceived, for which the unsearchable riches of Christ are not provided. All the dimensions of divine glory, grace, mercy, peace, comfort, consolation, all are in him. And the whole blessedness of the church is in the knowledge and spiritual enjoyment of these things in him. Hence the apostle saith, “ of Him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us, wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption; that according as it is written, he that glorieth let him glory in the Lord.” (2 Cor. i. 30, 31.)
I do not, for indeed I cannot, enter into particular situations, either in relation to the church at large, or the special and personal cases of individuals; for these must be referred both into the divine teaching of the Lord's making his people to know and feel their wants and misery, and the Lord's all-sufficient fulness and suitability to supply them." But what an assemblage of all that is blessed and encouraging is it, to contemplate our most glorious Christ, in his humiliation, reaching down to the very borders of hell to save his chosen; in his exaltation ascending far
above all heavens that he might fill all things; angels, principalities and powers being made subject unto him: and in the everlasting continuance of his dominion and authority, the prophet bore testimony ages since when he said, “ His name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace; of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end!” (Isa. ix. 6, 7.)
But what I hope the spiritual church of Christ will, above every other consideration, take with them, while contemplating this boundless subject, is, the assurance that for the participation in those unsearchable riches of Christ, all the persons in the GODHEAD concur to the spiritual realization of them in every heart. If you or I are led to the spiritual knowledge of the person, and to the enjoyment of the riches of Christ, it is God the Father who hath manifested his grace in those divine acts for that purpose. Jesus himself hath said, that “no man knoweth who the Son is but the Father;" and that the very “coming to Christ" can only be “ by the drawing of the Father.” (Luke x. 22. John vi. 44.) And no less is the hand of Christ in this great work, for; as the knowledge of the Son is by the Father's teaching; so the knowledge of the Father is by the Son;; and “to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.” And from the same authority we learn, that it is among the gracious acts of God the Holy Ghost, the church in all her numerous members, and diversified circumstances, is made blessed and happy, in the possession: of Christ himself and his unsearchable riches, when that. Almighty God“ takes of Christ, and shews unto, his people.” (John xvi. 16.) Hence that most precious. prayer put up for the church by the apostle, when he said: “The Lord direct your hearts into ; the love of God, and into the patient waiting for, Christ.” (2 Thes. ii. 5.).
It is time for me to relieve your attention, and let me do it, by asking every one that hears me, what unction have
you felt at this time, under the word ? what spiritual apprehensions have you of the person of our most glorious Christ ? And who among you is the better for the unsearchable riches of Christ? It will be a blessed application of the discourse, if from a deep sense of our leanness, and poverty, the Lord shall have shewn us where that leanness and poverty may find the fullest resources of supply; and while feeling in ourselves all that is wretched, we discover in the Lord every thing that can make us happy, and “ Christ be formed in our hearts the hope of glory !” God, of his infinite mercy, bless the word to your heart and mine, and manifest at this time that “the gospel hath been preached unto you, with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven!” Amen.
FELLOWSHIP OF THE MYSTERY.
BEING THE SUBSTANCE OF A SERMON, PREACHED IN THE
FOREGOING WAS DELIVERED.
And whithersoever Jesus entered, into villages, or cities, or country, they laid the sick in the streets, and besought him, that they might touch if it were but the border of his garment; and as many as touched him were made whole. Mark vi. 56.