Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Have You Received Him?

"Yet to all who received Him . . . He gave the right to become children of God" John 1:12

Some in their understanding, assent to the way of salvation--yet do not consent to it with their will. In judgment they are for Christ--but in affection they are for other things. There is only a part of their soul that is for Christ. Others would have the benefits that are from Christ--but have no love for the person of Christ.

Some would have Christ only as a Savior--but not as a Lord. They desire Him only as a Priest to offer a sacrifice for their sins--but not as a Prophet to instruct them, nor as a King to rule over them. So that it is but part of Christ, that they would receive.

But both of these courses are equally dangerous; for, if we would be saved, we must cleave to Christ with all the faculties of the soul--with will, judgment, affection, etc. And so, again, we must cleave to the whole of Christ--Christ in His natures, person, offices, etc. If, therefore, you would rightly receive Christ, see that your whole soul receives a whole Christ.

(Thomas Sherman, "Aids to the Divine Life--A Series of Practical Christian Contemplations" 1680)

2 comments:

Jacinta Montgomery said...

I have received Him!

Sam said...

Hi Jacinta! That is wonderful!

I'd love to hear your testimony if you have the freedom to share it!