For whoever finds me finds life, and shall obtain favor of the LORD.
I. SHOW SOME THINGS SUPPOSED IN THIS TRUTH TENDING TO CLEAR THE MEANING OF IT.
1. There is a treasure of favour for poor sinners with the Lord. A treasure speaks preciousness, variety, and abundance.
2. This treasure is locked on sinners out of Christ, they have no access to it.
3. The sinner once interested in Christ has free access to the treasure, to bring forth from thence whatever he needs.
4. The sinner, when interested in Christ, will still be needing, while he is in this world.
5. It is the privilege and duty of believers to bring forth and fetch supply for all their wants out of that treasure.
II. SHOW WHEREIN THE SOUL ONCE INTERESTED IN CHRIST SHALL OBTAIN FAVOUR OF THE LORD.
1. In prosperity. They shall have balancing grace, to make them carry evenly and usefully. Balancing providences; some such mixture of bitterness in their cup as keeps them from miskenning themselves.
2. In personal outward athletics. But they shall be bettered by it; supported under it, and have deliverance in due time.
3. In desertion. They shall never be totally or finally forsaken.
4. In temptation. They shall either be made to keep their ground against the temptation, or at least temptation shall not be allowed to gain a complete victory over them.
5. Even when fallen into sin, the Lord will not leave them, nor cast them off.
6. In time of public calamity. They shall either be hid, or gracious favour shall be mixed with the trouble, or the sting shall be taken out of it.
7. Death. They shall then be freed from sin and freed from trouble.
III. CONFIRM THIS DOCTRINE.
1. Sinners have a right to the whole treasure of favour in Christ, in whom they are interested.
2. Jesus Christ is the dispenser of the treasure, the high Steward of the house of heaven.
3. The enjoyment is secured by the covenant of promises.
4. They have each of them a private key to the treasure, and that is faith. Improve this doctrine —
(1) In a way of information;
(2) in a way of encouragement.
(T. Boston, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD.