But you have not so learned Christ;…
I. If we have learnt the truth as it is in Jesus it has at once TAUGHT US TO RENOUNCE ALL DEPENDENCE ON ANY WORKS OF OUR OWN, and at the same time PUT US ON A COURSE OF HOLY ACTION.
II. "The truth as it is in Jesus" is at once A SOURCE OF GREAT ANXIETY — AND TO THE SAME PERSON, ON A MORE INTIMATE VIEW OF IT, OF GREAT CONSOLATION.
III. The truth as it is considered in Jesus, PRODUCES A VERY GREAT HUMILITY OF MIND, AND AT THE SAME TIME, A NEW AND ELEVATED SENSE OF DIGNITY. Nothing produces such humility of mind, so permanent and universal in its operation, as the reception of "the truth as it is in Jesus." Hence, then, the real Christian begins to enlarge the view of his own dignity; he considers himself as born to immortality. And being now reconciled to God, and being made a member of Christ and heir to His promises, he feels in himself a new sort of worth and value.
IV. "The truth as it is in Jesus," whenever it takes place in the heart, IS A SOURCE OF REAL HAPPINESS. It is a light-giving truth; it not merely enlightens the understanding, but it touches the sensibilities of our nature; it comes into contact with the sensitive part of our frame; it produces a goodness of heart, and peace and tranquility of mind, and an elevation of hope, that no other system produces.
V. If we are partakers of "the truth as it is in Jesus," WE SHALL BE UNITED IN HEART AND AFFECTION WITH ALL THOSE THAT EMBRACE THE SAME TRUTH. This truth has an uniting quality. It binds together in the ties of amity all its disciples. It produces such a change in the character that it qualifies them for the closest degree of intercourse and friendship.
(F. J. Judkin.)
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