He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
It is a joint gift, so to speak, to which God has pledged Himself through the scheme of redemption — the gift of all things with Christ, but of nothing without Christ. If you will take Christ you may be sure of everything besides; but if you refuse Christ there is no promise of anything. There is perhaps no passage of Scripture which sets before you the love of God more overpoweringly than it is set in our text; not one which grounds on this love a more powerful argument why we should expect large things from the benevolence of our Maker; and yet is this very passage so constructed as to force on our attention that God has no mercy whatsoever for the sinful except through His Son. And this peculiarity in the text ought also to furnish a rule as to what may be lawful in Christian desires, and the subject of the Christian's prayers. Is the thing one with which Christ may be joined? The promise is that God will give me all things with Christ; but such a promise excludes whatsoever is not in harmony with Christ. Who can fail to see how chastening an influence would be exerted on our wishes and prayers if the exclusiveness as well as the comprehensiveness of a promise were borne diligently in mind? Tell me that all things are promised, and I might ask for riches, and pleasures, and honours; but tell me that all things are promised with Christ, and I shall be ashamed to solicit what would not combine well with Christ. But note yet again that God gives nothing to His people with which He does not at the same time give Christ. He may give riches, but He gives Christ with the riches, so that, sanctified by the Redeemer, they shall be employed to His glory. He may give sources of earthly happiness, but He gives Christ with them to make them doubly sweet, and yet to prevent their drawing off the affections from heavenly joys. He may give trouble, but He gives Christ to enlighten darkness, to hush disquietude. The Christian shall find nothing precious in which he does not find Christ.
(H. Melvill, B.D.)
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