Proverbs 8:21
bestowing wealth on those who love me, and making their treasuries full.
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Man's Enrichment by GodProverbs 8:21
Real Substance in Spiritual ThingsProverbs 8:21
Wisdom's GiftAlexander MaclarenProverbs 8:21
Christ the Wisdom of God: No. 1W. Clarkson Proverbs 8:1-21
The Excellency of Divine Wisdom: No. 1W. Clarkson Proverbs 8:1-21
The Excellency of Divine Wisdom: No. 2W. Clarkson Proverbs 8:1-21
Wisdom's PleadingsE. Johnson Proverbs 8:10-21
Adapting these words to him who became, and forever will be, the Wisdom of God, they may speak to us of -

I. CHRIST'S INITIATIVE LOVE. It is quite true that "we love him because he first loved us." We should first consider "the great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins" (Ephesians 2:4, 5). All our love to Christ springs from, has its source in, his spontaneous love toward us, unexcited by our affection, flowing from his own exceeding grace.

II. HIS RESPONSIVE LOVE. This involves much,

1. His special interest in those who are inquiring at his feet. "Jesus beholding him, loved him, and said into him, One thing thou lackest" (Mark 10:21). Zacchaeus (Luke 19.).

2. His Divine favour accorded to those who have accepted him as their Lord. "I love them that love me" (see John 11:5). These are his friends and his guests (John 14:23; John 15:14, 15; Revelation 3:20).

3. Spiritual blessings which he will impart. He will dwell with us by his Spirit, and the fruits of the Spirit will abound in us. If, then, our interest in Christ, and the yielding of our hearts to him, result in his close friendship and in those highest impartations which flow therefrom, how wise must be -

III. EARLY DISCIPLESHIP TO HIM! For if we would make sure of finding him and possessing his friendship, we should seek him without delay. Delay is always dangerous. There may intervene between ourselves and him:

1. Other objects which may fascinate our souls and lead us away from him.

2. The growth of the deadly spirit of procrastination.

3. A sudden close of our present life. But early discipleship, the coming in faith to his feet, to his cross, to his kingdom, to his vineyard, means the certainty of holiness and usefulness below and the assurance of blessedness above. - C.







That I may cause them that love Me to inherit substance.
I. LOVE — THE LOVE OF GOD AS THE SOURCE OF EVERY BLESSING.

II. THE LOVE OF CREATED BEING IS EXCITED BY SOME GOOD, REAL OR IMAGINARY, IN THE OBJECT BELOVED.

III. MAN'S INDIVIDUAL SINS, WANTS, AND NECESSITIES.

IV. OBSERVE THE WAY IN WHICH MAN IS TO BECOME RICH. God gives Himself—involving every good.

V. GOD HIMSELF IS TO BE THE WEALTH OF HIS FAMILY FOR EVERMORE. (W. Howels.)

This is among the golden sayings of the book. In the text is an encouragement to religion drawn from the incomparable benefit of it. "They that love Me shall not be losers by Me." The Hebrew word for substance means that which is: that which hath a firm and solid consistency.

1. By substance may be meant Christ. He must needs be substance who gives being and substance to everything.

2. By substance is meant the grace of the Spirit. That must needs be substance which partakes of the fulness of God.

3. By substance is meant salvation, expressly called substance (Hebrews 10:34).

I. THE QUALIFICATION OF THE PERSONS. "Those that love Me."

1. The affection: Love. Love doth mellow and perfume holy duties. Love is that which the Lord is most delighted with.

2. The object of love: Christ. Did men know Christ, it were impossible to keep them off from loving Him.

II. THE SPECIFICATION OF THE PRIVILEGE. Why is grace called substance?

1. For its preciousness.

2. For its suitableness.

3. For its needfulness.

4. For its satisfyingness.

5. For its certainty.

6. For its durableness.Substance signifies something that runs parallel with eternity. That spiritual things must needs have a real being and substance in them appears by two convincing arguments.

(1)Because God, who is the original pattern of truth, hath asserted it.

(2)This is most consistent with the rational nature.Learn —

1. The incomparable excellence of grace.

2. See the difference between the things of God and the things of the world.

3. See the egregious folly of those who mind things of less moment, but do not look after substance (Isaiah 4:2).Why do not men labour more after spiritual substance? Answer:

1. Ignorance.

2. Presumption.If we have this spiritual substance, we can remember a time when we wanted it. We know how we came by it. We highly prize it.

( T. Watson.)

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