2 Corinthians 8:9
There was never a time in which there was not God. And just so, there was never a period in which there was not Christ Jesus our Lord. He is self-existent, hath no beginning of days, neither end of years; he is the immortal, invisible, the only wise God, our Savior.
All those for whom the Savior died, having believed in his name and given themselves to him, are this day rich.
Remember that adoption, justification, sanctification, are all yours. Thou hast everything that heart can wish in spiritual things, and thou hast everything that is necessary for this life; for you know who hath said, “having food and raiment, let us therewith be content.” You are rich; rich with true riches, and not with the riches of a dream.
And now, Christian, in heaven there is a crown of gold which is thine to- day; it will be no more thine when thou hast it on thy head than it is now. I remember to have heard it reported that I once spoke in metaphor and bade Christians look at all the crowns hanging in rows in heaven very likely I did say it but if not, I will say it now. Up, Christian, see the crowns all ready, and mark thine own, stand thou and wonder at it; see with what pearls it is bedight, and how heavy it is with gold! And that is for thy head, thy poor aching head; thy poor tortured brain shall yet have that crown for its arraying! And see that garment, it is stiff with gems, and white like snow; and that is for thee! When thy week day garment shall be done with, this shall be the raiment of thy everlasting Sabbath. When thou hast worn out this poor body, there remaineth for thee, “A house not made with hands eternal in the heavens.” Up to the summit, Christian, and survey thine inheritance, and when thou hast surveyed it all, when thou hast seen thy present possessions, thy promised possessions, thine entailed possessions then remember that all these were bought by the poverty of thy Savior!
Look thou on every promise, and see the blood stains on it; yea, look, too, on the harps and crowns of heaven and read the bloody purchase! Remember, thou couldst never have been anything but a damned sinner unless Christ had bought thee! Remember if he had remained in heaven, thou wouldst for ever have remained in hell, unless he had shrouded and eclipsed his own honor thou wouldst never have had a ray of light to shine upon thee.
My Savior is a physician; if you can heal yourself, he will have nothing to do with you. Remember, my Savior came to clothe the naked. He will clothe you if you have not a rag of your own; but unless you let him do it from head to foot, he will have nothing to do with you.
Christ says he will never have a partner, he will do all or none. Come then, hast thou given up all to Christ? Hast thou no reliance and trust save in the cross of Jesus? Then thou hast answered the question well. Be happy, be joyous, if death should surprise thee the next hour, thou art secure. Go on thy way, and rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.
© Becky Laney of Operation Actually Read Bible