Christ with a whole heart
(Thomas Brooks, "Touchstone
The terms upon which Christ is offered in the gospel are
these: that we shall accept of a whole Christ
whole heart. Now, mark--a whole Christ includes all
His offices; and a whole heart includes all our faculties.
Christ as mediator is prophet, priest, and king.
Christ as a prophet instructs us.
Christ as a priest
redeems us and intercedes for us.
Christ as a king
sanctifies and rules us.
A hypocrite may be willing to embrace Christ as a priest
to save him from wrath, from the curse, from hell, from
everlasting burning--but he is never sincerely willing to
embrace Christ as a prophet to teach and instruct him,
and as a king to rule and reign over him. Many hypocrites
are willing to embrace a saving Christ--but they are not
willing to embrace a ruling Christ, a commanding
"But those enemies of Mine who did not want Me to be
king over them--bring them here and kill them in front
of Me!'" Luke 19:27
Hypocrites love to share with Christ in His happiness--but
they don't love to share with Christ in His holiness. They
are willing to be redeemed by Christ--but they are not
cordially willing to submit to the laws and government of
Christ. They are willing to be saved by His blood--but they
are not willing to submit to His scepter.
But a true Christian receives Christ in all His offices. He accepts
Him, not only as a saving Jesus--but also as a Lord Jesus.
embraces Him, not only as a saving Christ--but also as a ruling
Christ. He received Christ as a king upon His throne, as well
as an atoning sacrifice upon His cross.
A hypocrite is all for a saving Christ, for a sin-pardoning Christ,
for a soul-saving Christ--but has no regard for a ruling Christ,
a reigning Christ, a commanding Christ, a sanctifying Christ;
and this at last will prove his damning sin.