(Alexander Smellie, "The Secret Place" 1907)
What vastness and wonder there is about Christ and His redemption! When He is mine, I dwell among inexhaustible and immeasurable things! Three times the New Testament uses the adjective "Unspeakable!" concerning Him.
1. "Thanks be unto God for His unspeakable gift!" 2 Corinthians 9:15
Saved by His mercy, I possess this unspeakable gift — unspeakable on account of its dimensions. Jesus baffles computation, He is so far-reaching and so wide.
I cannot describe His breadth: He meets all the requirements of my many-sided nature — body, mind, memory, imagination, conscience, will, heart.
I cannot estimate His length: from eternity past He loved me — and through eternity future His love will last, without end, without change!
I cannot fathom His depth: He fathoms my sharpest sorrow, my bitterest agony, my fiercest temptation, my foulest sin.
I cannot scale His height: He transforms me into His own holy likeness, and will soon bring me to His own presence — up and up to the heart and the house of the Father!
Christ is an inexpressible gift which cannot be set forth in detail!
2. "He was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter!" 2 Corinthians 12:4
I listen to His unspeakable words — unspeakable on account of their sacredness. It is not lawful for a man to utter them. I have moments on the Mount with my Lord, about which in their mystery and miracle and delight — I cannot express. He has His secrets for me, with which it would be sacrilege for a stranger to intermeddle. I am lifted into Paradise; I look on its flowers; I hearken to its songs — and then I must shut up the marvel in my heart of hearts.
3. "Though you have not seen Him, you love Him; and even though you do not see Him now, you believe in Him and are filled with an unspeakable and glorious joy!" 1 Peter 1:8
Admitted to His family, I rejoice with an unspeakable joy — unspeakable on account of its richness. How superfluous and empty are words picture it — how poor and inadequate! The cup runs over. The tide sweeps every barrier away! Christ intends me to have an unbroken experience of His pardoning mercy, and His keeping and sanctifying grace. He intends me to reap inconceivable satisfaction from communion with Himself. My joy on earth should be of the same substance, if not of the same degree, as the joy which waits for me in Heaven!