The Fullness of the Gospel
James Smith, 1860
SINNER, and provides for his spiritual needs.
The gospel is the greatest blessing which God ever conferred upon our world. It . . .
comprises God's loftiest thoughts,
reveals God's deepest love, and
sets forth in the simplest strains God's richest provision for his creatures.
For whatever God may have provided for the glorious inhabitants of another world, it will bear no comparison with what he has provided for us. He had but one Son--and he gave that Son for us! He had but one Spirit--and he gave that Spirit to us. O the riches of his grace! Truly he has abounded towards us in all wisdom and prudence. Let us for a few moments contemplate the fullness of the gospel.
That fullness is for man as a
The gospel provides a glorious atonement for his guilt--which, the moment he believes in Jesus, is removed from him completely, and eternally. So that he is as guiltless before God, as if he had never sinned! The perfect work of Jesus, perfectly removes all guilt from the believer, and removes it forever. Therefore we read that "by one offering, he has perfected forever those who are sanctified."
It provides for his weakness--in the gift of the Holy and eternal Spirit; which Spirit helps our infirmities, quickens our graces, restores our comforts, and prepares us to do and suffer all the righteous will of God. The Spirit of Christ is the strength of the believer.
The gospel provides for his ignorance--in the gift of his Word, which Word contains all that is necessary for him to know--in reference to God, himself, the law, grace, time, and eternity. It is sufficient to make him wise unto salvation, and to make him perfect in every good work.
The gospel provides for his degradation--by introducing him into the family of God, and making him a Son of God, and an heir of God. So that he rises from the dust and the dunghill--to sit with princes! And being washed, sanctified, and justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God--he is made fit to be a partaker of the inheritance of the saints in light.
The gospel provides also for his desires. Here is the bread of life, and here are the waters of salvation. Here is the robe of righteousness, and here the garments of salvation. Here is peace for the conscience, and joy for the heart. Here is in one word, all that man, as a sinful, accountable, and immortal being--can need, or wisely desire.
Here the fullness of God is brought to supply
man's emptiness; and the wealth of God--to meet man's poverty.
The fullness of the Gospel, displays the wondrous riches of his glorious
That fullness is for man as a
The gospel furnishes him with motives--and with motives sufficiently pure and powerful, to lead to the performance of the most painful duties, and to make the most costly sacrifices.
The gospel furnishes him with rules--rules to regulate his conduct towards himself and others; toward God and man; toward good men and bad men. Perfect, holy rules, so that on this point, he has nothing to desire.
The gospel furnishes him with comforts--rich and costly comforts. Comforts for dark nights and dreary days. Comforts for life and its trials; comforts for death and its pains. Comforts, which like cordials will revive, stimulate, and strengthen, so that he shall conquer every foe, and be more than a conqueror.
The gospel furnishes him with supplies. Supplies
for the intellect and the heart. Supplies varied and sufficient. Supplies
deeper than his miseries, and more numerous than his needs. The fullness of
the gospel, contains God's provision . . .
for all of his people,
for all times, and
to meet all circumstances.
Let us then admire, adore, and make daily use of the fullness of the gospel.
Reader, the fullness of the gospel is for you. For
you as a sinner, it provides . . .
for your guilt, however great;
for your degradation, however deep;
for your weakness, however extreme;
for your ignorance, however stolid;
and for your desires, however vast.
If you are a Christian, this glorious gospel furnishes
you with . . .
the most powerful motives to holiness,
the wisest rules for your conduct;
the choicest comforts for your trying days; and
the richest supplies for life, and death, for time, and eternity!
Let us then make use of the fullness of the gospel, by coming to it, receiving from it, and walking by it. All we need is there. All we can wisely desire is there. More than we can at present comprehend, or make use of, is there. As it flows from God, it is filled with God, and has a direct tendency to make us like God.
It commands our reverence,
it demands our faith, and
it requires our constant study.
We shall need it:
in prosperity--to guard us;
in adversity--to cheer us;
in perplexity--to direct us;
in ease--to stimulate us;
in sickness--to generate hope;
in death--to assure us of victory!
Glorious gospel of the blessed God, you shall be my comfort, my solace and my song! More glorious Savior, in you will I rejoice!