Guilty, weak, helpless, ignorant, naked and filthy
Kershaw, "Spiritual Blessings in Christ" 1848)
The Lord brings His people to know that in His solemn
presence they are altogether as an unclean thing, and
that all their doings and righteousness are as filthy rags.
We shall never find anything in ourselves but . . .
sin and weakness,
unworthiness and unprofitableness.
As all the fullness of grace and salvation is
treasured up in the Lord Jesus Christ; there
must be corresponding weakness, emptiness
and unprofitableness felt in us.
When the sinner is brought to feel his spiritual
destitution, wretchedness, guilt and misery; when
he finds that the world cannot afford him any help;
and that he cannot help himself; when all creature
refuge fails him; when all the streams of earthly
comfort dry up, and they are proved to be broken
cisterns that can hold no water; then it is that he
comes and falls prostrate before the Lord at His
Those who come to Him . . .
without money and without price,
He will never cast out.
He knows your destitution, poverty and every
spiritual blessing you stand in need of; and the
supply is all treasured up in Himself, that you
may receive grace upon grace.
"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus
Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms
with every spiritual blessing in Christ." Ephes. 1:3