The richest man in the world
(Thomas Brooks, "The
Crown and Glory of Christianity,
HOLINESS, the Only Way to Happiness", 1662)
"Having nothing—and yet possessing all things." 2 Cor.
This is a riddle the world cannot understand. A
cannot be a poor man. A holy man is always the richest
man. The riches of a Christian have no bottom. All a
saint's bags, are bottomless bags.
Experience tells us that unholy men's bags, purses, coffers,
mints—may be drawn dry. But the treasury, the riches
of a saint—can
never be exhausted, for he possesses all
things in Christ and
with Christ! The Christian has the
God of all—he has Him who has all.
Though he has nothing in hand—yet he has
in hope. A holy man is the
richest man in the world,
for he has the great and glorious God engaged by many
thousand promises to own him, to bless him, to stand
by him, to give grace and glory to him, and to withhold
nothing from him that may be good for him.
When wicked men brag of their great possessions and
riches, a holy man may make his boast of God, and say,
"God is mine! God is mine! He is my great all; He is my
all in all; and therefore I am richer and a greater possessor
than any wicked man in the world—yes, than all wicked
men in the world put together!"