(James Smith, “The Love of Christ! The Fullness, Freeness, and Immutability of the Savior’s Grace Displayed!”)
Jesus has revealed Himself as a Father to His people. Having begotten them again unto a living hope — He treats them as His children, and deals with them as a wise, kind, and tender parent. He cares for them — and bids them cast all their cares upon Himself. He has promised to provide for them — and encourages them to expect all necessary blessings from himself. They occupy His attention, and engage His mind every moment! He dwells among them and calls them His dear children. He expresses Himself most tenderly, and acts most wisely toward them. He . . .
corrects their errors,
instructs their minds,
feeds their souls,
and guides their feet;
but all in His own way.
No earthly father can take the interest of his children, which Jesus takes in His people; or make such provision for them, as He has made. All things pertaining to the present life are secured to them — along with a boundless inheritance beyond the grave! He bids them to enjoy what He has given to them, and offers them Himself as a constant feast. He invites them to . . .
tell Him all their troubles — and promises deliverance;
make known their grievances — that He may remedy them;
make known their needs — that He may supply them.
He never allows them to be out of His sight — nor out of his mind. The language of the prodigal’s father to his elder son may be applied to them, “Son, you are ever with Me, and all I have is yours!”
O believer, what a privilege is yours! Jesus is not only your Friend — but your Father! He loves you, cares for you, and provides for you as such!
Trust in Him at all times;
depend on His care when everything around distresses you;
and look to His loving heart when creatures are cruel and unkind.
He says, “I will be a Father unto you, and you shall be my sons and daughters! I will not leave you orphans — I will come unto you! I confer on you a kingdom, just as my Father conferred one on Me! Fear not little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom!”
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