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Aug 05, 2018
Preacher: Archibald Brown
Passage: 1 Peter 2:7

He Is Precious

“Unto you therefore which believe he is precious…”

(1 PETER 2:7)

[Beloved,] the word “precious” has a stronger meaning than appears upon its surface; it is really unto you which believe He is preciousness, or all-precious. Christ is a sun which ever shines; a garden which is always full of flowers and fruits; a hive ever full of honey; a fountain which is always full; a brook which never dries; a rose that always blooms. He is an ocean of sweetness without a drop of gall. Unto the child of God, a personal living Christ is most dear. He is not satisfied with a mere love to Christ’s doctrine, Christ’s promises, or Christ’s gifts, his affections entwine themselves round about His person. [The Lord] Jesus is to him his brother, friend, companion, the one with whom he walks and talks. How sad it is that so many fall short of this experience; their religion is entered more in a code of rules and collections of doctrines, than in the person of the dear Redeemer; they scarcely ever reach to the height of John’s felicity, and let their head fall upon their Savior’s bosom; but if we are ever to attain to any high degree of spirituality of mind, or revel in any deep spiritual joy, it will only be as our religion gets more and more incarnated [embodied] in Christ; true growth in grace consists of a personal Saviour growing increasingly precious.

Yes, unto you which believe the Lord Jesus is precious. Not only His house, for it is quite possible to like a person’s house exceedingly, and yet have no particular love to the owner of that house. Not only His book, for there are many books you may enjoy in the reading, and yet have neither knowledge of, nor affection to, the author. Not only His gifts, for how many there are who while they value a man’s gifts, despise him in their heart; but He himself, apart from all He gives, will be thy heart’s dearest love.

My God, I love Thee; not because I hope for heaven thereby,

Nor yet because [they] who love Thee not Must burn eternally.

Not with the hope of gaining [anything], Nor seeking a reward;

But as thyself hast loved me, O ever-loving Lord.

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