Gifts To The Giver

Nothing can be more edifying than to repose in the love of the Lord Jesus when it is known, and the heart set free to rest in it The soul may have a long journey to reach it experientially; there may be needs and exercises to be met and removed on the way; the old man and the world may have to be learned; but the great end of all our exercises — and, I may add, of all our deliverances is that we rest in the thoughts of divine love, and that love becomes in a very real way the portion of our hearts If our hearts are not in the circle of divine love they have nothing, for as Christians we have no portion on earth or in the world; our portion is in divine love Thank God! it is a blessed and satisfying portion

For some years I thought that John 10 was written to make the believer sure that eternal blessing was secured to him I rejoice to know that it does this, but there is far more to it than this The Good Shepherd laid down His life for the sheep that He might have the joy of securing them for Himself and for His Father The Father and the Son wanted the sheep for themselves, and the death of Christ is the righteous title of divine love to take possession, and to keep possession, of them They wanted a company whom they might introduce into the circle of divine love, with a nature suitable to that circle, and capable of appreciating and responding to it

Much may have to be done for us We shall need support, preservation, discipline if we are left here a little longer we shall need grace, mercy, and forbearance of God in a thousand ways, but all that will be needed in the future to keep us for the Father and the Son is small compared with the stupendous cost at which love secured us “Hereby perceive we love, because he laid down his life for us”

The Lord Jesus came from God alone, but He has gone to God as the Head of a new and blessed race, and as the One who has secured everything for God He is the perfect contrast to Adam the first, who came from God, secured everything for God, and went to the dust The Last Adam came from God, secured everything for God, and has gone to God as the glorified Head of anew race brought into divine love in association with Himself, the Head of a new creation in which all the thoughts of that love will be effected and displayed forever

The Father has “given all things into his hands” Think of the greatness of it The Lord Jesus stepped into the midst of all the ruin and moral chaos which sin had caused, and so secured everything for God that the Father has given all things ‘ into His hands He has acquired the right to be Head of the new creation — to be the Center and Sun of that universe of bliss which He has secured for His Father, and which He will fill with divine glory Those far-reaching realms of light and glory are fitly inherited by Him who has put them all in suitability to divine love In such a circle our souls are lost, dazzled, bewildered The expanse of divine glory is too great for us We cannot yet comprehend divine greatness; thank God! the portion of our hearts is divine love

The saints are His own by the Father’s gift “Thine they were,” says the Son, “and thou gavest them me” (John 17:6) Before time began the Father took possession of us by making us the subjects of His gracious thought and counsel, and His purpose and object-in thus taking possession of us was that He might give us His Son In the thoughts of divine love we are of such value as to be a suitable gift from the Father to the Son — a gift worthy of the Giver and the Receiver We shall be for ever the expression to the Son of the Father’s love for Him

 CA Coates


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