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The perfect husband

Posted by on Dec 28, 2011 in Grace Gems, James Smith | 1 comment

There is but one object that can be presented to a sinner’s mind, which contains all that is needful for him, and all that is delightful to him–and that is JESUS! In Jesus, he finds an infinite variety which is always pleasing and profitable! The more he knows of the person, perfections, and works of Immanuel–the more happy, holy, and useful he will be.  Unbounded kindness, unparalleled meekness, and exquisite tenderness–shine in all His dealings with His people! He has never left room for one to doubt . . .
the kindness of His heart,
the power of His arm, or
the faithfulness of His Word.

Jesus loved, labored, suffered, bled, died, rose, ascended, and intercedes–to save His people from their sins! He is the perfect husband who . . .
brings us into marriage-union with Himself,
provides for all our necessities, and
assures us of His unalterable love!
He gives us . . .
His arm to support us,
His fullness to supply us,
His name to entitle us,
His robe to cover us,
His angels to guard us,
His Word to assure us, and
His Heaven to be our habitation at last!

To know Christ–is true wisdom;
to love Him–is the evidence of grace; and
to walk with Him–is the highest honor that can be put upon a sinful creature!

It is the delight of a truly spiritual mind to think of Jesus, feed on Him, and rejoicein Him. There is nothing in Christ–but what is precious to him. Christ is the objectof his faith, love, and desire; and the subject of his meditation, boast, and song in the house of his pilgrimage. To a Christian, Christ is ALL!

The believer is knit to Jesus, walks in fellowship with Him, and desires above all things to exalt and glorify Him. Jesus is just suited to the believer, and he thinks on Him with great delight and satisfaction!
via Grace Gems (James Smith, “The Glories of Christ!” 1864)

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My friend, how is it with you?

Posted by on Jun 15, 2011 in Grace Gems, James Smith | 0 comments

“That Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain!” Philippians 1:20, 21

Paul’s third all-absorbing desire was to MAGNIFY Christ!

Paul desired to exhibit and exalt Christ!

If he wrote–he wrote of Christ.
If he spoke–he spoke of Christ.
If he suffered–he suffered for Christ.
If he sorrowed–it was because professors dishonored Christ.

Christ was to him dearer than the apple of his eye–and more precious than all things in earth or Heaven! He would live–if he could honor Jesus; or he would die for Him–if that would honor Him more.

He felt his obligation to Christ.
He was inflamed with Christ’s love.
He was a sacrifice on Christ’s altar.
He was a vessel for Christ’s honor.
He would go anywhere, he would do anything–if he might but honor Christ. Heartily he would say, “Let the name of Paul perish, if the name of Christ can be magnified thereby!”

To him Christ was, in fact, all and all. He died for Christ; the honor of Christ was the end for which he laid down his life.

My friend, how is it with you?

Does your heart cry, “Oh, that I could honor Christ!”

Does your life make this impression on others: “That person aims to honor Christ!” 

Is it your daily cry and prayer: “Let Christ be magnified in me, by me, and through me–in life, in death, in time, and forever!”

Oh my soul, let it be my constant desire and prayer–that Jesus, my Jesus, may be magnified by me!

(James Smith, “Paul’s Seven Wishes” 1856)

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The great object of our lives!

Posted by on May 24, 2011 in Grace Gems, James Smith | 0 comments

To exalt the Lord Jesus,

to comfort His beloved people,
and to benefit our fellow-men–
should be the great object of our lives.

For this purpose we were . . .
chosen by the Father,
redeemed by the blood of the Son,
and are sanctified by the Holy Spirit.

To accomplish this end . . .
grace is given us,
gifts are conferred upon us,
and life is continued to us.

We only live consistently–as we live for the benefit of others. No Christian should make SELF his main end; therefore the Apostle says, “No one should seek his own good, but the good of others.”
If we are influenced by the grace of God,
if we study to commend ourselves to God,
if we are ruled by the Word of God–
our principal object will be, to “do good unto all men, especially unto the household of faith.” 
Upon this, we shall keep the eye steadily fixed,
toward this, we shall bend all our energies, and
upon this, we shall habitually set our hearts.

(James Smith, “Christ Exalted, Saints Comforted, and Sinners Directed” 1855)

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The sanctification of the Spirit

Posted by on May 18, 2011 in Grace Gems, James Smith | 0 comments

“God has chosen you to salvation, through sanctification of the Spirit.” 2 Thessalonians 2:13

To sanctify, is to separate and set apart for holy purposes and holy uses. The Lord has separated His people, by choosing them in Christ to be holy; and He sanctifies them now for Himself–by the power, operation, and indwelling of the Holy Spirit.

In sanctification, a work is commenced which is to make us exactly like Christ. A sanctified person has…
his heart changed,
his will renewed,
his understanding enlightened,
his conscience purified, and
his affections spiritualized.

Sanctification extends to the whole man, soul and body; and is carried on through…
the Word,
the ordinances, and
the providence of God.

Sanctification has its seat in the heart; but it regulates the whole man, and appears in his conduct in every-day life. If a man experiences the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit, then…
sin grieves him,
Satan tries him,
the world troubles him,
and Heaven attracts him.

Spirit of Jesus, sanctify us deeply, thoroughly–that we may be just like Jesus! Sanctify us…
by every trial,
by every affliction,
by every privilege,
by every comfort!

(James Smith, “The Great Comforter” 1858)

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Should it be according to your mind?

Posted by on May 13, 2011 in Grace Gems, James Smith, Quotes | 0 comments

Should it be according to your mind?” Job 34:33
We are prone to be fretful, to complain of the dispensations of Divine Providence, and to reflect harshly upon the Lord’s dealings with us.

We want our own way.

We wish to carve for ourselves.

We would be treated as God’s favorites.

We want our ease, and prosperity, and pleasure, consulted in all things. And if this does not appear to be done–if our wills are crossed, if our schemesare frustrated, if our purposes are broken off–then we stumble, think ourselves badly treated, and look for everybody to sympathize with us.

Under these circumstances, God comes to us–as we sit among our broken cisterns, surrounded by our dethroned idols–and puts this question to us: “Should it be according to your mind?”

Are you wiser than God?

Are you kinder than God?

Are you holier than God?

Are you more just than God?

Are you better informed than God?

May not your mind be dark, or selfish, or foolish?

Should it then be according to your mind?

Should you reign–or God?

Remember that God acts in the highest wisdom; His motives are grace and justice; and all His purposes are worthy of Himself.

The least the Christian can do is to submit–and to prefer God’s wisdom, way, and work–to his own. Seeing God has so arranged all events, that all things must work together for the good of His people–they, at least, should daily say, “Father, may Your will be done!”

O my soul, seek grace from God, not only to submit and be resigned to the dispensations of Divine Providence–but to acquiesce in them, and bepleased with the whole of them! Your good is consulted–your best interests are secured; and soon, very soon, it will be seen that infinite wisdom and mercy, grace and goodness, have marked out every step of your road!

“Jesus replied: You do not understand what I am now doing–but someday you will.” John 13:7

(James Smith, “Important Questions!” 1858)

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He will guide us to the end of the journey!

Posted by on Apr 16, 2011 in Grace Gems, James Smith | 0 comments

“He will be our guide–even unto death!” Psalm 48:14

What a precious assurance is this!

Our God is our guide!

He led us out of the world at first,
directed us to the cross, and
conducted us into the path of holiness. 

He has led us through all our past difficulties and trials; He leads us by the hand at present, and He will never give up His charge, for He will be our guide even unto death. He will . . .
choose our way;
lead us in the paths of righteousness;
kindly converse with us along the road;
point out the snares and dangers in our path;
keep us by His power through faith unto salvation,
and will patiently bear with us unto the end!

He may . . .

hide His face,
refuse communion,
withhold comforts,
smite us for our follies, and
teach us our dependence on Himself by painful experience;
but He will never forsake us–or give us up!

He will guide us to the end of the journey, and will go with us through the last dark valley!

He will not only lead us to the heavenly kingdom–but put us in possession of it! This He has promised–and He will faithfully perform it.

Beloved, it is our Father’s good pleasure to give us the kingdom! He will guide us now–and by and by receive us to glory!

(James Smith, “The Pastor’s Evening Visit”)

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