Hunger for His Word

O stand amazed at His free grace!

Posted by on Apr 19, 2010 in Grace Gems, Thomas Sherman | 0 comments

O precious saint! Three questions call for your answer:
1. What were you?
2. What are you?
3. What shall you be?

1. What were you?
Dead in your transgressions and sins,
a rebel to your God,
a prodigal to your Father,
a slave to your lust,
the devil’s captive,
on the highway to hell.

2. What are you?
Redeemed by Christ,
a royal child of God,
the spouse of Christ,
the temple of the Holy Spirit,
the heir of a priceless eternal inheritance!

3. What shall you be?
A glorious saint,
a companion of angels,
a triumphant victor,
a crowned king,
an attendant on the Lamb,
a participant in those soul-ravishing and ineffable excellencies that are in God! You shall behold the King of Glory face to face–and enjoy immediate communion with Jesus Christ! Nay more, you are made one with Him:
clothed with His excellencies,
enthroned with His glories,
crowned with His eternity,
and filled with His felicity!

“No eye has seen,
no ear has heard, and
no mind has imagined . . .
what God has prepared for those who love Him!”
1 Corinthians 2:9

O stand amazed at His free grace–and render all the glory to God!

(Thomas Sherman, “Divine Breathings; Or, a Pious Soul Thirsting after Christ”)

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The Christian’s choice

Posted by on Apr 14, 2010 in Grace Gems, Thomas Sherman | 0 comments

“Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless!” Ecclesiastes 1:2

I am frail–and the world is fleeting; but
my soul is immortal–and God is eternal.

If I choose earthly pleasures–I shall reap nothing but vanity and dissatisfaction.

If I aim at mammon, the god of this world–then shall I resemble the rich fool, who, for earthly gain, sacrificed his immortal soul; and, in consequence, went to eternal perdition!

But if I choose God for my portion, then mercy and goodness shall follow me while I live–and glory and eternal pleasure shall crown me when I die!

I will therefore now forsake that which I shall soon lose,

so that I may embrace that which I shall always enjoy!

You reveal the path of life to me; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are eternal pleasures!” Psalm 16:11

(Thomas Sherman, “Divine Breathings; Or, a Pious Soul Thirsting after Christ”)

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