THE INEXHAUSTIBLE FULNESS OF THE REDEEMER
Dear God! the treasures of Thy love
Are everlasting mines,
Deep as our helpless mis’ries are
And boundless as our sins.
“It pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell.”Â— Christians may behold in this arrangement, an infinite fulness, yea, an eternal fulness of spiritual blessedness. And this blessedness, remember, depends upon the Divinity of the Redeemer; for without it there is no foundation upon which a sinner can rest his soul. No, take all the fulness of creation, all the fulness that is to be found in the spirits of those who are made perfect ,and all the grace that is to be found in the millions of creatures that have inhabited, and will inhabit, this world, add them all together, and suppose them to be treasured up in Him, still that would not be sufficient to meet the cases and exigencies of His people. It is the fulness of God in Him. It is written, “For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily!” and those who would strip Christ of His divinity, not only expose their souls to eternal wretchedness, but they charge falsehood on the Redeemer of men, because they deny the truth of what He declared, “I and my Father are one.” “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending,” “the first and the last.”
Now this is something upon which you may rest your souls. It is the Godhead that stamps eternity, immutability, and infinity on Christ, and upon all that He did in our nature. It sheds a lustre on every name, and on every office. It gives efficacy to each other of them, and makes them prevalent even for you.
Here we have a firm foundation,
Here’s the refuge of the lost;
Christ, the rock of our salvation;
His the name of which we boast!
Lamb of God for sinners wounded!
Sacrifice to cancel guilt!
None shall ever be confounded
Who on Him their hopes have built.
An infinite fulness! And it is the Divinity of Christ that makes redeeming love so important in reference to your soul. Firmly believing in that Divinity, you see something real, something substantial in that love which has brought you near to GodÂ—that it is a love that has broken a heart of stoneÂ—a love that has opened the blind eyesÂ—a love that has led you to the cross, where, from the hand of the Divine Sufferer, you have received full acquittance from guiltÂ—a love that has delivered from the power of darkness, and translated you into the kingdom of God’s dear SonÂ—a love that has in some degree, brought down heaven into your souls, and
given you a title to enjoy it for ever and ever!Â—O when you feel thisÂ—when you do experience it in your heart, how does it waft your soul to heaven in praise and adoration! Here are the broad rivers and streams sufficient to leave the soul in peace, and ]oy, and gladness.
O let the Saviour’s praise resound;
In Him refreshing streams are found;
Which pardon, strength, and comfort give,
And thereby sinners drink and live.
But take away the Divinity of Christ, and then where will be the source of that love which we say brings salvation to the heart? O there is no consolation in such a creed as that! What it is that gives such efficacy to the sacrifice of Christ, that when it is applied to the broken heart, it brings such peace home to the soul, calming the troubled waters; hushing the storm, and delivering from every source of fearful apprehension? It is because Divinity is in that blood which cleanseth from all sin. What is it that gives the advocacy of the Redeemer prevailing authority in the court of heaven? It is because there is in it an infinite fulness, a display of every attribute, and every perfection. Thus His pleading becomes effectual with the Father, and will always be the source of triumph
to his people.
If Christ did not possess infinite power, how could He manage, conduct, and control all the cases and circumstances of His church? How many cases crowd before His courtÂ—how many errands are brought before His throne, every moment, moment by moment, yea, millions upon millions moment by moment, and who will undertake to explain the number of cases and circumstances, many of which are so very perplexing and intricate! How many afflictions, sorrows, and distresses, are brought and laid upon the altar, waiting for redress, counsel to direct, and strength to sustain, besides ten thousand other wants and evils, to which He, as the Head of the church must listen, and if His wisdom were not infinite how could He meet them all?
Large indeed must be the heart of Christ to enter into all the feelings and sorrows of His people administering a blessing to all and to each of them, as though the care of one solitary individual was all that to which He had to attend. And infinite must be the arm by which He preserves the church, and guides it through the wilderness into the possession of that heavenly Canaan which He has reserved beyond the grave for all His ransomed people.
The fulness of Christ is inexhaustible. If that fulness were the fulness of a mere creature, it would not be sufficient for the wants of man, which are connected with his immortal existence. And if it were to combine all the graces, that are to be found in all the creatures under heaven, and if we were to treasure them up in Christ, separate from his union with the Deity, all those graces would’ be insufficient. Why? Because it would be liable to fade away_it would be exhausted by the millions of guilty souls that
are constantly coming to the fountainÂ—they would soon drain it dry, and it would be proved that Christ out of God were insufficient to meet all the exigencies of His people.
No, Christians, the fulness necessary to reach the boundless, endless, countless exigencies, of His people, must be as boundless as the stars of heaven, and as countless as the sands on the seashore. Is there one solitary moment that you can stand alone? O call to remembrance how often you have been on the very verge of falling, one foot, perhaps, over the precipice, and yet you were held upÂ—perhaps fallen, and yet restored! Call to remembrance the many tender expostulations of the Saviour, that you would not come unto Him, that you might have life! Had the patience of Christ been the patience of a mere man, would you still have existed? It is owing to His goodness that you have not been consumed. The patience of Jesus is an inexhaustible patience, and that is the reason He has so long borne with you. How much and how long has His patience been tried by the millions of the earth, for now nearly six thousand years, and still Jehovah Jesus is infinite in patienceÂ—still He waits to be gracious. The fulness of Christ is an inexhaustible fulness, and therefore it must be the fulness of God.
It is pleasing to reflect, that if this fulness is inexhaustible, it is also an abiding fulness.
Dear dying Lamb, Thy precious blood,
Shall never lose its pow’r,
Till all the ransom’d church of God
Be sav’d to sin no more.
As Christ’s human nature is inseparably united unto the Godhead, the fulness of Christ is an indwelling fulness, and abideth for ever; therefore, we read of a very present help in time of need, because His fulness is an essential one.
Not in Him merely today and tomorrow; no, but it dwelleth in Him for ever, grace to help in every time of need, and therefore we come to Him at all times, and find Him to be the Saviour we so much need, because by virtue of this abiding fulness which is in Him, He is everywhere present. Remember, the pure water of life, (Rev. 22), clear as crystal, flows from the throne of God and the Lamb, and so long as that throne shall endure, that river will flow, because Christ is the Rock of Ages. All those pleasant and exhilarating streams of love, and grace, that we receive, flow from the Redeemer’s expanded side. The rock river follows His church through every stage of its progress through the wilderness, to refresh the weary spirit of the traveller to Mount Zion above.
Let the saints all rejoice and exult in their King;
To Jesus with joy and with melody sing;
For sinners’ redemption His life blood he gave,
And the ‘Faithful True Witness’ will never deceive.
His name is our gloryÂ—His voice is our guide;
Creation shall fail, but His word shall abide;
He sealed with His blood every promise He gave,
And the ‘Faithful True Witness’ will never deceive.
He promised a crown when He left us a cross;
A kingdom we gain, the reward of our loss;
To glory He leads; and to Him let us cleave,
For the ‘Faithful True Witness’ will never deceive.
In heartfelt affliction His presence can cheer;
He feels every sorrow. He wipes every tear;
Through fire and through water, will Jesus e’er leave?
NoÂ—the ‘Faithful True Witness’ can never deceive.
See, tried unto death that Omnipotent Friend!
He dies, as the pledge of our life without endÂ—
He lives wholly for us, what more can we crave?
Since the ‘Faithful True Witness’ can never deceive!