Accordingly we shall find angels and men to be dry, heaven to be empty, the earth to be unproductive, and, in short, all things to be of no value, if we wish to be partakers of the gifts of God in any other way than through Christ.III. )The fulness of Christ receivedC. GRACE IN ABUNDANCE. Cope. The attributes of God make up a perfect total. You stand by a river and watch the flow, the drops of water coming and going to the ocean. "I have helped you even to old age, but there's still more to follow." There are three great doors which must ordinarily be opened before converting grace can get into the soul of man. If God, had put it in an angel we should not feel greatly drawn to Him; but He has placed it where we love to have it, where we feel at home, where we are glad to go often, where we would abide.IV. (3) An inexhaustible fountain which never can be drained, however great be the number of those who draw from it.4. )If any one is to obtain grace, His fulness must do it: our crumbs and morsels, our tiny drops and bits, they verily will not do it. But then other drops succeed them, and others them, so evenly and incessantly that we hardly realize that the waters are passing away. 4. THE POSITION OF THE FULNESS IS RICHLY ENCOURAGING TO US IN THE MATTER OF OBTAINING IT. They do not belong to John's company.3. - T. I. The words of Jesus are a study for one's life, and those who have studied them most are as far as ever from exhausting their meaning. "You must come to-day," we say, "or you will not see the best of it." The abundance in Jesus Christ is intended —. H. Spurgeon.There is a story of Rowland Hill, which I have no doubt is true, because it is so characteristic of the man's eccentricity and generosity. (2) There was also a fulness of Christ in respect to His manhood. Spurgeon.)I. When our friends love us we love them in return. )The plenteousness of graceDr. For here is overflowingly enough, even into eternal Life; in this you will have enough to praise and thank God for to all eternity.(Luther. IV. If a mother would not let her child eat bread but of her own cutting, or drink water but of her own drawing, what carefulness of her child that would argue. Bridge, M. A.Whatever grace the saints have they have it all in the way of receiving.1. WHY THEN ARE BELIEVERS SO EMPTY OF GRACE?1. Suppose the colour of the river should change with the day, now black from muddy hills, now yellow as the Tiber, now blue as the Rhone, now crystal as the Tweed, it would be a singular phenomenon; but grace for grace means a change like that. The grace of gratitude should be produced in us by the grace of generosity from God.(C. None but God, the author of grace, can incline the heart to this.(J. Bridge, M. What have you received? A tree of life bearing all manner of fruit? That in the beginning He laid the foundations of the earth, and that He then spread forth the heavens like a curtain, has not diminished His strength. BY THE OVERFLOW OF HIS INFINITE GRACE HE IS ABLE —1. A fulness of every kind of perfection. With Him who is Himself ours. Spurgeon. The fulness of omnipotence, omnipresence, wisdom, justice, mercy. There must be a personal reception in every case. But then other drops succeed them, and others them, so evenly and incessantly that we hardly realize that the waters are passing away. Cudworth., Luther.We all receive of His fulness grace for grace, as all the stars in heaven are said to light their candles at the sun's flame. Let God give me grace to be a preacher, and He will give me grace to discharge the office. All the saints of every age have drawn their supplies from Him, but He is just as full as ever. Should they not be —1. C. Tittman, D. D.I. 1 1-2 The Word was first,the Word present to God,    God present to the Word.The Word was God,    in readiness for God from day one. There is a "fulness" of blessings in Christ sufficient for the present and eternal salvation of the whole human race.5. SO on to perfection.1. A DISCRIMINATION OF CHARACTER. Grace in the believer dies, wastes away, as all living things do, and the faster they live, the faster they die. (2) A copious fountain, from which all may draw in abundance. (2) What comfortable lives believers live — even their troubles are from God who makes them minister to their good and helps them in them.(W. (2) But the believer dots not rest long in his peace. He should put down all his needs on the tablets of his heart, and then present his want book to his God. 4. Pride, and indebtedness to Christ for all, is a contradiction.2. Indestructible in its fountain and principle, it yet comes and goes, flowing in, flowing out, blossoming, fading. THE APPLICATION:1. But —(1)Though little in quantity it may be great in quality. 4. C. Robinson.The philosophic Hamerton tells us the story of a woman who worked in a cotton factory in one of the great manufacturing towns in Lancashire, and who, in an excursion, went for the first time to the coast. All alike are empty of merit and satisfaction. A WORD OF SWEET ENCOURAGEMENT TO THE SINNER. They could say, "We beheld"; we "Whom having not seen we love." Let God give me grace to be a preacher, and He will give me grace to discharge the office. But —(1)Though little in quantity it may be great in quality. )Grace preferred to earthly honourJ. GRACE TO PREPARE FOR FURTHER GRACE — the grace of a broken heart — to make room for repentance; the grace of hatred of sin to make way for the grace of holy and careful walking; the grace of careful walking to make room for the grace of close communion with Christ; the grace of close communion with the Lord Jesus Christ to make room for the grace of full conformity to His image; perhaps the grace of confortuity to His image to make room for the higher grace of brighter views of Himself, and still closer incomings into the very heart of the Lord Jesus. In Christ is an acquired fulness. ).The answerableness of grace in every Christian to the grace of ChristW. Oh, Lord, give us grace to use grace when grace is given." Or is Jesus Christ living bread? (3) Without Him we can do nothing, but we can do all things through Him. We always inculcate the propriety, on the part of all our people, of living within their incomes; but the child of God cannot live beyond his income in a spiritual sense.IV. Cope. THE RELATIONSHIP OF CHRIST AS THE SECOND ADAM A COMMON PERSON BETWEEN GOD AND US (Romans 5:15; John 5:26). CHRISTIANS HAVE RECEIVED OF THIS FULNESS —1. The fractional parts are ours. Yet, if the texts are true, all that is to be done can be done now. )Grace to receive graceThe Duchess of Gordon and a companion were visiting at a cottage in Scotland when a pedlar came in, threw down his pack, and asked for a drink of water. The Author and Dispenser of salvation.II. All the doing to receive it is an undoing: the soul empties itself to be filled.(C. )All fulness in ChristA. All the saints partake of it.3. H. Spurgeon.I. Oh, Lord, give us grace to use grace when grace is given." They knew him as he "tabernacled" among them. (1) Behold what infinite care God hath of believers. They could say, "We beheld"; we "Whom having not seen we love." Indestructible in its fountain and principle, it yet comes and goes, flowing in, flowing out, blossoming, fading. His perfect obedience secured an everlasting wellspring of merit; and now risen from the dead there is a fulness of prevalence in His intercession, of cleansing power, and of peace, when the Spirit applies the blood to the guilty conscience.3. All the doing to receive it is an undoing: the soul empties itself to be filled.(C. (3) An inexhaustible fountain which never can be drained, however great be the number of those who draw from it.4. To root the tree firmly rough winds are necessary. A vine stripped of fruit? That all grace is treasured up in Christ Jesus. Raleigh, D. D.I. Angels, John, Moses.II. Moloney, S.D.B. A fulness of every kind of perfection. Bridge, M. A.We have received grace in abundance from Christ, but whatever grace there is in Him there is somewhat in the saints answerable thereunto, as the impression answers to the stamp.1. "By the grace of God I do." So should all His people be, carrying such a fulness of grace that every one should know where they have been by that which they have left behind. (2)Of truth.2. But it is preparatory to the spelling book, a preparation for further acquisition of knowledge.III. THE EXPERIENCE OF ALL HIS DISCIPLES CONFIRMS THE OBSERVATION OF HIS FIRST FOLLOWERS. GRACE FROM HIM TO PRODUCE GRACE IN US. The gospel of John includes several spiritual conversations, such as Jesus’ talk with the Samaritan woman that shows Him as the Messiah (John 4:26) and Jesus’ meeting with Nicodemus that explains salvation through His vicarious death on the cross (John 3:14–16). Of this He is always full. The fulness belongs to Christ personally. Pride, and indebtedness to Christ for all, is a contradiction.2. 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