Saturday, 16 February 2008

The Bruised Reed - 6 (of the Source of our Comfort)

God sees fit that we should taste of that cup of which his Son drank so deep, that we might feel a little what sin is, and what his Son's love was. But our comfort is that Christ drank the dregs of the cup for us, and will succour us, so that our spirits may not utterly fail under that little taste of his displeasure which we may feel. He became not only a man but a curse, a man of sorrows, for us. He was broken that we should not be broken; he was troubled, that we should not be desperately troubled; he became a curse, that we should not be accursed. Whatever may be wished for in an all-sufficient comforter is all to be found in Christ:
1. Authority from the Father. All power was given to him (Matt. 28:18).
2. Strength in himself. His name is 'The mighty God' (Isa. 9:6).
3. Wisdom, and that from his own experience, how and when to help (Heb. 2:18).
4. Willingness, as being bone of our bones and flesh of our flesh (Gen. 2:23; Eph. 5:30)
-- p. 66, The Bruised Reed by Richard Sibbes

This was from the concluding paragraph of a little (at mere 5 pages), yet sweet chapter in the book, The Bruised Reed. I was so encouraged by this particular chapter called 'Believe Christ, Not Satan' as whole, I didn't know what to quote from it at first.

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