The Well-Grounded Source of Joy

Posted: October 5, 2009 in Quotes

“The work of Christ is also a ground of joy to the Lord’s people. There is everything in the salvation of the Lord to meet the necessities of our soul, and therefore to inspire the emotion of joy.

What a source of the truest, purest, deepest joy is the blood and righteousness of Christ- the finished work of Christ- the revealed, accepted sacrifice of Christ- the infinite suffering of Christ- the resurrection of Christ from the grave- and the present advocacy of Christ at the right hand of God! Truly may ‘we joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.’

Is not the forgiveness of all your sins- the full justification of your person- your inalienable adoption into God’s family- the complete payment of all that great debt you owed, and the assured and certain prospect of being where Christ is, and with Christ, beholding His glory forever, a well-grounded source of joy? Most truly!

Why, then, are you not a more joyful believer? Why go you mourning all your days, without one gleam of sunshine, one thrill of joy, one ray of hope, one note of praise? Is it not because you are looking to yourself and within yourself, to the almost entire exclusion of Christ and of the great and complete salvation wrought for you in and by Christ?”

– Octavius Winslow, The Sympathy of Christ

(HT: Of First Importance)

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