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Jesus as Our Financial Advisor

Jesus as Our Financial Advisor

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BY ROBERT WALKER



Revelation iii. 18.

I coiinsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire^ that
thou maijest be rich; and white raiment, that thou
mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy naked-
miess do not appear: and anoint thine eyes with eye-
salce, that thou mayest see.
BY ROBERT WALKER



Revelation iii. 18.

I coiinsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire^ that
thou maijest be rich; and white raiment, that thou
mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy naked-
miess do not appear: and anoint thine eyes with eye-
salce, that thou mayest see.

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JESUS AS OUR FIACIAL ADVISOR BY ROBERT WALKER Revelation iii. 18.I coiinsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire^ thatthou maijest be rich; and white raiment, that thoumayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy naked-miess do not appear: and anoint thine eyes with eye-salce, that thou mayest see.BEFORE I enter upon the consideration of this gra-cious counsel, I conceive it may be of use to give yousome account, Fii^st, of the person who gave the advice ;and, Secondly, of those to whom it was addressed.The person who gave the advice was our Lord Je-sus Christ; that Wonderful Counsellor, and Prince of Peace, foretold by the prophet Isaiah, of the increaseof whose government there shall be no end. Here hestyles himself the Amen, the Faithful and true Witness:One whose word may be depended upon, who does notcome and go, say and unsay, but wlio is always in onemind, without any variableness or shadow of turning.He is God's witness to the sons of men ; and as he isperfectly acquainted witli tlie Father, so he faitlifuUy re-ports the Father's mind and will to us. His testimonyis infallible; for as he cannot be deceived himself, soneitiier is he capahle of deceiving others. I need scarce-ly observe to you the vast importance of this part of hisciiaracter. Indeed witliout it, our faith, and consequent-ly our hope and comfort, would be mere delusion; butblessed be God, the truth and faitiifulness of this divine
 
SERMO LXI. 34;5witness, doth infinitely remove from us every possiblecause or ground of suspicion. Men may utter falsehoodsthrough mistake and ignorance ; or even vi'hen they knowthe truth, they may he induced, by selfish views, to con-ceal or disguise it. But neitlier of these grounds of dis-trust are applicable to our Lord. His knowledge is un-limited, and absolutely perfect; and his infinite fulnessand self-sufficiency, raise him above all kinds of dissi-mulation or artifice. And probably this is the reasonwhy he styles himself, (in the close of the 14th verse)the Beginning, or first Cause of the creation of Grod.He can have no dependance upon the workmanship of his own hands. As their goodness cannot profit him,neither can their malice hurt him ; so that he can be un-der no temptation, either to overawe them with imagi-nary terrors, or to allure them with vain and flatteringpromises. Well then, the character of Counsellor is fairand untainted; and, if the advice he gives us is kindand obliging, there is no room to question the sincerityof his good- will. Here, therefore, my brethren, is onegreat point gained ; and as I am afterwards to lay a con-siderable stress upon it, I beg you may attend to it inthe mean time, and consider, as I go along, that the per-son who spoke in this passage, and in whose name Inow speak to you, is the Faithful and True Witness,the independent Creator and Governor of the world.Let us next inquire who the persons were to whomithe advice or counsel was addressed. In general theywere members of Christ's visible church, and inhabi-tants of the ancient city of Laodicea; it appears alsofrom the description given of them, that with respect totheir spiritual concerns, they were in a very degenerateand wretched condition. The first thing taken notice of is their lukewarmness and indifference — a temper whichVQL. H. S X
 
846 SERMO LXI.is peculiarly loathsome and offensive to Christ, andtherefore he threatens to ^' spue thera out of his mouth/*that i«!, to testify his displeasure ag.iinst them by somevery awful and remarliahle judsjuients. Their state ismore fully represented in the verse preceding my text^where the Faithful and True Witness tells them thatthey were wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind^and naked; and which prodigiously aggravated bothtlieir guilt and misery — they knew it not — they wereinsensible of it; though they might have known it, yetthey would not. Such was their woful indifference, thatthey did not examine their spiritual condition, but took it for granted, and boasted of it, that they were rich, andincreased with goods, and had need of nothing. Andnow judge, my brethren, whether these persons wereworthy of any notice or regard, 1 mean in a way of mer^*cy ; for that they merited wrath, I suppose you will read-,ily allow. Behold then, and admire the amazing graceand condehcension of our Lord. Though the wickednessof the Laodiceans. aggravated by their pride and loath*some indifference, cried aloud for vengeance, and no.thing but vengeance, yet, lo! he vouchsafes to counselthem as a friend ! — O how encouraging may this be tothose who are burdened with a sense of their guilt andpollution — who see their need of Christ, and pant andlong for his great salvation. You say you are unworthyof his aid, and you are right when you say so; but suchis his grace, as appears fnun this epistle, that the great-est unworthiness is no bar in the way of it. He not onlycounsels, but entreats iliose Laodiceans, whose condi-tion was as bad as can well be imagined. " Behold,''says he, in the SOih verse, " 1 stand at the door andknock; if any man hear my voice, and open the door, Iwill come in to liiui, and sup with him, and he with

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