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Our Heavenly Father is a Giver

Our Heavenly Father is a Giver

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LUKE XI. 13.

If ye then^ being evil, know how to give good gifts unto
your children : hoiv much more shall your heavenly Father
give the Spirit to them that ask him ?
LUKE XI. 13.

If ye then^ being evil, know how to give good gifts unto
your children : hoiv much more shall your heavenly Father
give the Spirit to them that ask him ?

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OUR HEAVELY FATHER IS A GIVER BY PASTOR BARLASSLUKE XI. 13.If ye then^ being evil, know how to give good gifts untoyour children : hoiv much more shall your heavenly Fathergive the Spirit to them that ask him ?W E can never look into the sacred page, but wewill find encouragement to the chdef of sinners, andconsolation to the least of saints. Dreadful as themalady of sin is, the Scriptures exhibit an adequateremedy. Christ, the eternal Son of God, is there setforth crucified before us. He is offered to all, and it"is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, thatChrist Jesus came into the world to save the chief of sinners." The Gospel is still what it was proclaimedto be at the incarnation of the Saviour, " Glad tidingsof great joy, which shall be to all people." Christ isable to save to the uttermost : and the vilest miscre-ant that ever applied to him Avas not rejected. Thedivine word is replete with consolation to everysaint. It proclaims, as with a loud voice, " Comfortye, comfort ye my people !" Time cannot unfold,nor eternity exhaust, the strong consolation providedfor believers. While many texts are filled with con-solation, words can scarcely convey greater grounds'>f i^y than these in this, " If ye then, being evil.94know how to give good gifts unto your children : how
 
much more shall your heavenly Father give the Spiritfo them that ask him ?" They convey ideas congenialto the human heart ; and we can scarcely hear thesound without feeling the force of the sentiment.Having said something concerning that importunityin prayer which will be successful, we have alreadyentered upon the encouragement to fervent prayeroffered in the text. It was divided into two branches.The text is filled with encouragement, consideredboth as the words of Christ to his disciples, and as theycontain, in themselves, a gracious assurance of success,when saints apply for the Holy Spirit to their heavenlyFather. Having discussed the first of these, we nowproceed to the second ; and we will find the mostconvincing arguments, that, if we seek the Holy Spi-rit, we shall not seek him in vain.The following are a specimen of the grounds of faith contained in the text, which, when believed, willproduce consolation.1. Other children are supplied by their father, andyour Father will surely supply you. The relationbetween the father and the child is one of the mostendearing, and the dependance of the child upon hisfather is natural. Depraved as human nature is,there are comparatively few instances of cruelty in aparent to his own offspring; but there are manyinstances of an excess of fondness leading to im-proper indulgence. It will commonly be found thatthe heart of the father inclines him to do all he canto provide for his children, and make them as easyand comfortable as possible. The Lord often uses95
 
this figure to express his love and care, and encourageour faith and trust ; and seems to delight in it. Bycreation the whole human race are his offspring, andwith infinite propriety is he called the Father of spirits. He is the Father of saints in a more nobleand excellent sense. They receive Christ, and areadopted into God's family ; for " as many as receivedHim, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name." Thisis a most dignified relation, and " is an act of God'sgrace, whereby we are received into the number, andhave a right to all the privileges of the sons of God."And " if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and jointheirs with Christ." They are his children too, asthey are espoused to Christ, and " born, not of blood,nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, butof God." Except they were born anew, they couldby no means enter into the kingdom of God ; butthey are begotten again unto a lively hope, and areall born of water and of the Spirit.o creature, not the highest angel, is related toGod in such a near and noble sense. The relativechange in adoption, and the real in regeneration, areboth produced in a wonderful manner, and at vastexpense. Seen in a proper light, they fill the heartwith wonder, and make the saint exclaim, " Beholdwhat manner of love the Father hath bestowed uponus that we should be called the sons of God !" Sup-posing an earthly parent, possessed of all the qualifi-cations which can be found in fallen man, or even of all created excellence ; still he would be only a faintemblem of the goodness of our heavenly Father. If 96

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