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The Unsearchable Riches of Christ,

The Unsearchable Riches of Christ,

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BY THE REV. MILES JACKSON



The unsearchable Riches of Christ
EPHESIANS iii. 8,
BY THE REV. MILES JACKSON



The unsearchable Riches of Christ
EPHESIANS iii. 8,

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THE USEARCHABLE RICHES OF CHRIST, BY THE REV. MILES JACKSOThe unsearchable Riches of Christ EPHESIAS iii. 8, TO them who are suitably affected with the deceitfulness and wickedness of their hearts, the unsearchable riches of Christ may administer everlasting consolation and good hope. We cannot indeed imagine a more certain test of either our principles or affections than that which is furnished by the text. If these are such as imply that the riches of Christ are unsearchable, they are in perfect accordance with the oracles of God ; but if such as, directly or indi rectly, deduct from the riches of Christ, they are at variance with the word of God. What doctrine then is it, that shews the riches of Christ to be unsearchable? Surely, it is not that which would lead us, either to trust to ourselves, or to divide the honour of our salvation with Him who came to seek and to save that which was lost. If men were saved partly by their own merits and deservings, in what sense, and with what propriety, could the riches of Christ be called unsearchable? It is the doctrine of human depravity and helpless- 15 ness which makes the riches of Christ un searchable. He only who believes that
 
men are dead in trespasses and sins, and by nature the children of wrath ; that they are incapable of any thing that is good ; but that they are washed, and sanctified, and justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God, believes truly and consistently that the riches of Christ are unsearchable. Certainly the more de plorable the condition of man, the greater must be the riches of Christ, by which man is saved. I observe that the riches of Christ are unsearchable. I. Because Jesus Christ pardons the guilt of sin, which is the extension of unsearch able mercy. II. Because he destroys the dominion of sin, which is the exertion of unsearchable power. III. Because he delivers from the exist ence of sin, which is the communication of unsearchable felicity. Thus in the extension of mercy, the ex ertion of power, and the communication of happiness, the riches of Christ appear. We speak not of those riches of glory which Christ had before the foundation of the world. For though, without these, he could not have been a Mediator between God and men ; nor have enriched the souls of men with the blessings of salvation, yet the text requires us to speak of different riches ; 16
 
riches wnich he communicates, not riches incommunicable; and riches communicated through his own poverty; for he who was rich, for our sakes became poor, that we through his poverty might be rich. The riches of Christ will appear in the pardon of iniquity. The sound of pardon is so familiar to us, that we are apt to consider it as a thing of course, and to forget all the wonders of grace which it contains. But God does no*, pardon sin because he views it as an evil of small magnitude. The evil in his eyes is infinite ; and his abhorrence of it, and his wrath against it are infinite. If sin were a small evil, where were the riches of Christ in forgiving it ? and if God did not hate it, and his justice did not burn against it, where were the riches of his grace in extending mercy to the sinner? The evil of it has been awfully displayed in the scheme of redemption which the wisdom of God devised, and his mercy accomplished. Redemption, by the incarnation and sufferings of Him who made all worlds, and still upholds them by the word of his power, demonstrates to the con viction of every reflecting creature, that the  justice of God is so inflexible, and the evil of sin so great, that every individual of the human kind has incurred the everlasting destruction of both body and soul. How great then is that mercy, which is extended to them who might so justly be suffered to 17 perish ; and extended through the sufferings of Emmanuel ? And as all men, whatever

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