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Sermon # 11
1 Peter 2:7  "Unto you therefore which believe he is precious."

The Apostle is speaking of Jesus Christ, the dear dying friend of poor lost sinners, who pitied us when we had no pity on ourselves; and died for us when otherwise we must have been cast into hell. Now, if you believe this, that your sins would have damned you if Christ had not taken them on Himself; and that you must have been cursed forever, if Christ had not been made a curse for you: if you feel in your hearts a humble assurance of pardon purchased by his blood; and if you can consider Him as saying to you in the Gospel, what He said to the poor sinful woman, "Go in peace, thy sins are forgiven" (Luke 7:48, 50); then Christ is precious to you; you love Him above all things. You love to think of Him, you love to hear of Him, you love to talk of Him; whatever He has commanded, you desire to do; and what He has forbidden, you will not willingly do, to gain the whole world. You are now become a new creature. You cannot live as you once lived. You are born again. Old things are passed away, and all things are become new (2 Cor. 5:17). The things which you once hated, such as prayer, praise, hearing and reading God's Word, you now love; and the things you once loved, such as vain, sinful conversation, and trifling amusements, you now hate. You cannot now go to bed at night without thanking your precious and adorable Jesus for the mercies of the day; or without committing yourself to His protection for the night, and trusting your soul in His hands, that if you die before morning, He may receive you unto Himself: and when you rise in the morning, you cannot go out into the world about your lawful business, without begging Him to keep you from the snares of the world and the temptations of Satan. Your one object is to please your beloved Saviour, and above all things you fear to offend Him. You desire, that "Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God" (1 Cor. 10:31). "The love of Christ constraineth us" (2 Cor. 5:14).

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