Per instruction. Happiness and usefulness depend upon it. He was conscientious, earnest, and ecclesiastically all that could be required. By faith man becomes one in Christ, and when God looks upon him, He looks upon him as being "a man in Christ. In Him are hid all the treasures of them.2. As guilty sinners, under the curse and condemnation of the law, we wanted a Saviour who should bear our sins and provide such a salvation as would harmonize the moral attributes of God, and make it honourable in God to pardon. By testimony on the part of —(1)God (Isaiah 13:1; John 3:16). Prosperity. This is always the object which St. Paul sets before himself and his readers; hence the vital interest of his life and writings.3. As one with Him I would know more of Him.(R. Christ was typically seen in Melchesidec, King of Salem; in the binding of Isaac as a sacrifice; in the persecution of Joseph. "He that hath my commandments" etc. (b)How a true value and esteem of Christ lesseneth all other things.II. Compare heathen nations with Christian.6. Lyth, D. D.)I. "(2) But this has also a moral reference, being quickened in Christ from the death of sin to the life of righteousness. That knowledge of Christ which is not an interest in Him is mere opinion which is dubious and uncertain. (2) It is distinguished from the knowledge of the law of Moses (John 1:17; Hebrews 10:1). (4) The highest earthly good is a broken cistern, and even grace and glory are but His gifts.III. Hell is full of it, Does your knowledge, then, lead you to love good works, to hate sin, to be humble and obedient?III. What would you do without Christ if you were to meet with —1. With affection, counting all things loss and dung. 2. He could feel the branch giving way. Unlike all other objects of human study it is single. 9).Winning ChristProfessor Eadie.To the apostle Christ was —I. Redford. (5) This interest is the only lasting interest. To persuade you to get Christ. Extensive. "Give diligence to make your calling," etc. And there is this distinction. If God hath laid out the riches of His grace and wisdom to do us good, surely it deserveth our best thoughts. This is the excellent effect of this excellent knowledge.(D. The heathen world is an evidence of this. By comparison. The mind may be dazzled by a splendid conjecture, and astonished by a wonderful narrative, but it can rest in neither until verified. What is gain to me is what puts me on a right footing with God. Two questions arise.1. THEY ARE TRULY WINNERS, LOSE WHAT THEY WILL, WHO GAIN CHRIST. Security? Buchanan, B. D.)The necessity of letting go every false confidenceJ. It should be our constant and vigorous effort to increase in it daily.2. (Canon Miller. Useful. Burder. Human science diverges into several branches. Jay. (2) Consider what you are without Him. (1) Christ Himself is the object of it. (2) If we win not Christ we gain nothing and lose all (Matthew 16:26).II. (Professor Eadie. "(3) Whatever excellence is in anything else, it is derived from Him. Conclusion:1. Two questions arise.1. What so great as a kingdom? The true knowledge of Christ engages the heart and captivates the soul — "They that know Thy name will put their trust in Thee." )Loss for gainD. This is often done by those who evince an unconquerable repugnance to accept the gospel. (2) We should not murmur when others go away with other things, if we have Christ (Psalm 17:14-15).3. (3) Angels are all servants. The world.2. Have you committed your soul unto Him?3. Nye. The language suggests a goal and a starting post; that "I may win Christ," the goal or end I have been seeking to reach; that "I may be found in Him," ready not only for resistance to old adversaries, but for a new start and onward movement towards Divine perfection. Winning Christ —1. If ever a man could have gone to heaven without Christ it was he. Unlike all other objects of human study it is single. There he hung and cried for help. Life? (d)Make use of those who are already acquainted with Christ (Hebrews 10:25; Proverbs 13:20; Proverbs 15:7). O. Thompson.To win Christ is the supreme achievement of this life.I. Thus I once thought that my personal qualifications of birth, privilege, attainment might do. "(2) Compared with Christ riches are lighter than vanity (Proverbs 23:5). (b) The little that a Christian hath, having Christ, is more valuable than the abundance of a Christless man. So Livingstone, as late as 1857, said, "I never made a sacrifice;" and Hudson Taylor, the leader of the China Inland Mission, has publicly made the same statement of himself. The heathen world is an evidence of this. Remember the rich fool! There is a great distinction between all human morality and the morality of the gospel. (c)Let the Word of God be familiar to you (Colossians 3:16; John 5:39; Deuteronomy 6:6-9). The abundance of the ungodly is their curse. This is the excellent effect of this excellent knowledge.(D. He that hath the Son hath life.5. THE POSSIBILITY OF WINNING THIS PRIZE. Remember the rich fool! What must we lose to gain Christ?4. So it is with those who have only a speculative knowledge of Christ. Who can make a blind man understand colours, or a deaf man sounds. (1 Corinthians 15:34; John 3:19). (5)His enemies.2. May I become a par taker of Him? Saints are said to be the excellent of the earth; but He is fairer than the children of men — "altogether lovely." WHAT IS MEANT BY WINNING CHRIST.1. He cannot recommend charity without speaking of Christ, nor express gratitude for temporal mercies without thanking God for His unspeakable gift (Colossians 3:11). (2) Those who strive not to communicate this knowledge. What a relief to find in Christ the reconciler and the peacemaker; the justifier of the ungodly and the revealer of God. Whenever a soul is on its way to Christ, the alarm is sounded in hell, and if the soul would bare Him it must be in opposition to flesh and blood, and principalities and powers. He hath purchased God's favour that we may have comfortable access to Him (Hebrews 10:19).3. He was not halting between two opinions. The image of God consists in "knowledge" as well as righteousness, etc. This is the refuge of many of our youth particularly. THE REFUGE.1. They have made a good choice that have received Christ.3. For defence, that I may meet every adversary.2. WHAT IS MEANT BY WINNING CHRIST.1. COMPREHENSIVENESS. It was but a dream of the night. Hence it follows that religion must of necessity embrace the highest kind of knowledge, and the knowledge of Christ is that of "God manifest in the flesh," exemplifying the perfections of the Divine character, fulfilling the purposes of the Divine mind. (2)Infinitely, without limit. (b)Certainty; but Christ is unchangeable. Two questions arise.1. Looking up he saw, in his dream, Christ standing on the edge, and saying, "Let go the twig and I will save you." It is most comfortable, for here is comfort at all times and in all cases (Philippians 1:21).2. Christ was typically seen in Melchesidec, King of Salem; in the binding of Isaac as a sacrifice; in the persecution of Joseph. Do they wish to know better? Because —1. None but Christ for pardon, acceptance, life. This coming from Paul awakens —1. A treasure. Daille.According to the design of God the advantages and sacraments of the law are of no avail since the manifestation of His Son, and that those who now beguile themselves with them lose their time and their trouble, as completely as though, after the rising of the sun, they still used the light of a lamp; or as if, in the strength of manhood, a person were retained in all the exercises and sports of childhood.(J. Whenever a soul is on its way to Christ, the alarm is sounded in hell, and if the soul would bare Him it must be in opposition to flesh and blood, and principalities and powers. The Christian finds the war still going on in his members, desires a livelier assurance, wishes to grow in grace and to know more and more of Christ. Abide in your refuge.2. Knowledge in general is grateful to the mind, yet some kinds are painful (Ecclesiastes 1:18). He was not halting between two opinions. "He giveth power to the weak."3. 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