Isaac Ambrose – Looking Unto Jesus

Posted by on Aug 1, 2011 in Delighting in God, Puritans, The Gospel | 0 comments

In this knowledge of Christ, there is an excellency above all other knowledge in the world; there is nothing more pleasing and comfortable, more animating and enlivening, more ravishing and soul contenting;

only Christ is the sun and centre of all divine revealed truths, we can preach nothing else as the object of our faith, as the necessary element of your soul’s salvation, which doth not some way or other, either meet in Christ, or refer to Christ;

only Christ is the whole of man’s happiness,

the Sun to enlighten him,

the Physician to heal him,

the Wall of fire to defend him,

the Friend to comfort him,

the Pearl to enrich him,

the Ark to support him,

the Rock to sustain him under the heaviest pressures.

Only Christ is that ladder between earth and heaven, the Mediator between God and man, a mystery, which the angels of heaven desire to pry, and peep, and look into.”

Heaven’s inhabitants will be ever digging into this gold mine, ever rolling this soul-delighting and precious stone, ever beholding, viewing, inquiring, and searching into the excellency of this same Christ.

If I had but one word more to speak to the world, it should be this; Oh! let all our spirits be taken up with Christ, let us not busy ourselves too much with toys, or trifles, with ordinary and low things, but look to Jesus.

Surely Christ is enough to fill all our thoughts, desires, hopes, loves, joys, or whatever is within us, or without us; Christ alone comprehends all the circumference of our happiness; Christ is the pearl hid in the large field of God’s word;

Christ is the scope of all the scripture:

all things and persons in the old world were types of him;

all the prophets foretold him,

all God’s love runs through him,

all the gifts and graces of the Spirit flow from him,

the whole eye of God is upon him,

and all his designs both in heaven and earth meet in him.

Isaac Ambrose, Looking Unto Jesus
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