To Ponder:

Christians! The Redeemer with all His glorious salvation, in all His offices, and under all the characters which He sustains–is yours! You may say, with the fullest assurance, “My Beloved is mine–and I am His!” You are the objects of the blessed Redeemer’s particular care, given into His hands by His and your Father, to be saved by Him from the guilt and dominion of sin, from all the powers of darkness, and from the vengeance of eternal fire! He executes all of His offices on your behalf: As a Priest, He has made an atonement for your sin, and reconciled you to God. As a Prophet, He teaches you all that you need for life and godliness, from His Word. As a King, He reigns in His Church, and rules in the heart of every believer. He is a Physician to heal the diseased soul. He is a Shepherd to feed and guide His flock. He is a Counselor to direct them in all the intricate paths of life. He is a Friend that sticks closer than a brother, and whose friendship is unchangeable and everlasting. He is an Advocate to plead His people’s cause. He is a Redeemer to emancipate their souls from sin’s bondage. (William Nicholson, “Christ, the Portion of Believers!” 1855)

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