The perfect husband
(James Smith, "The Glories of Christ!" 1864)
There is but one object that can be presented to a sinner's mind, which contains all that is needful for him, and all that is delightful to him — and that is JESUS! In Jesus, he finds an infinite variety which is always pleasing and profitable! The more he knows of the person, perfections, and works of Immanuel — the more happy, holy, and useful he will be. Unbounded kindness, unparalleled meekness, and exquisite tenderness — shine in all His dealings with His people! He has never left room for one to doubt . . .
the kindness of His heart,
the power of His arm, or
the faithfulness of His Word.
Jesus loved, labored, suffered, bled, died, rose, ascended, and intercedes — to save His people from their sins! He is the perfect husband who . . .
brings us into marriage-union with Himself,
provides for all our necessities, and
assures us of His unalterable love!
He gives us . . .
His arm to support us,
His fullness to supply us,
His name to entitle us,
His robe to cover us,
His angels to guard us,
His Word to assure us, and
His Heaven to be our habitation at last!
To know Christ — is true wisdom;
to love Him — is the evidence of grace; and
to walk with Him — is the highest honor that can be put upon a sinful creature!
It is the delight of a truly spiritual mind to think of Jesus, feed on Him, and rejoice in Him. There is nothing in Christ — but what is precious to him. Christ is the object of his faith, love, and desire; and the subject of his meditation, boast, and song in the house of his pilgrimage. To a Christian, Christ is ALL!
The believer is knit to Jesus, walks in fellowship with Him, and desires above all things to exalt and glorify Him. Jesus is just suited to the believer, and he thinks on Him with great delight and satisfaction!