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> "I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus
my Lord."
> Philippians 3:8
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> Spiritual knowledge of Christ will be a personal knowledge. I cannot know Jesus
through another person's acquaintance with him. No, I must know him myself; I must
know him on my own account. It will be an intelligent knowledge--I must know him,
not as the visionary dreams of him, but as the Word reveals him. I must know his
natures, divine and human. I must know his offices--his attributes--his works--his
shame--his glory. I must meditate upon him until I "comprehend with all saints
what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and know the love of
Christ, which passeth knowledge."

It will be an affectionate knowledge of him;
indeed, if I know him at all, I must love him. An ounce of heart knowledge is
worth a ton of head learning. Our knowledge of him will be a satisfying knowledge.
When I know my Saviour, my mind will be full to the brim--I shall feel that I have
that which my spirit panted after. "This is that bread whereof if a man eat he
shall never hunger." At the same time it will be an exciting knowledge; the more I
know of my Beloved, the more I shall want to know. The higher I climb the loftier
will be the summits which invite my eager footsteps. I shall want the more as I
get the more.

Like the miser's treasure, my gold will make me covet more. To
conclude; this knowledge of Christ Jesus will be a most happy one; in fact, so
elevating, that sometimes it will completely bear me up above all trials, and
doubts, and sorrows; and it will, while I enjoy it, make me something more than
"Man that is born of woman, who is of few days, and full of trouble"; for it will
fling about me the immortality of the ever living Saviour, and gird me with the
golden girdle of his eternal joy. Come, my soul, sit at Jesus's feet and learn of
him all this day.
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> Evening
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> "And be not conformed to this world."
> Romans 12:2
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> If a Christian can by possibility be saved while he conforms to this world, at any
rate it must be so as by fire. Such a bare salvation is almost as much to be
dreaded as desired. Reader, would you wish to leave this world in the darkness of
a desponding death bed, and enter heaven as a shipwrecked mariner climbs the rocks
of his native country? then be worldly; be mixed up with Mammonites, and refuse to
go without the camp bearing Christ's reproach. But would you have a heaven below
as well as a heaven above? Would you comprehend with all saints what are the
heights and depths, and know the love of Christ which passeth knowledge? Would you
receive an abundant entrance into the joy of your Lord?

Then come ye out from
among them, and be ye separate, and touch not the unclean thing. Would you attain
the full assurance of faith? you cannot gain it while you commune with sinners.
Would you flame with vehement love? Your love will be damped by the drenchings of
godless society. You cannot become a great Christian--you may be a babe in grace,
but you never can be a perfect man in Christ Jesus while you yield yourself to the
worldly maxims and modes of business of men of the world. It is ill for an heir of
heaven to be a great friend with the heirs of ****. It has a bad look when a
courtier is too intimate with his king's enemies.

Even small inconsistencies are
dangerous. Little thorns make great blisters, little moths destroy fine garments,
and little frivolities and little rogueries will rob religion of a thousand joys.
O professor, too little separated from sinners, you know not what you lose by your
conformity to the world. It cuts the tendons of your strength, and makes you creep
where you ought to run. Then, for your own comfort's sake, and for the sake of
your growth in grace, if you be a Christian, be a Christian, and be a marked and
distinct one.
 
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