God is incomparable in his word

God is incomparable in the matter of his speech, as weU as in
his manner of speaking ; if you consider the purity, mysteries, or
predictions thereof.

1. The purity of its precepts. His word is the most pure, perfect,
exact rule of righteousness that is imaginable. It commandeth
good, nothing but good, and all good, at all times ; it forbiddeth
evil, all evil, and nothing but evil, and always :
‘The commandment is holy, and the law is holy, just, and good,’ Rom. vii. 12.
Holy, as it is a copy of the divine will ; just, as it is correspondent
to the highest reason ; good, as it is most beneficial to the rational
creature. It is holy, as it relates to our duty to God ; just, as it
respects our duty to our neighbours ; good, as it concerns our duty
towards ourselves. It is holy, as consecrated to the service of God;
just, as a transcript of the pure law of nature ; good, as it is the
measure and standard of all goodness in the creatures. It is holy
in what it enjoins us to do ; just in what it forbids us to do ; and
good in both. What laws in the world are in any degree comparable
to the laws of God ? The Mohammedan laws, which have
gained so much credit in the greatest part almost of the known
world, are impure laws, allowing revenge, polygamy, and commanding
slaughters, oppressions, &c., for the propagation of their

The laws of the severest heathen, Lycurgus, &c., contained but
the carcase and body of purity, had nothing of the soul and life
thereof. How many sins against the very law of nature did that
Lacedemonian lawgiver allow of! And where he or any of the
rest did forbid sin, it was in the outward actions, not in the inward
affections. Their laws did rather command the covering of sin,
that it might not appear abroad, than the killing of sin, that it
might not be at all. Their laws were defective as to persons ; some
men were usually privileged, and not bound to them ; as to the
parts of men, they gave the inward man liberty, though they
restrained the outward as to punishments ; the greatest penalty
they could think of or impose, was a temporal death. They never
dreamed of a hell in another world. But oh how pure, how joerfect
is the law of God ! ‘ Thy word is very pure,’ saitli David, Ps. cxix.

– George Swinnock, The Incomparableness of God

But who may abide the day of his coming? Malachi 3:2

But who may abide the day of his coming?
Malachi 3:2
His first coming was without external pomp or show of power, and yet in truth there were few who could abide its testing might. Herod and all Jerusalem with him were stirred at the news of the wondrous birth. Those who supposed themselves to be waiting for him, showed the fallacy of their professions by rejecting him when he came. His life on earth was a winnowing fan, which tried the great heap of religious profession, and few enough could abide the process. But what will his second advent be? What sinner can endure to think of it? “He shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.” When in his humiliation he did but say to the soldiers, “I am he,” they fell backward; what will be the terror of his enemies when he shall more fully reveal himself as the “I am?” His death shook earth and darkened heaven, what shall be the dreadful splendour of that day in which as the living Saviour, he shall summon the quick and dead
before him? O that the terrors of the Lord would persuade men to forsake their sins and kiss the Son lest he be angry! Though a lamb, he is yet the lion of the tribe of Judah, rending the prey in pieces; and though he breaks not the bruised reed, yet will he break his enemies with a rod of iron, and dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel. None of his foes shall bear up before the tempest of his wrath, or hide themselves from the sweeping hail of his indignation; but his beloved blood washed people look for his appearing with joy, and hope to abide it without fear: to them he sits as a refiner even now, and when he has tried them they shall come forth as gold. Let us search ourselves this morning and make our calling and election sure, so that the coming of the Lord may cause no dark forebodings in our mind. O for grace to cast away all hypocrisy, and to be found of him sincere and without rebuke in the day of his appearing.

Charles H. Spurgeon, Morning and Evening

I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord. Philippians 3:8

I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord.
Philippians 3:8
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.

Charles H. Spurgeon, Morning and Evening