If God is incomparable, how great is the madness and misery of sinners

Of the misery of sinners. They shall lose this incomparable
God for ever ; nay, they must have him for their everlasting
enemy.

1. Their misery consisteth partly in this, that they must depart
for ever from this incomparable God : Mat. vii. 23, ‘ Depart from
me, ye workers of iniquity;’ Mat. xxv. 41, ‘ Depart from me, ye
cursed.’ Oh how dreadful a sound will the word depart make in the
sinner’s ears ; yea, what a deep wound will it make in his heart !
Depart from me. Ah ! whither do they go that go from God ? To
depart from riches and honours, and carnal comforts for ever, will
affect and afflict him to purpose who placeth his happiness in them ;
to lose health, and liberty, and friends, and relations for ever, is no
inconsiderable loss to him that knoweth not where to have them
made up. To lose the ordinances of God, seasons of grace, the
tenders, entreaties, invitations of the gospel for ever, is such a loss
that a sensualist is incapable of conceiving the greatness of. To
lose the communion of perfect spirits, the company of glorious
angels, the blessed exercises of the heavenly host for ever, will not a
little affright and amaze and vex and terrify the wicked, when they
once come to have their eyes opened, and their consciences awakened
in the other world. But to depart from the incomparable God for
ever, to lose the only paradise of pleasures, the only fountain of
living waters, the only author of true felicity ; to lose the unsearchable
mine of riches, the inexhaustible well of salvation, the inesti
mable Sun of righteousness ; to lose the dearest father, the wisest
guide, the strongest shield, the sweetest love, the closest friend, the
tenderest mercy, the richest grace, the highest honour, the only
happiness ; to lose the Lord of life, the Lord of glory, the Lord of
lords ; to lose the God of hope, the God of all grace, the God of
all consolation, the God of peace, the God of gods, the God and
Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the incomparable God ; and to
lose him totally and for ever, is the loss of all losses, is such a loss
as no tongue can declare, no mind can conceive, is such a loss as
never was the like before it, nor shall, nor can be the like after it.
He that hath lost God, hath nothing left that is good, he hath lost
all that was worth having or saving : * Lord, whither shall we go
if we go from thee ? thou hast the words of eternal life,’ John
vi. 68.

– George Swinnock, The Incomparableness of God

For me to live is Christ. Philippians 1:21

For me to live is Christ.
Philippians 1:21
The believer did not always live to Christ. He began to do so when God the Holy Spirit convinced him of sin, and when by grace he was brought to see the dying Saviour making a propitiation for his guilt. From the moment of the new and celestial birth the man begins to live to Christ. Jesus is to believers the one pearl of great price, for whom we are willing to part with all that we have. He has so completely won our love, that it beats alone for him; to his glory we would live, and in defence of his gospel we would die; he is the pattern of our life, and the model after which we would sculpture our character. Paul’s words mean more than most men think; they imply that the aim and end of his life was Christ–nay, his life itself was Jesus. In the words of an ancient saint, he did eat, and drink, and sleep eternal life. Jesus was his very breath, the soul of his soul, the heart of his heart, the life of his life. Can you say, as a professing Christian, that you live up to this
idea? Can you honestly say that for you to live is Christ? Your business–are you doing it for Christ? Is it not done for self- aggrandizement and for family advantage? Do you ask, “Is that a mean reason?” For the Christian it is. He professes to live for Christ; how can he live for another object without committing a spiritual adultery? Many there are who carry out this principle in some measure; but who is there that dare say that he hath lived wholly for Christ as the apostle did? Yet, this alone is the true life of a Christian–its source, its sustenance, its fashion, its end, all gathered up in one word–Christ Jesus. Lord, accept me; I here present myself, praying to live only in thee and to thee. Let me be as the bullock which stands between the plough and the altar, to work or to be sacrificed; and let my motto be, “Ready for either.”

Charles H. Spurgeon, Morning and Evening

Spiritual Helps

Spiritual Helps

Eternal Father,
It is amazing love,
that thou hast sent thy Son
to suffer in my stead,
that thou hast added the Spirit
to teach, comfort, guide,
that thou hast allowed the ministry of angels
to wall me round;
All heaven subserves the welfare of a poor worm.
Permit thy unseen servants to be ever active on my behalf,
and to rejoice when grace expands in me.
Suffer them never to rest until my conflict is over,
and I stand victorious on salvation’s shore.
Grant that my proneness to evil, deadness to good,
resistance to thy Spirit’s motions,
may never provoke thee to abandon me.
May my hard heart awake thy pity, not thy wrath,
And if the enemy gets an advantage through my corruption,
let it be seen that heaven is mightier than hell,
that those for me are greater than those against me.
Arise to my help in richness of covenant blessings,
Keep me feeding in the pastures of thy strengthening Word,
searching Scripture to find thee there.
If my waywardness is visited with a scourge,
enable me to receive correction meekly,
to bless the reproving hand,
to discern the motive of rebuke,
to respond promptly, and do the first work.
Let all thy fatherly dealings make me a partaker of thy holiness.
Grant that in every fall I may sink lower on my knees,
and that when I rise it may be to loftier heights of devotion.
May my every cross be sanctified,
every loss be gain,
every denial a spiritual advantage,
every dark day a light of the Holy Spirit,
every night of trial a song.

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From ‘The Valley of Vision, A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions’
Arthur Bennett, Editor

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