Part of my Sunday-before-worship reading was in the Spring 2012 issue of The Free Grace Broadcaster produced by Chapel Library. I have referenced this free publication before. Chapel Library promotes the gospel of sovereign grace by reprinting many Puritan and Calvinist works of the past. Their quarterly magazine does the same, but around a single theme (this issue was on “The Person of Christ”). The last article in this issue contains a wonderful piece by 19th century English (non-Conformist) pastor Octavius Winslow (1808-1878), titled “Christ is Precious”. This in turn is taken from a larger work of his called The Precious Things of God, which has been reprinted by Soli Deo Gloria (you may find this work at this site). In this section of this work I came across this wonderful quote:
The believer, too, beholds a suitability in Christ, sees Him to be just the Savior adapted to the necessities of his soul; and this renders Him peculiarly precious. ‘I see Him,’ exclaims the believer, ‘to be exactly the Christ I need: His fullness meets my emptiness, His blood cleanses my guilt, His grace subdues my sin, His patience bears with my infirmities, His gentleness succors my weakness, His love quickens my obedience, His sympathy soothes my sorrows, His beauty charms my eye. He is just the Savior, just the Christ I need, and no words can describe His preciousness to my soul’. …The believer can say, ‘Christ is mine, and I have all things in one, even in Christ, Who is my all and in all.’ This simple, trembling faith sublime in its simplicity, mighty in its tremblings, sweeps all the treasures of the everlasting covenant of grace and all the fullness of the Surety of the covenant into its lap, and exclaims, ‘All is mine because Christ is mine, and I am Christ’s’. …If you have fled to Jesus as a poor empty, believing sinner, there is not a throb of love in His loving heart, not a drop of blood in His flowing veins, nor a particle of grace in His mediatorial fullness, nor a thought of peace in His divine mind that is not yours, all yours, inalienably yours, as much yours as if you were its sole possessor. And in proportion as you thus deal with Christ, individually travelling to Him, living upon Him, living out of Him, dealing as personally with Him as He deals with you, He will insinuate Himself (i.e., introduce gradually) in your regard, and will become growingly precious to your soul….