Constraining Love

What a wonderful open door God has placed before the church of today. A pagan world, weary and sick, often distrusting its own modern gods. A saving gospel strangely entrusted to us unworthy messengers. A divine Book with unused resources of glory and power. Ah, what a marvellous opportunity, my brethren! What a privilege to proclaim not some partial system of truth but the full, glorious system which God has revealed in His Word, and which is summarised in the wonderful Standards of our Faith! What a privilege to get those hallowed instruments, in which that truth is summarised, down from the shelf and write them in patient instruction, by the blessing of the Holy Spirit, upon the tablets of the children’s hearts! What a privilege to present our historic Standards in all their fulness in the pulpit and at the teacher’s desk and in the Christian home! What a privilege to do that for the one reason that those Standards present, not a ‘man-made creed,’ but what God has told us in His holy Word! What a privilege to proclaim that same system of divine truth to the unsaved! What a privilege to carry the message of the cross, unshackled
by compromising associations, to all the world! What a privilege to send it to foreign lands! What a privilege to proclaim it to the souls of people who sit in nominally Christian churches and starve for lack of the bread of life! Oh, yes, what a privilege and what a joy, my brethren! Shall we lose that joy for any selfishness or jealousy; shall we lose it for any of the sins into which every one of us without exception is prone to fall?

Only one thing can prevent us from losing it, my brethren. Only one thing can bestow it upon us in all its fulness. That one thing is the love of Jesus Christ our Saviour…. ‘The love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all
dead: and that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.’

J. Gresham Machen

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