And they all received all that they had.II. (1)A powerful ministry (1 Corinthians 16:9);(2)The door of the heart (Acts 16:14);(3)The door of the ear (Job 33:16).2. H. Spurgeon.There is a story of Rowland Hill, which I have no doubt is true, because it is so characteristic of the man's eccentricity and generosity. 'The Message That Was There All Along' — John 1:1 Monday, January 1, 2018 Home today? H. Spurgeon.I have heard our Lord likened to a man carrying a water-pot, and as he carried it upon his shoulder, the water fell dropping, dropping, dropping, so that every one could track the water-bearer. Spurgeon. A fulness of dignity, prerogative, and qualification. THE FILLING.1. Expect great things.3. That all grace is treasured up in Christ Jesus. The ONE GLORIOUS PERSON concerning whom this verse is written.1. )A precious plentitudeC. The sincere and impressive language of John encourages us first to realize to ourselves the unique moral majesty of Jesus, and then to draw from this the inference which he and other witnesses of Jesus' character and life drew so firmly and conclusively - the inference, namely, that he was none other than the Son of God, deserving of human reverence and faith, love and devotion. The grace and mercy of justification and remission of sins (Romans 5:11).2. All alike are empty of merit and satisfaction.2. For privilege: Both are called Sons of God (Hebrews 12:6); Heirs (Hebrews 1:2; Romans 8:17); Elect and precious (1 Peter 2:6; 1 Peter 1:2); Light (John 8:12; Ephesians 5:8).3. The Author of human redemption.3. For assistance (Psalm 22:1 Corinthians 12:9).4. Spurgeon.)I. )Grace obstructedSamuel Martin.When our spiritual supplies fail, the channel is sometimes at fault, and not the stream; the hindrance to their coming lies with us and not with our heavenly Father. To relieve our poverty.3. Do not try to live in or by the past. "He that spared not His own Son," etc. The discovery that all we receive comes to us by grace.IV. (2) If virtue is to be attained, sanctifying energy resides in Him to perfection. In short, His fulness is without measure or end; therefore draw manfully and without fear, and drink with pleasure and joy! We are assured that WE HAVE NO REASON TO FEAR THE WANT OF ANYTHING, provided that we draw from the fulness of Christ, which is in every respect so complete as to be inexhaustable.(J. And they are not barely given to Him; He is "Good" Shepherd, Bread "of Life," etc. Lest others should come into comparison with Him they are all barred out. This doctrine is full of spiritual use. "ALL HAVE RECEIVED."1. According to your faith it shall be done unto you. If he has £100,000 a year in prospect, he would hardly be limited to a penny a week. (2)Very abundantly.III. The grace of gratitude should be produced in us by the grace of generosity from God.(C. )Fulness of graceC. Take grace as the favour of God: Both Christ and believers are God's beloved (Matthew 3:17; 2 Samuel 12:25).2. Surely, then, the saints were empty before. My brothers, take the things that are freely given to men of God.(A. This will appear if you consider —I. Spurgeon. Spurgeon. Friends may depart, but friendship in fulness abides in Jesus. All men if they were willing; and what is there to hinder all men from receiving them? (2)Very abundantly.III. You say that this cuts off all endeavour. THE FULNESS IS IN JESUS NOW.1. Not that he is deprived of his peace, but that becomes secondary. )If any one is to obtain grace, His fulness must do it: our crumbs and morsels, our tiny drops and bits, they verily will not do it. Oh, Lord, give us grace to receive grace. We always inculcate the propriety, on the part of all our people, of living within their incomes; but the child of God cannot live beyond his income in a spiritual sense.IV. This may come after much anxiety, or quite gently; but, come as it will, peace is a special grace. H. Spurgeon.There is a fulness of atoning efficacy in His blood, for "the blood of Jesus Christ His son cleanseth us from all sin"; of justifying righteousness in His life, for "there is therefore now no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus"; of Divine prevalence in His plea, for "He is able to save to the uttermost them that come unto God by Him; seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them"; of victory in His death, for through death He destroyed him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; of efficacy in His resurrection from the dead, for by it "We are begotten again to a lively hope"; of triumph in His ascension, for "when He ascended up on high He led captivity captive, and received gifts for men"; of blessings unspeakable, unknown; grace to pardon, regenerate, sanctify, preserve, and perfect. Riches may leave you, but in Christ there are riches unsearchable. H. But it is preparatory to the spelling book, a preparation for further acquisition of knowledge.III. (2)Though it be small as a possession it is great as an earnest (Colossians 1:12).II. That in the beginning He laid the foundations of the earth, and that He then spread forth the heavens like a curtain, has not diminished His strength. That all grace is treasured up in Christ Jesus. )The fulness of ChristS. The names which Christ bears witness to, His all-sufficiency, Sun of Righteousness, Morning Star, Raiment, Bread of Life, Door, Good Shepherd, etc., are given to Christ to show that He is all they signify to the soul. "I have helped you even to old age, but there's still more to follow." THE APPLICATION:1. AN APPEAL TO OUR GRATITUDE. Wouldst thou see God? Do not try to live in or by the past. What is this grace but grace superseding grace, grace supplanting grace — as the blossom supplants the bud, and as the fruit supplants the blossom — as the noon supersedes the morning, and as summer supplants spring — grace superseding and surpassing grace. In short, His fulness is without measure or end; therefore draw manfully and without fear, and drink with pleasure and joy! Suppose the colour of the river should change with the day, now black from muddy hills, now yellow as the Tiber, now blue as the Rhone, now crystal as the Tweed, it would be a singular phenomenon; but grace for grace means a change like that. You stand by a river and watch the flow, the drops of water coming and going to the ocean. Bridge, M. A.We have received grace in abundance from Christ, but whatever grace there is in Him there is somewhat in the saints answerable thereunto, as the impression answers to the stamp.1. The mass of professors have their eyes on the future. All alike are empty of merit and satisfaction.2. Next comes a totally different kind of grace — active strength and the spirit of boldness. If a mother would not let her child eat bread but of her own cutting, or drink water but of her own drawing, what carefulness of her child that would argue. Granite rocks might last for ever, their life and motion are so slow; but the most exquisite flowers stand in their prime rich-blossomed state only for a short time. THE RELATIONSHIP OF CHRIST AS THE SECOND ADAM A COMMON PERSON BETWEEN GOD AND US (Romans 5:15; John 5:26).III. This does not mean simply a steady continuance of the same class of gracious ministration. )Grace for graceA. Robinson. Christ has the opening of these doors (Revelation 1:18; Revelation 3:7).3. "I educate you for heaven, but there's more to follow." This may come after much anxiety, or quite gently; but, come as it will, peace is a special grace. (2)Of truth.2. A personal reception of Christ Jesus.3. Spurgeon., J. Calvin.I. )The fulness of Christ receivedC. To relieve our poverty.3. )Christ's fulnessC. "I will bring you to the brink of Jordan, and bid you sit down and sing on its black banks, on the banks of the black stream, but there's more to follow. All the saints partake of it.3. All that you have received is from fulness. Sometimes the avenues of grace in a believer are choked or broken.3. To supply our deficiency.2. Cudworth., Luther.We all receive of His fulness grace for grace, as all the stars in heaven are said to light their candles at the sun's flame. But you may deal thus with God. Spurgeon. Not everyone who talks about God comes from God. The fulness of omnipotence, omnipresence, wisdom, justice, mercy. "I forgive you your sins, but there is more to follow. GRACE FROM HIM TO PRODUCE GRACE IN US. "ALL HAVE RECEIVED."1. Therefore, as the apostle says, "He is all in all."(W. Therefore, as the apostle says, "He is all in all."(W. A DISCRIMINATION OF CHARACTER. The grace of gratitude should be produced in us by the grace of generosity from God.(C. Therefore, as the apostle says, "He is all in all."(W. Health may sink, but strength undecaying is in Jesus.(S. Want of faith in Christ's fulness makes them dote on the Millennium.3. Bates.I have found it an interesting thing to stand on the edge of a noble rolling river, and to think, that although it has been flowing on for six thousand years, watering the fields, and slaking the thirst of a hundred generations, it shows no signs of waste or want; and when I have watched the rise of the sun, as he shot above the crest of the mountain, or in a sky draped with golden curtains sprang up from his ocean bed, I have wondered to think that he has melted the snows of so many winters, and renewed the verdure of so many springs, and painted the flowers of so many summers, and ripened the golden harvests of so many autumns, and yet shines as brilliant as ever, his eye not dim, nor his natural strength abated, nor his floods of light less full for centuries of boundless profusion. Angels, John, Moses.II. The keen Sadducee, the exact Pharisee, the learned scribe, the eager Mary, all wonder at the gracious words which proceed out of His mouth. )Christ's fulnessA. The fulness belongs to Christ personally. The fulness of omnipotence, omnipresence, wisdom, justice, mercy. Nothing was lacking in Him to constitute human perfection — sinlessness, sympathy, the virtues of both sexes, human nature in its completeness.2. Most grateful. (1) All the might for the conquest of heathenism. Grace is best described as being given what you do not deserve. H. ).The answerableness of grace in every Christian to the grace of ChristW. None but God, the author of grace, can incline the heart to this.(J. Cudworth. H. Spurgeon.I. That He brought into being all the families of life, in their innumerable and varied forms, has not exhausted His resources.(A. God's assistance;3. The TWO PRECIOUS DOCTRINES.1. As thy day so shall thy strength be. And they all received all that they had.II. Even Paul was the chief of sinners, less than the least of all saints, and confessed that he was nothing.III. And so, if I may venture to vulgarise the great theme that I am trying to speak about, God has given us His Son, and in Him all that pertains to life and all that pertains to godliness. 1. Expect great things.3. C. Tittman, D. D.)The fulness of Christ the treasury of the saintsC. "ALL HAVE RECEIVED."1. )Christ's inexhaustible fulnessC. Bridge, M. 3. (1)Of grace — pardoning, justifying, and sanctifying. This is very necessary, as uniform tranquillity would be injurious. The unity, with all its uniqueness is His. He is the same yesterday, to-day, and for ever, and that being the case, the highest state of revival should be the normal condition of the Church.III. )If any one is to obtain grace, His fulness must do it: our crumbs and morsels, our tiny drops and bits, they verily will not do it. If God, had put it in an angel we should not feel greatly drawn to Him; but He has placed it where we love to have it, where we feel at home, where we are glad to go often, where we would abide.IV. 2. But we do not see this abundance, objectors say. And their familiarity with the character and the mission of Jesus led them to hail the Son of man as Son of God. Spurgeon. He can give you all, no matter how guilty you are.(C. The fractional parts are ours. In the human soul, if there were not replenishment, grace for grace, it would soon be empty and dead.2. Not that he is deprived of his peace, but that becomes secondary. Granite rocks might last for ever, their life and motion are so slow; but the most exquisite flowers stand in their prime rich-blossomed state only for a short time. Christ was also man.4. To supply our deficiency.2. This suits(1)the word "and" or "even;"(2)the attribute of Christ, "fulness;"(3)the scope of the place where Christ is set above Moses. We always inculcate the propriety, on the part of all our people, of living within their incomes; but the child of God cannot live beyond his income in a spiritual sense.IV. "ALL HAVE RECEIVED."1. Bread eaten and gone? )Whatsoever grace the saints have they have it from Jesus ChristW. All the doing to receive it is an undoing: the soul empties itself to be filled. At the same time quiet your fears and call forth your hopes. None but God, the author of grace, can incline the heart to this.(J. When I see one child of God always mourning, another always doubting, and yet another always scheming, I see they are living below their privileges. If you have received life you can receive it more abundantly. (3) The grace of patience for the grace of active strength. (3) Every weapon required for the fight, Fulness for teaching, convincing, converting, sanctifying.II. "I have helped you even to old age, but there's still more to follow." So believing is nothing but receiving the grace of God.V. At the same time quiet your fears and call forth your hopes. )If any one is to obtain grace, His fulness must do it: our crumbs and morsels, our tiny drops and bits, they verily will not do it. Don't talk about this but set about it.(C. Where we can receive it now.2. "I forgive you your sins, but there is more to follow. Bates. The discovery that all we receive comes to us by grace.IV. These many blessings in great abundance, "and in everything have been enriched by Him."III. There is an element of sameness in all graces, just as water is water, but in many respects one kind of grace is not like another. Or is Jesus Christ living bread? )Grace preferred to earthly honourJ. Behold what great sinners inconsistent professors are!3. Let them sink into the soil. 4. A young heir to a large estate, though not of full age, generally gets an allowance suitable to the position he is to occupy. Indestructible in its fountain and principle, it yet comes and goes, flowing in, flowing out, blossoming, fading. The filling is universal. Others, grace in the believer resembling grace in the Saviour; but that would only give us the moral qualities of Christ, and leave us destitute of those evangelical blessings which He came especially to bestow.4. An abiding fulness. But you may deal thus with God. All the doing to receive it is an undoing: the soul empties itself to be filled.(C. (2) But the believer dots not rest long in his peace. The keen Sadducee, the exact Pharisee, the learned scribe, the eager Mary, all wonder at the gracious words which proceed out of His mouth. "By the grace of God I do." So believing is nothing but receiving the grace of God.V. (Samuel Martin. Mr. Fletcher modestly replied: — " He was sensible of the Minister's kindness, but he only wanted one thing, which he could not grant him, and that was more grace." The mass of professors have their eyes on the future. IV. When a begger asks you for a penny, and you give him one, he does not ask you for a sixpence; or if you give him a shilling, he would not consider that an argument why you should give him a sovereign. None but God, the author of grace, can incline the heart to this.(J. THE LOVE BETWEEN CHRIST AND THE CHRISTIAN. Why, then, are we so weak, unfurnished, and unhappy? Want of faith in Christ's fulness makes them dote on the Millennium.3. The fact that God came in human form is critical. He was the shadow of no substance, the image only of the invisible God.2. Angels, John, Moses.II. )Fulness of graceC. All the saints have received all of grace out of the fulness of Christ. go to Christ and get that supplied.IV. Some one or other had given him a hundred pounds to send to an extremely poor minister, but, thinking it was too much to send him all at once, he sent him five pounds in a letter with simply these words inside the envelope, "More to follow." You will do the right thing under the inward impulse rather than the written law, and your personal salvation will be your prime qualification for seeking out others of your Master's flock.(C. "ALL HAVE RECEIVED."1. The ONE GLORIOUS PERSON concerning whom this verse is written.1. Should they not be —1. (2) A copious fountain, from which all may draw in abundance. John continually emphasized, I’m not the one to be pointed to, I point beyond myself to the One who is the Life. A perpetual fountain, flowing to all eternity, from which all who are willing may continually draw.(C. Truth represents —(1) Intelligence. (2)Of truth.2. In the human soul, if there were not replenishment, grace for grace, it would soon be empty and dead.2. )Christ's inexhaustible fulnessC. Even Paul was the chief of sinners, less than the least of all saints, and confessed that he was nothing.III. Maclaren, D. D.)The fulness of ChristJ. )All fulness in ChristA. (3) An inexhaustible fountain which never can be drained, however great be the number of those who draw from it.4. For though His Body be withdrawn from us, yet by the lively and virtual contact of His Spirit He is always kindling, cheering, quickening, warming, enlivening, hearts: nay, this Divine life, begun and kindled in any heart, wheresoever it be, is something of God in the flesh, and in a sober and qualified sense, Divinity Incarnate, and all particular Christians, that are possessed of it, so many mystical Christs.(R. Live in it by a grateful memory that will help you; but not so as to get a present living nourishment out of states, and frames, and feelings that are dead and gone. If you have the grace of resignation you may need the grace of patience. In His complex nature He possesses fulness. Cope. Next comes a totally different kind of grace — active strength and the spirit of boldness. You would not get on in June seeking the withered leaves of last autumn. Suppose some man tells you that there was a thousand pounds paid into your credit into a London bank, and that you were to get the use of it, as you drew cheques against it. Are you rising higher and yet higher through the uplifting of the hand of this Saviour? All men, in every age, and in every part of the world. A fulness of every kind of perfection. THERE IS A GLORIOUS FULNESS IN JESUS. — Having rendered some service to Lord North, the Prime Minister, during the American war, he received a polite communication from that nobleman, desiring to know if he stood in need of anything which it was in his power to bestow. A. He has given to all such grace as they have capacity to receive. There are those who have got their religion from good works. When the living and incorruptible seed remains within, the Divine instincts of the new nature will guide you to the wisest methods of activity. (3) There were many doctrines of grace communicated to the Jews, yet they were so tempered by the law that the very gospel seemed law unto them. They could say, "We beheld"; we "Whom having not seen we love." The Author of human redemption.3. If you have the grace of resignation you may need the grace of patience. A tree of life bearing all manner of fruit? 2 He was in the beginning with God. Behold what great sinners inconsistent professors are!3. Holy things, the law, priests, temple, were only types of Him. You say that this cuts off all endeavour. In the very last of the Arctic expeditions, last year or the year before, they found an ammunition chest that Commander Parry had left there fifty years ago, safe under a pile of stones, the provisions inside being perfectly sweet and good and eatable. The fulness of grace in a believer is many times hid from the world and from Himself.2. The supply of water or of gas to our houses is sometimes insufficient, not because the reservoirs are low, but because the pipes which connect our dwellings with the main service are choked up or broken. A DISCRIMINATION OF CHARACTER. The grace and mercy of justification and remission of sins (Romans 5:11).2. The grace of gratitude should be produced in us by the grace of generosity from God.(C. He was the shadow of no substance, the image only of the invisible God. All have wants. The words of Jesus are a study for one's life, and those who have studied them most are as far as ever from exhausting their meaning. So with that most living thing called grace. To relieve our poverty.3. Can enable us to rise to the highest degree of grace. The means as it is in itself, without God's appointment, is utterly inefficient.IV. 2. The grace you have expands your heart, and gives you capacity for receiving yet more grace. Bridge, M. ).The answerableness of grace in every Christian to the grace of ChristW. That in the beginning He laid the foundations of the earth, and that He then spread forth the heavens like a curtain, has not diminished His strength. The supply of fuel to our city in midwinter sometimes fails, not because the coal-fields are exhausted, but because the weather has frozen our rivers, detained our colliers in the Channel, and blocked up our railways. His perfect humanity.2. God's assistance;3. Spurgeon., J. Calvin.I. 1. This should encourage us to further exercises of faith,2. C. Tittman, D. D.)The fulness of Christ the treasury of the saintsC. The TWO PRECIOUS DOCTRINES.1. These many blessings in great abundance, "and in everything have been enriched by Him."III. Most humble. Join all the qualities involved in name or fame and you shall find that He comprises them all in liberal, lavish fulness.4. (1) In Him dwelt all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. )Grace preferred to earthly honourJ. CHRISTIANS HAVE RECEIVED OF THIS FULNESS —1. H. Spurgeon.I. )A precious plentitudeC. In plain language, does grace supersede and supplant grace? Believe in great thing';.2. Yet what are these but images of the fulness that is in Christ?(J. At the same time quiet your fears and call forth your hopes. H. Spurgeon.There is a fulness of atoning efficacy in His blood, for "the blood of Jesus Christ His son cleanseth us from all sin"; of justifying righteousness in His life, for "there is therefore now no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus"; of Divine prevalence in His plea, for "He is able to save to the uttermost them that come unto God by Him; seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them"; of victory in His death, for through death He destroyed him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; of efficacy in His resurrection from the dead, for by it "We are begotten again to a lively hope"; of triumph in His ascension, for "when He ascended up on high He led captivity captive, and received gifts for men"; of blessings unspeakable, unknown; grace to pardon, regenerate, sanctify, preserve, and perfect. If so, beware of pride, and of vanity, and of vain-glorying, and of boasting. There it had lain all those years, and men had died of starvation within arm's length of it. To have the image of Christ drawn on a filthy soul.3. Why should any of God's people vilify and degrade the gift of God whereby they are enriched?2. THE POSITION OF THE FULNESS IS RICHLY ENCOURAGING TO US IN THE MATTER OF OBTAINING IT. The Word or speech and revelation of God. For here is overflowingly enough, even into eternal Life; in this you will have enough to praise and thank God for to all eternity.(Luther. Glory be unto Christ for His fulness, for of it have all the saints received — Old Testament saints and New, martyrs, reformers, saints on earth, saints in glory, etc., etc. Try and obtain more.4. Oh, Lord, give us grace to receive grace. Why not? The grace of Christ was love in fulness.IV. The fountain of life and light.4. To root the tree firmly rough winds are necessary. 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