The Precious Things of God

The Precious Things of God

I love reading authors who are now in heaven. Sometimes all it takes is a few paragraphs of their wisdom from a former century (millennium!) to inspire me toward God and the gospel. Here’s an example from a book called The Precious Things of God by Octavius Winslow. You can get the kindle version for .99$ and the paperback for 6$  on Amazon here.

Such a work was worthy of God, and of all the glory, wisdom, and power embarked in its accomplishment. Nowhere have we such a perfect view of the Divine glory as through the medium of the cross! That magnificent sky that spreads above us, studded and glowing with countless myriads of worlds, pales before the subdued glory, the softened splendor of the cross of Christ! Nowhere does Jehovah-Jesus appear to the spiritual, believing mind so exalted as when He stoops! so glorious as when in eclipse! so holy as when bearing sin! so loving as when enduring its punishment! so triumphant as when vanquished upon the cross! Oh, do not study God in the jeweled heavens-in the sublimity of the mountain-in the beauty of the valley-in the grandeur of the ocean-in the murmurs of the stream-in the music of the winds. God made all this, but all this is not God. Study Him in the cross of Jesus! Look at Him through this wondrous telescope, and although, as through a glass darkly, you behold His glory-the Godhead in awful eclipse, the Sun of His Deity setting in blood-yet that rude and crimsoned cross more fully reveals the mind of God, more harmoniously discloses the perfections of God, and more perfectly unveils the heart of God, and more fully exhibits the glory of God, than the combined power of ten thousand worlds like this, even though sin had never marred, and the curse had never blighted it. Study God in Christ, and Christ on the cross! Oh, the marvels that meet in it-the glory that gathers round it-the streams of blessing that flow from it-the deep refreshing shadow it casts, in the happy experience of all who look to Jesus and live-who look to Jesus and love-who look to Jesus and obey-who look to Jesus and embrace that blessed “hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before the world began.” A worthy structure this of a foundation so divine! What could be more worthy of God, whose essence is “love,” than the salvation of His people? In nothing could He appear more like Himself. Upon no platform could He so honorably and completely withdraw the veil from His perfections, and stand forth in His full-orbed majesty, “mighty to save,” as this! Humble believer in Christ, you are saved! Happy saint of God, you shall be in heaven! Christ has paid your debt, opened your prison, broken your chains, and set you free from the law’s curse, from sin’s condemnation, and from death’s penalty, and you will be forever with the Lord! Is not this enough to make your whole life, clouded and chequered though it be, a sweet psalm of praise-thus learning the first notes of the song that will employ your tongue through eternity?

—-Octavius Winslow