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Such a wretch you would have been!

(Thomas Brooks, "The Unsearchable Riches of Christ")

"I have loved thee with an everlasting love:

therefore with loving kindness have I drawn thee."

Jeremiah 31:3

There are but few upon whom God bestows His saving love.

Tell me, are not the gifts which Christ has given you
gifts? What would you have been
if Christ had not made
a difference between you and others
by those glorious gifts
which He has conferred upon you? You look upon some, and
see they are very ignorant of spiritual truth. O! What would
you have been
if God had not bestowed saving knowledge
upon you? You look upon others who are unclean, profane,
and filthy. Why! Such a wretch you would have been
the Lord had not made a difference between you and them,
by bestowing Himself, His grace, and Spirit upon you.


"Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the

kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators,

nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers

of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous,

nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners,

shall inherit the kingdom of God.

And such were some of you:

but ye are washed,

but ye are sanctified,

but ye are justified

in the name of the Lord Jesus,

and by the Spirit of our God." 1 Corinthians 6:9-11


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