The Fountain of Life – John Flavel

“We . . . glory in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 3:3)
Consider the excellencies of the knowledge of Christ. The comfort
of believers are streams from this fountain. Jesus Christ is
the object of a believer’s joy. Take away the knowledge of Christ, and
Christians would be the saddest and melancholy beings in the world.
Let Christ but manifest himself, and dart the beams of his light into
their souls, and it will make them kiss the stake, sing in the flames,
and shout in the pangs of death, as men that divide the spoil. We
can perform no duty, enjoy no comfort, nor can we be saved without
it (John 17:3). If it is life eternal to know Christ, then it is eternal
damnation to be ignorant of Christ. Christ is the door that opens
heaven, and knowledge is the key that opens Christ. It is profound;
all other sciences are but shadows; this is a boundless, bottomless
ocean; no creature has a line long enough to fathom its depths, there
is height, length, depth, and breadth ascribed to it (Eph. 3:18), yea, it
passes knowledge. Eternity itself cannot fully unfold him. It is like
exploring a newly discovered land; by degrees you search further and
further into the heart of the country. Ah, the best of us are yet on the
borders of this vast continent! The study of Jesus Christ is the noblest
subject that ever a soul spent itself upon. The angels stoop to look
into this deep abyss. The truths discovered in Christ are the secrets that
from eternity lay hid in the bosom of God. Studying Christ stamps a
heavenly glory upon the contemplating soul. How little do we know
of Christ, in comparison with what we might have known? O, how
much time is spent in other studies and worldly employments; but
how little in the search and study of Jesus Christ? O then, separate,
devote, and wholly give yourself, your time, and your strength to this
most sweet, transcendent study.

– John Flavel, The Fountain of Life

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