[Papercut Press Publishing]1999-10-19 - Port's Faithful Shepherd, Chapter 7

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if any man is in Christ he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.

"Get and keep a constant savory relish of your Christian privileges, where you are invested as new creatures in Christ: more especially of these six.

  1. Of your dignity, that you are God's Sons, 1 John 3:1,2, Christ's brethren, Hebrews 2:11, Heavens heirs, John 20:17, partakers of a high and heavenly calling, James 2:5.
  2. Of your liberty, that you are the Lord's free men, Philippians 3:14, delivered out of the hands of all enemies, 1 Corinthians 7:22, 2 Kings 17:29.
  3. Of your victory, that you are, through Christ, more than conquerors over all the world of creatures, Romans 8:37, 38, 1 John 5:4, of evils, temptations, perfections.
  4. Of your safety, that you have an almighty God for your place of refuge, Psalm 18:2, a hedge of providence, Job 1:10, a guard of angels, Psalm 91:11, an inclosure of mercy, Psalm 32:10, and God's Scripture promises, as a pledge of protection for defence, Hebrews 13:5,6.
  5. Of your riches as durable substance in heaven, Hebrews 10:34: an incorruptible inheritance, 1 Peter 1:4, a kingdom of glory, Luke 12:32, and a crown of life, Revelation 2:10. You are heirs of God and co-heirs of Christ.
  6. Of your joy and pleasure, precious for kind and plentiful for measure, Psalm 16:11, peace inconceivable, Philippians 4:7, joy unspeakable, 1 Peter 1:8, the Masters joy: O! Get your hearts affected with all these as being yours: chew and suck them by serious meditation; work and warm them upon your hearts by close application, rubbing them into your affections.

Oppose these your spiritual privileges to your temporal pressures, setting one against the other, as your heavenly friends to your earthly foes; your high dignity in Christ, to your meanness in outward condition; your future joy and rest, to your present troubles and sorrows: This will not only make you patient under your afflictions in this life, Romans 12:11 but joyful in them, Romans 5:3, and triumphant over them, 1 Corinthians 15:55 Thus did Paul, Romans 8:18, 2 Corinthians 4:17, 6:8-10. These will provoke to duty, 1 Peter 2:9,11,12, and preserve from fainting, 2 Corinthians 4:16,17, and from trouble of heart, John 14:1,2." --Robert Port

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