Proverbs 8* Christ, as Wisdom, calls to the sons of men. (1-11) The natureand riches of Wisdom. (12-21) Christ one with the Father, in thecreation of the world, and rejoicing in his work for thesalvation of man. (22-31) Exhortations to hear Christ's word.(32-36)1-11 The will of God is made known by the works of creation,and by the consciences of men, but more clearly by Moses and theprophets. The chief difficulty is to get men to attend toinstruction. Yet attention to the words of Christ, will guidethe most ignorant into saving knowledge of the truth. Wherethere is an understanding heart, and willingness to receive thetruth in love, wisdom is valued above silver and gold. 12-21 Wisdom, here is Christ, in whom are all the treasures ofwisdom and knowledge; it is Christ in the word, and Christ inthe heart; not only Christ revealed to us, but Christ revealedin us. All prudence and skill are from the Lord. Through theredemption of Christ's precious blood, the riches of his graceabound in all wisdom and prudence. Man found out many inventionsfor ruin; God found one for our recovery. He hates pride andarrogance, evil ways and froward conversation; these render menunwilling to hear his humbling, awakening, holy instructions.True religion gives men the best counsel in all difficult cases,and helps to make their way plain. His wisdom makes all trulyhappy who receive it in the love of Christ Jesus. Seek himearly, seek him earnestly, seek him before any thing else.Christ never said, Seek in vain. Those who love Christ, are suchas have seen his loveliness, and have had his love shed abroadin their hearts; therefore they are happy. They shall be happyin this world, or in that which is beyond compare better. Wealthgotten by vanity will soon be diminished, but that which is wellgot, will wear well; and that which is well spent upon works ofpiety and charity, will be lasting. If they have not riches andhonour in this world, they shall have that which is infinitelybetter. They shall be happy in the grace of God. Christ, by hisSpirit, guides believers into all truth, and so leads them inthe way of righteousness; and they walk after the Spirit. Also,they shall be happy in the glory of God hereafter. In Wisdom'spromises, believers have goods laid up, not for days and years,but for eternity; her fruit therefore is better than gold. 22-31 The Son of God declares himself to have been engaged inthe creation of the world. How able, how fit is the Son of Godto be the Saviour of the world, who was the Creator of it! TheSon of God was ordained, before the world, to that great work.Does he delight in saving wretched sinners, and shall not wedelight in his salvation? 32-36 Surely we should hearken to Christ's voice with thereadiness of children. Let us all be wise, and not refuse suchmercy. Blessed are those who hear the Saviour's voice, and waiton him with daily reading, meditation, and prayer. The childrenof the world find time for vain amusements, without neglectingwhat they deem the one thing needful. Does it not show contemptof Wisdom's instructions, when people professing godliness, seekexcuses for neglecting the means of grace? Christ is Wisdom, andhe is Life to all believers; nor can we obtain God's favour,unless we find Christ, and are found in him. Those who offendChrist deceive themselves; sin is a wrong to the soul. Sinnersdie because they will die, which justifies God when he judges.
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