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Daily Devotionals

Spiritual Treasury For The Children of God

Devotional: May 26th

Morning Devotional

He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.- John 6:56.

This is a great mystery, but it is a comforting truth in the experience of Christ’s members. Our Saviour saith, "It is my meat to do the will of him that sent me." So it is the believer’s privilege to feed by faith on him that is sent, even the flesh and blood of Jesus: the MAN "like unto ourselves in all things." But his flesh is pure and holy, his blood immaculate and untainted, without sin: therefore healthful for the soul to feed upon, and to be nourished up to eternal life. For consider, soul, "Christ suffered in the flesh" all the fiery wrath and dreadful curses of God’s pure and holy law, which we deserved, because transgressors. Christ, in his flesh, perfectly fulfilled all the demands of God’s righteous law, and so wrought out a righteousness for us, who have no righteousness of our own. "In the body of his flesh he hath reconciled us who were aliens and enemies to God; and in the body of his flesh, through death, he presents us unto God, holy, unblameable, and unreprovable in his sight."- Colossians 1:21-22. Surely then the flesh of Jesus "is meat indeed." The richest repast, the most delicious banquet for poor sinners.

Christ’s "blood is drink indeed." Most precious in its nature; most reviving to the thirsty soul. O believer! the blood of this GOD-MAN was shed for thy sins; it hath fully atoned divine justice for them; and "you, who were sometime afar off, are now made nigh to God by the blood of Jesus."- Ephesians 2:13. "By his blood peace is made with God."- Colossians 1:20. "And the blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth from all sin."- 1 John 1:7.

Thus is Christ’s flesh and blood the life of the soul. Hear the triumphant song of the saints in glory. "Jesus hath loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood."- Revelation 1:5.

Their confession of victory over Satan the accuser of their souls is "by the blood of the Lamb." What is now their glory and triumph above, was once the food of their souls while poor sinners here below. For in every age, believers did all "eat of the same spiritual meat, and drink of the same spiritual drink, the flesh and blood of Christ."- 1 Corinthians 10:3-4. This food strengthens man’s heart. This drink makes him of a cheerful countenance. "He dwelleth in me," saith Christ, by a secret mystical union. So saith the Psalmist, "Lord, thou hast been our dwelling-place in all ages;" "and I in him," by sweet manifestation, knowledge and comfort, by faith. Inestimable blessing! glorious privilege, thus to receive, thus to feed upon Christ in the heart by faith! For, saith Christ, "He that eateth me, shall live by me; he hath eternal life." Such are Christ’s sweet words and hearty welcome to his church; eat, O friends! drink, O beloved! "Eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with a merry heart." Ecclesiastes 9:7.

Evening Devotional

JESUS said, Verily, verily, I say unto you, except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. John 6:53.

Ignorant persons, who sit under unenlightened teachers, are taught to apply these words to the sacrament. Hence they think, if they do but receive the sacrament, they surely eat the flesh and drink the blood of Christ; their sins are pardoned; all is well; and they shall go to heaven at last. O, how horridly is that sacred ordinance prostituted! “The wicked, such as be void of lively faith, do carnally and visibly press with their teeth the sacrament of the body and blood of Christ; yet in no wise are they partakers of Christ: but rather, to their condemnation, do eat and drink the sign or sacrament of so great a thing,” says St. Austin. What doth our Lord here mean? (1st.) That naturally we have no spiritual life in us. We are dead, under the sentence of the law: as dead to all knowledge of, love to, and delight in God, as a beast. We have no more likeness to God, and the life of God in us, than a devil has. O! this is very cutting and humbling to our proud nature: flesh and blood rise with indignation against it. But, (2d.) what joyful news is here for us? Christ came, that we, sinners of the human race, (not fallen angels) might have life, a spiritual, holy, heavenly life: yea, and have it more abundantly too. (John 10:10.), O may the Spirit enlighten us to see this, and quicken us to go to Christ, that we may enjoy it: for, (3d.) This is by eating his flesh and drinking his blood. Our Lord puts his strong oath to it, that in this way, and in no other, we can have it; and this fully confirms that, in this way, we are sure to enjoy it. (4th.) What is meant by eating Christ’s flesh and drinking his blood? Our Lord deals most familiarly with us. He sends us to our tables, to form proper ideas of what he is to us. Just what eating and drinking natural food is to the body, that Christ is to the soul: as that cannot live without eating and drinking, no more can our souls without the flesh and blood-the life and death of Christ, received into our hearts by faith. Thus, we enjoy the life of God in our souls. But, (5th.) here is a precious word.

“ The Son of man.” Faith must fasten upon that. It is feeding upon the humanity of Christ; that brings us to enjoy the divine life. We come to God, through the flesh of Christ. We feed on the flesh and blood of the Son of man, and so become one flesh with him: “We are flesh of his flesh, and bone of his bone.” (Ephesians 5:30.) We are incorporated into him; and, O joyful! are presented to the Father, without spot or wrinkle, IN HIM. Ephesians 5:27.

When at thy table Lord, we meet,

To feed on food divine,

Thy body is the bread we eat,

Thy precious blood the wine.

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