M’Cheyne on a “Full Joy”

An excerpt from his sermon on 1 John 1:1-4 (1839), particularly dealing with “and these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full” –

Other joys are not filling.  Creature joys only fill a small part of the soul.  Money, houses, lands, music, entertainments, friends, these are not filling joys; they are just drops of joy.  But Christ revealed makes the cup run over.  ‘Thou anointest my head with oil, my cup runneth over.’  Believing in a manifested Christ fills the heart full of joy.  ‘In Thy presence is fulness of joy.’ Christ brings the soul into God’s presence.  One smile of God fills the heart more than ten thousand smiles of the world.  You that have nothing but creature joy, hunting after butterflies, feeding upon carrion, why do you spend money for that which is not bread? You that are afflicted, tempest-tossed, and not comforted, look to a manifested Jesus.  According to your faith, so be it unto you.  Believe none, and you will have no joy.  Believe little, and you will have little joy.  Believe much, and you will have much joy.  Believe all, and you will have all joy, and your joy will be full.  It will be like a bowl lipping over, good measure, pressed down, and running over. Amen.

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