(1) Christ Himself is the object of it. In the excellent effects it produces on individual character. Life? Can any votary of pleasure after thirty years' service of self, sin, and Satan say that there is nothing more he desires so much as a few more of those sinful gratifications?2. Death. Remember that St. Paul did not write these words in the first fervour and flush of a new conversion. The spiritual astronomy, which points to Christ as the Morning Star, gives a directory also to guide our course amidst the storms and tempests of that voyage in which we are all embarked. Christ is in us the hope of glory. Be about them what they will, if Christ be not in them they will count them loathsome.5. Manton, D. D.)Winning ChristT. THERE SHOULD BE SOME APPLICATION WHEN WE CONSIDER CHRIST AND ADDRESS OURSELVES TO KNOW HIM.1. It is not enough to count Christ as gain. To this may be attributed the ruin of families and commonwealths, and lays you under dreadful threatenings.2. The Roman Empire was designed to be the wide field for the triumphs of Christ. That you may win Him He sends forth His servants with invitations; He offers His blessings gratuitously; He throws a thousand impediments in your downward course, so that you may go to Him.IV. Whenever a soul is on its way to Christ, the alarm is sounded in hell, and if the soul would bare Him it must be in opposition to flesh and blood, and principalities and powers. But there is no doubt as to Christ's personality, the lustre of His Deity, the efficacy of His atonement, etc. L. Death. It is —(1) Spiritual (Ephesians 1:17; John 6:63). Cost what it will they will not think they are even hands but gainers.3. O. Thompson.To win Christ is the supreme achievement of this life.I. We should endeavour to extend it to as many of our fellow creatures as we can reach.(A. The moral influence it exerts. But he gave up everything to come as you must come, an empty handed, empty hearted sinner to Christ. Are power and strength? ITS NATURE.1. But CIRCUMSTANCES CHANGE THE VALUE OF THINGS.III. "The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear?" (Canon Miller. (3)Comfort in affliction. 9).Winning ChristProfessor Eadie.To the apostle Christ was —I. "Him that cometh unto Me I will in no wise cast out." So it is with those who have only a speculative knowledge of Christ. He hath purchased God's favour that we may have comfortable access to Him (Hebrews 10:19).3. The Christian finds the war still going on in his members, desires a livelier assurance, wishes to grow in grace and to know more and more of Christ. (4) Practical It is sometimes put for the whole of religion (1 John 2:3-4).3. (c)The case of our day calls for it. Compare heathen nations with Christian.6. Adversity. HOW MUCH THIS GAIN EXCELS ALL OTHER.1. In the gospel we get not only perfect precepts, but the motive union with Christ. Appropriating. You will not commit your money to a stranger of whom you have only a good opinion. Its necessity. Solomon counted all that was in the world as two great cyphers — "vanity and vexation." Per instruction. "Give diligence to make your calling," etc. ITS EXCELLENCY.1. We of necessity, therefore, are left to seek and trust in other ineffectual methods of obtaining these blessings.Conclusion: 1. THERE SHOULD BE SOME APPLICATION WHEN WE CONSIDER CHRIST AND ADDRESS OURSELVES TO KNOW HIM.1. "Him that cometh unto Me I will in no wise cast out." How thoroughly He meets our case. So when men are in the state of nature and darkness, then their Church privileges and carnal prerogatives, then their outward performances and self-righteousness, make a fine show in their eyes. He was not halting between two opinions. So identified with the LIFE that when he gained Him he was endowed with the noblest form of it.III. WHAT IS MEANT BY WINNING CHRIST.1. (4) To grow in it. (4) To grow in it. Knowledge is excellent in proportion to —1. Lyth, D. D.)I. The voyage of Columbus was intended to bring America into the Christian fold.3. Do you take Him for and instead of all? What it is to win Him and how. He awoke. (4) Practical It is sometimes put for the whole of religion (1 John 2:3-4).3. Hence it follows that religion must of necessity embrace the highest kind of knowledge, and the knowledge of Christ is that of "God manifest in the flesh," exemplifying the perfections of the Divine character, fulfilling the purposes of the Divine mind. Opposed to all this is Christ. Everything that one really needs is comprehended in this: "He that spared not His own Son" etc. This is always the object which St. Paul sets before himself and his readers; hence the vital interest of his life and writings.3. He expounds the prophets, the types, the obligations of the moral law, all with reference to Him. S. Candlish, D. D.is perfect security and consummate blessedness. Two questions arise.1. He was not halting between two opinions. Practical and constraining. Clarkson, B. D.Even as a poor beggar discovering a rich mine or some vast treasures, is ready to leap for joy that he has found that which will make him rich forever; he casts away his former rags, he despises his former poor and wooden furniture, for he has discovered that which will enrich him and make his condition plentiful; so the soul to whom the Lord has made this rich, this excellent discovery of Christ, he has found a mine more precious than gold, and larger than all the face of the earth; he casts off the rags of his own righteousness; his former accomplishments are now but as a beggar's furniture; his heart is full of joy; he says, Rejoice, O, my soul; rejoice with me, my friends, for I have discovered the unsearchable riches of Christ.(D. It is remarkable how Paul makes every other topic tributary to this. Clarkson, B. D.)The excellent effect of the knowledge of ChristJ. 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