Covington, GA., Jan. 1, 1859.
In the first place He is intrinsically precious, for in and of Himself He is the complete embodiment of perfection and purity. His preciousness consists in the loveliness and glory of His character. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He exists in His eternal Godhead as one with the Father, also as one with His people. He is the image of the invisible God, the first born of every creature. Upon Him was laid all of our iniquities, and by His stripes we are healed. The imputation or transfer of our sins to Him did not make Him a sinner, but the covenant relation He sustained to all those that were given Him by the Father, made it right and just that he should suffer. And in so doing, He, who knew no sin, was made sin for us, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.
Secondly; He is manifestively precious; for a wretched, lost, and undone sinner who saw no preciousness in Him, when taught to see and realize his condition before God, is made to rejoice, and fall in love with the precious Redeemer. He is altogether lovely to the believing soul. He believes from actual evidence. Literally speaking, when a man is hungry for food, he believes it from the simple fact, that he has the evidence of it within his own breast. So also in reference to the believer in Jesus. There are certain things existing in his own bosom which cause him to believe, as it was with the blind man who was restored to sight, “One thing I know that whereas I was blind, now I see.” There is actual proof existing, for the soul feels within himself a consciousness of something he never possessed before. His hungry soul is satisfied with the fullness there is in Jesus. His name is precious; he loves to speak of Jesus; like an aged sister in Christ of our acquaintance, who when conversation arose about Jesus, opened her eyes, enfeebled by age, and could talk of Jesus freely and boldly. Truly He is precious in life, in old age, in death, and in the regions of unclouded day.
Joseph L. Purington.