For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily, and ye are complete in him….
COLOSSIANS 2:9, 10
Christ is so many wonderful things to His people and brings to them such a wealth of benefits as the mind cannot comprehend nor the heart find words to express!
Bernard of Clairvaux speaks in his writings of a “perfume compounded of the remembered benefits of God.”
Such fragrance is all too rare!
Every follower of Christ should be redolent of such a perfume; for have we not all received more from God’s kindness than our imagination could have conceived before we knew Him and discovered for ourselves how rich and how generous He is?
That we have received of His fullness grace for grace no one will deny, but the fragrance comes not from the receiving but from the remembering.
Ten lepers received their health—that was the benefit. One came back to thank his benefactor—that was the perfume!
Unremembered benefits, like dead flies, may cause the ointment to give forth a stinking savor.
Remembered blessings, thankfulness for present favors and praise for promised grace blend like myrrh and aloes and cassia to make a rare bouquet for the garments of the saints. With this perfume David also anointed his harp and the hymns of the ages have been sweet with it.
We are reminded that much of the Bible is devoted to prediction. Nothing God has yet done for us can compare with all that is written in the sure word of prophecy. And, nothing He has done or may yet do for us can compare with what He is and will be to us!