“Unto you therefore which believe he is precious.” —1 Peter 2:7
Dear friends, if we can verify this statement, it is not only satisfactory to ourselves, but it is glorifying to our Lord. Certain men are best respected where they are least known. Many a character needs distance to lend enchantment to the view; but our Lord is most precious to those who are best acquainted with him. Those who are actually trusting him, and thus putting him to the test, are those who have the highest opinion of him. If you would have the best estimate of the Lord Jesus, we refer you to those who have had transactions with him on the largest scale, to those who cast all their care upon him for time and eternity. Their proof of him is so satisfactory that he is more and more esteemed every day. He is far more precious to them than when they first heard of him, and every thought of him makes him dearer to their hearts. What a glorious friend is he who is most precious to those who receive most from him!
Charles H. Spurgeon (1834-1892)
Delivered Sunday Morning, March 30, 1890
at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington
Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, Vol. 36, Sermon No. 2137
“Christ Precious to Believers”