|That we might know the things that are freely given to us of God| (I. Cor. ii.12).
The highest blessings of the Gospel are just as free as the lowest; and when you have served Him ten years you cannot sit down and say, |I have got an experience now and I count on that.| How often we do that; we say, |Now I know I am saved, I feel it.| And so we are building a different foundation -- we are building on something in ourselves. Always take grace as something you don't deserve, something that is freely bestowed. The long, deep, boundless river is free; it is as free at the mouth as it is at the little stream, and free all the way along, and anybody can come and drink, and anybody can come and bathe in its boundless waters. Are you going to believe it?
God has given us His Holy Spirit that we may |know the things that are freely given of us of God.| It is a hard thing for the poor child to look in through the window and see a fire, and the happy family sitting around the table when it is starving. What is the good of knowing that there is warmth, and love, and light, if it is not free? God has freely given all the goodness of His grace and love.