Well then, first, in general, I tell you that Jesus Christ is the Alpha and the Omega, the sum and substance of the gospel-treasure. Christ is all in all; and if you win Christ, you win the whole treasure of the gospel that I speak of.
Says Paul, Phil. iii. 8, “Yea doubtless, I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ. Jesus my Lord ; for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung that I may win Christ.” And when he went up and down the world from nation to nation, scattering the gospel -treasure among them, what was the amount of it but Christ?
“…the sum total of the gospel-treasure is Christ…”
Eph. iii 8, ” Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ.” 1 Cor. i. 23, 24, “We preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling-block, and unto the Greeks foolishness ; but unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.” And chap. ii. 2, ” I determined not to know any thing amongst you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” Col i. 27, 28, “God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you (margin. amongst you), the hope of glory ; whom we preach,” &c.
Thus, I say, the sum total of the gospel-treasure is Christ; and no wonder, for God is in Christ, who is the alone adequate portion of the rational and immortal soul; “It hath pleased the Father, that in Christ should all fulness dwell, that out of his fulness all we might receive grace for grace,” Col i. 19, chap ii 9, compared with John i. 16.
Ebenezer Erskine, “Gospel-Treasure in Earthen Vessels,” in The Works of Ebenezer Erskine, vol. III, p. 439.