The gospel-treasure the more that a man hath of it, he is always the more humble and denied. Quite contrary to this is the effect of men’s possessing worldly treasures; no sooner do some men get a little of the world scraped together, by hook or crook, but they are swelled with pride, and look with an air of contempt and disdain upon others, that are not come their length, as to worldly substance.
But, I say, the gospel-treasure hath quite a different effect; for the more a man hath of it, the less doth he think of himself, in comparison of others, as you see it was with the great apostle Paul. Who had more of the gospel-treasure than he? And yet, says he, 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.”
Ebenezer Erskine, The Works of Ebenezer Erskine, vol. III, “Gospel-Treasure in Earthen Vessel,” p. 450