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A great help or a great danger? When it is used for safety purposes by the increasing of air in life-jackets or vehicle tyres, inflation is an asset. But when it involves the issuing of more money than is justified by the amount of a nation's resources, then economic inflation becomes a dangerous menace.

Christians should be happy that there is no inflation in God's economy. The spiritual riches available to us do not, and cannot depreciate in value. They can only increase. As we check regularly the assets we have in an earthly bank, so we should know what we have in our spiritual bank. Paul, who wrote once of the unsearchable riches of Christ, gives us this list of what is available to us: The riches of His goodness; of His forbearance; of His longsuffering (Rom. 2:4);

the riches of His glory (ch. 9:23);

the riches of wisdom and knowledge (ch. 11:33);

the riches of liberality (2 Cor. 8:2);

the riches of His grace (Eph. 1:7);

the riches of the glory of His inheritance (ch. 1:18);

the exceeding riches of His grace (ch. 2:7);

the unsearchable riches of Christ (ch. 3:8); and

the riches of the full assurance of understanding (Col. 2:2).

Can there be such a thing as a poor Christian when such spiritual wealth is there for our possession? We are dealing here with divine goodness, divine wisdom, divine grace, divine understanding. What an enrichment each one is to the divine life which we have received in Christ! Let us, then, reveal our riches to a world which is perplexed by, and discontented with, the diminishing value of corrupt riches (Jas. 5:2). As we manifest divine grace, and goodness, and understanding, so we are giving souls a glimpse of the unsearchable riches of Christ. Dare we forget that we are vessels of mercy upon whom God has bestowed the riches of His glory (Rom. 9:23)?