This is a piece from Matthew Henry’s Communicant’s Companion – it’s not the quote I’d intended to post next, but the one I’d made a mental note of, I can’t actually find now that I’m looking for it.
Here [at the Lord’s table] we must confide in his power, trusting in him as one that can help and save us. He has an incontestable authority – is a Saviour by office, sanctified and sealed, and sent into the world for this purpose; help is laid upon him. We may well offer to trust him with our part of this great concern [ie salvation], which is the securing of our happiness, for God trusted him with his part of it, the securing of his honour, and declard himself well pleased in him.
He has likewise an unquestionable ability to save to the uttermost. He is mighty to save, and every way qualified for the undertaking. He is skilful, for treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hid in him; he is solvent, for there is in him an inexhaustible fulness of merit and grace, sufficient to bear all our burdens, and supply all our needs.
We must commit ourselves and the great affairs of our salvation unto him, with a full assurance that he is ‘able to keep what we commit to him against that day,’ that great day, which will try the foundation of every man’s work.
We must confide in his promise, trusting in him as one that will certainly help and save us, on the terms proposed. We may take his word for it, and this is the word which he has spoken – ‘Him that cometh unto me I will in nowise cast out,’ a double negation, ‘I will not, no, I will not.’ He is engaged for us in the covenant of redemption, and engaged to us in the covenant of grace, and in both he is the Amen, the faithful witness. On this, therefore, we must rely, the word on which he has caused us to hope. God has spoken in his holiness, that he will accept us in the Beloved, and in that ‘I will rejoice…’.
There is not salvation in any other but in him; trust him for it therefore, and depend upon him only.
From Chapter 10, ‘Helps for the exciting of those pious and devout affections which should be working in us while we attend this ordinance;’ the second section.