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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

He gave his only begotten Son

FOR whom did God give his Son? For sinners, for sinners as such. For those who had violated his law, despised his mercy, abused his creatures, enthroned his enemy, and worshipped the works of their own hands. For those who did not like to retain the knowledge of God, and who had done evil things as they could. What amazing love is this! Love to determined enemies ! For what did God give his Son ? To live as the sinner's representative, and to die as the sinner's substitute. In his life he obeyed the law for us, in his death he endured its curse. By living and dying he accomplished all that was necessary for our salvation, and now, whosoever believeth in him shall not perish, but have everlasting life. God cannot now do anything greater than he hath done, nor can he give anything greater than he hath given. He who gave his Son, will surely give us anything we need. He who delivered up his only begotten Son to die for us, will surely do any thing that we ask consistent with his will. Hence the apostle reasons, " He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things."    

To him who bore the sinner's shame.

       Be endless glory giv'n,
       Immortal honours crown his name,

Ruler Lord of earth and heaven!

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