To Ponder:

“He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight.” Ephesians 1:4. “His eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Ephesians 3:11. “Who has saved us and called us to a holy life–not because of anything we have done but because of His own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time” 2 Timothy 1:9. “He was chosen before the creation of the world” 1 Peter 1:20. “The blood of the eternal covenant” Hebrews 13:20. We may thus suppose the Father dialoging with His Son in the eternal covenant: FATHER: “My son, here is a company of poor miserable souls who have utterly undone themselves, and now lie open to My justice! Justice demands satisfaction for them, or will satisfy itself in their eternal ruin. What shall be done for these wretched souls?”

SON: “O my Father, such is My love to, and pity for them, that rather than they shall perish eternally, I will be responsible for them as their Surety. I choose to suffer Your wrath in their place, than they should suffer it. Upon Me, My Father, upon Me be all their sin.”

FATHER: “But, my Son, if You undertake for them, You must reckon to pay the last mite, expect no abatements. If I spare them, I will not spare You.”

SON: “Father, let it be so. Charge it all upon Me, I am able to discharge it. Though it impoverishes all My riches and empties all My treasures, yet I am content to undertake it.”

“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich!” 2 Corinthians 8:9. (John Flavel, 1628-1691)

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