Sunday, May 31, 2009

Jesus - Master of our Hope

When we think about the benefits which are ours in Jesus, most of us tend to reduce it to the bare minimum of escaping God's wrath through justification. But JC Ryle helps us consider the greater blessings that are our in the Son.

We are called by Jesus:
'They are the called of Jesus Christ' (Romans 1:6).

We are made alive by Jesus:
'The son quickeneth who He will' (John 5:21).

We are washed clean by Jesus:
'He has loved us, and washed us from our sin in His own blood' (Revelation 1:5).

We receive peace from Jesus:
'Peace I leave with you, My peace I give you' (John 14:27).

We gain eternal life from Jesus:
'I give unto them eternal life, and they shall never perish' (John 10:28).

We gain the power to repent from Jesus:
'Him hath God exalted with His right hand to be a Prince and a Savior, for to give repentance' (Acts 5:31).

We become God's children through Jesus:
'To as many as received Him, to them He gave the power to become the sons of God' (John 1:12).

- JC Ryle, Holiness, p. 260

O, the glory of our multifaceted Christ!

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