Speaking of contemplating Jesus

October 21, 2011 — Leave a comment

Without the gospel
everything is useless and vain;
without the gospel
we are not Christians;
without the gospel
all riches is poverty,
all wisdom folly before God;
strength is weakness,
and all the justice of man is under the condemnation of God.

But by the knowledge of the gospel we are made
children of God,
brothers and sisters of Jesus Christ,
fellow townspeople with the saints,
citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven,
heirs of God with Jesus Christ by whom
the poor are made rich,
the weak strong,
the fools wise,
the sinner justified,
the desolate comforted,
the doubting sure,
and slaves free.
It is the power of God for the salvation of all those who believe.

It follows that every good thing we could think or desire is to be found in this same Jesus Christ alone.
For he was sold, to buy us back;
captive, to deliver us;
condemned, to absolve us;
he was made a curse for our blessing,
a sin offering for our righteousness;
marred that we may be made fair;

he died for our life; so that by him
fury is made gentle,
wrath appeased,
darkness turned into light,
fear reassured,

despisal despised,
debt canceled,
labor lightened,
sadness made merry,
misfortune made fortunate,

difficulty easy,
disorder ordered,
division united,
ignominy ennobled,

rebellion subjected,
intimidation intimidated,
ambush uncovered,
assaults assailed,

force forced back,
combat combated,
war warred against,
vengeance avenged,

torment tormented,
damnation damned,
the abyss sunk into the abyss,
hell transfixed,
death dead,
mortality made immortal.

In short,
mercy has swallowed up all misery,
and goodness all misfortune.

And we are
comforted in tribulation,
joyful in sorrow,
glorying under harsh criticism,
abounding in poverty,
warmed in our nakedness,
patient amongst evils,
living in death.

In short, this is what we should seek in the whole of Scripture:
truly to know Jesus Christ,
and the infinite riches that are comprised in him
and are offered to us by him from God the Father.

John Calvin, 1534

This Week’s Special
…All things were created by Him and for Him.
He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together…

For God was pleased to have all His fullness dwell in Him,
and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven,
by making peace through His blood, shed on the cross.

Colossians 1:17, 19-20

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