Sunday, May 22, 2022

Flavel: from God, to us

Sunday, May 22, 2022
    For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
    —Romans 5:6 (KJV)
    O what a melting consideration is this! That out of His agony comes our victory; out of His condemnation, our justification; out of His pain, our ease; out of His stripes, our healing; out of His gall and vinegar, our honey; out of His curse, our blessing; out of His crown of thorns, our crown of glory; out of His death, our life: if He could not be released, it was that you might. If Pilate gave sentence against Him, it was that the great God might never give sentence against you. If he yielded that it should be with Christ as they required, it was that it might be with our souls as well as we can desire. And therefore, thanks be to God for His unspeakable gifts.
    ... John Flavel (1628-1691), Serm. XXIV from The Fountain of Life [1671], in The Whole Works of the Reverend Mr. John Flavel, v. I, Paisley: A. Weir and A. McLean, 1770, p. 331 (see the book)
    See also Rom. 5:6; Isa. 53:5; Luke 23:23-24; 2 Cor. 9:15
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You have saved me from my sins.
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