The order of this form is placed in the preparation, of persons, by election, vocation, and |gathering together in Christ| (Ephes. i.10); but of things, by a gracious beginning, progress, and glorious consummation of blessings, in a perfect union with Christ.
The order of that preparation, as the form, can, indeed, be declared, in respect both to persons and to things. Persons are prepared in the minds of God, when election from the world, vocation to a union with Christ, and the gathering together in Christ, are ordained for them. Things are prepared in this order, that their gracious communication should he ordained, in reference to its beginning, progress, and final consummation; the beginning, in Christ; the progress, in the same; but the consummation, in the perfect union with God. For this is the consummation of a supernatural felicity |that God may be all in all.| If, however, the subject of discussion be the mediatorial consummation, I concede that this is effected in Christ, but this tends to that chief consummation, which is union with God, to which we come by a perfect union with Christ. For Christ shall deliver up his own kingdom |to God even the Father, that God may be all in all.| (1 Cor. xv.24, 28.)