[b]You were fitter to be loathed, than loved[/b]
(Thomas Boston, "Human Nature in its Fourfold State")
"Remember--that at that time you were without Christ . . .
having no hope and without God in the world." Eph. 2:12
Call to mind the state you were in formerly. You are no longer
a child of wrath, but an heir of God, and joint heir with Christ!
Remember--that in the day our Lord first took you by the hand,
you were in no better a condition than others. O, what moved
Him to take you--when He passed by your neighbors? He found
you a child of wrath, even as others--but He did not leave you so.
He came into the common prison, where you lay in fetters, even
as others. From among the multitude of condemned malefactors,
He picked you out, commanded your fetters to be taken off, put
a pardon in your hand, and brought you into the glorious liberty of
the children of God--while He left others in the devil's fetters!
Remember--there was nothing in you to engage Him to love you,
in the day He appeared for your deliverance. You were a child of
wrath, even as others. You were fit for hell, and altogether
unfit for heaven! Yet the King brought you into His palace. The
King's Son made love to you, a condemned criminal, and espoused
you to Himself--on the day in which you might have been led forth
to execution! "Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight!"
Remember--you were fitter to be loathed, than loved, in that
day. Be amazed and wonder--that when He saw you in your blood,
that He did not look upon you with abhorrence, and pass you by!
Remember--you are decked with borrowed garments. It is His
loveliness which is upon you! It was He who took off your prison
garments, and clothed you with robes of righteousness, garments
of salvation! He took the chains from off your arms, the rope from
around your neck; and put you in such a dress, as you might be
fit for the court of heaven--even to eat at the King's table!
Admire that matchless love which brought you out of the state of
wrath! Christ's love brought your soul from the pit of corruption!
He gave His life for your life. He gave His precious blood to quench
the flames of wrath--which otherwise would have consumed you!
He took you out of the horrible pit, and out of the miry clay. How
broad was that love, which covered such a multitude of sins! See . . .
the length of it--reaching from everlasting to everlasting;
the depth of it--going so low as to deliver you from the lowest hell;
the height of it--raising you up to sit in heavenly places!
That your soul is not overwhelmed with the wrath of God,
is owing purely to Jesus Christ! That your heart is not filled
with horror and despair, is owing to Him alone! That . . .
your eyes are not blinded with the smoke of the pit;
your hands not fettered with chains of darkness;
your tongue is not broiling in the fire of hell; and
your feet are not standing in the lake which burns with
fire and brimstone--is owing purely to Jesus Christ!
Walk humbly, as it befits debtors to free grace.
You have no reason to complain of your lot in the world,
whatever it is. Well may you bear the cross for Him--who
bore your curse; has freed you from eternal wrath; and
quenched hell-fire for you!
SI Moderator - Greg Gordon