Morning, May 9, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening
“Who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing.” — Ephesians 1:3
All the goodness of the past, the present, and the future, Christ grants to his people. In the mysterious ages of the past the Lord Jesus was his Father’s first elect, and in his election he gave us a stake, for we were chosen in him from before the foundation of the world. He had from all eternity the prerogatives of Sonship, as his Father’s only-begotten and well-beloved Son, and he has, in the riches of his grace, by adoption and regeneration, elevated us to sonship also, so that to us he has given “the right to become children of God.” The eternal covenant, based upon a guarantee obtained by blood and confirmed by oath, is ours, for our great comfort and security. In the everlasting reconciliation of predestinating wisdom and omnipotent declaration, the eye of the Lord Jesus was ever fixed on us; and we may rest assured that in the whole account of destiny there is not a line which counts against the interests of his redeemed. The great betrothal of the Prince of Glory is ours, for it is to us that he is made our fiancé, as the sacred marriage shall forever long declare to an assembled universe. The marvelous incarnation of the God of heaven, with the amazing descension and humiliation which attended it, is ours. The bloody sweat, the scourge, the cross, are ours forever. Whatever delightful consequences flow from perfect obedience, finished atonement, resurrection, ascension, or intercession, all are ours by his own gift. Upon his breastplate he is now bearing our names; and in his authoritative intervention at the throne he remembers our persons and pleads our cause. He employs his dominion over principalities and powers, and his absolute majesty in heaven, for the benefit of them who trust in him. His high domain is as much at our service as was his condition of abasement. He who gave himself for us in the depths of woe and death, does not withdraw the grant now that he is enthroned in the highest heavens.
Editor’s note: “For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren.” — Romans 8:29