To God Be the Glory

Romans 11:33-36

The glory of God’s wisdom

in creation

its scope diversity grandeur detail order

in redemption

the greatest hatred of sin, and the greatest love to the sinner

punishes the sin without ruining the sinner

repairs the ruins of the sinner without indulging the sin

condemning the sin to what it merited, advancing the sinner to what he could not expect

The glory of God’s patience

Adam and Eve sinned, God pursued

Israel rebelled, God brought them back

God sent his Son, his countrymen rejected him

God punished his Son in our place while we were still in our sin

God still offers salvation, calls people to repentance, and waits for them to come

” We are all living monuments and examples of his goodness and patience.”Venning

The glory of God’s goodness

God is originally, infinitely, perfectly and unchangeably good

good in and of himself, without bounds, his goodness the measure of all other

shown two ways in redemption

he gave himselfforus as a ransom, to redeem us – 6 times in Paul’s letters

he gives himselftous – “they shall be my people and I will be their God”Jer. 32:38

demonstrated in answered prayer

God listens

God loves

Godanswers

John 16:26-27In that dayyou will askin my name, andI do not sayto you thatI will askthe Father on your behalf;forthe Fatherhimselflovesyou, because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God.

because Godis good

“God is so good that he cannot be bad.”Charnock

The glory of God’s grace

the undeserved or unmerited favor of God lavished on those who are in his debt

measured by

the distance between his holiness and our sinfulness

the magnitude of our debt

evidenced by the magnitude of the sacrifice necessary topay it

lavished in sufficient amount that it overflows in abundance

Eph. 1:7-9In himwe have redemptionthrough his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses,according to the riches of his grace,which helavished upon us, in all wisdom and insightmaking known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ

Christ is the best and the greatest of Saviours, and his salvation the bestand greatest salvation.Venning

As the best and greatest of Saviors, Jesus deserves all of our love, praise and devotion. May we do our best to give him the worship of which he is worthy.

The wisdom of God doth wonderfully appear in redemption. His wisdom in creation ravisheth the eye and understanding; his wisdom in government doth no less affect a curious observer of the links and concatenation of the means, but his wisdom in redemption mounts the mind to a greater astonishment. The works of creation are the footsteps of his wisdom ; the work of redemption is the face of his wisdom. A man is better known by the features of his face than by the prints of his feet.Charnock, Works, Vol. 2, p. 51

The wisdom of God in redemption is visible in manifesting two contrary affections at the same time, and in one act: the greatest hatred of sin, and the greatest love to the sinner. In this way he punishes the sin without ruining the sinner, and repairs the ruins of the sinner without indulging the sin. Here is eternal love and eternal hatred; a condemning the sin to what it merited, and an advancing the sinner to what he could not expect.Ibid, p. 63

That God should entreat sinners, his enemies, to be reconciled (2 Corinthians 5.20), that God should stand at a sinner’s door and knock (Revelation 3.20), that God should wait on sinners to be gracious to them (Isaiah 30.18) is not after the manner of man, but of God. Truly, it is a characteristic of the God of grace and patience, and to be admired for ever! It was a wonder that in the beginning God should think thoughts of good and not of evil, of peace and not of wrath, but visit man in the cool of the day. Yet when he had imparted and commended his heart’s love to us through his Son (Romans 5.8) and both were rejected, that he should still continue to offer and call and wait is a miracle of miracles. What shall we say? It is God who is the God of grace and patience (Romans 15.5) and rich in both (Romans 2.4:2 Peter 3.9;1 Timothy 1.13-16). He is as his Name is (Exodus 34.16;Numbers 14.18;Psalm 86.15), and as he was yesterday so he is today. We are all living monuments and examples of his goodness and patience.Ralph Venning, Sinfulness of Sin, p. 190

Christ is the best and the greatest of Saviours, and his salvation the best and greatest salvation.Ibid

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