If They Go To Christ

Those who come to Christ, need not be afraid of God’s wrath for their sins; for God’s honor will not suffer by their escaping punishment and being made happy.  The wounded soul is sensible that he has affronted the majesty of God, and looks upon God as a vindicator of his honor; as a jealous God that will not be mocked, an infinitely great God that will not bear to be affronted, that will not suffer his authority and majesty to be trampled on, that will not bear that his kindness should be abused.  A view of God in this light terrifies awakened souls.  They think how exceedingly they have sinned, how they have sinned against light, against frequent and long-continued calls and warnings; and how they have slighted mercy, and been guilty of turning the grace of God into lasciviousness, taking encouragement from God’s mercy to go on in sin against him; and they fear that God is so affronted at the contempt and slight which they have cast upon him, that he, being careful of his honor, will never forgive them, but will punish them.  But if they go to Christ, the honor of God’s majesty and authority will not be in the least hurt by their being freed and made happy.  For what Christ has done has repaired God’s honor to the full.  It is a greater honor to God’s authority and majesty, that, rather than it should be wronged, so glorious a person would suffer what the law required.  It is surely a wonderful display of the honor of God’s majesty, to see an infinite and eternal person dying for its being wronged.  And then Christ by his obedience, by that obedience which he undertook for our sakes, has honored God abundantly more than the sins of any of us have dishonored him, how many soever, and how great soever.  How great an honor is it to God’s law that so great a person is willing to submit to it, and to obey it!  God hates our sins, but not more than he delights in Christ’s obedience which he performed on account.  This is a sweet savor to him, a savor of rest.  God is abundantly compensated, he desires no more; Christ’s righteousness is of infinite worthiness and merit.

Jonathan Edwards, Sermons of, “Safety, Fullness, and Sweet Refreshment in Christ,” 24-25.

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