The Fountain of All Grace and All Glory

In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:     Ephesians 1:11

Mark, when it is said, “We are chosen in Christ,” we are not to understand, as if the death and merits of Christ were the foundation of election: No, that’s from the Grace and Love of the Father, this is the Fountain from whence election flows; hence the Elect are called the Father’s: (John 17:16) “Thine they were, and thou gavest them me.” Yet the death of Christ is the foundation of all grace in the Church-militant, and glory in the Church-triumphant (1 Thess. 5:9,10). The Father from free Sovereign Grace, chooses a number out of the world in their fallen state when in misery, and makes them vessels of mercy (Rom. 9:23). But, if Christ will have the honour to be their Lord, He must pay a certain sum for them, no less than His blood; because Justice had said, the man (if he transgressed) should die, either in his person or in a Surety. So here is “Mercy and Truth met together, Righteousness and Peace kiss each other,” (Ps. 85:10). Here is the Mercy of the Father meets the Righteousness of the Son; the Mercy of the Father, in providing a Surety to pay and satisfy Himself; the Justice of Christ, in laying down His life. These sweetly agree in order to the everlasting peace of a lost sinner; so that when it’s said, “We are chosen in Christ,” it intends as He was to be the Head, of the church the body; as He the King, the church the Kingdom: but not chosen in Christ, as if His death were to merit our election, that was from the Father’s Love; yet His death is the fountain of all grace in time, and all glory in eternity.

Hercules Collins (1646 – 1702)                                                                                                    From a sermon delivered in 1696 entitled:                                                                        “Mountains of Brass:  Or A Discourse Upon The Decrees of God”

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About Greg Coleman

I am a Particular Baptist who affirms the absolute sovereignty of the triune Godhead in all things. The fullness of the Godhead dwells in the God-man Jesus Christ. He is the Creator, Sustainer, Redeemer, Disposer and Judge of all that ever was, is now or ever shall be. Jesus Christ is the only mediator between God and men. He was made to be sin for his people and saved them from their sins by his substitutionary, sacrificial death on the cross thereby satisfying the justice and wrath of God against them. The sufficiency of his death to the satisfaction of God’s justice is proven by his physical resurrection from the dead and enthronement in glory at the right hand of the Father. Jesus Christ is coming again to judge the living and the dead. Every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.
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