was] made a curse for us . . . that we might receive the
promise of the Spirit through faith" (Galatians 3:13-14).
blessedness of the redeemed consists of partaking in
Christ's fullness, which consists in partaking of that
Spirit which is given not by measure unto Him. That good
which Christ provides is both full and diverse. Here all
sorts of good are procured for fallen man that he needs, but
is not capable of providing. We are very needy creaturesfull
of needs; but they are all answered here. Every craving of
our nature is exactly answered.
stand in need of peace with God. We had provoked God to
anger. His wrath abode upon us, and we have in Christ's work
pardon of sin and deliverance from hell fully purchased for
need to have the favor of God, to have God not as our
enemy but our friend. Now God's favor is purchased for us by
the righteousness of Christ.
need to have some satisfying happiness bestowed upon us.
Man has a natural thirst and craving of a vast extent.
Nothing but an infinite good can fill and satisfy his
need to see the person upon whom our love is set. Merely
to hear of the person does not satisfy love. Now we see God,
the object of our supreme affections. We desire to converse
with those we love. Provision is made for this also, that we
should have spiritual communion with God.
desire also to dwell with those we love. Through Christ
it is purchased and provided that we should dwell with God
in His own house in heaven, forever in His presence.
"The Wisdom of God Displayed in Salvation" in
Our Great and Glorious God, by Jonathan Edwards.