Romans 11:33-36

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! “For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been his counselor? Or who has given a gift to him that he might be repaid?” For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Edwards Wednesday

Psalm 103:13

Gracious Notices

Christ is of infinite condescension. None are so low or inferior but Christ’s condescension is sufficient to take a gracious notice of them. He condescends not only to the angels, humbling himself to behold the things that are done in heaven, but he also condescends to such poor creatures as men; and that not only so as to take notice of princes and great men, but of those that are of meanest rank and degree, “the poor of the world” (James 2:5).

Such as are commonly despised by their fellow creatures, Christ does not despise. “Base things of the world, and things that are despised, hath God chosen” (1 Corinthians 1:28). Christ condescends to take notice of beggars (Luke 16:22) and people of the most despised nations. In Christ Jesus is neither “Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free” (Colossians 3:11). He that is thus high condescends to take a gracious notice of little children; “suffer little children to come unto me” (Matthew 19:14).

Yea, which is more, his condescension is sufficient to take a gracious notice of the most unworthy, sinful creatures, those that deserve no good, and those that deserve infinite ill. Yea, so great is his condescension, that it is not only sufficient to take some gracious notice of such as these, but… great enough to become their friend, to become their companion, to unite their souls to him in spiritual marriage.

Readings taken from Day By Day With Jonathan Edwards


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