Saturday, March 12, 2011

Jeremiah Burroughs on the Gospel

The gospel of Christ in general is this: It is the good tidings that God has revealed concerning Christ. More largely it is this: As all mankind was lost in Adam and became the children of wrath, put under the sentence of death, God, though He left His fallen angels and has reserved them in the chains of eternal darkness, yet He has thought upon the children of men and has provided a way of atonement to reconcile them to Himself again...Namely, the second person of the Trinity takes man's nature upon Himself, and becomes the Head of a second covenant, standing charged with sin. He answers for it by suffering what the law and divine justice required, and by making satisfaction by keeping the law perfectly, which satisfaction and righteousness He tenders up to the Father as a sweet savor of rest for the souls that are given to Him...And now this mediation of Christ is, by the appointment of the Father, preached to the children of men, of whatever nation or rank, freely offering this atonement unto sinners for atonement, requiring them to believe in Him and, upon believing, promising not only a discharge of all their former sins, but that they shall not enter into condemnation, that none of their sins or unworthiness shall ever hinder the peace of God with them, but that they shall through Him be received into the number of those who shall have the image of God again to be renewed unto them, and they they shall be kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation.

- Jeremiah Burroughs

1 comment:

Woody Woodward said...

Most of this reading was above my pee-sized brain, but the one thing that jumped out at me was the stark realization, “That God, though He left His fallen angels and has reserved them in the chains of eternal darkness!” When I try and grasp the horror of, “being chained in eternal darkness” with this horrible forever judgment of unfathomable grief, I know there are millions upon millions of lost souls who are facing such a destiny with the devil, yet refuse to think about what awaits them. I don’t want to ever pass the opportunity to give the reason for the hope that is within me. While the thought of the unrepentant lost sinner destined for such a death breaks my heart, it stirs me towards more of Him.