Creation redeemed!


“It is also to our advantage; we are more fully established in his favor,
and are carried on toward a more exceeding weight of glory than formerly was revealed (2 Cor. 4:17). Thus Paul tells us, “Great is the mystery of godliness” (1 Tim. 3:16), and that “without controversy.” We receive “grace for grace” (John 1:16)—for that grace lost in Adam, better grace in Christ.
A design in Christ shines out from his bosom, that was lodged there from eternity, to recover things to such an estate as shall be exceedingly to the advantage of his glory, infinitely above what at first appeared, and for the putting of sinners into inconceivably a better condition than they were in before the entrance of sin. He appears now glorious; he is known to be a God pardoning iniquity and sin, and advances the riches of his grace: which was his design (Eph. 1:6).He has infinitely vindicated his justice also, in the face of men, angels, and devils, in setting forth his Son for a propitiation (Rom. 3:24–25). Confessedly, this is a depth of wisdom indeed. And of the love of Christ to his church, and his union with it, to carry on this business, “This is a great mystery,” says the apostle (Eph. 5:32); great wisdom lies herein.
So, then, this also is hid in Christ—the great and unspeakable riches
of the wisdom of God, in pardoning sin, saving sinners, satisfying justice,
fulfilling the law, repairing his own honour, and providing for us amore exceeding weight of glory; and all this out of such a condition as
wherein it was impossible that it should enter into the hearts of angels
or men how ever the glory of God should be repaired, and one sinning
creature delivered from everlasting ruin. Hence it is said, that at the last
day God “shall be glorified in his saints, and admired in all them that
believe” (2 Thess. 1:10). It shall be an admirable thing, and God shall
be forever glorious in it, even in the bringing of believers to himself. To
save sinners through believing, shall be found to be a far more admirable
work than to create the world of nothing.” From Communion with the Triune God by John Owen.


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