Sanctification in God’s Good Gifts

It is like the sweetness of honey that rolls over the rottenness of a cavity — the sweetness exposes my rottenness.

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The Many Medicines of the Lord

We are very much aware of the texts that speak of the meticulous and wise providences of God in brining about suffering, pain, and affliction for our good and God’s glory.  And we are keenly aware (hopefully) of the footing for these precious and very great promises:

  • Job 5:17-18, ““Behold, blessed is the one whom God reproves; therefore despise not the discipline of the Almighty.  For he wounds, but he binds up; he shatters, but his hands heal.
  • Hosea 6:1, “Come, let us return to the LORD; for he has torn us, that he may heal us; he has struck us down, and he will bind us up.
  • Lamentations 3:31-33, “For the Lord will not cast off forever, but, though he cause grief, he will have compassion according to the abundance of his steadfast love; for he does not afflict from his heart or grieve the children of men.”
  • Psalm 119:71, “It is good for me that I was afflicted, that I might learn your statutes” (see also verse 67, 75).

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Suffering and the Son

The suffering of Jesus in the gospel was designed to save us from eternal suffering.

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