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17/12/2011 / Test All Things

The Mercy of God

Redemption itself is a signal instance of the mercy of God.

Mercy resolved upon the redemption and salvation of the elect; being viewed as fallen in Adam, and as sinners, mercy provided a Redeemer and Saviour of them, and laid their help upon Him; mercy called Christ to undertake the work of redemption, and engaged Him in it; mercy sent Him, in the fulness of time, to visit them, and perform it; mercy delivered them up into the hands of justice and death, in order to obtain it, and it is most illustriously glorified in it; “mercy and truth have met together”, (Psalm 85:10) yea, Christ himself, in his love and pity, has redeemed his people (Isaiah 63:9).

The forgiveness of sin is another instance of the mercy of God, to which it is frequently ascribed (Psalm 51:1; Daniel 9:9; Luke 1:77-78). God has promised it in covenant, as the effect of his mercy; “I will be merciful to their unrighteousness” (Hebrews 8:12).

He has set forth Christ, in His purposes, to be the propitiation for the remission of sins; and has sent him, in time, to shed his blood for it, (Romans 3:25) and it is the mercy of God, which is the foundation of hope of it; and encourages sensible sinners to ask, and through which they obtain it (Psalm 103:8; Luke 18:13; 1 Timothy 1:13).

The mercy of God is displayed in regeneration, to which that is ascribed in (1 Peter 1:3) and it is wonderful and special mercy, to quicken a sinner dead in trespasses and sins; to enlighten such that sit in darkness, and in the shadow of death; to deliver from the bondage of Satan those, that are led captive by him at His will; to snatch them as brands out of the burning, and save from everlasting fire; to bring men out of a pit, wherein there was no water, no relief and comfort, and in which they must otherwise die; and to reveal Christ to them, and in them, the hope of glory; and give them a good hope, through grace, of being forever happy.

These are some of the great and good things which God does for His people in the effectual calling, having compassion on them.

Complete salvation, and eternal life itself, flow from the mercy of God; He saves, “not by works of righteousness, but according to his mercy”, (Titus 3:5) and when He shall put his people into the full possession of salvation, then they shall find and obtain mercy in that day, even in the day of judgment, when they shall go into life eternal; and therefore are now directed to look unto the mercy of Christ for it, (2 Timothy 1:18; Jude 1:21).

By John Gill

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