Posted by: Standing Solus Christus | May 18, 2008

Lord’s Day Quote: John Owen

First, His promise to protect and assist him in the accomplishment and perfect fulfilling of the whole business and dispensation about which he was employed, or which he was to undertake.  The Father engaged himself, that for his part, upon his Son’s undertaking this great work of redemption, he would not be wanting in any assistance in trials, strength against oppositions, encouragement against temptations, and strong consolation in the midst of terrors, which might be any way necessary or requisite to carry him on through all difficulties to the end of so great an employment; – upon which he undertakes this  heavy burden, so full of misery and trouble: for the Father before this engagement requires no less of him than that he should “become a Savior, and be afflicted in all the affliction of his people,” Isa 63:8, 9: yea, that although he were “the fellow of the LORD of hosts,” yet he should endure the “sword” that was drawn against him as the “shepherd” of the sheep, Zech 8:7; “treading the winepress alone, until he became red in his apparel,” Isa 63:2, 3: yea, to be “stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted; wounded for our transgressions, and bruised for our iniquities; to be bruised and put to grief; to make his soul and offering for sin, and to bear the iniquity of many,” Isa 53; to be destitute of comfort so far as to cry, “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” Ps 22:1…

Hence arose that confidence of our Savior in his greatest and utmost trials, being assured by virtue of his Father’s engagement in this covenant, upon a treaty with him about the redemption of man, that he would never leave him nor forsake him.

 

John Owen, The Death of Death in the Death of Christ 3.2.3

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