In Christ

The decree of election stands upon an Unchangeable Foundation, to wit, that Rock of Ages, “Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, and today, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8) As the first Adam was the foundation stone in the decree of creation, so the last Adam, even Jesus, is the Foundation Stone in the decree of election. God hath blessed us in Him, yea and we shall be blessed. He hath chosen us in Him, pardoned us in Him, sealed us in Him, built us up and completed us in Him; “According to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.” (2 Timothy 1:9) All those acts of Grace are said to be in Christ, Who hath blessed us in Christ (Ephesians 1:3), chosen us in Him (Ephesians 1:4) and pardoned us, “In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins.” (Ephesians 1:7); “…in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed.” (Ephesians 1:13); “…rooted and built up in Him.” (Colossians 2:7); “…ye are complete in Him.” (Colossians 2:10)

Christopher Ness (1621-1705)

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