“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ.” Ephesians 1:8
We are all naturally intent on present gratification. It is by no means sufficient, therefore, to explain to us our duty or enforce it by future rewards and punishments. There must be pleasures at hand to outweigh the enticements of sin and outbid whatever that sorceress can offer. The religion of Jesus adapts itself to this prevalent feeling — it brings the possession of the best happiness here: a rich foretaste, in this life, of heavenly glory.
Salvation comes of the Lord to the sinner upon believing, just as an ample estate bequeathed to a person in debt. At once it alters his whole condition, setting him free from all he owes, supplies all he wants, gives him rank, figure, and authority, to which before he was a perfect stranger.
Such blessedness, in the pardon of all my sins, in access to God with confidence, in victory over my spiritual enemies, give me, O my God, to enjoy — freeing me from the sense of debt and the fear of guilt and every obligation but faith and love.
Devotion by Karl Heinrich von Bogatzky (1690—1774)
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