Saturday, January 17, 2015

Bands of Everlasting Love

The saints were from the beginning joined to Christ by bands of everlasting love!

Before He took on Him their nature, or brought them into a conscious enjoyment of Himself, His heart was set upon their persons, and His soul delighted in them.

Long before the worlds were made, His prescient eye beheld His chosen, and viewed them with delight.

Strong were the indissoluble bands of love which then united Jesus to the souls whom He determined to redeem.

Not bars of brass, or triple steel, could have been more real and effectual bonds.

True love, of all things in the universe, has the greatest cementing force, and will bear the greatest strain, and endure the heaviest pressure.

Who shall tell what trials the Savior's love has borne; and how well it has sustained them?

[Charles H. Spurgeon]

Jeremiah 31:3 ... The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.

Romans 8:29 ... For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

Ephesians 1:5-6 ... Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,  To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.

2 Thessalonians 2:16 ... Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace,