Condescending grace and costly grace

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MW

Puritanboard Amanuensis
Robert Traill (The Lord's Prayer, John 17:24), Works 2:202-203:

Christ’s grace is a lovely theme to hear of, and to think on, by all that have tasted of it, and live by it. This grace shineth brightly in his representing his people to God for acceptance. It was a great condescendence of his grace, to take the office of a representer of his church. He knew his own divine dignity; he knew the vileness and unworthiness of them whom he was to represent: yet neither of them hindered his cheerful undertaking of this office. And as it was condescending grace in him to undertake it; so was it costly grace to him to go through with it, and discharge it. Blessed Jesus laid out all his estate (to speak so) to redeem the lawful captives of justice. Before they can be represented to God for acceptance, he must die, and shed his blood; and in his garments dyed with his own blood must he present himself as a perfected Mediator unto God, and in the same garments present his church to God for acceptance.
 

earl40

Puritan Board Professor
The first Words that "popped" into my mind was this, along with others..."But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." What an encouraging trail Traill gives us.
 
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