"Wonderful Things Done by Which Salvation is Procured"
Your Weekly Exposure to Edwards
Gospel Driven Disciples posts some highlights from the prolific works of Jonathan Edwards. The following excerpt is taken from “The Wisdom of God Displayed in Salvation", in the Soli Deo Gloria title, Our Great and Glorious God.
“…accepted in the Beloved.” (Ephesians 1:6)
Consider the choice of the person to be our Redeemer. God’s wisdom appears in that He pitched upon His own, His only-begotten Son, to be the person to perform the work. He was a Redeemer of God’s own choosing, and therefore He is called in Scripture God’s elect (Isaiah 42:1). The wisdom of choosing this person appears in His being in every way a fit person for this undertaking. It was necessary that He should be a divine person. It was requisite that the Redeemer of sinners should Himself be infinitely holy. None could take away the infinite evil of sin, but one who was infinitely far from and contrary to sin Himself. Christ is a fit person upon that account.
It was requisite that the person, in order to be sufficient for this undertaking, should be one of infinite dignity and worthiness so that He might be capable of meriting infinite blessings. It was necessary that He should be a person of infinite wisdom and power; for this work is so difficult that it requires such a one. It was requisite that He should be a person infinitely dear to God the Father in order to give an infinite value to His transactions in the Father’s esteem, and that the Fathers love to Him might balance the offense and provocation by our sins. Therefore He is called “the Beloved.”