The writings of theologians and pastors who have come before us can serve as an invitation to prolonged thinking, with specificity, on God and His glorious works and ways. In this ongoing series, I cull quotations on passages of Scripture from Christian Classics Ethereal Library to help spur your consideration, discernment, mediation, and worship. You can link to the full sources below or start your own search on a biblical text here.

 

IsaIAH 53:2-6

“For he grew up before him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; he had no form or majesty that we should look at him, and no beauty that we should desire him.”


“He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.”


“Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.”


“But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.”


“All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.”

Ephesians 1:3-14

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places . . . ”


“ . . . even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him.”


“In love he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will . . . ”


“ . . . to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.”


“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace,”


“ . . . which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight . . . ”


“ . . . making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ . . . ”


“ . . . as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.”


“In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will,”


“ . . . so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory.”


“In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit,”


“ . . . who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.”

 
 

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