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The Father’s Bargain With the Son by John Flavel

Here you may suppose the Father to say, when driving his bargain with Christ for you:

Father. My son, here is a company of poor miserable souls, that have utterly undone themselves, and now lie open to my justice! Justice demands satisfaction for them, or will satisfy itself in the eternal ruin of them: What shall be done for these souls?

Son. O my Father, such is my love to, and pity for them, that rather than they shall perish eternally, I will be responsible for them as their Surety; bring in all thy bills, that I may see what they owe thee; Lord, bring them all in, that there may be no after-reckonings with them; at my hand shalt thou require it. I will rather choose to suffer thy wrath than they should suffer it: upon me, my Father, upon me be all their debt.

Father. But, my Son, if thou undertake for them, thou must reckon to pay the last mite, expect no abatements; if I spare them, I will not spare thee.

Son. Content, Father, let it be so; charge it all upon me, I am able to discharge it: and though it prove a kind of undoing to me, though it impoverish all my riches, empty all my treasures, (for so indeed it did, 2 Cor. 8: 9. “Though he was rich, yet for our sakes he became poor”) yet I am content to undertake it.

Blush, ungrateful believers, O let shame cover your faces; judge in yourselves now, has Christ deserved that you should stand with him for trifles, that you should shrink at a few petty difficulties, and complain, this is hard, and that is harsh? O if you knew the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ in this his wonderful condescension for you, you could not do it.

Works by John Flavel

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7 responses »

  1. Pingback: The Father’s Bargain With the Son by John Flavel (via The Cross is All) | The Master's Slave

  2. Hi,

    “here is a company of poor miserable souls”!

    Surely the whole world was a company of poor miserable souls?

    Reply
  3. Exactly written for me. thanks Anna.

    Reply
  4. Hello,

    I really enjoy this image here. Do you think it was some agreement like this or just the fathers plan? or all three parts of the trinities plan? Some parts in the book of John don’t seem like it was Jesus idea or plan too?

    Hutton

    Reply
    • I believe the Father came up with the plan but that Jesus was fully on-board with it. I believe that Jesus wants what His Father wants and their desires are completely in accord with one another.

      Reply
  5. Pingback: Az Atya megállapodása a Fiúval (The Father’s Bargain With the Son by John Flavel) | Fókuszban az Ige/The Word in Focus

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