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Perfect Through His Comeliness

Hugh Binning, Works, p. 448:

How should man be righteous that is born of a woman? Job 15:14. Since we once sinned, how should our righteousness ever come in remembrance? Therefore hath God chosen another way to cover man’s wickedness and righteousness both, with his own righteousness, his Son’s divine human righteousness, which is so suited in his infinite wisdom for us. It is a man’s righteousness, that it may agree with men, and be a fit garment to cover them; it is God’s righteousness, that it may be beautiful in God’s eyes, for he seeth his own image in it. And it is not the created inherent righteousness of saints glorified, that shall be their upper garment, that shall be their heaven and glory-suit, so to speak. They will not glory in this, but only in the Lamb’s righteousness for evermore. Saint-holiness must have a covering above, for it cannot cover our nakedness; and all the songs of those that follow the Lamb make mention of his righteousness, even of his only. The Lamb is the light and sun of the city, the Lamb is the temple of it; in a word, he is all that is beautiful and glorious. Every saint hath put on the Lord Jesus, and is perfect through his comeliness.

Source: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/the-son%E2%80%99s-divine-human-righteousness.89982/

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A Mystery of Wisdom and of Love

Hugh Binning, Works, p. 434:

O! what soul can rightly conceive it without ravishment and wonder, without an ecstasy of admiration and affection! – that the Lord should become a servant! – the Heir of all things be stripped naked of all! – the brightness of the Father’s glory, be thus eclipsed and darkened! – and in a word, that which comprehendeth all wonders in the creation, – who made all things, – be himself made of a woman! and God become a man; and all this out of his infinite love, to give a demonstration of love to the world; so high a person abased, to exalt so base and low as we are! There is a mystery in this, a great mystery, a mystery of wisdom, to swallow up the understanding with wonder; and a mystery of love, to ravish the hearts of men with affection, – depths of both, in the emptiness of the Son of God.

Source: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/a-mystery-of-wisdom-and-of-love.89955/

Evidence for the Historical, Bodily Resurrection of Jesus

Doug Powell:

Unlike other religions, Christianity is unique in that it’s falsifiable’ that is, it offers criteria that, if shown to be false, would prove it is unreliable. In effect, Paul says, “If you want to prove what I’m saying isn’t true, show me that Christ isn’t raised from the dead.” If the resurrection didn’t happen, if there is a better explanation for Jesus’ death and what happened two days later, then Christianity is false. No other world religion points to its weakest claim and tempts skeptics to take advantage of it. But Paul is so certain the evidence for the resurrection is strong enough to stand up to investigation that he has no problem announcing it. He wants people to look because he’s convinced the evidence is powerful and persuasive.

So what is the evidence for the historical, bodily resurrection of Jesus?…

Read more: https://www.whitehorseinn.org/article/resurrection-fact-or-fiction/

The Only Genuinely Reasonably Explanatory Hypothesis

Kenneth R. Samples on the resurrection:

After almost two millennia the only genuinely reasonable explanatory hypothesis for the events surrounding Jesus’ death is that the apostles told the truth and Jesus truly rose bodily from the dead. The proper way to examine such a miraculous claim is to carefully scrutinize the evidence and follow wherever the facts lead. It is logically illegitimate to reject the Resurrection a priori based upon a preconceived commitment to naturalism. As amazing as the Resurrection may be, the bell of truth resonates on every level.

Read why here: http://www.reasons.org/explore/blogs/todays-new-reason-to-believe/read/tnrtb/2002/04/01/if-christ-has-not-been-raised-reasoning-through-the-resurrection

He Opened His Side, That We Might See His Heart

Thomas Manton on John 19:34-37:

As an act of Christ’s love and condescension, that he would expose his body to the malice and violence of wicked men. He might have withered and dried up the soldier’s arm, as he did Jeroboam’s when he stretched it out to reach the prophet; but by this stroke Christ would have his heart and bowels opened to us, to show how full of love he was to sinners. Look, as at the beginning Adam’s side was opened, and Eve was taken out of Adam’s side, so is the church out of Christ’s side. He suffered his side to be opened that he might open to us the gate of life. Some of the ancients compared this wound in Christ’s side to the door in the side of the ark, by which all the creatures that were not to perish in the flood found entrance. By this door we have entrance into the heart of Christ, and by Christ presented to God the Father. Patet arca cordis per foramina corporis, saith Bernard. ‘By the hole of his side we may espy the secret of his heart.’ He opened his side, that we might see his heart. He would have sinners know that he had not a drop of blood which he accounted too good for us. He would now let out the residue, that he might not keep a drop. His heart was first pierced with love, and then with a spear. It had never been pierced with a spear if it had not been first pierced with love. Christ saith, Canticles 4:9, ‘Thou hast ravished my heart, my sister, my spouse.’ First wounded with love to the church, and that brought him to the cross, and there he was wounded and pierced with the malice of men. Other members were wounded before, and now his heart. His hands and feet were pierced with nails, and his life-blood dropped out by degrees; but now his side is pierced, and through his side his heart, which caused the flux of water and blood.​

8 Reasons to Believe Jesus Rose from the Dead

John Piper:

1. Jesus himself testified to his coming resurrection from the dead.

Jesus spoke openly about what would happen to him: crucifixion and then resurrection from the dead. “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes and be killed, and after three days rise again” (Mark 8:31; see also Matthew 17:22; Luke 9:22). Those who consider the resurrection of Christ unbelievable will probably say that Jesus was deluded or (more likely) that the early church put these statements in his mouth to make him teach the falsehood that they themselves conceived…

Read more: https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/eight-reasons-why-i-believe-that-jesus-rose-from-the-dead

He Sees No Spots In His People

Hugh Binning, Works, p. 378:

Is there any man can say, I have cleansed my heart from iniquity? No, not one. Yet behold, he sees no spots in his people. He doth not make them his people because spotless, but he seeth them spotless because he makes them his people. There is no covering that can hide men’s uncleanness from his piercing eye, but one, even Jesus Christ his righteousness: and “Blessed is he whose sins are covered.” If this covering were spread over the mouth of all hell, then hell should have a covering from his eyes. If ye therefore strip yourselves naked of your own pretences and leaves, and think not yourselves secure under any created shelter; if ye hide not your iniquity, then it shall be hid indeed; here is a covering that shall hide it from his eyes. There is no spot so heinous, none so ingrained, but the blood of Jesus can wash it as perfectly out, as if it had never been.

Source: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/he-sees-no-spots-in-his-people.89685/, Comment 1