To be raised from a state of death in sin to a divine and spiritual life; to be brought out of darkness into marvelous light; to be delivered from guilt and condemnation; to be justified freely by the riches of grace, displayed in the redemption which is by Jesus Christ; to have welcome access to God; to be treated by him as his adopted children: and to be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life; these are some of the benefits which we receive by Jesus Christ; benefits which result from his mediation, and hand clustering on his cross. And as they are of infinite value in themselves, they must be precious to those that believe. While the Christian contemplates these favors, he is often ready to say with the Psalmist, "What shall I render to the Lord for all his benefits towards me!"
These are benefits which will extend their duration and happy effects through eternity. In the bestowment of them, the God of all grace raises us from the dust and the dunghill, to set us among princes, even among the princes of his people. They are blessings worthy of him that bestows them, and sufficient to exalt the riches of his abounding grace, to the admiration of all the hosts of heaven, and of redeemed men on earth. These are the things into which the angels desire to look. They will furnish matter of admiration, joy, gratitude and delight to those who are interested in them for ever and ever. How they are affected with them, and how precious they are in their estimation in this world, may be learnt from their own language: "Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits. Who forgiveth all thy sins, and healeth all thy diseases. Who redeemeth thy life from destruction, and crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies. (Ps. 103:2-4)--Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ; according as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love. (Eph. 1:3,4)--Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed on us, that we should be called the sons of God! It doth not yet appear what we shall be; but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is." (1 John 3:1,2)
In the day of his glorious appearance, he will receive us with acclamation of joy and triumph into his own palace in the new Jerusalem, where we shall have the bright vision of his face, and be made partakers of such exalted felicity as it cannot now enter into our hearts to conceive. There are no benefits like those which our divine Redeemer bestows; there are none to be compared with them. "How precious are thy thoughts unto me, O God, how great is the sum of them!" (Ps. 139:17)