Thursday, January 05, 2017

Payment of a Sufficient Price

Meditate on this passage from the psalms until your mind is focused on God.

How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
—Psalm 119:103


To recover us, there was a price to be paid by way of ransom to God. We are not delivered from this bondage by prayer or entreaty, nor by strong hand or mere force, nor yet by the sole condescension and pity of the injured party, without seeking reparation of the wrong done, but by the payment of a sufficient price, and just satisfaction to provoked justice. This price was not paid indeed to Satan, who detaineth souls in slavery as a rigid usurping tyrant or merciless jailer (from him indeed we are delivered by force), but the price was paid to God. Man had not sinned against Satan, but against God, to whom it belongeth to condemn or absolve. And God being satisfied, Satan hath no power over us, but is put out of office, as the executioner hath nothing to do when the judge and law is satisfied
—Thomas Manton

If possible, memorize this verse, so that you can think about it throughout the day.

In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace that he lavished on us.
—Ephesians 1:7-8a


God of peace,by the blood of the eternal covenant you brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep: Make me fully alive in Christ, and work in me that which is pleasing and good...
—NZ: Anglican (alt.)
Let this pray guide you in praying on your own, then close your devotions with...


Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
—Matthew 6:9-13

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