The following is a lightly edited transcript.
When you try to list all the good things that Jesus obtained for us by shedding his blood and rising again — when you try to list all of those — you realize this includes everything that serves our eternal good.
Do you remember the gospel logic of Romans 8:32? It’s probably my favorite verse in the Bible.
He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?
It’s a rhetorical question, with an assumed answer. How will he not with him freely give us all things? What does that mean? By virtue of dying for us, he secures for us all things — everything that serves our eternal good.
“All things in this life serve our eternal good, including affliction and loss, disease and disability.”
If you are given singleness instead of marriage as your life, it’s because the blood of Jesus secured the eternal good that singleness will do for you. Or if you’re given a disability or a disease that’s never healed in this life, it is because the blood of Jesus secured the eternal good that this disability will do for you. This means that there are thousands and thousands of good things that Christ did not purchase for you in this life.
There is no promise in the cross — in the blood of the gospel — that Christians will have health in this world. There’s no promise in the gospel for that. He did not purchase for all Christians a job, a marriage, wealth, a home, or success in business. If these things come to a Christian, they are shown to be gospel blessings — blood-bought blessings that become occasions for knowing and enjoying and showing the glory of God. That is when they work for our eternal good.
He who did not spare his own son, but gave him up for us all, will most certainly give us all things with him. All things in this life serve our eternal good, including affliction, loss, and sorrow. And in the resurrection we’ll receive everything good — no affliction, no loss, no sorrow, and every spiritual and physical blessing in the heavenly places.
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