Reading: “Who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption.”—1 Corinthians 1:30
What a sweet subject for meditation! Who is it that is made these precious things to us, but Jesus? And mark how they are made. I am a poor ignorant creature, grossly ignorant by reason of the fall. I knew not my lost estate, much less the way of recovery.
Here Jesus became wisdom to me. By his illuminating the darkness of my mind, he led me to see my ruin and my misery. But this would never have brought me out of it; for though I saw my lost estate, yet still I had no consciousness by what means I could be recovered. Here again Jesus came to my aid, and taught me, that as I needed righteousness, he would be my righteousness, and undertake for me to God.
But even after this was done, I felt my soul still the subject of sin; and how to subdue a single sin I knew not. Here Jesus came again and gave me to see, that as he was wisdom to cure my ignorance, and righteousness to answer for my guilt, so he would be my sanctification also; purging, as well as pardoning and renewing, by his Spirit, my poor nature, when be had removed the guilt of it.
Still I sighed for complete deliverance, and to make my happiness sure; and therefore Jesus came again, that by his full redemption from all the evils of the fall, I might be made free; and therefore he became the whole together—“wisdom, righteousness, sanctification, and redemption.” And to stamp and seal the whole with the impression of God my Father, all that Jesus did, he did by God’s gracious appointment; for he was made “of God” to me all these, that all my glorying might be in the Lord.