4.2.2.17 Thank God for the Cross of Christ

Method for Prayer by Matthew Henry

Thank God for the Cross of Christ and All Its Benefits

For the full satisfaction which Christ made to the justice of God for the sin of man by the blood of his cross, for the purchases, victories, and triumphs of the cross, and for all the precious benefits which flow to us from the dying of the Lord Jesus.

Herein indeed God shows his love to us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us, Romans 5:8(ESV) that we might be reconciled to him by the death of his Son. Romans 5:10(ESV) In this is love, not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins, 1 John 4:10(ESV) and not for ours only but for the sins of the whole world; 1 John 2:2(ESV) that he tasted death for everyone, Hebrews 2:9(ESV) that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil. Hebrews 2:14(ESV)

We bless you that by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified; Hebrews 10:14(ESV) that he has finished transgression, put an end to sin, atoned for iniquity, and has brought in an everlasting righteousness. Daniel 9:24(ESV)

That he has redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us. Galatians 3:13(ESV)

That God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do, by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, who by a sacrifice for sin, condemned sin in the flesh. Romans 8:3(ESV)

That he was wounded for our transgressions and crushed for our iniquities; that upon him was the chastisement of our peace, and with his stripes we are healed; and that the LORD having laid upon him the iniquity of us all, Isaiah 53:5-6(ESV) it was his will to crush him and put him to grief. Isaiah 53:10(ESV)

That appearing to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself, Hebrews 9:26(ESV) Christ did through the eternal Spirit offer himself without blemish to God, Hebrews 9:14(ESV) and by his own blood entered once for all into the holy places, thus securing an eternal redemption. Hebrews 9:12(ESV)

That he has disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in his cross, and has cancelled the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands; this he set aside, nailing it to the cross. Colossians 2:14-15(ESV)

That he himself is our peace, who, having broken down the dividing wall of hostility between Jew and Gentile, has made in himself one new man in place of the two, has reconciled both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. Ephesians 2:14-16(ESV)

That he has loved us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father. Revelation 1:5-6(ESV)

O the height and depth and length and breadth of that love of Christ that surpasses knowledge! Ephesians 3:18-19(ESV) O that great love with which he loved us! Ephesians 2:4(ESV)

Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing; Revelation 5:12(ESV) for he was slain, and by his blood has ransomed us for God. Revelation 5:9(ESV)

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