Thomas Goodwin (1600-1679): Our perfection in His perfection

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“By His death, Christ purchased all the grace and glory that the God of all grace had designed for us. That is clear in Scripture: ‘For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified’ (Heb. 9:14). Alas for us poor creatures! For a long time after we are sanctified, we remain imperfect, lacking all and everything in comparison. How, then, are we perfected? Because Jesus Christ, by that one offering, perfectly purchased all that ever shall make up our perfection. It is finished in that sense. He so abundantly procured all by His death that He needed to offer Himself but once. If there were anything necessary to perfect a saint that Christ did not purchase, His offering must have been imperfect.”

– Thomas Goodwin (1600-1679), Ephesians, Works, 1:170, 173

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