John Bunyan (1628-1688): This is such a sight as dazzles the eyes of angels

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“O grace! O amazing grace! To see a prince entreat a beggar to receive an alms would be a strange sight; to see a king entreat the traitor to accept of mercy would be a stranger sight than that; but to see God entreat a sinner, to hear Christ say, ‘I stand at the door and knock,’ with a heart full and a heaven full of grace to bestow upon him that opens, this is such a sight as dazzles the eyes of angels. What sayest thou now, sinner? Is not this God rich in mercy? Hath not this God great love for sinners? Nay, further, that thou mayest not have any ground to doubt that all this is but complementing, thou hast also here declared that God hath made his Christ ‘to be sin for us, who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.’ If God would have stuck at anything, he would have stuck at the death of his Son; but he ‘delivered him up for us’ freely; ‘how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?’

But this is not all. God doth not only beseech thee to be reconciled to him, but further, for thy encouragement, he hath pronounced, in thy hearing, exceeding great and precious promises; ‘and hath confirmed it by an oath, that by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us’.”

– John Bunyan (1628-1688), “Saved by Grace,” Works, 1:350

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