(Thomas Boston, "Human
Nature in its Fourfold State")
"He who did not spare His own Son!" Romans 8:32
Behold how an angry God dealt
with His own Son, standing
in the place of elect sinners! Sparing mercy might have been
expected here—if any place at all. If any person could have
obtained sparing mercy, surely His own Son would have! But
God did not even spare His own Son! The Father's delight—is
made a man of sorrows! He who is the wisdom of God—becomes
sore amazed, ready to faint away in a fit of horror. The weight
of this wrath makes Him sweat great drops of blood. By the
fierceness of this fire—His heart was melted like wax.
Behold, here, how severe God is against sin!
The sun was struck blind with this terrible sight!
What is a deluge, a shower of fire and brimstone, on the
people of Sodom; the terrible noise of a dissolving world,
the whole fabric of heaven and earth disuniting at once,
and angels cast down from heaven into the bottomless pit!
What are all these, I say, in comparison with this—God
human nature suffering, groaning, dying
cross! Infinite holiness did it, to make sin look like
that is, infinitely odious.
Turn your eyes, O sinners, towards the Lord Jesus Christ;
and embrace Him, as He offers Himself in the gospel.
"Salvation is found in no one else!" Acts 4:12.
God is a consuming fire; you are children of wrath; if the
Mediator does not interpose between Him and you—you
are undone forever! If you would be safe, come under His
shadow—one drop of that wrath cannot fall there, for He
"delivers us from the wrath to come," 1 Thess. 1:10. His
blood will quench that fire of wrath which burns
against you! In the white raiment of His righteousness
you will be safe; for no storm of wrath can pierce it.