All good things secured by Christ on the cross
“Everything that we know and appreciate and praise God for in all Christian experience both in this life and in the life to come springs from this bloody cross.
Do we have the gift of the Spirit?
Do we enjoy the fellowship of saints?
Does he give us comfort in life and death?
Does he watch over us faithfully, providentially, graciously, and covenantally?
Do we have hope of a heaven to come?
Do we anticipate resurrection bodies on the last day?
Is there a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness?
Do we now enjoy new identities, so that we are no longer to see ourselves as nothing but failures, moral pariahs, disappointments to our parents—but deeply loved, blood-bought, human beings, redeemed by Christ, declared just by God himself, owing to the fact that God himself presented his Son Jesus as the propitiation for our sins?
—D.A. Carson, Scandalous: The Cross and Resurrection of Jesus (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2010), 70-71Christ on the cross and granted to those who have faith in him.”