For if our future blessedness shall consist in being where he is, and beholding of his glory, what better preparation can there be for it than in a constant previous contemplation of that glory in the revelation that is made in the Gospel, unto this very end, that by a view of it we may be gradually transformed into the same glory?
Note: Beholding is becoming
In his cross were divine holiness and vindictive justice exercised and manifested; and through his triumph, grace and mercy are exerted to the utmost. This is that glory which ravisheth the hearts and satiates the souls of them that believe. For what can they desire more, what is farther needful unto the rest and composure of their souls, than at one view to behold God eternally well pleased in the declaration of his righteousness and the exercise of his mercy, in order unto their salvation? In due apprehensions hereof let my soul live;
Note: The glory that ravishes the heart and satiates the soul
The deeds of the body. The word is praxeis, which, indeed, denoteth the outward actions chiefly, "the works of the flesh," as they are called, ta erga tes sarkos, Gal. v. 19; which are there said to be "manifest," and are enumerated. Now, though the outward deeds are here only expressed, yet the inward and next causes are chiefly intended; the "axe is to be laid to the root of the tree," -- the deeds of the flesh are to be mortified in their causes, from whence they spring.
Note: Kill a deed by killing its cause