They that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of my head: they that would destroy me, being my enemies wrongfully…
I. WHAT IT IS WHICH WAS TAKEN AWAY, AND FROM WHOM.
1. Glory was taken from God.
(1) The glory of God shining forth in the holy government of His reasonable creatures, was taken away by sin.
(2) That glory which we are tied to give to God, was withheld by sin.
2. There was righteousness, holiness, and happiness taken from man.
II. WHEREIN IT APPEARS THAT CHRIST DID NOT TAKE THESE THINGS FROM EITHER.
1. It is plain, as to God, that He never took any glory from Him; for He never did anything dishonourable or offensive to God (John 8:29).
2. It is also clear, as to man, that He took not away any righteousness, holiness, or happiness from him (Isaiah 53:9; Acts 10:33; Luke 9:56).
3. The Scripture therefore speaks of Christ's being cut off, but not for Himself (Daniel 9:26). Though He suffered in His own Person, He did not suffer on His own account (1 Peter 3:18).
4. The innocency of Christ was conspicuous in His very sufferings (Acts 13:28).
III. HOW DID CHRIST RESTORE THOSE THINGS WHICH HE TOOK NOT AWAY? In general, by His active and passive obedience; for both are concerned in this matter, and contribute their joint influence towards the great and blessed work of which I am now speaking.
IV. WHY DID CHRIST MAKE IT HIS WORK TO RESTORE WHAT HE TOOK NOT AWAY?
1. It was a necessary work, a work which must be done, in order to His being a Saviour.
2. It was a work impossible for any mere creature to do; so that if Christ did not, it could not have been done by any person besides Him.
3. Christ was ordained of God to this work, and in that respect there was a necessity of His accomplishing it (John 9:4).
4. The infinite love of Christ to sinners did sweetly incline Him to this work.
Parallel VersesKJV: They that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of mine head: they that would destroy me, being mine enemies wrongfully, are mighty: then I restored that which I took not away.