He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many…
Faith, where it is saving, hath always knowledge going along with it.
1. Faith is nothing, but as it lays hold on some object. How can faith lay hold on an object, except it know it?
2. Faith, as justifying, is always holden forth as making use of and giving credit to that which is revealed in the Word.
3. In justification, God would have a sinner proceed as a man doth who defends himself before an earthly tribunal. As it is dangerous in a weighty cause to have an ignorant advocate, who puts in a wrong defence, so is it, in this case, to be ignorant (Romans 10:3).
4. There must be repentance ere a sinner can be justified, which supposeth knowledge. He must needs know his sin, and that his own righteousness will not do his turn.
5. Look forward to the duties of holiness, which are necessary, though not to justify you, yet that ye may live as it becomes justified persons. Now, can any know or do duties, who are ignorant?
6. Consider your own peace, and how, in order to it, there is a necessity of knowledge.
Parallel VersesKJV: He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.