For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men,…
I. CHRIST'S WORK OF REDEMPTION.
1. This redemption is presented to us in the Word of God in a threefold aspect. In one place — "Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us." In our text — "Christ hath redeemed us from all iniquity" — that is, from the power of indwelling sin. And in other passages the day of Christ's second advent is spoken of as the day of redemption, because it is at His return that the glorification of His redeemed people will be consummated by the "redemption of our bodies." The price at which this redemption was effected is declared by St. Peter not to have been a corruptible price, as silver and gold, but the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. Thus, then, you will perceive that the basis of Christ's redemption is this — His self-surrender is a sacrifice for the sins of man, His death in its design was an expiatory sacrifice for the sins of the world.
2. The fountain has its source from the throne of Deity, and the rise of the stream of mercy is lost amid the depth of the eternal counsels. The work of Christ was not the cause but the fruit of the Father's love. Christ Himself, the provision of Christ, the surrender of Christ, is the manifestation of the love of God.
II. THE DESIGN OF REDEMPTION, AND THE CONSEQUENT OBLIGATION OF THE REDEEMED. The redemption which is in Christ Jesus involves this great and mighty principle — that if I have been bought by the precious blood of Christ I am not my own; that hence forth the love of Christ is to constrain me, that henceforth I am not to live to myself, but to Him that died for me and rose again, and that I am to glorify God in my body and in my spirit, which are God's.
(J. C. Miller, M. A.)
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