And that he might reconcile both to God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:
I do not know whether there is any truth in the statement of a correspondent that whatever part of the earth the lightning once strikes it never strikes again, but whether it be so or not, it is certain that wherever the lightning of God's vengeance has once struck the sinner's substitute it will not strike the sinner. The best preservative for the Israelite's house was this — vengeance had struck there and could not strike again. There was the insurance mark, the blood streak. Death had been there, it had fallen upon a victim of God's own appointment, and in His esteem it had fallen upon Christ, the Lamb slain before the foundation of the world.
(C. H. Spurgeon.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And that he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby: