1 Peter 3:18-20
For Christ also has once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh…
I. THE GLORIOUS PERSON WHO SUFFERED FOR SIN AND SINNERS.
II. THE SUFFERINGS BY WHICH HE MADE ATONEMENT FOR SIN.
1. Sin was the procuring cause of them.
2. His human nature was the immediate subject of them.
3. They were the sufferings of a Divine person.
4. They were not imaginary but real.
5. The sufferings of Christ were necessary.
9. By them the justice of God was fully satisfied.
10. Though they are long since finished, they have the same merit and efficacy that ever they had.
III. THE END OF CHRIST'S SUFFERINGS.
1. How, or in what respects, sinners may be said to be brought to God. Their being brought to God —
(1) Implies their being brought into a state of reconciliation and favour with God.
(2) It implies their having access into the gracious presence of God.
(3) It implies their being admitted to communion and fellowship with God.
(4) Sinners are brought to God when they attain to likeness and conformity to God.
(5) Sinners may be said to be brought to God when they forsake the service of sin, and cordially engage in the service of God.
(6) Sinners are brought to God, in the fullest sense, when they are brought to the full enjoyment of Him in heaven.
2. What influence the sufferings of Christ for sin have on the bringing of sinners to God. By the sufferings of Christ all grounds of controversy between God and sinners were legally removed (Colossians 1:20).
Parallel VersesKJV: For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: