Grace, too, as opposed to the rigour, threats, and curses of the law; and truth as set against the shadows and ceremonies of the law. TO THE DOCTRINE OF GRACE. He effects a great deliverance, and bestows an infinite wisdom. THE PROOF WHICH IS FURNISHED OF THIS TRUTH. God is in nature; but nature is dumb. What began in the past eternity proceeds in the eternity to come, and to "the Word" there is but one eternity. Grace refers to the Son, truth to the Word; grace is to adopt us, truth to beget us anew. When we look at any one man, however feeble and worthless, we become conscious of his having some title to a profound and anxious interest. He seeth us daily in himself. By the side of this all other fatherhoods are types and figures.3. These two facts point to an incarnation. Add the Incarnation to Theism and we have peace, "Ye believe in God, believe also in Me." If I make the Incarnation the measure not only of that in God which it is necessary for our eternal life to know, but also the measure of God Himself, I am exposing your faith and my own in the truth of the Incarnation to a very perilous strain. And, secondly, what does he mean when he says, that "The Word was made," or "became," "flesh?" We get some person who knows Hebrew, but who also knows English, and he teaches us. Think what the difference is between saying, "Jesus is only a man seeking God, adding one more to the many guesses as to the nature of God:" and saying, "In Jesus we see God seeking man, and seeking him out of pure love in order to save him": "Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners." Applying to Scripture the argument of design, we conclude that it was constructed on a plan which must have existed in a single mind before it was executed in the progressive publication of the separate books. So in Christ. Infinite wisdom has here left an everlasting mark.4. A glorious light, the symbol of the Divine presence, shone ever in the sanctuary. Were I to write it you would know it, because the word would be made ink, and you see it. He does not hide the truth, however terrible; but He utters it with infinite compassion. Now it preaches that man is under law to an extent which makes it idle to speak of forgiveness. Something's Fishy John 6:1-14 . A. Hence we have a firm foundation for our faith. But that of —II. How He "became" it; which involves the willing transformation, by the energy of the Person Himself. WHAT IT TEACHES. General in the case of all believers.3. Applying to Scripture the argument of design, we conclude that it was constructed on a plan which must have existed in a single mind before it was executed in the progressive publication of the separate books. How reconcile justice and mercy? Moving on, step by step, St. John at this point introduces another thought. The Incarnation unlocks for us the secret of the Divine, Eternal Will, the Will which is at the root of all things, and which rules all things, and shows us that its first and last word is love.(D. Sensibility was deemed a sign of weakness. The Father prepared His body; the Spirit formed it; the Son assumed it.3. What comfort do we get from the conception of an infinite brain? If Christ be not what John represents him as being, then the world can never know and rejoice in a full and personal revelation of the supreme mind and heart and will. When Christ assumed our nature it was —(1) Not united consubstantially as the Three Persons in the Godhead are united. Nothing so terrible to a lost soul as the former. When we "have told its isles of light, and fancied all beyond," there must yet be heights and depths in that High and Lofty One who inhabiteth eternity which no fancy, however soaring, can penetrate. Humanity begins again with a possibility and offer of a restoration which is salvation to all who will receive it. And He let us know them by sending Jesus Christ into the world. The life of God appears on the earth not only harmonized, but perfectly blended with the life of man. The B.C. Whatever the physical basis of life may be, the metaphysical basis of life is ever one and the same, even the Divine eternal Word. It should ever be their aim to be "full of grace," to cherish a kind and generous disposition to others. The parts take their due proportions.IV. God Himself. The origin of the expression. He was with God, and was God. In cold and heat, hungry and thirsty, faint and weary. (3) With all its sinless infirmities (Hebrews 2:17; Hebrews 4:15). As with pictures, so with characters. Full of grace, i.e, He is easy to approach, merciful, loving, gracious, in aspect and nature.2. Embrace this truth and it is not hard to understand how His death on Calvary availed for the world's redemption. BUT IT WAS IN THE FORM OF MAN THAT GOD'S COMMAND HAD BEEN ORIGINALLY DISHONOURED, AND THEREFORE CHRIST ASSUMED IT.1. Yet lowly as was our Lord's life in general, there were occasional gleams of it.1. So I asked him, "What would it take for you to believe?" These two facts point to an incarnation. TO CHRISTIAN WORK IN RELATION TO THE EVANGELIZATION OF THE WORLD. "Beheld His glory": not heard or read of. (2) Hence for all that men have learned from the universe they have been indebted to the Word. The B.C. Culross, D. D.)The character of JesusJ. (2) Grace and truth are blended. FLESH and IN US is used —1. THE TESTIMONY WHICH WE WHO HAVE SEEN HIS GLORY ARE SURE TO BEAR. You know it now because the word was made sound, and you caught it. IN THAT BODY CHRIST WILL RETURN.1. (4) So that each nature retains its own essential properties distinct, and the two understandings, wills, powers, etc., the human and the Divine are not confounded as Eutyches held. And to study Him is to know that He is Divine. )The double Incarnation; or, the soul's ChristmasD. The letters are little, thick, squarish things, with dots all over them, as if the pen had been sputtering when it was writing I Now you could see these words, but you could not understand them by yourself. 18).2. It is not necessary to abate any of our antipathy to her errors, but a church must not be refused a place in Christendom which holds the Incarnation and related doctrines.VI. How is this to be accounted for? It dignifies the human body, demonstrates the potentiality of human nature, and reduces the duality of being, finite and Infinite, into an adorable unity in the indivisible person of the blessed Saviour.(J. The Greek sought mind in all things; taught by Christ, the Christian seeks a heart.IV. Denton, M. He is full of grace, but He has not neglected the sterner quality. At best there would have been an invertebrate manhood, a molluscous morality.3. O. Mackey.One of the secrets of Victor Hugo's power over the French people was their memory of the following: When the disasters of the Franco-German war were falling thickly, and the iron band was closing round Paris, word came that Victor Hugo was coming to the city. LOOKING ONWARD, WITH THIS WARRANT, FROM OUR LORD'S ASCENSION, WE SEE THE INTERIOR PRINCIPLE OF HIS KINGDOM as it is set up among the nations and expands along the ages. What he teaches as a substitute for the Gospel is taught by the Gospel itself, is the only form in which it is worthy of a moment's consideration. (1) By nature man is a spiritual slave. That the empire of Satan might be ruined.6. Men think more of the former than of the latter and celebrate it every year; but the latter is equally momentous. In Exodus 34, the glory of God lay in His grace. That of three Persons in one God: essentially.2. No, not until I have told you. According to the orthodox view a continuous path stretches from the smallest particle of matter at the very bottom of creation right up and away to the sublimest heights of the Absolute and Unconditioned — all things gathered together in one in Christ, What a grand unity! We could not tell what God's thoughts about us were until He showed us them in a way we could understand. (2) How born? 1. M'Cheyne. )The relation of the Incarnation to modern problemsProf. Believers in the Incarnation, therefore, burn with a quenchless desire to go and rescue poor, down-trodden, despised human nature in lands afar off. This union of Deity and humanity conditioned both.1. Clad as our Saviour was in the garments of a man, it was impossible entirely to veil His higher nature. "Here is fulfilment, higher than had yet been known, of the ancient word, I will set My tabernacle among you, and My soul shall not abhor you, and anticipation of what shall yet be when the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them; and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be with them — their God."(J. They who should come to Him should conquer sin and reign in heaven; should have spiritual riches and celestial pleasures — but who would purchase these at the price demanded?2. And from the Spiritual advent all after life takes its date and derives its impulse.3. Here the advocates of Pantheism will find all they want, the two factors, Infinite and finite, reduced into one. (1) Grace and truth are spoken of in the concrete; not full of the news of grace and truth. If we regard Christianity, practically, as salvation for fallen man, the Incarnation is the secret of its exhaustless Divine power. When the court of Olympus was constituted, the conviction — universal among the Indo-European peoples — that the gods could not be strangers to men, made it natural to believe that they came down to earth from time to time. But the grace of His heart was not expended by its earthly efforts; after He ascended to glory, He manifested in an equal degree the forbearing kindness of His heart, the distinguishing sovereignty of His grace. INEFFABLE GRACE combined with RESOLUTE FIRMNESS.1. (Principal Grant. THE DOCTRINE OF GOD. The Greek impresses us with his cleverness: Christ with His greatness and goodness. (4) These qualities in Him are at the full. Communion.III. That attraction we find in the Divine child of Bethlehem, born that He might regenerate the world, and all the courtesies and kindnesses of Christmas between families, households, rich and poor, old and young, are rightly done in His honour who came to unite us to each other in union with Himself. 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