Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:…
Here is the close of the salutation, in which, by holding forth His own practice for an example, He comprehends the duty of the redeemed. They are to ascribe lasting glory and praise to God the Father for His goodwill to this work of our redemption by Jesus Christ.
1. As God, in this great work of our redemption, has made the glory of almost all His attributes, especially of His justice, mercy, and wisdom, to shine forth, so it is the duty of the redeemed to acknowledge that glory, and to wish that it may be set forth more and more both in ourselves and others.
2. This duty can never be sufficiently discharged. There is required the leisure of eternity to ascribe glory to God.
3. The glory of the Redeemer, and of God, who sent His son to do that work, shall be the long-lasting and never-ending song of the redeemed.
4. Our praise and thanksgiving must not be formal or verbal only, but fervent and serious, proceeding from the most intimate affection of the heart.
Parallel VersesKJV: Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father: