Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
I. ITS NATURE.
1. From the meaning of the word.
2. From the type (Leviticus 16:21).
(1) The two goats were necessary to set forth the perfect work of Christ: the first in atoning for sin, the other in bearing it away.
3. In its foundation (Romans 3:24, 25; Romans 5:9).
(1) The foundation is solid.
(2) The grace is perfect.
II. ITS CONDITION. "By faith." Consider —
1. The root meaning of the word.
2. The naturalness of the thing signified.
3. What is involved in unbelief.
III. ITS FRUITS.
1. Peace (ver. 1).
(1) Its nature.
(2) With whom established.
(3) Through whom acquired.
2. Standing (ver. 2).
3. Joy (ver. 2).
(1) Its inspiration. "Hope of the glory of God."
(2) Its strength. "In tribulations."
(3) Its intellectual basis (ver. 4).
(4) Its internal evidence (ver. 5).
IV. ITS SOURCE. The love of God.
1. The manner in which it was procured (ver. 8).
(1) "Commendeth" should be rendered "giveth proof of."
2. The character of those for whom Christ died.
(1) "Those without strength" (ver. 6).
(2) "Sinners" (ver. 8).
(3) Such an exhibition of love unparalleled (ver. 7).
3. The purpose for which God gave His Son (vers. 9, 10).
V. PRACTICAL LESSONS.
1. The blessing of which this lesson treats is the greatest need of man.
2. The sacrifice which Christ made to procure this blessing the most wonderful fact in history.
3. The condition on which this blessing may be obtained the most reasonable and easy.
4. The benefits which this blessing confers on the believer in this life are the most precious God can bestow.
5. The glory to which the believer by it lays claim is ineffable and eternal.
(D. C. Hughes, A. M.)
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