For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men,…
1. If Christ hath freed and redeemed us from all iniquity, then hath He made no partial redemption; He satisfieth not for the fault, and leaveth us to satisfy for the punishment; neither redeemeth us from the eternal punishment, but giveth us leave to satisfy for the temporal. But if Christ have redeemed us from all iniquity, if He said on the Cross, It is finished, that is, the whole work of man's redemption is consummate and perfect; if at one time He made one perfect expiation, and thereby brought in an everlasting redemption, here is artillery and gunshot against all popery; down go all other satisfactions for sin in this life, down go all satisfactions after this life in purgatory, down goeth their doctrine of all other merits save this of Christ.
2. This consideration must stir us up to a love of our Lord Jesus, who hath discharged us of such a debt, and ransomed us from such an unutterable thraldom.
3. It must work in us a detestation and watchfulness against all sin, which bringeth such vassalage upon us; for shall Christ take upon Him our debts, that we, like desperate prodigals, should do nothing but augment them? Shall He ransom us, and give us perfect freedom that we, with the unthankful Israelites, should run back again to our former bondage? Shall we, with Solomon's fools, make but a mock of sin, which cost Christ so dear to expiate?
4. Hence also is ministered no small consolation to the faithful; for if Christ have redeemed us from all iniquity, who can lay anything to our charge? Seeing that Christ hath justified, who can condemn?
(T. Taylor, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,