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:…
I. THE WILL OF GOD CONCERNING US.
1. Distinguish between the desire of a
(1) king concerning his subjects — to suppress their rebellion;
(2) a master concerning his servants — to enforce their obedience;
(3) a father concerning his children — to win their liberty, rectitude, and love.
2. So our heavenly Father desires to win us from the bondage of sin to Himself.
(1) He only can estimate this bondage aright.
(2) His purpose is to deliver us from it.
II. THE GRACIOUS WAY IN WHICH OUR FATHER WORKS OUT HIS WILL.
1. Jesus is the liberator.
2. He has gained the liberating power.
3. He uses this power in His self-sacrifice.
4. He liberates by
(1) training our trustful love;
(2) gaining entrance into our lives.
(R. Tuck, B. A.)
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