The wife sees the ring on her finger, and she says, "I am married; I am no longer my own. But Christ was not an ordinary man. He becomes his father's "substitute," and, if you ask the father in after years how he was saved, with the tear in his eye and a quivering voice, he will tell you he was saved by a substitute — that substitute his most loved and loving son. Christ hath suffered, the just for the unjust. Far better, and far more true, is it to suppose that He preached Himself, the One Saviour, to all alike. It suffered, and went down into the grave. The law in its precept and penalty must be satisfied. But wait a little; why did he do it? 3. Propitiatory. There is no more danger. "There remaineth no more sacrifice for sin."II. We can be restored to God. Man was not made man for the purpose of suffering; on the contrary, it is the result, the penalty, of his sin; but the very end for which the Christ became man was that He might suffer. The Lord Jesus is filled with ineffable satisfaction, which is the reward of His passion and His death. (1)It effectually removes all obstacles to it. You know the two types of men, and of the approaches to them in every degree and form, from your daily experience with those about you; you know it still more from the experiences within you. Let it open to thee just a glimpse of realities out of thy sight! There is a palate in this same Epistle which, rightly considered, makes it evident that St. Peter believed that to the dead in Hades the gospel itself had been proclaimed. It is very simple. The designation by which the Redeemer is here distinguished, and the emphatic statement whereby He characterises His sufferings must be taken together — "Christ once suffered for sins." To set forth the DESIGN of Christ's sufferings, and to aim at its accomplishment in BRINGING MEN TO GOD. In a moment the Duke leaped from his horse's back, plunged into the stream, and with considerable difficulty succeeded in saving the drowning man and bringing him to land. Patience and passion are but varied forms of one word; the sacrifice of long suffering. "Baptism doth now save us by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead." Suffering is made to flow from sin. THE PURPOSE OF THE SAVIOUR'S MISSION.1. To preserve His truth, and the earthen vessels that contained it, not from the flood of water, but from the flood of sin. There is a palate in this same Epistle which, rightly considered, makes it evident that St. Peter believed that to the dead in Hades the gospel itself had been proclaimed. "That He might bring us to God" — us, the erring and straying, the sin-bound and self-exiled. It is the subjection of the spiritual world to our Saviour, "Angels and authorities and powers were made subject" to the Son of Man when He went into heaven, and sat down off the right hand of God. He the Crucified One, His body still hanging on the tree, passed away from the Cross of Calvary to the place of custody, where the souls of the departed were in confinement. There are some who have thought that the substance of our Lord's preaching in Hades was of two kinds — that to some He preached salvation, to others perdition; that to the irreclaimably lost He preached a concio damnatoria. "He suffered once for sin," so that to them who lay hold on Him, this holds sure, that sin is never to be suffered for in the way of strict justice again, as not by Him, so not by them who are in Him. When tempted to relax or disobey, you will answer your tempter, "I have placed myself in the hands of Christ; I am not my own. It, too, is like Noah's. There are some in whom the process or change we call "repentance" is not very marked or great. Voluntary.II. For man to be away from God is as if a flower were separated from its root, a babe from its mother.IV. If it were not for sin we should have nothing to fear. This is a proof of His amazing love. It was His pleasure to remain on earth during those forty days, in order to show Himself alone to His disciples, and to establish beyond doubt the fact that He was risen from the dead; but they were only a delay interposed before that triumphant departure whose way was already prepared. Legally: They remove all governmental obstructions to reconciliation.2. To answer these questions, we must have recourse to the doctrine of the substitution and atonement of Christ, and then to such questions it is easy to give an answer.3. The patience of God, the gentleness of God, the forgiveness of God, the sufferings of God for us — these will stand out in such illustrious light in that day that every one wilt be filled with joy, and gratitude, and triumph, and new pleasure in the consciousness that it was of God that he was saved, and not of himself.(H. Let not those who are alarmed despair. And now, although no longer humbled in the flesh, Christ has not lost that peculiar element and attribute of the Divine nature — namely, substitution, imputation, vicariousness. Hence Paul writes: "Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Christ were baptized into His death?" What happens then, we ask? There then seek Him, There, when you have found Him, with Him dwell. Does not it also signify intense love? Now you demand the trumpet, for the words are full of soul-stirring music, and create intense delight. THE SUFFERINGS HE ENDURED. This is no past matter. No sooner have they come to prosperity than they have come to luxury, idleness, and the beginnings of decay. There is nothing that the whole world revolts at more than at flagrant ingratitude.2. That rolling of the stone to the grave was as if they had rolled it towards the east in the night, to stop the rising of the sun the next morning; much farther above all their power was this Sun of Righteousness in His rising again. But when this great Master approaches this very fact of suffering, as the one which He will use in His work, we have reason to expect a word of authority from Him on this most distressing feature of it. H. Wilson, D. D.I. Sermon The Day Before the End of the World “The end of all things is near. The millions disbelieved. THE PURPOSE OF THE SAVIOUR'S MISSION.1. And provide what she needs, care for her as your greatest treasure. The fact that there are spirits in hell to whom the gospel was once preached suggests two very solemn considerations:1. 1 Peter 3:7. As long as you think merely of Noah being saved from death by drowning, you miss the grand design of God in bringing the flood upon the earth. It was such a change from what had been before that I could not help asking, "What has happened tonight?" He stands before God to receive what is due to His people's sins. Thus it shows us the kneeling suppliant at his lord's feet crying, "Have patience with me and I will pay thee all." You know that when two parties present themselves to the minister for marriage he requires them to say certain words after him; those words form what we may call the marriage oath, or declaration, or compact. Now the gospel way of pardon, though it might be said to include all these, is yet different from them all. Our doctrine is not sentiment, and view, and opinion, but fact. Meanwhile in the intermediate state — between the crucifixion and the resurrection, He, the Lord of Life, neither slumbered nor slept. "In the flesh." We know what the provocation is, when our motives are misjudged, or our self-respect is insulted; when mean calculations take advantage of our friendship; when our children are forgetful or wilful, our pupils dull, our servants careless, our neighbours arrogant, our beneficiaries unthankful or impertinent. Before we pass to our last words of counsel, let us throw the light of St. Paul and St. Peter upon some of those darkest passages in the history of the Old Testament which seem to consign to a disproportionate doom men of a single sin, or men sinning half under compulsion. (Arthur Brooks. In what way, then, you may ask, does baptism save us? All our approaches to God should be through Jesus Christ.(S. You know how the soldier is fired with the sense of his dignity as a soldier. Huntington. THAT THERE ARE HUMAN SPIRITS WHO HAVE BEEN IN THE PRISON OF HELL FOR CENTURIES, TO WHOM THE GOSPEL WAS ONCE PREACHED. W. Noel, M. A.I. Let us give a little wider reach to the treatment of the subject by contemplating the patience of God in its sublime delay, its slowness as men count slowness, in bringing about the most beneficent ends. For each one of them He kindled the light of conscience or of revelation, to show them the way, and they shut their eyes upon it. The providential dispensations and religious rites in which the principles were embodied, accorded with the infant state of the world and the Church. In what way, then, you may ask, does baptism save us? The salvation of believers lies not in meeting God for themselves, when the vials of His wrath for sin are poured out; but in being found in Christ, when He receives His people's due. What does this signify but, first, that He is gone out of the region wherein our senses can perceive Him? There are a thousand things that hinder men that have done wrong from forsaking their wrong-doing. "He is gone up into heaven, despite all who raged against Him." 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