The next being to God is man. He says, "Not the putting away of the filth of the flesh." Christ was "in the world" before His incarnation. How deep the enmity, how dire the distance between thee and thy God! 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. Husbands, never use your position of strength to control your wife. So shall it also be with you. It is used to signify the mutual return of question and answer, which implies compact. Thou feeble Christian, who believest and prayest and strivest, but hast never laid firm hold on the hope set before thee, who day by day art conning over thine own imperfections, turn thine eyes from looking inward, and look upward on Him where He is. Your first task as the head is to understand the wife God has entrusted to your leadership. Specially contemplates the good of His followers.(Homilist. Peter speaks of them now as being in hell. So Peter is not primarily talking to husbands of unbelieving wives. THEIR DESIGN. Through the gates of death in the new life of the disembodied spirit He went, He made a journey. We have, it is true, as men and women, our disapprobations and even our little indignations at wrong-doing. Did He, the Apostle on earth of His Father in heaven, continue to pursue His Divine mission in Hades? (2) How may we hereby be comforted and encouraged against Satan's malice. If any of us stand wondering how the mountain of our own or the world's suffering shall be conquered, and have never seen the path opened on the side of man's sin, have tried every way but the fight against sin, have shed tears over every calamity but the depravity of our nature, have done everything but confess our sins in the sight of God, nay, have dismissed that as too dark and hard a side of the problem for us to face, now let the way opened by One who knew the secrets of our nature and of the generation of that mountain of suffering, — let that way be the one for our feet to follow. OUR ATONEMENT. The act of baptism is an open public renunciation of sin, of sinful pleasures, of the follies of the world.II. THE FINAL CAUSE OR DESIGN OF THE SUFFERINGS OF CHRIST. Remembering your "baptism," the standing seal of that relation, you will say, "I am a baptized Christian, one of Christ's soldiers. Christ preached to them, by Noah, when on earth. There is thy safety; there thy guarantee of God's favour; on that blessed Form falls no frown of the Father's countenance, but an everlasting smile of approval, and under that smile thou, His lowly and fainting member, art included. That man, for that yielding, is executed, within the day, under God's death warrant. HIS POSITION. He is afflicted in all our afflictions.1. We could smile at death, and at him who hath its power, if we were free from sin.2. One of our greatest troubles, under the suffering which we feel ourselves or see in the world, is, that it does not seem to come upon the right people. By the prevalency of His intercession.(W. The "Just." In the first place, it is not "the putting away of the filth of the flesh." Since thus our Lord hath taught us by suffering in His own person and hath thus dignified sufferings, we should certainly rather be ambitious than afraid of them. A man leaps overboard from the deck of a steamer on the broad Atlantic, and you think him a fool or a madman. A prison is a place of gloom.2. We are not at home on earth. 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." There are many things that he would not do because it would disgrace his profession. Unique (ἄπαξ), once for all.2. He meant that Jesus, his substitute, had died for him, and he had not to die, but only to fall asleep in Jesus.3. The statement is that "Christ suffered for sins." In the Old Testament times, this principle of Divine government was exhibited in acts and ordinances of a more material kind. Was it not that the innocent suffered for the guilty, and that on account of this suffering the guilty might go free? THE RESULTS OF PARDON — that is to say, the consequences of being pardoned through the substitution of another — through the Lord Jesus taking our place. It sometimes seems as if spirit could do anything; and it can, if it is the right spirit. It is the sign, token, symbol of the covenant, compact, which the believer has entered into with his Saviour. You will point your tempter to your "baptism" as a standing symbol of your covenant with Christ; and in this way your "baptism" will be helpful to you, and will save you.III. Preece.The apostle speaks of "baptism" as saving us; that is the point that concerns us most. THE SALVATION OF CHRISTIANS BY BAPTISM is like the saving of Noah by the waters of the flood.1. "(Plain Sermons by Contributors to "Tracts for the Times. )The resurrection of ChristArthur Brooks.No man ever yet came out of a great work the same as he went into it; he has always lost something, and gained something. He bids us contemplate the two parts of His humanity — the flesh and the spirit. That similarity is in THE WATER OF BAPTISM, as compared with the water of the deluge to Noah. OUR EXAMPLE.(F. It, too, is like Noah's. Death dissolved the compound. OUR ATONEMENT. The word "once," is capable of being taken in two senses. and I wanted to put it as shortly and as fully as possible, I would say, "It is the immediate, present acceptance of Christ as the substitute on the authority of God's word and offer." — not necessarily "condemned with the world" — "living" possibly all the time, and to live, according to God the Judge, and in that higher part of the man, which is "spirit." Were His sufferings the consequence of His own desert? The lesson was about the crucifixion of Christ, and the teacher asked, "What connection have we with the work and death of the Lord Jesus?" His sufferings are sufficient.2. Did He, the Apostle on earth of His Father in heaven, continue to pursue His Divine mission in Hades? There is nothing that the whole world revolts at more than at flagrant ingratitude.2. When its work was through, the spirit, which had never been daunted, which had relied upon the Father in its darkest moments, had an opportunity to show its strength. "Judged according to men in flesh" — judged so far as the body, and the life of time, goes — for is it not judgment to be cut off hastily from this life of the living, and by a sentence written for evermore upon the page of God? The language intimates that the just suffered only once: Christ hath once suffered for sins. We go to museums and she reads every plate of information and remembers everything she reads. Morally: They remove the enmity of the human heart, and are the means of uniting the soul in love to its Maker.3. A. That similarity is in THE WATER OF BAPTISM, as compared with the water of the deluge to Noah. His activity of philanthropy never ceased. Every transaction upon which you enter has its two sides — it can exalt the flesh and kill the spirit, or it can kill the flesh and exalt the spirit. If I wished to convince you that you needed pardon, from your father, for instance, in an ordinary matter, I should first have to show you your offence. If any of that had been in His sufferings, it had not furthered but undone all our comfort in Him.2. The "Just." When visiting our Jewish Mission Schools at Pesth, the capital of Hungary, a few years ago, I heard the truth on which I have been dwelling strikingly brought out by one of the pupils. So shall it also be with you. The next being to God is man. He intends us to remove, for He has removed. A place of confinement for trial.III. (Essex Remembrancer. This is the impatient spirit that vitiates so many of our remonstrances against our neighbours' crimes. Besides being the seal and pledge of our accomplished redemption, He is, in this His glorified state, our continuing High Priest and Intercessor. Then the flesh grows and asserts itself, until at length its hour of weakness comes, and, in the failure of disease or of old age, it loses its power, and sinks once more into the earth. The old man looked up and said, "One word, sir!" The other always seems to be buoyant with joy and hope of something better. Our baptism is into Him, and He meets the baptism for us which would have carried us away. H. Wilson, D. D.I. Take such an instance as that of the disobedient prophet — a man lied to by another prophet — and failing, under that persuasion, to keep the safe rule, what God has said to thee thyself is more true, for thee at least, and more concerning, than that which God is said to have said, in correction of it, or in repeal of it, to another. Disembodied.2. Under this second phrase, His human nature and His Divine nature and power are distinguished. The danger. THE GREAT DESIGN OF HIS SUFFERINGS IS DECLARED.1. As Noah remained safe, shut up within the ark, while it received the surges of the deluge; so we, in Christ our refuge, are unhurt, while He meets and exhausts in our stead the justice due to sin. I flew recently and heard, “First class Ambassador Club, please, at your leisure make your way to the red carpet and board the plane. But then we know that our Lord, as man, is gone into a greater nearness to God than ever; "He is gone into heaven," where is the throne of the great King. As it does so, strength is glorified; it conquers weakness, it spreads the power of its own life, it becomes strength in its right place. Beecher. By His atoning sacrifice, thereby removing every obstacle in the way of the sinner's access to God.2. 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 unrepeatable sacrificeJ. God employed one flood to wipe away another. The sense of actuality: that is, the mere expression of the fact that He had suffered. Christ is at the fountainhead of power.2. The gospel way of pardon is by substitution — by One taking the place of another, by the Just taking the place of the unjust — the Good taking the place of the evil — the just Jesus, the good Jesus, taking the place of the unjust and the evil. It is quite noticeable that one of the apostles of our Lord dwells on this grace of patience with peculiar earnestness, returning to it as if it had a special power to his conscience and a special sacredness to his heart; and this is St. Peter, from whom my text is taken. (Dean Vaughan.). THE EXTENT OF THE INFLUENCE OF THE SAVIOR'S MISSION.(U. 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 sufferings of ChristS. Dr. Carey, the great Indian scholar and missionary, tells of his visit to one of the wards in an Indian hospital. Thomas. Preece. There are some in whom the process or change we call "repentance" is not very marked or great. He was wounded, bruised, scourged, crucified. The authority of His law must be maintained. Therefore, keep working at ways to show love to your spouse. The very trials of our life are ordered by a wiser will than ours, and are parts of a Heavenly Father's discipline. J. Bengel.Christ dealt with the living in the body, with the spirits in the spirit.(A. Sin entered into the world, and death by sin. The form of the expression resembles that in our Creeds. Lastly, there is service. One of our greatest troubles, under the suffering which we feel ourselves or see in the world, is, that it does not seem to come upon the right people. Not this; but "the answer of a good conscience toward God." (3) We must keep within com pass, and walk carefully in God's ways.II. . His sufferings are sufficient.2. If I wished to convince you that you needed pardon, from your father, for instance, in an ordinary matter, I should first have to show you your offence. 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. We see spirit triumphing over flesh everywhere; not always, but on every side and in all departments, giving us the hope and key to this great fact. "That He might bring us to God."!1. I know how the forces of the flesh press on every side; a greater force of the spirit shall be with you through Me. This His glorious state of final perfection of humanity is not His alone. He suffered for the unjust. )The ascensionDean Vaughan. That explained all. Very seldom has He come to them with sudden judgments or wide spread desolations. He says, "Behold I and the children which God hath given Me." WE HAVE THE GREAT MYSTERY OF CHRIST'S DEATH ALLUDED TO — "Put to death in the flesh, but quickened in the spirit." Close. (4)In filial fellowship and friendship.3. Consider, first, what a thing it is to know that the good angels are on our side, that they camp about us to deliver us. (Romans 6:3-13). the cold affections, lifeless prayers, halting steps. The fearful enormity of evil.2. Specially contemplates the good of His followers.(Homilist. The next being to God is man. Those evil angels cannot do that evil they would, and if they cannot, much less can their instruments. Now, what the wedding ring is to the married couple and society, baptism is to the believer and Christ. He says, "Not the putting away of the filth of the flesh." And when once we come to get a sight of our sins as against God, we never can rest until we have got His pardon.II. The connection is by no means so obvious as in some other types; but it is net less real.I. What object did the Almighty Ruler contemplate in those stupendous arrangements? He was at once the foundation, standard, and revelation, of eternal rectitude.III. The multitudes of those who disbelieved, in Noah's days, perished, and the few that believed were saved. He bids us contemplate the two parts of His humanity — the flesh and the spirit. You may, without presumption, imagine Him, then, saying to some of His good angels, "Here is one who lays down to rest, desiring to dwell under the defence Of the Most High; he hath set his love upon Me, and tried to know My name; therefore do you, My good angels, take charge of him, and keep him from the evil that walketh in darkness. Through the gates of death in the new life of the disembodied spirit He went, He made a journey. Nor is the whole Scripture less clear and strong as to the practical value of this virtue in the Christian standard of character. Her face was quite radiant. It was the Father's witness to His being the Son of God; in that He has raised Him from the dead. 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. They listened, indeed, from their sullen prisons to the heavenly Herald of mercy, and, as they listened to Him, they learned that He had died for the sins of the whole world, that He had died even for their sins, but at the same time they knew of themselves that He was not their present Saviour but their future Judge. 1. "Take heart," he seems to say; "your sufferings are not exceptional; they run in the Divine family; even our Master was not exempt from them; He also suffered in the flesh; but His sufferings did not stay His blessed ministry; nay, they even augmented His sphere of usefulness; 'He was quickened in spirit,' in which also he went forth to herald His accomplished work in regions to which, but for death, He had not obtained access. What does this signify but, first, that He is gone out of the region wherein our senses can perceive Him? The man who taught to his fellow men the uses of destructive fire was the hero of ancient mythology; the men who have bridled the lightnings, and chained the forces of air and water, are the great names of modern civilisation. THE MERITORIOUS CAUSE OF THEM IS ASSIGNED.III. It pronounces its blessing on those that bring forth fruit with patience. Men in countless myriads are in heaven white robed, praising God; and one Man is actually on the throne of God, vicegerent, Lord over all; having every knee to bow before Him, and every tongue to call Him Lord, to the glory of God the Father.II. This is the best seal that our faith could desires the resurrection and ascension of Christ being practically the resurrection and the home bringing of all His redeemed.2. THE NEED OF PARDON, suggested by the word in our text — "sins." This is one of the wonders of heaven. More and more He is bound to Him, until at last, in the great occasion of His death, it is not surprising that the trained and strengthened spirit conquers and raises Him. It is by being in Christ that we may get our sins purged away, and yet be ourselves saved. Let not the righteous be discouraged by their fewness.5. But what marks a special contrast between them and the Divine displeasure is this, that as they gain in strength our human antipathies toward transgression are apt to grow hot and hasty. Such is St. Paul's argument in his Epistle to the Ephesians. (2) The greater honour and dignity our Head hath, the more joy and comfort may we have, who are His members.2. B. Meyer, B. A. Or, it may be taken in the sense of onlyness. It means also communion and counsel. Of course the question starts, How does baptism save us; in what way is it helpful to us in our Christian life and career? And if you found that that drowning man had in time past often reviled the one who in his sore need risked his own life to deliver him, how could you find words to express your sense of the nobleness of such self-sacrificing conduct? FOR THE GOOD ANGELS.1. He sees the tyrants, the traitors, the hardened profligates, living out their many days, and some of them dying natural deaths in their beds, the Alvas and Torquemadas, small and great, of every age — His judgment seat not moved forward one hair's breadth to meet them this side the grave. O man, how far off hast thou wandered! This is the impatient spirit that vitiates so many of our remonstrances against our neighbours' crimes. His activity of philanthropy never ceased. 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. A prison is a place of gloom.2. It "brings us to God.". Thou feeble Christian, who believest and prayest and strivest, but hast never laid firm hold on the hope set before thee, who day by day art conning over thine own imperfections, turn thine eyes from looking inward, and look upward on Him where He is. We can only appreciate this suggestion by realising what is implied in being away from God. What object did the Almighty Ruler contemplate in those stupendous arrangements? The apostle Peter wrote: Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered (1 Peter 3:7). (1)It effectually removes all obstacles to it. Again, our glorified Saviour is the giver of the Holy Spirit. Their cause; both their meritorious cause and their final cause; first, what in us procured these sufferings unto Christ, and, secondly, what those His sufferings procured unto us. 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