And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us…
I. THE LOVE OF CHRIST, AS THE SOURCE OF OUR REDEMPTION.
II. THE SACRIFICE OF CHRIST, AS THE MEANS BY WHICH OUR REDEMPTION WAS ACCOMPLISHED.
1. It is evident from these words that we had incurred some penalty which we must have endured personally, had not the love of Christ induced Him to interpose on our behalf.
2. But the text intimates that Jesus Christ did interpose on our behalf, and "hath given Himself for us."
3. Our text intimates that it was the person of Christ which rendered His sacrifice efficacious, and that because "He gave Himself for us." His substitution was acceptable to God, and available to the salvation of man.
4. The text intimates that this offering and sacrifice was acceptable to the Father to whom it was presented, for it is said to be "a sweet smelling savour" to Him.
III. WALKING IN LOVE, AS THE EFFECT WHICH THIS REDEMPTION IS INTENDED TO PRODUCE.
1. Let us walk in love to Christ.
2. Let us walk in love to Christians.
3. Let us walk in love to all mankind.
Parallel VersesKJV: And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.