He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
I. THE IMPORTANT FACT ASSERTED.
1. "He spared not His own Son," etc. Man, made upright, lost the indwelling of the Holy Ghost, and then became corrupt and could not extricate himself. God's mercy found remedy — He determined to give His Son. "Spare" has two senses.
(1) He did not keep Him back; there was no obligation in God thus to give us Jesus. Herein is love, etc.
(2) He did not excuse Him from suffering. The Divine nature could not suffer, but gave efficacy.
2. It was God that delivered Him up; whatever was done by Judas or Pilate was done by permission.
3. "For us" — not our remote advantage merely, as in resurrection, but in our stead — that we might not perish (Isaiah 53.).
4. "For us all." Not some men of all countries, but "for every man."
II. THE INFERENCE DEDUCED FROM IT. "All things" necessary and salutary.
1. All the comforts of this life which it is safe and proper we should enjoy. God has the prerogative of knowing what is best for us. He can best cater for us. Be thankful that He deigns to do this. Connect even our temporal blessings with the atonement of the Lord Jesus.
2. Chiefly spiritual blessings. The interrogation here is an assertion; to suppose the contrary would be ridiculous. Three positions may support this inference.
(1) If He gave His Son to enemies what will He give to us who have thrown our arms away (chap. Romans 5.)?
(2) He gave Him unsought, and even undesired. The first step to man's recovery was taken in God.
(3) He gave us His best gift. His own Son — a Divine person. If a creature, the apostle would have magnified the greatness of the purchase with the small price. He has no such other gift. Omnipotence is limited here; we can ask no blessing adequate to this: hence what is the pardon of sins to God? Nay, He delights in it. Why, then, should He withhold inferior blessings? We are warranted to ask till we think of some gift greater than Jesus.
3. He will freely give us all things. No regard to merit or worthiness in the receiver. As He had no such regard when He gave His Son, so He yet acts freely — pardons, sanctifies, saves to heaven freely.
(J. Summerfield, A.M.)
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