which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied
of the grace that should come unto you: searching what, or what manner of
time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified
beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow....
Which things the angels desire to look into. 1 Peter 1:10-12.
In this life we can only begin to understand the wonderful theme of redemption.
With our finite comprehension we may consider most earnestly the shame and
the glory, the life and the death, the justice and the mercy, that meet in
the cross; yet with the utmost stretch of our mental powers we fail to grasp
its full significance. The length and the breadth, the depth and the height,
of redeeming love are but dimly comprehended. The plan of redemption will
not be fully understood, even when the ransomed see as they are seen and know
as they are known; but through the eternal ages new truth will continually
unfold to the wondering and delighted mind. Though the griefs and pains and
temptations of earth are ended and the cause removed, the people of God will
ever have a distinct, intelligent knowledge of what their salvation has cost....
of the cross explains all other mysteries. In the light that streams from
Calvary the attributes of God which had filled us with fear and awe appear
beautiful and attractive. Mercy, tenderness, and parental love are seen to
blend with holiness, justice, and power. While we behold the majesty of His
throne, high and lifted up, we see His character in its gracious manifestations,
and comprehend, as never before, the significance of that endearing title,
be seen that He who is infinite in wisdom could devise no plan for our salvation
except the sacrifice of His son. The compensation for this sacrifice is the
joy of peopling the earth with ransomed beings, holy, happy, and immortal.
The result of the Savior’s conflict with the powers of darkness is joy
to the redeemed, redounding to the glory of God throughout eternity. And such
is the value of the soul that the Father is satisfied with the price paid;
and Christ Himself, beholding the fruits of His great sacrifice, is satisfied.
all eternity the ransomed host will be His chief glory.
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