“He who spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all—how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?” (Romans 8:32)
The above verse supplies us with an instance of Divine logic. It contains a conclusion drawn from a premise; the premise is that God delivered up Christ for all His people, therefore everything else that is needed by them is sure to be given. There are many examples in Holy Writ of such Divine logic. “If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire—will He not much more clothe you?” (Matt. 6:30). “For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of His Son—how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!” (Romans 5:10). “If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children—how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask Him!” (Matt. 7:11). So here in our text the reasoning is irresistible and goes straight to the understanding and heart.
Our text tells of the gracious character of our loving God as interpreted by the gift of His Son. And this, not merely for the instruction of our minds, but for the comfort and assurance of our hearts. The gift of His own Son is God’s guarantee to His people of all needed blessings. The greater includes the lesser. His unspeakable spiritual gift is the pledge of all needed temporal mercies. Note in our text four things:
The Father’s costly sacrifice.
This brings before us a side of the truth upon which I fear we rarely meditate. We delight to think of the wondrous love of Christ, whose love was stronger than death, and who deemed no suffering too great for His people. But what must it have meant to the heart of the Father when His Beloved left His Heavenly Home! God is love, and nothing is so sensitive as love. I do not believe that Deity is emotionless, or stoical. I believe the sending forth of the Son was something which the heart of the Father felt—that it was a real sacrifice on His part.
Weigh well then, the solemn fact which premises the sure promise that follows: God “spared not His own Son!” Expressive, profound, melting words! Knowing full well, as He only could, all that redemption involved—the Law rigid and unbending, insisting upon perfect obedience and demanding death for its transgressors. Justice, stern and inexorable, requiring full satisfaction, refusing to “clear the guilty.” Yet God withheld not the only Sacrifice which could meet the case.
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[Editor’s Note: This article was written by Arthur W. Pink. Via Grace Gems, image and title changed.]
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