Glory to God in the Highest
I found this gem of a commentary through studying an interesting and increasingly inspiring message on the sign of my Brother-in-Law’s church over Christmas. I looked and looked for the picture of the sign so I could post is here, but could not find it. The caption read something like this:
Glory to God in highest heaven,
and peace on earth
to those with whom God is well pleased.
~ Luke 2:14
I love older commentaries. Found within are fountains of beauty springing from writers inspired by study not stained with the lackadaisical attitudes of our modern global society; all too often this same attitude is found staining our softened and compromised churches.
By B. H. Carroll
The name “Jesus” means Saviour, and the salvation to be achieved by him was not political deliverance of his people from Roman rule, but salvation “from their sins.”
What a pity that his own disciples were so slow to understand the nature of the salvation, and how readily even Pontius Pilate acquitted him by the verdict, “I find no fault in him,” when he understood that our Lord’s kingdom was not of this world, and hence not a revolt against Caesar.
Had the suspicious, bloody-minded old tyrant, Herod, understood, there would have been no massacre of the babes at Bethlehem.
And even in our late day we need to be continually reminded of the real mission of our Lord.
Let us make no mistake about this “salvation from sins.”
It is salvation through the vicarious expiation of sins satisfying the claims of justice.
It is salvation from the guilt of sin by justification, through faith.
It is salvation from the defilement of sin by the cleansing blood of Christ applied by the Holy Spirit.
It is salvation from the love of sin through regeneration.
It is salvation from the dominion of sin through sanctification.
It is the salvation of the body through resurrection and glorification.
We may not stop at salvation done for us, but must include the salvation wrought in us.
Salvation has the legal aspects expressed by the appropriate words, expiation and justification.
And further expressed in a commercial legal sense by redemption and ransom.
If you address as Father the One
who impartially judges according to each one’s work,
conduct yourselves in fear
during the time of your stay on earth;
knowing that you were not redeemed
with perishable things like silver or gold
from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers,
but with precious blood,
as of a lamb unblemished and spotless,
the blood of Christ.
~ 1 Peter 1:17-19
whoever wants to become great among
you must be your servant,
and whoever wants to be first must be your slave
just as the Son of Man did not come to be served,
but to serve,
and to give his life as a ransom for many.
~ Mat 20:26-28
He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone.
This has now been witnessed to the world
at the proper time.
~ 1 Timothy 2:6
and you will know the truth,
and the truth will make you free
~ John 8:32
Woe to the teacher or those taught who ignore one of these elements.
It has its biological import, expressed by birth from above, or a new creature; and life more abundant, expressed by sanctification.
Woe to the teacher or those taught who leave these out or magnifies these by decrying the legal aspects!
It has its human or experimental side,
as expressed in contrition, repentance,
reformation and all those fruits of the Spirit,
love joy, hope, peace,
as we walk in newness of life from grace to grace,
from faith to faith,
from strength to strength,
perfecting ourselves in holiness,
being changed more and more into the image of Christ,
from glory to glory.
Thank you Mr. Carroll for your godly wisdom. May it touch the heart of others who happen to stumble across this humble and poor note found on this little blog.
When the angels sinned,
God let them fall all the way to Hell.
When humanity sinned,
God came down to restore us,
and cloth us in risen His glory.