His gift is the only one that could have profited us.4. When the waves of penalty begin to come in in fearful tides, then He banks up against them. "All that a man hath will he give for his life." THE GIFT OF GOD MUST BE RECEIVED BY FAITH. Spurgeon. "(1) The designation of the Redeemer is peculiar and significant. Even so Jesus Christ has taken my poor guilty soul ever since I believed in Him, and has wrapped around me the blood-red flag of His atoning sacrifice, and before God can destroy me or any other soul that is wrapped in the atonement, He must insult His Son and dishonour His sacrifice, and that He will never do, blessed be His name.(C. But such credence of this testimony that it is accepted by us, and that there is a personal reliance on Christ for salvation. The trouble with this statement is that there is a great deal of truth in it; and yet it has been made in such a manner as to give a very wrong impression. All its floating timbers are very rottenness. The Governor said the record was to be kept secret; the men were to know nothing about it; and at the end of six months the criminals were brought out, the roll was called, and the President of the Commission came up and spoke to them; then putting his hand in his pocket he drew out the papers and said to those 1,100 convicts, 'I hold in my hand pardons for five men.' )The love of God in the gift of ChristS. If it be withheld until wrung out, or if it be offered in a surly spirit, it sinks at once in importance below the lesser boon offered in frank and spontaneous sympathy.4. The trouble with this statement is that there is a great deal of truth in it; and yet it has been made in such a manner as to give a very wrong impression. "Think, massa!" (d)By His ascension the truth of eternal life was more confirmed. It existed from the first; only a century or two ago was it made manifest. This cannot be said of His wisdom or His power. H. Spurgeon. Thomas, D. D.)God's mercy is freeLet me tell thee that the mercy of God flows freely. The "world" is not here used in a restrictive sense. Compassionate: "the world."3. HOW SHALL THE EXPENSE BE MET? Hell yawns beneath to engulf him. On any lips this would be a wonderful word, but in the lips of Christ "love" meant all that was in His own heart. How near and dear Christ was to the Father (Colossians 1:13).2. The mode of human redemption. THE MEANS BY WHICH WE BECOME PERSONALLY INTERESTED IN THIS GIFT.1. HOW GOD MANIFESTED THIS AFFECTION.1. D. Barrows.I. W. Barnes, D. D.)Christ's mission a revelation of God's loveE. Easy to say, impossible to realize in all its augustness. His goodness is the levee between justice and the sinful soul.(H. All through the ages it governed the world with a view to its final redemption. All that is needed, therefore, is the entrustment of the heart to God. — God is love, and there is a something about love which always wins love. He represented God as the Good Samaritan who saw men lying in their wounds, robbed by sin of hope and heaven, upon the point of death, and came to save them at his own expense.III. It is like the wood which Moses took and placed in the bitter waters of Mara. He permitted His Son to perish from among men "that whosoever believeth in Him might not perish, but have everlasting life."(C. Beecher. It tarrieth not for thee: it cometh to thee as thou art. Love in man is but a ray from the sun; a drop from the ocean.II. 1. Blessed. The third was so singularly like the mother that the father said he would sooner die than that this dear boy should go into bondage; and as for the fourth, he was their Benjamin, their last, their darling, and they could not part with him. Thou needst not climb to heaven, nor descend to hell for it; the word is nigh thee; on thy lip, and in thy heart if thou believest on the Lord Jesus with thy heart, and with thy mouth makest confession of Him, thou shalt be saved.What is it to perishRev. Come hither, ye that make our national surveys, and lay down charts for all nations. The third article is — WHOSOEVER BELIEVETH IN CHRIST, etc. Every sacrifice was a renewal of the gift of grace. Himself the embodiment of love, He lifts our eyes to heaven and says, God loves, not made, rules, judges, but loves; and not the Church, but the world, and every individual in it. But the sinful world, which He loves with the love of compassion.IV. He that believeth not is dead already.(J. The allegation that if Christ suffered under compulsion it were unjust is true. To perish is to lose all hope in Christ, all trust in God, all light in life, all peace in death, all joy.V. Yet God so loved us that, to put it very strongly, He seemed to love us better than His only Son, and did not spare Him that He might spare us. How He gave.(1)Lovingly.(2)Freely.(3)Wholly.III. If God so loved this guilty world, then what an unplumbed depth of grace must have been in His heart! It is the only lasting bond of human society — the only guarantee of the perpetual bliss of heaven, and the only attribute in fallen man which is made an emblem of God, "God is love." (2) God was originally so full of mercy that He was willing to stoop to any sacrifice except that of truth and justice in order to save man. HOW THIS GIFT WAS THE HIGHEST, FULLEST MANIFESTATION OF THE LOVE OF GOD THAT EVER THE WORLD SAW. This life in all its perfection is the end of God. It existed from the first; only a century or two ago was it made manifest. Few men in the time of the Saviour's advent had any idea of the love of God. )The Christian's creedR. H. Here, then, we have hit upon the radical difference between paganism and Christianity. What an awful curse is unbelief!4. Therefore —V. - T. 1. The promise was made as soon as Adam fell. Agnostics do not know whether He is force or Father. CHRISTMAS AROUND THE WORLD John 3:16 INTRODUCTION A. There must be faith.(J. All His attributes are modifications and manifestations of His love.3. The objects of His love are perishing — perishing, not in body but in soul.2. Not the mere acceptance, however cordial, of the Christian creed. By the "world" cannot be meant any particular part. The world was guilty. (2) God was originally so full of mercy that He was willing to stoop to any sacrifice except that of truth and justice in order to save man. It is the only lasting bond of human society — the only guarantee of the perpetual bliss of heaven, and the only attribute in fallen man which is made an emblem of God, "God is love." LOVE IN ITS HIGHEST FORM. H. John the Baptist came from God.(J. Yet with all His hatred of sin how He hangs over the sinner!(S. )The glory of the GospelD. Jesus is near the seeker even when he is tossed upon oceans of doubt. Dyke.This affectionate compassion is set forth —I. (4)Not an involuntary love as is manifest in what it did. ITS NATURE.1. It offers the supremest blessings on the easiest, cheapest terms. H. Spurgeon.Come, ye surveyors, bring your chains, and try to make a survey of this word "so." (Bible Notes and Queries. No end of odd people come to the Tabernacle, or read my sermons; but they are all within the range of "whosoever."(C. A present realization.2. Man will want no new one until all that wakes up our need of Christ is destroyed.(R. Brewin.)WhosoeverC. "Read it again," asked the arrested pagan. It existed from the first; only a century or two ago was it made manifest. There is a love of friendship, brotherly love, parental love, conjugal love, a love of country or patriotism, and a love of God, or religion. 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