Henceforth we are strangers here because He is not here. It is the Christian application of "God is spirit." Now let us consider that He "is gone into heaven." It was, in some sort, as if one's nearest and dearest relation were made absolute king of the country. "That He might bring us to God.". "He did no sin, neither was guile found in His mouth."2. Apart from personal interest in the sufferings of Christ, suffering regarded as the result of sin — suffering for sin — is a fact, the most terrible and unrelieved in the experience and history of our world. He descended into hell." Such is the secret of all right-hearted service done for Christ, as well as of all holy living. the cold affections, lifeless prayers, halting steps. It belonged to Him who was the incarnate Son of God; and it must take that same body, and show its own power, and do what the flesh had been unable to do. It is not gratitude alone — that, indeed, moves us as we think of what He did for as — but it is the opening of the source of strength by which He was able to do it. In this we see at once is included every good thing. It is the Christian application of "God is spirit." THAT YOU HAVE CONSECRATED YOURSELF TO CHRIST'S SERVICE. Christ's sufferings.1. It is quite noticeable that one of the apostles of our Lord dwells on this grace of patience with peculiar earnestness, returning to it as if it had a special power to his conscience and a special sacredness to his heart; and this is St. Peter, from whom my text is taken. The fact that there are spirits in hell to whom the gospel was once preached suggests two very solemn considerations:1. When visiting our Jewish Mission Schools at Pesth, the capital of Hungary, a few years ago, I heard the truth on which I have been dwelling strikingly brought out by one of the pupils. In the whole of His tripartite humanity? Hold them fast, and it will be for your happiness. This is one of the wonders of heaven. Here is the death of His human nature; — "the flesh." THEY WERE ENDURED BY A JUST PERSON. It is this process of gain and loss to which our attention is called in the review of Christ's death and resurrection. Christ was "without sin." Their bodies were buried in the deep of the Deluge, and their spirits were carried into the deeper abyss of Hades. You know that when two parties present themselves to the minister for marriage he requires them to say certain words after him; those words form what we may call the marriage oath, or declaration, or compact. He spares them that they may spare each other. But the expression, "the just," intimates not only the perfect purity of His nature, but also the perfect purity of His life. When tempted to relax or disobey, you will answer your tempter, "I have placed myself in the hands of Christ; I am not my own. He reminds us that the Saviour Himself, remaining below, must have been confined by earth's conditions. This, then, is what I want to bring out as the most important thing. "Quickened." Hell is a dark realm of thinkers. That human Body, pierced but glorified, marred above measure, but also exalted above measure, let that be thy one object of contemplation. A place of punishment.4. And if you found that that drowning man had in time past often reviled the one who in his sore need risked his own life to deliver him, how could you find words to express your sense of the nobleness of such self-sacrificing conduct? Let not sinners question the justice of future punishment.3. They are full in His sight. "Who is gone into heaven," and therefore can "fill all things." That body which was entombed, was united to the spring of life, the Divine Spirit of the God-head that quickened it.(Abp. You may, without presumption, imagine Him, then, saying to some of His good angels, "Here is one who lays down to rest, desiring to dwell under the defence Of the Most High; he hath set his love upon Me, and tried to know My name; therefore do you, My good angels, take charge of him, and keep him from the evil that walketh in darkness. He draws them to the Cross, and you may be sure He will draw them to the crown.(C. A young friend, who had been in much anxiety about her soul, was shown into my study one night. We are saved by a flood. In others, as in the case of the prodigal, there is a time, sharp and distinct, when reflection arrests them in their course of sin and folly. W. Noel, M. There is a palate in this same Epistle which, rightly considered, makes it evident that St. Peter believed that to the dead in Hades the gospel itself had been proclaimed. This language intimates, that Christ the just One hath suffered. Let us give a little wider reach to the treatment of the subject by contemplating the patience of God in its sublime delay, its slowness as men count slowness, in bringing about the most beneficent ends. That the final misery of those who have heard the gospel must be contrary both to the disposition and agency of Christ.(D. A. The ends of Christ's sufferings are various. Sin becomes exceedingly sinful when judged by such a test as this. )While the ark was a preparingSafety in the arkB. Leighton.I. His was just one of those impressible, impetuous temperaments, with great faults and great virtues, which lay a heavy tax upon the patience of friends, and yet inspire, beneath all that, a lively interest. And He carries with Him there the same tender love towards the meanest of His faithful servants which He ever vouchsafed to exercise here. Men in countless myriads are in heaven white robed, praising God; and one Man is actually on the throne of God, vicegerent, Lord over all; having every knee to bow before Him, and every tongue to call Him Lord, to the glory of God the Father.II. He sets before them the example of Christ. Co-extensive with the universe.2. And therefore, just as the water bore up the ark of Noah, and it was when the waves dashed upon the ark in which he floated that his preservation was completed, so it is by baptism that the disciples of Jesus Christ are likewise saved. In this sense it has an element of salvation in it, and it may be made helpful to you in the cultivation of Christian character and life by reminding you of the terms of that covenant.I. FOR THE GOOD ANGELS.1. This is the utmost point, and that which men are most startled at — to die; especially a violent death. God's long suffering waited for them.Applications:1. "I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto Me." J. "I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto Me." It is so various in its manifestations, that it seems as if we took a new lesson in it every day. (3) That He might exercise tender compassion towards us, under our trials and sorrows. It is as though the dropping of the one gave new energy to the other. I have His prescription, and, unless I attend to that, I cannot expect spiritual healing or health." You find it in the unhurried order of the natural creation; the slow building and furnishing of the outer worlds; the slow succession of geologic ages; the slow procession in ascending ranks, one only so little above another, of the races of plants and animals, affording an epoch for a reptile or a fern; the 'slow preparation of the planet for its final purpose in the rearing of an immortal family, the revelation of the spiritual glory of the Divine Man in the flesh, and the manifestation, by that incarnation, of a new earth with the sons of God for its kings and priests. THEY WERE ENDURED BY A JUST PERSON. From Him all spiritual influence comes direct, and without union with Him no man has the Spirit of the Lord. )Our ascended LordC. Among these were two, a father and son. )Who is gone into heavenOur Lord's ascensionDean Alford.The ascension of our Lord was, in one point of view, only a result of His resurrection, and the proper completion of His triumph then achieved. Let us draw nigh to God.4. This shows us the meaning and power of the last clause of our text. To what class or classes of the dead it was proclaimed he does not specify; by whom it was proclaimed he does not specify; but, if we compare the two statements in the same Epistle —(1)that "Christ went and preached to the spirits in custody," and(2)that "to the dead also the gospel was preached" — we must conclude that, according to St. Peter, our Lord in the world of spirits, between His own crucifixion and resurrection, announced "glad tidings of great joy. THE MERITORIOUS CAUSE OF THEM IS ASSIGNED.III. What happens then, we ask? As that is known, it ought to determine whether it is a work in which we wish to join. It belonged to Him who was the incarnate Son of God; and it must take that same body, and show its own power, and do what the flesh had been unable to do. Unique (ἄπαξ), once for all.2. Earthly prisons cannot confine the soul.II. These sufferings were to bring to God the very men who were now exhorted to imitate them. Let it open to thee just a glimpse of realities out of thy sight! J. Brock, B. From that baptism He rose again. Look how it was with Him, who had more right than thou hast, to better entertainment in the world. A prison is a scene of darkness. To honor means to give the amount at which something is valued. Let not disobedient men doubt the certainty of future punishments. In the same way, remembering your "baptism," you will say, "I am married to Christ; I have pledged myself to His service as the great purpose of my life."IV. They begin thus — "Who is gone into heaven." The personal efficacy of Christ's atonement. Peter is urging his readers to endurance under suffering. That nothing more for the purpose will be vouchsafed. He therefore took our flesh, to put it off thus, and to offer it up as a sacrifice, which, to be acceptable, must of necessity be free and voluntary; and, in this sense, He is said to have died even by that same Spirit, which here, in opposition to death, is said to quicken Him; "Through the eternal Spirit, He offered Himself without spot unto God." And the water of baptism is the antitype of that water of the deluge, because it completes the figure which makes the person safe in Christ, who is the only Ark of the soul from the deluge to come. And lastly, there is one final comparison between the two cases. Treat her with TLC–protect your wife carefully. In the Son of Mary the patience of God comes down among men, and we behold His glory, the glory as of the only-begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth, in the face of Jesus Christ giving His life for the world, and waiting for its faith.(Bp. We want to see judgment against evil works executed speedily, forgetting that it was only just now that we began to see them to be evil works. "Take heart," he seems to say; "your sufferings are not exceptional; they run in the Divine family; even our Master was not exempt from them; He also suffered in the flesh; but His sufferings did not stay His blessed ministry; nay, they even augmented His sphere of usefulness; 'He was quickened in spirit,' in which also he went forth to herald His accomplished work in regions to which, but for death, He had not obtained access. There are some who have thought that the substance of our Lord's preaching in Hades was of two kinds — that to some He preached salvation, to others perdition; that to the irreclaimably lost He preached a concio damnatoria. There stood in proud seclusion the steepest peak in the Alps. But then, as THERE WAS AN ARK which Noah constructed for his preservation and that of his family, we have an ark too, built not by our own hands, but built by our great Creator and Redeemer. It was "Christ, the just."1. It was the nature of Christ to suffer for sinners. THE SUFFERINGS OF CHRIST ARE HERE ASSERTED.II. The figure implies —1. The natural state of fallen sinners.2. Suffering is made to flow from sin. )Christ's sufferings for usH. And Peter laid a strong foundation in this letter. The store is comprised of six floors, and the men increase in positive attributes as the shopper ascends the flights. (3) That He might exercise tender compassion towards us, under our trials and sorrows.2. The Lord Jesus is filled with ineffable satisfaction, which is the reward of His passion and His death. The wisdom of Christ, the singleness of His purpose, the central power of His action, start out before us then; and we feel that He was indeed one who was fitted to deal with the great fact of human suffering, as He could thus put His finger on the very place whence it all flowed. The man who taught to his fellow men the uses of destructive fire was the hero of ancient mythology; the men who have bridled the lightnings, and chained the forces of air and water, are the great names of modern civilisation. In the days of Noah there were multitudes that disbelieved, and but few that believed, the warning God gave; eight only out of the millions of mankind believed. Flesh and spirit were both strong in Christ through all His life. It was the spirit of the Son of God. Christ is to His people now the one Ark. Our doctrine is not sentiment, and view, and opinion, but fact.2. To what class or classes of the dead it was proclaimed he does not specify; by whom it was proclaimed he does not specify; but, if we compare the two statements in the same Epistle —(1)that "Christ went and preached to the spirits in custody," and(2)that "to the dead also the gospel was preached" — we must conclude that, according to St. Peter, our Lord in the world of spirits, between His own crucifixion and resurrection, announced "glad tidings of great joy. Our brother trespasses against us, and, not considering that he is our brother, moulded of just such clay and subject to just such infirmities as ourselves, we cry out for the magistrate and the prison, if not the lash; and sometimes because there is no lash in the jailer's hand, we take one up with our tongue. The personal efficacy of Christ's atonement. He. Now let us consider that He "is gone into heaven." Only the mighty can help; and, as He thus helps, we look to His might as the reason for it, and through the work for us we find our Saviour. In this bold action the first element of strength is, that all suffering is traced to one source. Use the text thus, and it has life in it. OUR EXAMPLE.(F. The fact that there are spirits in hell to whom the gospel was once preached suggests two very solemn considerations:1. )The resurrection of ChristArthur Brooks.No man ever yet came out of a great work the same as he went into it; he has always lost something, and gained something. The word Christ properly means one anointed or consecrated to some sacred office.2. It is so various in its manifestations, that it seems as if we took a new lesson in it every day. There was a compression in that enclosure of flesh and blood which would be taken off instantly by its removal. Christ was "without sin." They had sinned away their receptivity of the Divine message. It is very simple. Our baptism is into Him, and He meets the baptism for us which would have carried us away. His personal character — "the just."II. It is not gratitude alone — that, indeed, moves us as we think of what He did for as — but it is the opening of the source of strength by which He was able to do it. The danger. He seems to say, "Upwards, My brethren, upwards from off this earth; away from this world to the glory land. Where can we find a just comparison for them? The things which happen to you shall fall out rather to the furtherance of the gospel; and it is through death that you must pass up to share His glorious resurrection and imperial power."(F. It comes from the first wailings of the infant to the last enfeebled cry of old age. The Greek term here translated "answer" means a question or interrogation. Hell is a dark realm of thinkers. He therefore took our flesh, to put it off thus, and to offer it up as a sacrifice, which, to be acceptable, must of necessity be free and voluntary; and, in this sense, He is said to have died even by that same Spirit, which here, in opposition to death, is said to quicken Him; "Through the eternal Spirit, He offered Himself without spot unto God." THAT YOU HAVE CONSECRATED YOURSELF TO CHRIST'S SERVICE. Still He suffers in all our sufferings. They cannot stand alone; they ask a great completion, a victory on their side, that they may have power, and not meet with discouragement. A. But is there any man to tell us, on the word of God, that the disobedient prophet is among the lost — that his is so much as one of the "spirits in prison"? We are not at home on earth. On a bed, in a corner of the room, lay a dying soldier. "For Christ also hath once," etc.1. There is a touching story told regarding a body of men who had taken part in a rebellion, and were sentenced to have every tenth man of their number shot to deter others from doing what they had done. Specially contemplates the good of His followers.(Homilist. Yes, St. Paul has something very like it in his discourse on the communion — where he says that, for dishonouring this holy sacrament, many of the Corinthians not only "are weak and sickly," but even "sleep" — have been, as he goes on to say, "judged of the Lord," not only with "divers diseases," but with "sundry kinds of death" — and goes on to explain to them that, when thus "judged," punished even with death itself, they are "chastened" lest they should be "condemned" — death itself, judicial death, may be but a "chastening" to save from that "condemnation" which yet (the same verse says) is for "the world." etc. He meant that Jesus, his substitute, had died for him, and he had not to die, but only to fall asleep in Jesus.3. It is the subjection of the spiritual world to our Saviour, "Angels and authorities and powers were made subject" to the Son of Man when He went into heaven, and sat down off the right hand of God. But the "Spirit" here opposed to the "flesh," or body, is certainly of a higher nature and power than the human soul, which cannot of itself return to re-inhabit and quicken the body. When Solomon would describe the love of the King to his bride, he said, "Upon thy right hand did stand the queen in gold of Ophir." He does not overlook them, but looks directly at them all. God Himself brings us back by Christ.III. Meanwhile in the intermediate state — between the crucifixion and the resurrection, He, the Lord of Life, neither slumbered nor slept. "That He might bring us to God" — us, the erring and straying, the sin-bound and self-exiled. Both the Church and the world are summed up in and ruled by that glorified One, who reigns above them both. 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