John Reid Ormond on Christ’s humiliation and exaltation for our salvation

Reformed Covenanter

Cancelled Commissioner
Christ is represented in Scripture as looking forth on a world of immortal spirits — who had cast off their allegiance to their rightful sovereign — who had banded themselves together against his authority, and were therefore justly obnoxious to severest punishment. He looked and there were none to help — he wondered that there was none to uphold — and, in the greatness of his love, he determined to seek and to save. Leaving the bosom of the Father, and becoming incarnate, he dwelt amongst us, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. The malice and the ingratitude of men, the assaults of Satan, the treachery of his enemies, and the desertion and denial of his friends — the agony of the garden, the night of grief in Herod’s hall, the shame and pain of the accursed tree, and the hidings of his Father’s face, were all endured.

That which bore up his holy human soul during the terrible conflict in which he fought our battle with the adversary, was the joy set before him, even the joy of bringing many sons and daughters unto glory; and now that he has triumphed, and has ascended up on high, and has again taken unto himself the glory which he had with the Father before the world was, he is spoken of in the text and in all Scripture, as rejoicing over his people with joy. They are his by creation — they are his by purchase — they are his by adoption — they are his by a begun and progressive sanctification. In the counsels of eternity were they given unto him by the Father — he loved them with an everlasting love; when the fulness of time had come, he sought them and he found them. ...

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