They were "judged" for their disobedience to this call — men, from the side of flesh and time, could not say otherwise than that these men had died in their sins — but a miracle of mercy sought them out, after long ages, in their prison house — the "three days" of Christ's sojourn "in the heart of the earth" were used, of special grace, in their evangelisation — in the sight of men they lie still under judgment, but in spirit, according to God, they have been quickened into a supernatural life. 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. Were His sufferings the consequence of His own desert? Fix thine eyes on Him and fear not; in Him thou hast all; through Him thou shalt rise after all thy falls; shalt enter into the kingdom after all thy doubts; for he that hath the Son hath life. Here are two things to be remarked, their cause and their kind.1. H. Wilson, D. D.I. Husbands are to be protective and courteous providers to their wives and to all women in general. Will you have Him? This is one of the wonders of heaven. Besides being the seal and pledge of our accomplished redemption, He is, in this His glorified state, our continuing High Priest and Intercessor. He says, "Not the putting away of the filth of the flesh." "Baptism doth now save us by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead." His death was both voluntary and violent. That the final misery of those who have heard the gospel must be contrary both to the disposition and agency of Christ.(D. O how blessed an encouragement is this, in all our difficulties and under all our troubles. 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. HIS RESIDENCE.1. Christ preached to them, by Noah, when on earth. 3. The NAS translation leaves out the word vessel or pot–but vessel is in the Greek text, so the English should read, “as with a weaker vessel, since she is a woman.” Plus, the word translated woman in this phrase is actually the word feminine, so it gives the phrase this sweet meaning, as with a weaker vessel, since she is the feminine one. THE HIGHEST INSTANCE OF UNDESERVED PERSECUTION.1. The sense of actuality: that is, the mere expression of the fact that He had suffered. The language intimates that the just suffered only once: Christ hath once suffered for sins. It is deliverance by destruction. 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." A prison is a scene of darkness. 2. Among these were two, a father and son. Use the text thus, and it has life in it. Not that all to whom He preached were alike susceptible of the message of glad tidings; because the multitude of the antediluvian unbelievers had indeed died in their sins, but still had so died in a very unequal measure of sin. He has to wait even for His own people that He has redeemed — the Church that He has purchased with His blood — in her backward and worldly living. Did He, in whom death could work no moral change, speak in His disembodied spirit to disembodied spirits, as He spake in the flesh to men in the flesh? "He is my substitute. All His people are with Him. But then we know that our Lord, as man, is gone into a greater nearness to God than ever; "He is gone into heaven," where is the throne of the great King. That nothing more for the purpose is needed. They have tempted and betrayed each other; cheated, fought, enslaved, murdered each other. Our baptism is into Him, and He meets the baptism for us which would have carried us away. Locally: Although God is everywhere, yet in heaven He is specially seen and enjoyed.V. THE CHARACTER OF THE SUFFERER, AND OF THE PERSONS FOR WHOM HE SUFFERED.1. Or, if it had been possible to compel Him, His sufferings would have possessed no value. THEY WERE ENDURED ON BEHALF OF THE UNJUST. He stands before God to receive what is due to His people's sins. THAT YOU HAVE ACCEPTED CHRIST AS YOUR SAVIOUR. In this way, too, "baptism" may be helpful to you, and so save you.(B. 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. And so I would that you should be ever conscious of the dignity and honour of the relation that you sustain to Christ. They had the gospel preached to them.2. 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. He was "put to death" as regards the one; He was "made alive" as regards the other. Earth and hell may combine against my weak nature; but there I see that nature standing in the Godhead glorified, and I know that I am safe. I know they are often bitter and so long continued as to put a sore strain on clinging faith. 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