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." Flesh and spirit were both strong in Christ through all His life. Such is the secret of all right-hearted service done for Christ, as well as of all holy living. He has tried them again and again. And when that was once done, there was no defeat. There then seek Him, There, when you have found Him, with Him dwell. The father and son stand together, and as the son runs his eye along the line he discovers that his father is a doomed man. If any of that had been in His sufferings, it had not furthered but undone all our comfort in Him.2. The expression intimates the perfect purity of His nature. There is one Shelter from the coming deluge of God's wrath, one only Ark, for a lost soul; unless we are saved by that, we perish. You will point your tempter to your "baptism" as a standing symbol of your covenant with Christ; and in this way your "baptism" will be helpful to you, and will save you.III. Those evil angels cannot do that evil they would, and if they cannot, much less can their instruments. Will you have Him? Take such an instance as that of the disobedient prophet — a man lied to by another prophet — and failing, under that persuasion, to keep the safe rule, what God has said to thee thyself is more true, for thee at least, and more concerning, than that which God is said to have said, in correction of it, or in repeal of it, to another. God is patient because He is good, as well as because He is strong and wise. 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. What period of time has elapsed between this lengthened suffering, however, impresses me with two considerations —1. Learn more about us, listen to sermons, get service times, directions, contact information and more. What influence the sufferings of Christ for sin have on the bringing of sinners to God. It is the part and privilege of a believer to be baptized into Christ, and specifically to be baptized into His death (Romans 6:3, 5). Thirdly: A lesson to the impenitent. The ends of Christ's sufferings are various. He suffered in His character. J. Let not disobedient men doubt the certainty of future punishments.2. By the operations of His Holy Spirit.3. The only way any man here can hope to fulfill his role as a husband now or someday, is to keep his eyes focused on Christ and what Jesus did for us. THE MERITORIOUS CAUSE OF THEM IS ASSIGNED.III. The deliverance. But let me leave you with this challenge. The water flood, so far from being the source of danger, was the instrument employed to save. 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. Impurity, remorse, despair, constitute "the blackness of darkness forever."2. The deluge of wrath, then, will come, like the deluge that swept away the millions of mankind in the days of Noah.II. "(Sketches of Four Hundred Sermons. We cannot too distinctly assert that there is nothing saving in "baptism" itself. But the expression, "the just," intimates not only the perfect purity of His nature, but also the perfect purity of His life. Every national life has grown corrupt. (2) The greater honour and dignity our Head hath, the more joy and comfort may we have, who are His members.2. THAT CHRIST SUFFERED SHOULD MAKE SUFFERING CHRISTIANS PATIENT. You may come out of a successful business or social career with all that the flesh can possibly give you, and find that the virtues of the spirit — the unselfishness, the purity, the honour, the thought of better things have been put out of existence; you are quickened in the flesh, you are put to death in the spirit. We are saved by baptism. — not in His Divine nature — that is impassible — but in His human nature, which is passible. 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. I wish I could write the word "sins" on your hearts today. First Corinthians 1:26 and 27, “For consider your calling, brethren, that there were not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble; 27 but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong.”. 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. They listened, indeed, from their sullen prisons to the heavenly Herald of mercy, and, as they listened to Him, they learned that He had died for the sins of the whole world, that He had died even for their sins, but at the same time they knew of themselves that He was not their present Saviour but their future Judge. Christ's sufferings.1. No sooner have they come to prosperity than they have come to luxury, idleness, and the beginnings of decay. FOR THE EVIL ANGELS.1. He does not overlook them, but looks directly at them all. How can it be made helpful to us in the cultivation of Christian character and in the living of Christian life? A young Jew held out his hand, as being prepared to give an answer, and said, "It is just as if we had the merit; it is just as if we had been crucified!"III. Take such an instance as that of the disobedient prophet — a man lied to by another prophet — and failing, under that persuasion, to keep the safe rule, what God has said to thee thyself is more true, for thee at least, and more concerning, than that which God is said to have said, in correction of it, or in repeal of it, to another. J. Bengel.Christ dealt with the living in the body, with the spirits in the spirit.(A. We may talk as Christians, we may belong to a Christian church, we may think ourselves safe; but unless we have climbed into the true Ark by faith, and have been shut in by the hand of God, we have no more possibility of safety than a person could have been saved by walking round the ark which Noah had constructed, or examining with surprise and admiration its massive construction.IV. WE HAVE A REFERENCE TO THE OBJECT OF CHRIST'S ACCOMPLISHING THIS OBJECT — "To bring us to God." Christ was "in the world" before His incarnation. Henceforth we are strangers here because He is not here. Just so far as they are real offences at all, they are offences against Him before they are to us. Let us reflect upon the connection between sin and suffering, as viewed in relation to Christ's suffering for sins.1. (2) This is the secret of happy dying. Each prisoner constructs his own prison. Marriage in Christ that we can bring the doctrine home much closer our. 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