Christ's Cry and God's Answer

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The cry of Christ is of wonderful power and character (2 Cor. 6:22(For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succored thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.) (2 Corinthians 6:2)). His cry was the perfect expression of His nature, of a divine apprehension of evil, death, and judgment. It was the expression in need of all that God was against sin, when this came before His soul, so that He had the consciousness of that need according to the perfection of His judgment of evil, His sense of need as man under it, and thus in the perfect claim of what He was in person and in glorifying God in His work.
Hence God’s answer must be according to all this, according to the perfection of the claim in the person of Christ. And hence salvation, our salvation is just this—the necessity of God’s answering Christ according to the claim Christ had, and the cry made to Him. He was raised from the dead by the glory of His Father. What a wonderful salvation! And how it places us in the intimacy of the Father’s acceptance of the Son! Hence in Psa. 22 when heard from the horns of the unicorns, His first thought is, “I will declare Thy name to My brethren;” and then He praises (in the joy of the answer and relationship with His Father into which He enters on the answer) “in the midst of the congregation,” His Father and our Father, His God and our God; and all the joy He has in coming with “Therefore doth my Father love me” added to His everlasting delight, into the renewed light of His Father’s countenance He puts us in, and we sing with Him in it.
Our salvation is in the perfectness of God’s necessary answer to Christ’s cry according to the claim of Christ, and what God must feel about it and as to it. J.N.D.