His arm which " laid help upon One that is mighty."It was the Father's voice which said, " Deliver fromgoing down to the pit, I have found a ransom" (Jobxxxiii. 24). Beautiful are the words of the Saviour inone of His great sermons by the Sea of Galilee, regard-ing this originating love of the Father. With a divineself-abnegation He says — " For I came down fromheaven, not to do Mine own will, but the will of Himthat sent Me " (John vi. 38).(2). But, while " God so loved the world that Hegave ; '* let us proceed to mark, in this interchange of Covenant-mercy, the voluntary consecration of the Sonfor the redemption of the world: — although even inHis acceptance of the Suretyship, there is a recognitionof the Father's antecedent love — "Then said I, Lo, Icome: in the volume of the book it is written of me,I delight to do Thy will, my God " (Ps. xl. 7, 8). ot2o8 I CHRISTO.the less interesting, however, is the alacrity with whichthe adorable Eedeemer responded to the Father's will.He, as the Eternal Son, infinitely independent and self-existent, rich in all the plenitude of the divine perfec-tions, was incapable of any accession to His underivedineffable glory ; or rather, that glory was susceptible of no expansion, nor enlargement. He was " heir of allthings." He " made the worlds." All space was Hisdominion. Creation was His Palace ; the universeHis Temple. Yet He tells us the spot in His vastillimitable Empire in which He mainly rejoiced : " Ee- joicing in the habitable parts of the earth, and Mydelights were with the sons of men" (Pro v. viii. 31).And when these lofty purposes came to be fulfilledand consummated, what does He represent as beingstiU His chiefest joy ? It was the same as it had beenin " the ages of the ages ; " — " The glory which Thougavest Me, I have given them" (John xvii. 22). Theintercessory prayer reaches its climax and conclusionthus, " That the love wherewith Thou hast loved Memay be in them, and I in them" (John xvii. 26).