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" He knew what was in man." — John ii. 25.


" He knew what was in man." — John ii. 25.

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Nov 01, 2013
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HE KNEW WHAT WAS IN MAN.BY REV. WILLIAM ARNOT" He knew what was in man." — John ii. 25.THE idea of a physician, when complete and con-sidered apart from human imperfections, con-tains these three things : he must know theconstitution, his disease, and his cure. He mustunderstand, first, what was the nature and capacity of the subject originally, and before he was afflicted wthdisease ; second, the ailment under which he labours ;and, third, what will restore the diseased to healthagain.When God became man, and dwelt among us, he cameas a physician into an hospital, that he might cure thesick Other aspects of Christ's character and work arealso revealed in the Scriptures. He came to give hbertyto the captive, sight to the blind, life to the dead. Inthese and in other capacities the Bible presents Chnst,and believers receive him. Each representation has .tsown place, and accomplishes its own purpose ; but atpresent, and in connection with this text, I am led to126 HE KNEW WHAT WAS IN MAN.think of him chiefly as a Physician. The Son of God
came into our world to heal the diseased.He took not on him the nature of angels ; for eitherthey had not fallen, or could not be raised. One portionof them had no disease, and another were incurable.Those did not need salvation, and to these it could notbe given. He took not on him the nature of angels, whorank above us in the scale of creation ; neither did he takethe nature of creatures that rank below us, for there wasno point of contact between them and the divine nature,¦ — these had not been made in God's image, and thoughthey remain the creatures of his hand, they could not betaken into union with his person. He took our nature.The Word became flesh, and dwelt among us. WhenJesus stood amongst us as a man, he was not only " Jesusin the midst," between the lost and the saved of humankind, he was also "Jesus in the midst," as man betweenthe creatures who never had been partakers of the divinenature, and creatures who had constantly retained orirretrievably lost it. To us is the word of this salvationsent. " O earth, earth, earth, hear the word of theLord : " heaven needs it not, and hell gets it not.The fitness of our Physician lies in the divine perfec-tion of his knowledge. " This man, because he continuethever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. Wherefore he isable also to save them to the uttermost that come untoGod by him " (Hcb. vii. 24, 25).He who has undertaken our cause knows what was inman as he came from the Creator's hand ; what is in manHE KNEW WHAT WAS IN MAN. 127since he by transgression fell ; and what is needed toredeem and renew the lost.I. He knows what was in man as he came at first from
the Creator's hand. God made man upright ; and thatuprightness is known to Him on whom our help has beenlaid. The Son partook of the divine council in whichthe human constitution was planned, — " Let us makeman in our own image." His delights were with thesons of men before they were called into being. Byhim were all things created, whether they be things inheaven or things on earth.A secular philosophy in modern times, having observedthat creation advances by steps from the lowest to thehighest forms of organization and life, has concluded thattherefore there is not a Creator! — has concluded thateither God is not, or that he has not made himself known.I do not know what kind of a world this would havebeen if it had contained only clods, and trees, and men.As it is, it is much more beautiful, more useful, and morelike God's work. Life rises by many steps, until it cul-minates in man. Worms, fishes, fowls, mammal quadru-peds mark the gradations and fill the intervals ; andwhen at last the heir of the world is placed upon thestage, he finds servants of every grade ready to submit tohis yoke. The Creator did not stop until he had reachedhis own ideal. When all things were ready, the purposewas expressed, — " Let us make man in our own image."The bodily structure was perfect, and into the now com-128 HE KNEW WHAT WAS IN MANpleted body he breathed a living soul. The body willnot now be changed : it will become a spiritual body, butit will be the same body that shall inherit eternal life andinhabit a holy heaven.There is no profit in raising a question whether Hewho made man could make him cease to be. That is of a piece with the question whether God could lie. It isenough that he will not, because he is unchangeably

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