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Christ Our Example

Christ Our Example

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1 ST. PETER, II. 21.
Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example.

1 ST. PETER, II. 21.
Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example.

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Mar 12, 2014
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CHRIST OUR EXAMPLEBY HENRY HAWKINS1 ST. PETER, II. 21. Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example. Are not our endeavours to walk in the footsteps of our blessed Lord, and thereby to imitate the only perfect pattern ever vouchsafed us, a little discouraged by a supposition that he had means of perfection which we have not ? And do we not ex-cuse ourselves, tliough perhaps silently, by thinking, that, mere human beings as we are, it is in vain that we strive to copy a divine original ? If we reason thus, we are wrong. We ought to be informed, that our Saviour, \i\ his human nature, which contains our pat-tern, had no assistance from his godhead. The mysterious union of the two natures " can never be clear to the limited powers of
human comprehension ; yet, to deny the possibility of such an union, we must first SERMONET LXVI. 3^5 set aside that association, of which we arc every hour conscious, of our minds and our bodies. But it is not the present purpose to prove that which we are pledged to believe. We must, if we are Christians, whether we un-derstand it or not, take it on the word of the Holy Scriptures, that Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, associated our nature with his, that he might, in obedience to an established law, offer himself as an ac-ceptable person to undergo punishment, that would otherwise have fallen on us. The point here to be insisted on is, that, after this association, the two natures were so distinct, that, as temporary man, he had
no support from himself as eternal God. If he had not that support, nothing but the evil of our nature hinders our imitating him; and, if there is no other hindrance, there is no excuse for our not making every exertion for the purpose, especially under the promise of spiritual aid. Our Lord was as sensible to all the ills of life as we can be; though born in po-verty, and protected in his fust years by 566 SERMONET LXVI. maternal love, he might, indeed, as know'-ing nothing better, be content. Facts prove the sweetness of his temper : he had no earthly ambition: he was kind-hearted: he was diligent in the discharge of his mi-nistry, while, as if afflicted by prescience of his fate, a pensive gravity seems to have rendered interesting the authority his mis-

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