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God's Estimate of Man.

God's Estimate of Man.

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
D. W. C. Huntington, D. D., LL. D.

*'For it became Him, for whom are all things, and
by whom are all things, in bringing many sons
unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation
perfect through sufferings/' — Heb. ii, lo.
D. W. C. Huntington, D. D., LL. D.

*'For it became Him, for whom are all things, and
by whom are all things, in bringing many sons
unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation
perfect through sufferings/' — Heb. ii, lo.

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GOD'S ESTIMATE OF MAN. D. W. C. Huntington, D. D., LL. D.*'For it became Him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings/' — Heb. ii, lo. This text says that such is the magnitude of the interests involved in human salvation, that it was fitting for God to sacrifice all that He sacrificed, and that Christ should suffer all that He suffered in order to save man. This appalling statement indi-cates the estimate which God places upon His crea-ture, man. He for whom are all things, and by whom are all things; He who made man, and who knows more about him than all other beings in the universe, regards the sacrifice of His Son, and the unspeakable sufferings He endured, as becoming in Him, considering what man is, and what he may through Christ become. This view of man as a being of transcendent 115
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ii6 Is THE Lord Among Us? worth appears frequentiy in Scripture statement. He was "made a little lower than God;" he was the crown and glor}^ of creation ; he was made ruler of all orders of being below himself — the repre-sentative of God in his reign in the earth ; Tk)d is "mindful of him;" He "visits him;"^ God "sets His heart upon him."^ Redeemed men are the breth-ren of Jesus Christ, of whom He is not ashamed;' they, and not angels, are the conspicuous agents in carrying on the purposes of God in redemption.* This judgment of God concerning the exalted rank and worth of man presents a striking contrast when compared with the estimate which men gen-erally place upon themselves and their fellows. True, the Bible does not extol human goodness. It finds man fallen into ruin; more deeply fallen still below what he might have been, and in deepest depth of all below what he may become. It is his high rank, and his unmeasured possibilities upon
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which the Word of God insists, and these are the facts which are so often ignored. Men incline to regard themselves as a kind of second edition of brutes. They practice accordingly, giving reign to their animal natures, and treating their fellows as if each was only "the brother of the ox." These » Psa. viii, 4-6. ;R. V.) 'Job vii, 17. 'Heb. ii, 11. ^Ibid., ii, 4, 5. God's Estimate of Man. 117 degrading views of man help to degrade him still further. They sink his ideals, they lower his aims, they cheapen his life, and blind his eyes to his high calling in Christ Jesus. If right ideas of God are essential to true religion, truthful ideas of man are equally necessary to intelligent piety and proper manhood. If low notions of man cheapen life and work
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