The subject is " the grace of God." This sometimes means the mere favour of God to us, or anything bestowed upon us as the result of that favour. In this place it must be determined by the context preceding : " And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to him- self by Jesus Christ, and hath committed unto us the minis- try of reconciliation." The great plan of reconciliation, then, is " the grace of God" in question. This is called "the grace of God" by way of eminence, because, 1. The gift of Jesus Christ is the highest display of the goodness of God to man. " Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins." — 1 John, iv., 10. " Behold what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God." — 1 John, iii., 1. " He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him freely give us all things ?" — Rom., viii., 32. " That at the name of Jesus ev- ery knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth. And that every tongue should confess that Jesus is Lord to the glory of God the Father." —Phil., ii., 10, 11. 2. Because it is that which procures for us all other bless- ings. " How shall he not with him freely give us all things ?'" " Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, THE EEDFUL CAUTIO. 115 he will give it you:" pardon, peace, holiness, heaven; "through him, this saving grace hath appeared unto all men." —Tit., ii., 11.