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The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary

Restore

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The Scriptural sense of restoration is to give back to its rightful owner whatsoever had been taken away. And nothing can more fully come up to this standard, than when Christ made restoration to God for his people of all that they had taken away, or injured God in. Our nature by sin and transgression, had robbed God of his glory and man of his happiness. The glory of God was robbed in the injury, and dishonour done to his at tributes, to his law, and to his justice. When therefore Jesus restored that he took not away, as he saith himself, by the spirit of prophecy, (Psalms 69:4) —he restored glory to the attributes of God, he restored more than an equivalent to the law of God by his personal obedience, and to the justice of God by his personal sufferings and death. And in as much as the obedience and death of the Lord Jesus, from the dignity of his person, and the infinite worth and merit of his obedience and sacrifice, became infinitely more valuable than the everlasting obedience and death of all the creation of God would have been had both been so offered, God was more glorified by those personal acts of the Lord Jesus Christ, than he had ever been dishonored by man's disobedience and rebellion.

And as the Lord Jesus thus restored to God his glory and honor, so he restored to man thereby his happiness. Man had been robbed of God's favour, God's images God's blessing. All these were fully, completely, and most satisfactorily re stored, by the person and redemption-work of the Lord Jesus. God's favour is procured, God's image is restored, and God's everlasting blessing is obtained, by the blood of the cross. And what endears the whole is, that it is so obtained as that it can be lost no more. Such is the Scriptural sense of restoration by the Lord Jesus!


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Hawker, Robert D.D. Entry for 'Restore'. Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance and Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/pmd/r/restore.html. London. 1828.

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