Torrey - Man -15.2- Who should we give thanks to?


II. WHO SHOULD WE GIVE THANKS TO? Psalm 75:1 — "Unto thee, O God, do we give thanks, unto thee do we give thanks: for that thy name is near thy wonderous works declare." 1 Corinthians 15:57 — "But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ."

First Proposition: Thanks should be given to God. Colossians 1:12 — "Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light." Ephesians 5:20 RV — "Giving thanks always for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father."

Second Proposition: Thanks should be given to God the Father. Ephesians 1:3 — "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord.Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ."

Third Proposition: Thanks should be given to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Timothy 1:12 RV — "I thank him that enabled me, even Christ Jesus our Lord, for that he counted me faithful, appointing me to his service."

Fourth Proposition: Thanks should be given to Christ Jesus our Lord.

In the overwhelming majority of instances in the New Testament, to say nothing of the Old, the offering of thanks is not to Jesus, but to God the Father. It is through Jesus Christ. The reason for this seems to be that God the Father is the originator of all our blessings; even Jesus is His gift ( John 3:16; Romans 5:8). While all the Father's love is manifested to us in Christ, still it is the Father's love. We need to recognize the Father back of Christ as the source of all. The concept that God only loves us because of what Christ did is utterly foreign to the thought and life of the New Testament. It is true that God, being holy, can deal with sinners in mercy only on the ground of the propitiatory work of Christ, but it is God Himself who furnishes the propitiation: 1 John 4:10 — "Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his son to be the propitiation for our sins." The Son came;, as He so often said, to do the Father's will.