III. What was the impelling cause of the passion of Christ?
The cause which moved God to give his Son for us was : 1. His love towards the human race. “ God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son.” (John 3 : 16.) 2. The compassion of God towards those who were fallen in sin and death. "According to his mercy he saved us.” (Titus 8 : 5.) 8: The desire and purpose of God to revenge and repair the injury of the devil, who, in contempt and reproach of God, turned us from the Most High, and spoiled his image in us.