Some Notes on Atonement

I took a few notes during the communion service today and thought I'd post them here.  The topic is timely for Palm Sunday... Atonement Atonement is reparation for an offense. Old Testament History Meaning: to purge, cleanse, make appeasement for a broken relationship Day of Atonement See Leviticus 16 Before Day of Atonement, blood sprinkled … Continue reading Some Notes on Atonement

The Aim of the Atonement, part 3

There are generally two primary views on the Atonement in Protestant Evangelical circles: (1) that the aim of the atonement was to make all men savable, and (2) the aim of the atonement was to save some men. Theologian Louis Berkhof frames the issue this way: The question with which we are concerned at this … Continue reading The Aim of the Atonement, part 3

The Aim of the Atonement, part 2

In part 1 of the series, I described how that the evangelical debate regarding the atonement does not concern: the nature, value, or benefit of the atonement, but simply the design or intent. There are several positions regarding the aim of the atonement: Semi-Pelagian - The Semi-Pelagian view is that man failed under his first … Continue reading The Aim of the Atonement, part 2

The Aim of the Atonement, part 1

I recently participated reluctantly in a small debate on a fundamentalist website about Calvinism.  Sadly, I spent most of my effort attempting to undue the many fallacious and shallow strawman arguments the author was putting forward in his defense of his own personal Weslyianism (which he called 'biblicism'). In this post I'd like to lay … Continue reading The Aim of the Atonement, part 1

Who Limits the Atonement?

Our post today is taken from Charles Spurgeon's Sermon: Particular Redemption, delivered on Morning, February 28, 1858. Now, you are aware that there are different theories of Redemption. All Christians hold that Christ died to redeem, but all Christians do not teach the same redemption. We differ as to the nature of atonement, and as … Continue reading Who Limits the Atonement?

Christ’s Death is Our Death

Those for whom Christ died (and by 'for whom Christ died' I mean, those for whom Christ made atonement) have also died in and with Christ in His crucifixion. Rom 6:3-11 "Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with … Continue reading Christ’s Death is Our Death

The Aim of the Atonement

Introduction What was the aim (or goal) of the atonement? In other words, what exactly did Christ intend to accomplish by offering up Himself as a sacrifice for sin? Two answers are commonly put forth in modern Evangelicalism: 1) to make all men savable, and 2) to actually save a definite people. Reconcilliation There is … Continue reading The Aim of the Atonement

The Atonement is Perfect

One of the primary discriminators between Romanists and Protestants regards the 'sufficiency' of the work of God.  RCs believe the Bible is the Word of God, but also rely in tradition and the teaching office of the church as equal authorities. Protestants learn from great teachers of the past and present, but ultimately, our confidence … Continue reading The Atonement is Perfect

The Active Obedience of Christ

Introduction "I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, ...For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures." (1 Cor 15:1-3) According … Continue reading The Active Obedience of Christ

The Passive Obedience of Christ

The great question of religion is how can a fallen man stand justified before his God? Can a just and holy God wink at sin? There are two things that man lacks: payment for his debt of sin and a positive righteousness. Modern conservative religion places (rightly) an emphasis on man's need for forgiveness, but … Continue reading The Passive Obedience of Christ