Thursday, July 19, 2012

Speak a Clear Atonement

“...Christ Jesus, the reconciling Word. In Him, the attributes of God unite in glad unanimity in the salvation of guilty men, they meet and embrace in such a manner as else were inconceivable either to our just fears or to our enlightened hopes. God is as true as if He had fulfilled every letter of His threatenings, as righteous as if He had never spoken peace to a sinner’s conscience; His love in undiminished splendor shines forth, but no other of His ever-blessed characteristics is eclipsed thereby. It is the custom of modern thinkers (?) to make sport of this representation of the result of our Lord’s substitutionary atonement, but had they ever been themselves made to feel the weight of sin upon a spiritually-awakened conscience, they would cease from their vain ridicule. Their doctrine of atonement has well been described by Dr. Duncan as the admission ‘that the Lord Jesus Christ did something or other, which somehow or other, was in some way or other connected with man’s salvation.’ This is their substitution for substitution. Our facts are infinitely superior to their dreams...”
- Charles Spurgeon, “The Treasury of David,” pg. 453 (commenting on Psalm 85:10)

Lord, take away our “something or other,” “somehow or other,” and “some way or other,” and speak the depth of Your atonement through us with conviction & sharp clarity...
  • ...through the proclaimed Word: “And when I came to you, brethren, I did not come with superiority of speech or of wisdom, proclaiming to you the testimony of God. For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand, by which also you are saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures...” (1 Corinthians 2:1,2; 15:1-4).
  • ...and through Your Table: “For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until He comes” (11:26).

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