Results tagged “atonement” from Reformation21

The Blessed Cursed Tree

Article by   May 2013
An important biblical theological idea emerges out of Paul's use of Deuteronomy 21:23 in Galatians 3:13. In the middle of the most polemical book in the New Testament, Paul made the astounding declaration: "Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, 'Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree')." The immediate context shows that the curse to which Paul is referring is the curse of the law (Gal. 3:10-11). Returning to Deuteronomy 21, out of which Paul takes the command for capital punishment and applies it to Christ, we discover the theological riches of Gal. 3:13. In Deuteronomy 21:23 we read: "If a man has committed a sin deserving of death, and he is put to death, and you hang him on a tree, his body shall not remain overnight on the tree, but you shall surely bury him that day, so that you do not defile the land which the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance; for he who is hanged is accursed of God." (Deut. 21:22-23) continue

Surveying the Wondrous Cross: The Atonement in Church History

Article by   November 2008
As with so many aspects of theology, the church has had to wrestle with the doctrine of the atonement. While the elements for a proper and full understanding of the atonement were readily at hand for theologians in the early church, it would take maturity and sometimes even controversy for the church to come to a clear grasp of just what it was that Scripture told us about the atoning death of Christ. continue

Surveying the Wondrous Cross: New Testament Pictures for the Atonement

Article by   September 2008
In this segment we will be considering the New Testament's rich and evocative vocabulary for the work of Christ on the cross. I would suggest that there are five major word-pictures for the atonement in the pages of the NT. I wish I could claim originality in what I want to unpack here, but I stand on the shoulders of several significant giants. continue

Close, but no Cigar

Article by   December 2006
I recently had the pleasure to be present at the Bar Mitzvah of the son of a good friend. The pleasure was enhanced by the fact that the friend and I both hail from the UK and have found ourselves... continue

Results tagged “atonement” from Reformation21 Blog

Unconsciously Paying the Ransom

Article by   April 2019
In his remarkable book, The Suffering Savior, Frederick Krummacher made the astonishing observation that by Jesus' prayer for mercy from the cross for those who crucified him, we can conclude that "while offering up the Lord Jesus, [those crying out for... continue

Love and Anger at the Cross?

Article by   January 2019
Last week, Wyatt Graham published a post titled, "The Father Was Not Angry at the Son of the Cross," in which he rightly explained that God the Father never stopped loving the Son--even when the Son hung on the cross.... continue

Standing Firm on the Slippery Slope

Article by   August 2017
A few weeks ago, the editorial team at Ref21 asked me if I would be willing to write something regarding Fred Harrell (pastor of City Church, San Francisco) and his recent postings in which he attacked the doctrine of penal... continue

Double Black Diamonds: Navigating the Slopes

Article by   August 2017
In his helpful blog post "The Slippery Slope and the Jesus Box" Rev. Rick Phillips explains that there is indeed a slippery slope about which we must be concerned in theology.  I say indeed, because many will be aware... continue

The Slippery Slope and the Jesus Box

Article by   August 2017
Over twenty years ago, while in seminary, I was present during a hallway conversation with a professor who then seemed to be moving toward liberal theology. A student asked how this man's higher critical methods would enable him to... continue

Abelard & Anselm; or How to Throw Yourself in Front of a Bus

Article by   September 2016
Leon Morris once suggested that "the atonement is the crucial doctrine of the faith" and that "unless we are right here it matters little . . . what we are like elsewhere" (The Cross in the New Testament, p.... continue

Three Mistakes to Avoid in Good Friday Preaching

Article by   March 2016
Preaching "Christ and him crucified" is core to the job description of any minister of the Christian gospel (1 Corinthians 2:2).  Good Friday drives this home more than any other day in the church calendar. On that day, the preacher's... continue

Is the atoning blood of Christ central?

Article by   October 2015
Inter Varsity Press (UK) have made this announcement in the last couple of weeks regarding a merger with SPCK. It's pretty depressing news, which appears, in many ways, to be driven by market forces and the need to survive. The... continue

Interview on the Atonement and Hypothetical Universalism

Article by   August 2015
Historical theology is an important discipline for the church. There are views that have been held by Reformed theologians in the past that I don't necessarily agree with, but must nevertheless do my best to understand so that I know... continue

Andrew Fuller (1754-1815)

Article by   May 2015
Two hundred years ago today, on the morning of Sunday 7th May 1815 dawned, the sixty one year old Andrew Fuller was grieved that he had not the strength to go and worship his God with his people. As his... continue

"How can this guilty sinner flee"

Article by   March 2013
C.M. (Godre'r Coed)How can this guilty sinner fleeThe judgement that is mine?How can a wretched man escapeThe punishment divine?Tell me where wrath and mercy meet;Show me God reconciled.Where can a rebel find true peace,Rest for a heart so wild?Come, take... continue

Discussing Atonement

Article by   September 2011
I'll be on the Janet Medford show tomorrow (Thursday) at 1 PM CST discussing the book I edited a couple years ago, Atonement. You can catch it online here.... continue

Carl Trueman, C. S. Lewis, and the 'Devil Ransom Theory'

Article by   February 2011
For this my inaugural post as a Ref21 blogger, I want first of all to thank Derek Thomas and Jeremy Smith for their gracious invitation to join this august group.  Although I'm sure I won't be able to match either... continue

Books on the Atonement (1)

Article by   April 2008
The cross of Christ is at the very center of Gospel proclamation, and thus a thorough, biblical grasp of this central truth is necessary for every Gospel minister. Yet our day has seen (like ages before us) much confusion on... continue
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