Thursday, March 02, 2006

On Vicarious Atonement - David Wells

"The moral law is simply the reflection of the character of God, and when God acts to address the outcomes to the broken moral law, he addresses these himself, himself taking the burden of his own wrath, himself absorbing in the person of Christ the judgement his righteous character cannot but demand, himself providing what no sinner can give, himself absorbing the punishment which no sinner could bear and remain in his presence. Christ gave himself "for our sins" (Gal. 1:4; I Cor. 15:3), he "bore our sins" (I Pet. 2:24). He was "put to death for our trespasses" (Rom. 4:25), he "bore our sins in his body" (I Pet. 2:24), He is the propitiation "for our sins" (I Jn. 2:2; 4:10) as God’s wrath is turned away from its proper objects and directed upon Christ so we are "now Justified by his blood" (Rom 5:9)."

-David Wells-


At Friday, March 03, 2006 2:44:00 AM, Blogger Puritan Belief said...

"himself taking the burden of his own wrath"

This moment is the sole reason for the creation of the universe. The mystery hidden through the ages that it would be the Lord himself that would reconcile us to God by his blood.

Death could not hold him down. How could it? Jesus was innocent! The punishment which we deserved got the wrong person and because of this Jesus conquered death despising the shame. For it made him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

The sweet doctrine of Justification. I would rather be given from the Lord a better understanding of this doctine than any other.

At Friday, March 03, 2006 9:12:00 AM, Blogger Doug E. said...

Well said P.B.


At Friday, March 03, 2006 1:01:00 PM, Blogger David & Shawn said...

I believe that it was Luther who said the justification is the doctrine on which the church stands or falls. Oh how this needs to be proclaimed today!


At Friday, March 03, 2006 1:17:00 PM, Blogger Doug E. said...

David and Shawn,

It is that doctrine. Good point.


At Friday, March 03, 2006 2:20:00 PM, Blogger Jeff Pioquinto,SJ said...

wow. i love reading your post. thanks

At Friday, March 03, 2006 4:19:00 PM, Blogger Brian G. Hedges said...

Doug this is a great blog. Keep up the good work.


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