Saturday, November 15, 2008

The Necessity of Christ's Death

Couldn't Jesus have just forgiven us without punishing Jesus? Can we as humans do something that God Cannot when we forgive someone without payment?

-Doug Eaton-

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At Saturday, November 15, 2008 7:04:00 PM, Anonymous john said...

Doug I truly enjoy your video posts and you have made another wonderful video post. I would like to raise the proposition that God as All That Is does not need the death of Jesus Christ, for He does not need anything since He is All That Is. I propose, as Thomas Troward proposed, that the death of Jesus was for us and for our need to be shown that God's love for us is greater than God's wrath. When we think about it, we must conclude that if God "needed" payment for sin, He made that payment Himself in the person of His Son. This is the greater love that lays down its own life for the one so loved. God does not have needs that are in the hands or in the will of others to give or not give for God is All That Is and will have, always, All That Is as His very essence and His very nature. God gives His life so that we may have life and that in abundance. The sacrifice of the Lord Jesus overcame a deep fear that lies in our hearts, a fear that we are not worthy of such love and a fear that we are cast out and cannot return home. The life, death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus speaks to our needs and says, "You are loved, for I give my very life for you, for I will have you with me always and will not be parted from you, my beloved children, so fear not, doubt not, you are mine and will remain mine, now and always."

Yours in the Love of Christ,


At Saturday, November 15, 2008 8:07:00 PM, Blogger Doug E. said...


I agree that God does not have any needs external to him by which he is required to do something, but as you have said his nature is the cause. God being just in his nature had to punish sin, if he did not do so he would no longer be just.

God is both just and the justifier of those who believe in him. There are many by-products of this act of love, such as removal of fear and moral influence, as you mentioned, but at the core is Christ bearing our wrath as our substitue.

God Bless,



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