The Great Sacrifice

I’ve finally come to the majestic “song of the redeemed” (Revelation 5:9-10) as I work my way through the book of Revelation.  As I prepare for Sunday morning’s sermon I marvel again at the atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ.   That you my King, Heaven’s Hero, would die for me?

The most helpful book I’ve read on this subject (outside sacred Scripture) has been R.B. Kuiper’s work, For Whom did Christ Die?  A Study of the Divine Design of the Atonement.  I read through large sections of it again today and would suggest you purchase and read this book if you have never done so before. 

My humble human response to this wonderful reality is expressed quite well in an old song written by the great hymn-writer, Isaac Watts.

 How sweet and awful is the place
With Christ within the doors
While everlasting love displays
The choicest of her stores.

While all our hearts and all our songs
Join to admire the feast
Each of us cry with thankful tongues,
“Lord, why was I a guest?”

“Why was I made to hear thy voice
and enter while there’s room,
When thousands make a wretched choice
And rather starve than come?”

‘Twas the same love that spread the feast
that sweetly drew us in;
Else we had still refused to taste
and perished in our sin

Pity the nations, O our God,
Constrain the earth to come;
Send thy victorious Word abroad
and bring the strangers home.

We long to see Thy churches full,
that all the chosen race
may with one voice and heart and soul
sing Thy redeeming grace.

To Him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing, and honor, and glory, and dominion, forever and ever.  Amen

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  1. The problems I see with the third leaf in the TULIP is that there are certain verses which flatly contradict it, like Isaiah 53:6 (which says that the number of people who went astray = the number of people whos einiquities fell upon Him), and 1 John 2:2 (“the whole world” meaning what it means in 5:19). 1 Corinthians 15:1-3, esp. 3, says that Paul preached to the unsaved Corinthians that Christ died for “our” sins.

    Limited atonement also removes the Lord’s rationale for offering forgiveness indiscriminately. In order to be just and justifier (Romans 3:26), the Lord needs a redemptive ground on which to make an offer; He can’t offer anyone forgiveness if He doesn’t have the just right to do so. Christ’s cross frees God to offer forgiveness to everyone.

    It also removes the cross as an object of faith. Since we can’t know for whom Christ died, we can’t know if Christ died for us. Being mystically convinced within isn’t knowing, and inward mystical insight is contradictory to how God communicates Gospel truth to men everywhere else in Scripture. I believe L is why Reformed Christians have a reputation of struggling so mightily with assurance of their own salvation. L means you have no objective, historical way of knowing whether or not Christ died for your sins. This latter bit is a very, very bad thing.

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