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Deity Suffering on Behalf of Humanity

Deity Suffering on Behalf of Humanity

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Published by GLENN DALE PEASE
By JAMES FRANKLIN LOVE, D.D.

—THE DOCTRINE OF THE ATONEMENT
By JAMES FRANKLIN LOVE, D.D.

—THE DOCTRINE OF THE ATONEMENT

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DEITY SUFFERING ON BEHALF OF HUMANITYBy JAMES FRANKLIN LOVE, D.D.  —THE DOCTRINE OF THE ATONEMENT WE will not cumber space with an elabora-tion or even an enumeration of all the various theories of the Atonement, or more exactly theories of the death of Christ ; for some of ^these theories do not embrace anything that can properly be called the Atonement. The Example theory held by the Unitarians, for instance, does not in any real sense include the idea of Atone-ment. The Moral Influence theory, which has varied phases, draws a little nearer, but not near enough to be called a theory of the Atonement. Especially is this true of the Ritschlianism. While, therefore, a discussion of the theories of the Atonement is beyond our purpose, we take occasion to say that the title prefixed to this chapter presupposes a recognition of a full atonement, and therefore, so far as it suggests a theory, it also warrants a free use of such words
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as suhstitutionary, vicarious^ expiatory and pi'o- pitiatory. These words suggest the incomparable merit of the death of Jesus and distinguish it from every other death, as it distinguishes Christianity from every other religion. Such positive statement does not presuppose a failure to recognize mystery 148 The Atonement 149 in the cross. There is mystery there, profound and unfathomable. "We do not know all about His death. Our human reason staggers before the anomaly of the ages. But it is just because we recognize our inability to comprehend all its signifi-cance, that we do not think well of these human theories of the Atonement. We know nothing of the transcendent and superhuman purpose and meaning of that death, except what Supernatural Wisdom has told us. Therefore, we frame no theory, but, rather, take the Old Testament and the
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 New Testament record so far as it explains that death, and further than that, dare not speculate. So much as we have said here, the Scriptures  plainly teach, not in one passage but in many. " But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities ; the chastisement of our peace was upon Him ; and with His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray ; we have turned every one to his own way ; and Jehovah hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all " (Isa. liii. 5-6). " The Son of Man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give His life a ransom for many " (Matt. xx. 28). " I lay down My life for the sheep " (John x. 15). " But God commendeth His own love towards us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us " (Rom. v. 8). " For I delivered unto you first of all that which also I received : that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures " (1 Cor. xv. 3). " Him who knew no sin, He made to be sin on our behalf ; that we 150 The Unique Message of Christianity
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