The “problem” with all “theories” of the “Atonement” is partly… perhaps largely, methodological, having to do with the pitfalls and snares of theorizing and systematizing per se. Here the work of Herman Dooyeweerd and his school of Christian philosophy can be of particular value. [7/30/06]
Sin was annihilated when the person against whom all sin is committed, and who alone had the divine right to avenge sin, was himself put to death. Sin was abolished when the judge himself—the only person who could rightfully condemn sinners—allowed himself to get condemned by them and executed! He had the right to lay down his bodily existence and to get it again (John 10:14-18) and GOD RECOMPENSED JESUS FOR THIS UNSPEAKABLE INJUSTICE BY BRINGING HIM BACK TO LIFE WITH SUPERADDED GLORY!
In this manner, sin was dealt a mortal blow by THE AVAILABILITY OF FREE LIFE WHICH IS ATTENDED BY POWER AND WHOLESOMENESS TO NOURISH OUR OWN SPIRITS. SIN NEVER HAD A CHANCE! AND SATAN NEVER SAW THE DEATH BLOW TO SIN AND SLAVERY COMING! [7/30/06] THAT’S BECAUSE HE HIMSELF DEALT IT! HE NEVER SUSPECTED! [6/01/08]
Is the wrath of God part of the authentic Proclamation of God’s Kingdom? OF COURSE! But it is not present at the Cross! Let’s put it where it belongs—at the Destruction of Jerusalem where Daniel the prophet and Jesus the Messiah warned that it would turn up…with undiminished FEROCITY! And locate it also at the end of the age when God sends in His harvesting messengers to reap and His fire to consume. There it very well belongs. BUT NOT AT THE CROSS! FOR THE CROSS WAS SHEER LOVE from God’s side. [7/30/06]