If sin is the mother of evil and death is the offspring, the devil is their midwife. [8/14/07]
Did Jesus “learn obedience” so as to “be perfected” (Hebrews 5:809) as the result of [his] “penal substitution”? For according to veritable Scriptures, this was the divine aim of the process of his suffering abuse (Hebrews 5:8-9, 2:9010, 18, 4:14-5:2, 9:26, 13:12) and sorrow (Hebrews 12:11), enduring all things as discipline (Hebrews 12:1-14) for the sake of our salvation (Hebrews 2:10, 5:9, 9:24-28), wholesomeness (Hebrews 2:11, 9:13-14, 10:5-10, 29, 12:10-14, 13:12) and cleansing (Hebrews 1:3, 9:13-14, 23-28). In the very crucible of the cross appointed him by the Father precisely to allow Jesus to experience the unjust smiting that Israel’s sins inflicted, Jehovah IN Jesus was interceding because of depravities viciously wounding and crushing him. These blows (pleg–) of discipline (-paid– Isaiah 53:5, Hebrews 12:1-17), when they were redressed by God’s overcompensating justice through his glorious resurrection, when he again “saw light” (Isaiah 53:11), served to “justify many” (Isaiah 53:11) and bring healing (Isaiah 53:5) to those who had done these appalling wrongs…and far, far beyond! All nations felt the repercussions of this SHOCK WAVE OF JUSTIFYING JUSTICE! FOR WHEN IT HIT, IT CRASHED THROUGH ISRAEL’S HARDENED FORTIFICATIONS AND ROLLED ON TO INUNDATE EVERY “FAMILY, TONGUE, LAND, AND NATION” WITH THE GRACIOUSNESS OF GOD’S BEDROCK TRUTH THAT BROUGHT PEACE AND MUTUAL RECONCILIATION AMONG ALL NATIONS THAT CHANGE THEIR MINDS AND TRUST IT. THIS IS BIG!
However, “divine, wrathful punishment” played no role whatever in this scenario. GOD WASN’T VENTING HIS HOLY WRATH ON THIS SINLESS VICTIM AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR VENTING IT ON THE GUILTY SINNERS, IN ORDER TO SATISFY THE JUSTICE OF HIS LAW, HE WAS ALLOWING THE GUILTY SINNERS TO VENT THEIR SINFUL RAGE ON THIS SINLESS VICTIM IN ORDER THAT HE MIGHT SATISFY THE JUSTICE OF HIS LAW BY OVERCOMPENSATING THEIR DAMAGES IN RAISING HIM FROM THE DEAD AND GIVING HIM GLORY TO BE “HIGH AND LIFTED UP, AND EXCEEDINGLY LOFTY” (Isaiah 52:13), AND SO THAT HE WOULD “APPORTION THE BOOTY” (Isaiah 53:12) OF HIS TRIUMPH, WHICH GOD “APPORTION[ED] TO HIM” (Isaiah 53:12), IN TURN TO THE STAUNCH-IN-FAITH, HIS BRETHREN. [8/14/07]
THE ECONOMICS OF JUSTICE
The economics of justice builds on economics, properly speaking, but goes beyond merely economic norms in characteristic ways. (The Christian philosophy of Herman Dooyeweerd [1894-1977], of the Free University of Amsterdam, elaborates this at length.) With specific reference to the Atonement, we can see the nuclear difference in very distinct fashion. The pivotal difference is that because the exchange between parties was not mutually voluntary and without violence, there was injustice in the transaction, which brought it under the leading modal guidance of jural norms instead of merely economic norms. Normative justice demands and stipulates OVERCOMPENSATION by way of restitution. [8/14/07]