Atonement

While I did at one time, now I don’t normally write reviews of books written by multiple authors.  I’m not going to make an exception for this one.  It’s too much like having to write individual reviews of eight chapters instead of a review of one book by one author.  So I just wanted to share this remarkable paragraph from Sinclair Ferguson’s contribution, “Christ the Sin-Bearer.”  These insights are drawn from Isaiah 53:

We see Jesus in all the the glory of what theologians call the munus triplex, the three-fold office of our Savior.  Jesus became a humiliated prophet who did not open his mouth.  He became a humiliated priest who was offered as the sacrifice for guilt.  He became a humiliated king so that there was no majesty in him to attract us.  Because his work has ended, his mission was accomplished, and his sacrifice was accepted.  Thus, God has raised him up and he is now the exalted prophet before whom even kings will shut their mouths and listen.  He is the exalted priest who will sprinkle the nations with his sacrificial blood, cleanse them, and make them a fellowship of priests unto God, his Father.  He is the exalted king who has returned from battle victorious in his splendor and entered into the majesty of the right hand of God.  He has received the spoils of war.  ‘Ask of me,’ says the Father, ‘and I will make the very nations as your inheritance.’ (cf. Ps. 2:8).  (118)

Beautifully put!  When I come across a passage like this, I make a note of it somewhere handy so that if I come to preach upon something related, I can easily find it again.  Here I’ve made a note next to Lord’s Day 12 of the Catechism, the place where Reformed churches confess the three-fold office of Christ.

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Pastor of the Free Reformed Church, Launceston, Tasmania. View all posts by Wes Bredenhof

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