Saturday, December 27, 2014

The Real Turretin on: Christ's Atonement is Both Substitutionary and Exemplary

Tony Stiff at Sets 'n' Service has provided a brief quotation from the real Turretin providing a helpful reminder that the Atonement is not only Substitutionary but also Exemplary
(source). Sometimes in our eagerness to emphasize the distinctives of Reformed Theology, we can lose sight of that fact. The fact that Christ's death is an example is important: and something Paul mentions.



michael said...

The way I point this out is by the fact that we, too, suffer that brings about obedience! Whatever good or bad I sow, I reap and there is no respect of persons with Our God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

Also, in Galatians the Apostle Paul makes the point that the "fruit" of the Spirit is just that, Their fruit. That realization has brought me into a great peace as I now, in this life continue to enjoy to a degree the gift of Eternal Life.

And "Who" is this Eternal Life?

John 17:3 is about as succinct an understanding being expressed "Who" is this Eternal Life.

Now of course these Words give a greater understanding between those of us who suffer discipline and those who suffer wrath:::>

Psa 92:6 The stupid man cannot know; the fool cannot understand this:
Psa 92:7 that though the wicked sprout like grass and all evildoers flourish, they are doomed to destruction forever;
Psa 92:8 but you, O LORD, are on high forever.

michael said...

Besides what I wrote above, I thought this apropos from point 4 from the preface to Josephus' work:

"4. ... The reader is therefore to know, that Moses deemed it exceeding necessary, that he who would conduct his own life well, and give laws to others, in the first place should consider the Divine nature; and, upon the contemplation of God's operations, should thereby imitate the best of all patterns, so far as it is possible for human nature to do, and to endeavor to follow after it: neither could the legislator himself have a right mind without such a contemplation; nor would any thing he should write tend to the promotion of virtue in his readers; I mean, unless they be taught first of all, that God is the Father and Lord of all things, and sees all things, and that thence he bestows a happy life upon those that follow him; but plunges such as do not walk in the paths of virtue into inevitable miseries."

michael said...

Josephus's work, "Antiquities" of the Jews.

ct said...

Beale's new book Hidden But Now Revealed: A Biblical Theology of Mystery touches on this. Glance at the concluding chapter on Amazon.

Intentional suffering is a subtle practice. Love thy enemy is part of this subject.

An old formula summing up Christian practice: conscious labor, intentional suffering.

ct said...

My own formula, so it's not so ancient, goes like this:

Gratitude over resentment, for everything, all the time.

I call that the Royal Attitude.

We are of royal blood when adopted into God's family.

Find a reason for gratitude in everything that would normally make your fallen being resentful. Resentment takes one straight down to hell.