Category Archives: Atonement

Jonathan Gibson on the difference between being “biblical” and “biblicist”

We suggest that articulating definite atonement is similar to articulating doctrines like the Trinity or the two natures of Christ. The approach needs to be biblical, but not biblicist. No one text “proves” definite atonement, any more than one text … Continue reading

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Piper: “The design of the atonement is racial diversity in the company of the redeemed.”

Revelation 5:9-10 is a glimpse into the purposes of God in the death of His Son, the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ: “And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are you [referring to the slain and risen Lamb of … Continue reading

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John Piper: “[God’s glory] is no isolated note in the symphony of redemptive history.”

God’s ultimate commitment is to himself and not to us. And therein lies our security. God loves His glory above all… This is no isolated note in the symphony of redemptive history. It is the ever-recurring motif of the all-sufficient … Continue reading

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John Frame on sanctification by imitation, and the atonement as exemplary for the Christian life and preaching

From Frame’s chapter entitled “Human Beings as Revelation”: Imitation of other persons is an important means of learning in general, and specifically an important means of learning the Word of God. As I indicated in the last chapter, understanding the … Continue reading

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Erickson on the atonement and “the organic character of theology”

In the doctrine of the atonement we see perhaps the clearest indication of the organic character of theology, that is, we see that the various doctrines fit together in a cohesive fashion. The position taken on any one of them … Continue reading

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John Stott on the language of “theories” and the different achievements of the atonement

Images of salvation (or of the atonement) is a better term than theories. For theories are usually abstract and speculative concepts, whereas the biblical images of the atoning achievement of Christ are concrete pictures and belong to the data of … Continue reading

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