Posts Tagged Christ

Christ Did Not Become Sin Merely Figuratively

     Reading through the Predestinarian Network blog-site again today, I came across a most surprising accusation. The page began with a writer apparently accusing me of believing that Christ was made sin merely figuratively and not actually. This was taken to be by other contributors because I used the words ‘as if’. My surprise increased as I read Brandan Kraft’s comment to this unfounded allegation on the blog-site, ‘‘Yeah, he and Fortner were close and both actively promoted this heresy in New Focus mag. I stopped my subscription because of it.’ The name ‘Fortner is a reference to Don Fortner, a fellow contributor to the New Focus Magazine. It would have been helpful if Brandon Kraft, who has often written very… Full Article

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The Mediatorship of Christ: Part Two: Christ’s Engagements as Mediator

The suretyship of Christ in His office as Mediator      Christ is our Surety because He transfers our obligations and debts to Himself, leaving us free from them. Those who preach that Christ was not imputed with our sin and did not pay a ransom for sinners’ debts, leave the sinner with his obligations, guilt and debts. He is forgiven, but still guilty, as if Christ had never unburdened him. Nowadays, we hear that Christ brings us pardon but not freedom from guilt, so we must constantly mortify ourselves through the moral law, to put into practice what Christ has gained for us in theory. The entire Mosaic law could neither save nor sanctify a sinner, so how can a cut-down version of it work such miracles? Christ’s Mediatorial… Full Article

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The Mediatory and Covenantal Offices of Christ (Part 1)

The Mediatory and Covenantal Offices of Christ: An Evaluation and Acceptance of the Doctrine as expressed by the Reformation in General and John Gill in Particular.   Part One: Christ’s Qualifications as Mediator   Christ’s Covenant Mediatorship The New Testament, especially the Epistle to the Hebrews, describes Christ as Mediator. This office is allied to Christ’s further office, that of Covenant Head. He is described as the Mediator of the new and better covenant (Heb. 8:6; 9:15; 12:24). Christ alone bears this office as “there is one Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus (1 Tim. 2:5). Many say that Moses, too, was a Mediator. His office, however, was that of God’s spokesman. Christ… Full Article

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Reply to Tony Bickley

Sir:      Tony Bickley accuses me of being controversial over a point entirely foreign to me, leaving me puzzled at his logic and reasoning. He concludes from my repeated claim that Christ in His human nature was tempted in all points as we are, yet without sin, that I teach that the Sinless One was a sinner. Furthermore, he concludes from my belief that Christ became sin on our behalf that I teach that this sin was Christ’s own and not Brother Bickley’s sin and mine. Moreover, he asks me to tell him how Christ rid himself of the sin imputed to Him. This question is best answered by the NT, especially Romans 8:16, “God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh.” I would link… Full Article

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Imputation of Sin

A Letter to a Christian Newspaper: Sir:      Regarding imputed sin. I believe the idea is thoroughly Scriptural, though acknowledging that there is much controversy concerning what is meant by the term. I understand it to mean that all those who die do so because of sin, even He who did not sin as the first Adam, i.e. the Second Adam. I base this on Romans 5.12 ff.. All men are thus imputed with sin, and all men thus die, though one man knew no sin personally. In taking upon Himself the form of a man, Christ voluntarily imputed Himself with sin for our sakes. Though He kept Himself free from actually sinning, He was born to die just like other men, and die He did. He also showed human frailty and the curse of growing older…. Full Article

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Be Sure Your Sins Will Find You Out

Part One: The scriptures conclude all under sin Sin refers to God’s law alone      The word ‘sin’ is a rarity nowadays and like the gospel words ‘holiness’ and ‘righteousness’, might soon disappear from our vocabulary. The reasons is two-fold: ‘sin’ in its traditional meaning is the opposite of holiness and righteousness, theological terms which relate to the Person of God. Thus, there can be no awareness of sin where there is no awareness of our sovereign, absolute and holy God. Where there is no sense of sin, there can be no sense of righteousness. The second reason follows from the first. Our holy God has given us a clear definition of sin in His Word. God’s eternal nature is revealed to us in His… Full Article

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Phil Johnson on Christ Being Made Sin Only Figuratively

Following theological fashions      Our modern theology has apparently become a matter of fashions. In my youth, Christians kept to their theological opinions closely. Whether a Plymouth Brother, Particular Baptist, Wesleyan Methodist or an Evangelical Anglican, they remained true to their affiliations all their Christian lives. Nowadays, Christians seem to be changing their theological bent regularly. I have friends who have adopted one supposedly modern fad after another, going through Hyper-Fullerism, Hyper-Calvinism, New Covenant Theology, New Perspectives, Dispensationalism and other old warmed up errors within a few years. I have even received letters from irate brethren scolding me for not keeping up to date… Full Article

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For Whom did Christ Die?

     Nowadays we are assailed from all sides with the novel and un-Biblical doctrine that Christ actually died to atone for all sinners, though this atonement is only a theoretical provision to be made good by the agency of man. Such a teaching is called Theoretical Universalism and such a teaching is demonstrably false. This teaching does not distinguish between the state of man before the fall and his state after the fall, viewing all men as on probation, like Adam, until they reject or accept Christ. There are seven good reasons for rejecting this error:    1. The objects of redemption are the objects of God’s love      God has a special saving love which must be distinguished from His general, providential goodness… Full Article

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Christ’s Sinless Nature

Sir:      Notes & Comments in the Sept.-Oct. issue contained a serious error inconsistent with orthodox teaching on the Incarnation and the human descent of Christ. Christ the man did not withstand sin as God but because He became a man among men and suffered under the law as a man but yet without sin. Christ redeemed us as man, dying vicariously for men. The idea that Christ did not place himself under the law but was always above it as God is an intrinsic part of the Moral Government theory of New Divinity. However, such a mock Incarnation on the part of Christ leaves us with a Christ who failed in His efforts both as God and man to die vicariously for sinners. In God’s faultless plan of salvation, we read ‘as in Adam all… Full Article

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The Manhood of Christ in Salvation

     Recently, whilst corresponding with a relatively large number of pastors in an internet chat group, I was astonished and alarmed to discover that I was the only correspondent who believed in the true manhood of Christ in His saving work. What sparked off the heated debate was the subject of Christ being tempted by the devil, (Matt. 4:1-11) and my co-correspondents were upset by my contributions to the discussion. I had based my stand on Hebrews 2:18, “For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted” and Hebrews 4:15, “For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.” My… Full Article

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