In the last program we took a look at Christ’s cross-centered mission, and in this program we want to ask what it all means. Why did Jesus have to suffer in our place, and what did his death accomplish? Why is the cross central to our redemption?
As they attempt to unpack this topic, the hosts spend some time defining important words and concepts that the New Testament authors use to describe the benefits of the cross such as redemption, atonement, propitiation, and imputation. Join us for this new edition of the White Horse Inn.
“If you want purity, you will find it in the holy conception of our savior in the Virgin’s womb. If you want holiness of life and perfection, you’ll find it in Jesus’ thirty-three years of active obedience for you. If you want to find the mortification of sin, go find it in his tomb.
“Don’t look anywhere else for any benefits of God outside of Jesus. In him are hidden all the treasures of God. Not only by his cross did Jesus take away our sin, but by his life he fulfilled all obedience, all righteousness so that we don’t wind up merely with our debts cancelled, but we wind up with our account running over with merits.” – Michael Horton
Term to Learn:
Those whom God effectually calls He also freely justifies, not by infusing righteousness into them, but by pardoning their sins, and by accounting and accepting them as righteous, not for anything wrought in them, or done by them, but for Christ’s sake alone. They are not justified because God reckons as their righteousness either their faith, their believing, or any other act of evangelical obedience. They are justified wholly and solely because God imputes to them Christ’s righteousness. He imputes to them Christ’s active obedience to the whole law and His passive obedience in death. They receive Christ’s righteousness by faith, and rest on Him. They do not possess or produce this faith themselves; it is the gift of God. (1689 London Baptist Confession, XI.1)
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