of-death to Death his death-blow given, Forever closed were the gate, the gate of life and heaven.?

(d) It shows most satisfactorily how the demands of holiness are met, namely by the propitiatory offering of one who is personally pure, but who by union with the human race has inherited its guilt and penalty.

?Quo non ascendam?? ? ?Whither shall I not rise?? exclaimed the greatest minister of modern kings, in a moment of intoxication. ?Whither shall I not stoop?? says the Lord Jesus. King Humbert, during the scourge of cholera in Italy: ?In Castellammare they make merry; in Naples they die: I go to Naples.?

Wrightnour: ?The illustration of Powhatan raising his club to slay John Smith while Pocahontas flings herself between the uplifted club and the victim, is not a good one. God is not an angry being, bound to strike something, no matter what. If Powhatan could have taken the blow himself, out of a desire to spare the victim, it would be better. The Father and the Son are one. Bronson Alcott, in his school at Concord, when punishment was necessary, sometimes placed the rod in the hand of the offender and bade him strike his (Alcott?s) hand, rather than that the law of the school should be broken without punishment following. The result was that very few rules were broken. So God in Christ bore the sins of the world, and endured the penalty for man?s violation of his law.?

(e) It furnishes the only proper explanation of the sacrificial language of the New Testament, and of the sacrificial rites of the Old, considered as prophetic of Christ?s atoning work.

Foster, Christian Life and Theology, 207-211 ? ?The imposition of hands on the head of the victim is entirely unexplained, except in the account of the great Day of Atonement. When, by the same gesture and by distinct confession the sins of the people, were ?put upon the head of the goat? ( <031621>Leviticus 16:21) to be borne away into the wilderness. The blood was sacred and was to be poured out before the Lord, evidently in place of the forfeited life of the sinner which should have been rendered up.? Watts, New Apologetics, 205 ? ??The Lord will provide? was the truth taught when Abraham found a ram provided by God which he ?offered up as a burnt offering in the stead of his son? ( <012213>Gen. 22:13,

14). As the ram was not Abraham?s ram, the sacrifice of it could not teach that all Abraham had belonged to God and should, with entire faith in his goodness, be devoted to him but it did teach that ?apart from shedding of blood there is no remission? ( <580922>Hebrews 9:22).? <142927>2Chron.

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