of thoughtless or delirious suffering. It expressed the deepest meaning of the crucifixion. The darkening of the heavens was only the outward symbol of the hiding of the countenance of God from him who was ?made to be sin on our behalf? ( <470521>2 Corinthians 5:21). In the case of Christ, above that of all others, finis coronat, and dying words are undying words. ?The tongues of dying men Enforce attention like deep harmony; When words are scarce they?re seldom spent in vain, For they breathe truth that breathe their words in pain.? Versus Park, Discourses, 328-355.
A pure woman needs to meet an infamous proposition with something more than a mild refusal. She must flame up and be angry. <199710>Psalm 97:10 ? ?O ye that love Jehovah, hate evil? ? <490426>Ephesians 4:26 ? ?Be ye angry, and sin not.? So it belongs to the holiness of God not to let sin go unchallenged. God not only shows anger but he ?is angry. It is the wrath of God, which sin must meet and which Christ must meet when he is numbered with the transgressors. Death was the cup of which he was to drink ( <402022>Matthew 20:22; <431811>John 18:11) and which he drained to the dregs. Mason, Faith of the Gospel, 196 ? ?Jesus alone of all men truly ?tasted death? ( <580209>Hebrews 2:9). Some men are too stolid and unimaginative to taste it To Christians the bitterness of death is gone, just because Christ died and rose again But to Jesus its terrors were as yet undiminished. He resolutely set all his faculties to sound to the depths the dreadfulness of dying.?
We therefore cannot agree with either Wendt or Johnson in the following quotations. Wendt. Teaching of Jesus, 2:249, 250 ? ?The forsaking of the Father was not an absolute one, since Jesus still called him ?My God? ( <402746>Matthew 27:46). Jesus felt the failing of that energy of spirit which had hitherto upheld him, and he expresses simply his ardent desire and prayer that God would once more grant him his power and assistance.? E.
H. Johnson, The Holy Spirit, 143, 144 ? ?It is not even necessary to believe that God hid his face from Christ at the last moment. It is necessary only to admit that Christ no longer saw the Father?s face. He felt that it was so; but it was not so.? These explanations make Christ?s sufferings and Christ?s words unreal and to our mind they are inconsistent with both his deity and his atonement.
(f) The actual power of the atonement over the human conscience and heart is due, not to its exhibiting God?s regard for law, but to its exhibiting an actual execution of law and an actual satisfaction of violated holiness made by Christ in the sinner?s stead.
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