If God be absolutely and simply one, there can be no mediation or atonement, since between God and the most exalted creature the gulf is infinite. Christ cannot bring us nearer to God than he is himself. Only one who is God can reconcile us to God. So, too, only one who is God can purify our souls. A God who is only unity, but in whom is no plurality, may be our Judge, but, so far as we can see, cannot be our Savior or our Sanctifier.
?God is the way to himself.? ?Nothing human holds good before God, and nothing but God himself can satisfy God.? The best method of arguing with Unitarians, therefore, is to rouse the sense of sin; for the soul that has any proper conviction of its sins feels that only an infinite Redeemer can ever save it. On the other hand, a slight estimate of sin is logically connected with a low view of the dignity of Christ. Twesten, translated in Bibliotheca Sacra, 3:510 ? ?It would seem to be not a mere accident that Pelagianism, when logically carried out, as for example among the Socinians, has also always led to Unitarianism.? In the reverse order, too, it is manifest that rejection of the Deity of Christ must tend to render more superficial men?s views of the sin and guilt and punishment from which Christ came to save them, and with this to deaden religious feeling and to cut the sinews of all evangelistic and missionary effort ( <431244>John 12:44: <581026> Hebrews 10:26). See Arthur, on the Divinity of our Lord in relation to his work of Atonement, in Present Day Tracts, 6: no. 35; Ellis, quoted by Watson, Theol. Inst., 23; Gunsaulus, Transfig. of Christ, 13 ? ?We have tried to see God in the light of nature, while he said: ?In thy light shall we see light? ( <193609>Psalm 36:9).? We should see nature in the light of Christ. Eternal life is attained only through the knowledge of God in Christ
( <431609>John 16:9). Hence to accept Christ is to accept God; to reject Christ is to turn one?s back on God: <431244>John 12:44 ? ?He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me?; <581026>Hebrews 10:26,29 ? ?there remaineth no more a sacrifice for sin? [for him] who hath trodden under foot the Son of God.?
In The Heart of Midlothian, Jeanie Deans goes to London to secure pardon for her sister. She cannot in her peasant attire go direct to the King, for he will not receive her. She goes to a Scotch housekeeper in London; through him to the Duke of Argyle; through him to the Queen; through the Queen she gets pardon from the King, whom she never sees. This was medieval mediatorship. But now we come directly to Christ, and this suffices us, because he is himself God (The Outlook). A man once went into the cell of a convicted murderer, at the request of the murderer?s wife and pleaded with him to confess his crime and accept Christ, but the
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