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might save us from our sins, and THE ATONEMENT.
" that through him we might live." It is the design of the writer of Now, if these expressions of the this article, in the first place, to give holy apostles are not to be construed to the reader a correct statement of in a manner totally different from the doctrine of Christ's atonement, as their plain and literal significationit is contained in the holy scriptures; if they were intended to convey any and in the second place, to notice se-| ideas to the minds of those to whom veral of the most important objec- they were addressed—if they are not tions which have been raised against utterly devoid of all sense, and desit.
titute of all meaning ; it is as clear In entering upon the discussion of as language can make it appear, that the first particular, it is asserted, that Jesus Christ did render an expiatory the doctrine of Christ's expiatory sa-sacrifice for sin ; that he did suffer crifice for sin is plainly revealed in the punishment of human disobedithe word of God. To prove this as-ence ; that he died on the
cross, not sertion, the reader is referred to those merely to seal the truth and establish emphatic declarations of scripture, the authority of his gospel, but that which represent Christ's sufferings by his innocent sufferings and death, and death as an offering for sin. The sinners might be released from the writings of St. Paul are filled with condemnation of the law-absolved such declarations. That distinguish- from the punishment of their sins, ed Apostle bears frequent testimony and restored to the divine favor : for to this fact. This is what he con- in the testimony which we have just stantly affirms in his Epistles. He quoted, Christ is not merely exhibitsays, that “ Christ hath given him-led unto us as a fit example for our "self for us as an offering and a sa-limitation under the influence of tem“crifice to God that he died for all, Iporal sufferings and afflictions; he is " that they which live should hence-not merely represented as having sa“ forth not live unto themselves, but|crificed his life to display the firm“ to him, which died for them—that ness of his character and establish “ Christ, our Passover, is sanctified the authority of his religious doc“ for us—that, by his own precious trines; but it is positively asserted, “ blood, he entered into the holy for us he gave himself as an offer“place, having obtained eternal re- ing and sacrifice to God : he is the " demption for us that through the propitiation for our sins, and by the “eternal spirit he offered himself,||“ sacrifice of himself he put away “ and by the sacrifice of himself, put“ sin.” These declarations of This will
appear still more evident St. Paul are supported by the direct from an examination of those scriptutestimony of St. John, who asserts, ral passages which assert, that Christ that “ Jesus Christ, the righteous, I was substituted by infinite wisdom,
our advocate with the Father, is to suffer the penalty, which we, by “the propitiation for our sins--that our offences, had merited. pro