Posted by: Standing Solus Christus | July 13, 2008

Lord’s Day Quote: John Owen

Eighthly, I shall add but one place more, of the very many more that might be cited to this purpose, and that is 2 Cor 5:21, “He hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.”  The purpose of God in making his Son to be sin is, that those for whom he was made sin might become righteousness; that was the end of God’s sending Lord did not purpose what is not fulfilled, yea, what he knew should never be fulfilled, and what he would not work at all that is might be fulfilled (either of which are most atheistical expressions), then he made Christ sin for no more than do in the effect become actually righteousness in him: so that the counsel and will of God, with the purpose and intention of Christ, by his oblation and blood-shedding, was to fulfil that will and counsel, is from these places made apparent.

From all which we draw this argument: – That which the Father and the Son intended to accomplish in and towards all those for whom Christ died, by his death that is most certainly effected (if any shall deny this proposition, I will at any time, by the Lord’s assistance, take up the assertion of it; ) but the Father and his Son intended by the death of Christ to redeem, purge, sanctify, purify, deliver from death, Satan, the curse of the law, to quit of all sin, to make righteousness in Christ, to bring nigh unto God, all those for whom he died, as was above proved: therefore, Christ died for all and only those in and towards whom all these things recounted are effected; – which, whether they are all and every one, I leave to all and every one to judge that hath any knowledge in these things.

John Owen, The Death of Death in the Death of Christ (Book II, Chapter III)


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