Posted by: Standing Solus Christus | July 27, 2008

Lord’s Day Quote: John Owen

The second rank contains those place which lay down the actual accomplishment and effect of this oblation, or what it doth really produce and effect in and towards them for whom it is an oblation.  Such are Heb 9:12, 14, “By his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us…The blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your consciences from dead works to serve the living  God.”  Two things are here ascribed to the blood of Christ; on referring to God, “It obtains eternal redemption;” the other respecting us, “It purgeth our consciences from dead works:” so that justification with God, by procuring for us an eternal redemption from the guilt of our sins and his wrath due unto them with sanctification in ourselves (or, as it is called, Heb 1:3, a “purging our sins”), is the immediate product of that blood by which he entered into the holy place, of that oblation which, through the eternal Spirit, he presented unto God.  Yea, this meritorious purging his ascension:  Heb 1:3, “When he had by himself purged our sins, he sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;” and again, most expressly, chap 9:26, “He hath appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself:” which expiation, or putting away of sin by the way of sacrifice, must needs be the actual sanctification of them for whom he was a sacrifice, even as “the blood of bulls and goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh,” verse 13.

Certain it is, that whosoever was either polluted or guilty, for whom there was an expiation and sacrifice allowed in those carnal ordinances, “which had a shadow of good things to come,” had truly; – first, A legal cleansing and sanctifying, to the purifying of the flesh; and, secondly, Freedom from the punishment which was due to the breach of the law, as it was the rule of conversation to God’s people: so much his sacrifice carnally accomplished for him that was admitted thereunto.  Now, these things being but “shadows of good things to come,” certainly the sacrifice of Christ did effect spiritually, for all them for whom it was a sacrifice, whatever the other could typify out; that is, spiritual cleansing by sanctification, and freedom from the guilt of sin: which the places produced to evidently prove.  Now, whether this be accomplished in all and for them all, let all that are able judge…

…Christ, then, so bare our iniquities by his death, that, by virtue of the stripes and afflictions which he underwent in his offering himself for us, this is certainly procured and effected, that we should go free, and not suffer any of those things which he underwent for us.  To which, also, you may refer all those places which evidently hold out a commutation in this point of suffering between Christ and us:  Gal 3:13, “He delivered us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us;”

John Owen, The Death of Death in the Death of Christ.

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