Michael Horton on the Atonement of Christ

Author Michael Scott Horton says it like this: “He who was the truth became the world’s most inveterate liar. He who was too pure to look upon a woman to lust would become history’s most promiscuous adulterer. The only man who ever loved with pure selflessness would become the most despised villain in the universe. He would become a racist, a murderer, a gossip, slanderer, thief and tyrant. He would become all of this not in himself, but as the sin-bearing substitute for us.”

He continues, “At last, the moment came: God turned his face of wrath toward his bleeding, dying Son, and made him drink that cup of rejection to the last drop. See here the price of your redemption: God must hate his own sinless Son, the joy of his eternal heart, that he may love you justly. The Father must become the enemy of the son, the avenging angel who slaughters the firstborn Son in the dark Egyptian night of his captivity. In that moment, with the sin of the world crushing his soul, Jesus looked to the Father, with whom He had enjoyed eternal intimacy and indescribable love, and found no one there to comfort him.” from We Believe: Recovering the Essentials of the Apostles’ Creed by Michael Horton

First Presbyterian Church on The Apostle’s Creed

Author: Brad

Sinner saved by the sovereign grace of God in the doing, dying, and rising of His Son Jesus Christ.