Monday, June 16, 2008

Double Jeopardy

But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things to come, He entered through the greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this creation; and not through the blood of goats and calves, but through His own blood, He entered the holy place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who have been defiled sanctify for the cleansing of the flesh, how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? (Hebrews 9:11-14)

"...But we need to realize that the person promoting the universal view of atonement encounters a real problem here. Such a person is promoting a theoretical redemption. What, exactly, had Christ 'obtained' in their view? Are we to understand these words to mean that Christ has obtained 'the savability' of mankind? Is this what 'eternal redemption' means? Not at all.

The writer provides further evidence of what it means to 'obtain eternal redemption.' He says that Christ 'at the consummation of the ages has been manifested to put away sin by the sacrifice of Himself' (9:26). What does it mean to 'put away' sin? If His self-sacrifice puts away sin, how can any man for whom Christ died be held accountable for those sins? Such involves 'double jeopardy,' the punishment of Christ and the punishment of the man for the same sins! This is not the intention of Scripture."
-James R. White, The Potter's Freedom

1 comment:

PastorT said...

James nails it. The justice of God dictates that every man for whom Christ died, having borne their sins in His body on the tree, will never know the second death. The wages of sin is one death, not two (i.e. not Christ's and mine)! A universal atonement that makes salvation possible and man savable is no gospel. The undeniable and clear message of Scripture is that Christ accomplished redemption in full for all men without distinction (not all men without exception). Revelation 5:9 is a key text. Careful study of the Noah/flood narrative in Genesis shows that the "all" objection does not, eh hem, hold water. God said He would destroy all flesh. Yet Noah, his family, and two of every kind of flesh were safe in the ark. Does this not foreshadow the particular and definite redemption of Christ?

Todd Braye