I’ve been sorting through (and compiling) a lot of old files and writings that I have stashed on various programs here and there and everywhere. On my computer…..flashdrives…in Zoho Docs and Zoho Notebook…on this blog (published and in draft form)…saved in Evernote and Mozilla Scrapbook….and my most recent favorites, Springpad, Dropbox and Sugar Sync.
(My ultimate goal is to write an E-book…more on that in an upcoming post)
One of the benefits of going through old stuff is finding lost treasures that have new meaning, especially when combined with snippets and excerpts and original thoughts from more recent eras.
This post is a compilation of just such a mish mash. And it deals with the atonement. One of my pet topics….
God may thunder His commands from Mount Sinai and men may fear, yet remain at heart exactly as they were before. But let a man once see his God down in the arena as a Man--suffering, tempted, sweating, and agonized, finally dying a criminal's death--and he is a hard man indeed who is untouched.
- J.B. Phillips, "Your God Is Too Small
Not untouched….nor ultimately unchanged. So unlike the substitutionary/penal satisfaction view of the atonement that declares a sin- offended God must extract his pound of flesh before he can forgive us.
But God was in Christ…reconciling the world…
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends
…a sufficient realization of love breaks down all barriers and melts the hardest heart…...
Love Will Conquer
There is no difficulty that enough love will not conquer;
no disease that enough love will not heal;
no door that enough love will not open;
no gulf that enough love will not bridge;
no wall that enough love will not throw down;
no sin that enough love will not redeem . . .
It makes no difference how deeply seated may be the trouble;
how hopeless the outlook;
how muddled the tangle;
how great the mistake.
A sufficient realization of love will dissolve it all.
If only you could love enough you would be the happiest and most powerful being in the world . . .
A sufficient realization of love will dissolve it all….