The Curse Motif of Atonement

Two weeks ago as we talked about the atonement – and specifically the imputation of Christ’s righteousness to our accounts – we read from Galatians 3.   The first 14 verses are a powerful explanation of the gospel, and how it was presented to Abraham (also see Romans 4) prior to Moses receiving the law.

When we get to verse 13, we’re struck by a very odd verse.  It says, “Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree.'”

This relates to imputation in that as Protestants we actually believe in “Double Imputation” – which is to say that we believe that while Christ’s righteousness is imputed (given) to our account, we also believe that our sinfulness was imputed to Him and He bore our sins on the cross – the cursed tree of redemption.

As we meditate on this grim reality of what our Savior both took for us and has given to us, I thought I’d post a short 8 minute video by R.C. Sproul on what is called the Curse Motif of the Atonement.  It’s a powerful video – for a more mature audience (i.e. not for the kiddos).   I hope you find it profitable as you think this week on the work of our Redeemer.


 

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