We're in the middle of our five-part series on 'Soteriology' - our doctrine/s of salvation. Having established the Power of the Cross (the Servant King enduring horror and shame, 'for us and for our salvation'), we looked last Sunday at the Work of the Cross. How exactly did Jesus' death procure our salvation? How did he win our redemption?
As we discovered last time, the Cross is at the centre of Christianity. Paul says in Gal 6:14 that he will boast in nothing else. Indeed, the history of the Church has been one long story of reckoning with it! With that in mind, we looked at how the ancient Church understood the death of Christ on the Cross, how the medieval Church understood it, and then how the Reformers reckoned with it - all in conversation with Scripture.
On the Cross, Christ is the great Victor - conquering Satan, sin, death and hell.
On the Cross, Christ is the God-Man - standing in our place, doing what we never could.
On the Cross, Christ is our True Example - showing us what love really means.
All of these are good and true answers, and consistent with scripture to a greater or lesser extent. But these are all but melodies without a harmony. There is one answer that unites them all. It's there in the early Church. It's there in the medieval Church. It's there in the modern Church. And it's there in the Scriptures. What is this answer?
On the Cross, Christ is our substitute - pierced for our transgressions.
He became sin, so that we might become the righteousness of God.
My original intention for this session was to cover not only the horror and shame of the Crucifixion, but to examine how Jesus' death procured our salvation, specifically. God had other ideas. After just six pages of notes, having looked at what Jesus endured for us - the pain, the mockery, the shame, the curse - God moved so tangibly amongst us that we were forced to stop.
We spent the rest of the meeting in prayer and worship, giving thanks to God for what he did for us. It was a beautiful time. It was truly 'Theology That Sings'!
So God interrupted my designs - but that's more than fine. You can click here to read how we'll do the next few weeks a little differently in response.
In the meantime, find notes from yesterday's shorter session below - as well as a couple of songs played during our time of worship.
Second year TTS students - click here for the S11 notes!
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