Hugh Martin on the death of Christ fulfilling the penalty of the covenant of works

Reformed Covenanter

Cancelled Commissioner
It is in this manner that divine truths are most convincingly established and successfully defended, — when placed, that is, in their due order and in their right relations of subordination to each other: and an illustrious instance of this, such as that which we have now given, ought not to be without its due weight with us. For instance: Let the objection to the Atonement about punishing the innocent and allowing the transgressors to escape, be referred back upon the Covenant of Grace, precisely as Dr [William] Cunningham refers back upon the covenant of works the asserted incompatibility between inability and responsibility; and how easily is it rebutted.

Bring in, that is to say, the Scriptural doctrine which teaches us to regard Christ and the Church collectively in their relation to God, as virtually one and indivisible, so far as regards their legal standing and responsibilities; and the objection is not merely seen at once to be false, but to be irrelevant and inept. It requires no answer, in the light of the covenant oneness of Christ and His members: it simply disappears. We have before us “virtually the history of one and the same man,”—the Second Man, the last Adam. The death of Christ is then seen to be the real infliction of the originally threatened curse. No one considered as innocent suffers, and no one continuing guilty escapes. Righteousness and Peace are seen to kiss each other, and Justice goes before Him to set us in the way of His steps.

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I love Hugh Martin. Wish more people read him and let him inform the emphasis of their preaching