Samuel Rutherford on Christ as the church’s rock and Redeemer

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... Hence we see what a Saviour the Kirk believes in; a Saviour that’s GOD and Man, as Man to be a Sufferer, and as GOD to be a Supporter, which there was great Necessity of these Two Natures; GOD would not seek Payment of our Debt off His Son as GOD; for by the Law He could not answer, for He was the Creditor, and so could not be the Debtor: And therefore, for the better Understanding of this, I would have you with me to consider, how our Nature, and GOD’s Nature works to others hands in the Work of our Redemption. A Sinner cannot Dwell in Christ as GOD only.

There is no Holes nor Chambers for a Sinner to Dwell in GOD; and therefore Christ behoved to be Man, that we might find fair Chambers in the Wounds of Jesus, wherein the Doves of Jesus might Dwell; And if He had been only Man, He could not have been an House upon a Rock, and so could not have born the Weight of all the Doves: For there be some Questions in the Work of our Redemption that only Man can answer. Man has sinned, and Man must Die, says GOD’s Justice, be it so says Christ. Man sinned, and I the Man Christ shall Die. (2.) Man took on the Debt, therefore an other cannot pay for him; Be it so says Christ, I the Man shall pay the Ransom. (3.) Man behoved to make amends, because Man did the Fault: Let it be so said Christ, I the Man Christ shall make amends again. ...

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