Monday, February 17, 2014

Augustine on Substitutionary Atonement


Some remarkable extracts from the pen of Augustine when he defended the substitutionary atonement of Christ as the fulfilment of OT prophecy against Faustus the Manichean:
Christ, though guiltless, took our punishment that he might cancel our guilt, and do away with our punishment.
Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree; not this one or that but absolutely everyone. What? The Son of God?  Yes, assuredly.
While ever blessed in his own righteousness he was cursed for our offences, in the death which he suffered in bearing our punishment.
He [Moses] knew that the death of sinful man, which Christ though sinless bore, came from that curse "If you touch it you shall surely die"
Moses speaks of him as cursed, not in his divine majesty, but as hanging on the tree as our substitute, bearing our punishment.
Answer to Faustus, a Manichean, Book 14

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