Christ Crucified: Understanding the Atonement
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Christ Crucified: Understanding the Atonement   -     By: Donald Maccleod

Christ Crucified: Understanding the Atonement

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The crucifixion of Jesus Christ is presented in all four Gospels, and occupies considerable space in the overall narrative. How could the life, let alone the death, of one man 2,000 years ago be the salvation of the human race? The biblical explanation is that the crucified one was the Son of God, acting and suffering in cooperation with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. This is the primary answer to "the scandal of particularity." The death of this one person has universal, inclusive and cosmic significance, because in him the Creator acts and suffers. Further, there is the special relationship between Christ and humanity: he was "with" us, and he was "for" us.

The grandeur of the cross lies in the fact that here the incarnate Son of God offered himself in our place, bearing the penalty for our sin. The cross achieved expiation, propitiation, reconciliation, justification, redemption, forgiveness and victory. No single one of these tells the whole truth, nor do all of them together exhaust the meaning of the cross. Macleod shows that these concepts are interrelated and interdependent, and that together they give a coherent picture of the salvation wrought by Jesus at Calvary.

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Title: Christ Crucified: Understanding the Atonement
By: Donald Maccleod
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 272
Vendor: InterVarsity Press
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
Weight: 14 ounces
ISBN: 0830840613
ISBN-13: 9780830840618
Stock No: WW840610

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How could the life, let alone the death, of one man 2,000 years ago be the salvation of the human race? The biblical explanation is the atonement: the crucified one was the Son of God, acting and suffering in cooperation with God the Father and God the Holy Spirit. The crucifixion of Jesus Christ is presented in all four Gospels, and occupies considerable space in the overall narrative. The death of this one person has universal, inclusive and cosmic significance, because in him the Creator acts and suffers. This is the primary answer to "the scandal of particularity." There is also a special relationship between Christ and humanity—he was "with" us, and he was "for" us. The grandeur of the cross lies in the fact that the incarnate Son of God offered himself in our place, bearing the penalty for our sin. Donald Macleod considers seven key words Christians have used through the centuries to describe what happened on the cross: substitution, expiation, propitiation, reconciliation, satisfaction, redemption and victory. No single one of these tells the whole truth, nor do all of them together exhaust the meaning of the cross. Macleod shows that these concepts are interrelated and interdependent, and that together they give a coherent picture of the salvation wrought by Jesus at Calvary.

Author Bio

Donald Macleod, now retired, was professor of systematic theology at the Free Church of Scotland College in Edinburgh, Scotland, from 1978 to 2011. He is the author of The Person of Christ in the Contours of Christian Theology.

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"This careful treatment of the Gospels is a fascinating read meant for those with a basic grasp of Greek and New Testament Theology."

-- Donald Macleod, Missiology, 44, 4

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