Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Cur Deus Homo: Why the God-Man?

St. Anselm tackled it. The White Horse Inn radio program tackled it as well this week. will cover it on the radio as well.

Anselm's insight into biblical truth changed the course of Western Christianity. And it refreshes my soul.

God is just. He must punish my sin. If I am to escape God's just punishment, God must punish someone else in my place. My sins can't go unpunished. For that, I need a man to be in my place. A perfect man. A second Adam.

Anselm's second insight: But my sins deserve an infinite punishment because I have sinned against an infinite God. That is why the Savior had to be both fully God and fully man.

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified (declared just or righteous) by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation (something that satisfies the demands of God's wrath) by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God's righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins. It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus. (so that he might be just/righteous and the One who declares that he can justly declare sinners just without compromising his righteousness)

Romans 3:23-26, words in parentheses mine


Once again showing you're a real Boso!

(A little Anselm humor there.)
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