Thursday, October 12, 2006

"Benefits For Christ Himself"

That is the wording of one of the sub-titles in the Christology section of Robert Culver's Systematic Theology. The chapter is titled, Further Benefits and Accomplishments of the Death of Christ in our Place.

In light of Charnock's stimulating introductory chapter, I thought one of Culver's thoughts from this sub-section was a fitting quote to share with you all.
For Christ Himself the crucifixion was the last stage of the humiliation and the vestibule of the first stage of exaltation (if one accepts the burial as the first stage, see earlier discussion). When He committed His spirit into the hands of the Father we may be sure the 'joy that was set before Him' (Heb. 12:2) began. There were many reasons for joy (Heb. 12:2), not least that His part of an 'eternal covenant' had been completed (Heb. 13:20). He had gained a prophetic vision of a numerous seed (Isa. 53:10; Ps. 72:15-17) - 'many sons' whom He would bring 'to glory' (Beb. 2:10). By the cross He earned a crown (Phil. 2:9; Isa. 53:11, 12; I Peter 1:10, 11).

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