A Defence Of The Catholic Faith Concerning The Satisfaction Of Christ Against Faustus Socinus Of Sienna Written By Hugo Grotius -- By: Frank Hugh Foster

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 036:143 (Jul 1879)
Article: A Defence Of The Catholic Faith Concerning The Satisfaction Of Christ Against Faustus Socinus Of Sienna Written By Hugo Grotius
Author: Frank Hugh Foster


A Defence Of The Catholic Faith Concerning The Satisfaction Of Christ Against Faustus Socinus Of Sienna Written By Hugo Grotius

Rev. Frank H. Foster

CHAPTER VIII

On Our Redemption Made By The Blood Of Christ

We come now to the second class of testimonies, which relates to redemption. We must first establish, as beyond controversy, the fact that redemption and similar words in the sacred writings are applied to our liberation from deserved punishment.1 Socinus makes no objection. Nay, even those passages which say that we are redeemed from iniquity and vain conversation2 pertain to the same thing, since it is very common to put sin for the punishment of sin. This is made evident in the passage from Titus3 by the word καθαρίζειν, that is, to expiate, which we shall explain below; and in the passage from Peter4 by the reference to a lamb, that is, a victim. Socinus does not deny that this redemption was ascribed to the death of Christ as a cause, since it is the testimony of many passages of Scripture.5

But the subject of this investigation is how the death of Christ is the cause of redemption. On our part, we say that

the death of Christ was the cause of redemption, because God is induced by it to liberate us from punishment. But Socinus denies this. If there were any ambiguity in the testimonies in which mention is made of redemption, it would be sufficient for interpreting them to bring in other passages of the same argument, such as we have cited in great numbers, which show, and not obscurely, that Christ died for our sins, that he bore our punishment, and so obtained remission of sins for us, because God was placated by his death. But we trust that the same doctrine can be proved with sufficient clearness from the passages which contain the word “redemption,” and other like words.

There are in the Scriptures two phrases, the one speaking of the redemption of our sins, the other of our redemption, different in form of expression, but both meaning the same thing.

The former expression occurs in the passage6 where the death of Christ is said to have been suffered “for the redemption of the transgressions.” By this style of speech, to redeem transgressions, or in Latin, culpas, delicta, c...

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