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The Rev. David Ould: “So much anger over the wrath of God”

May 6, 2013

David Ould, who has now been named rector at Glenquarie Anglican Church in Australia, has a post titled So much anger over the wrath of God on his blog.  He is entirely correct, I think, when he writes (quote in italics):

The New Testament clearly refers to Jesus in specific penal substitutionary language and affirms text that speak in that manner. So, as the example I gave, Peter says this:

1Peter 2:24 “He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.” 25 For “you were like sheep going astray,” but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.

Peter is quite obviously quoting this text:

Isa. 53:4 Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him, and afflicted.

5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.

6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to our own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

and telling us that it refers to Jesus. Of course, that may not be the original referent (although I think it is fairly obvious to any Christian reader that it is) but Peter tells us that it is a “New Testament” way to understand the text. Even in this diluted way of reading Isaiah, the point is utterly obvious – Isaiah 53 is about Jesus. (end of quote from David’s blog)

I like this quote from J.C. Ryle, which I think is very much the orthodox position:

The Lord Jesus Christ, in great love and compassion, has made a full and complete satisfaction for sin, by suffering death in our place upon the cross. There He offered Himself as a sacrifice for us, and allowed the wrath of God, which we deserved, to fall on His own head. For our sins, as our Substitute, He gave Himself, suffered, and died – the just for the unjust, the innocent for the guilty – that He might deliver us from the curse of a broken law, and provide a complete pardon for all who are willing to receive it.

This comes from a tract called Forgiveness, which is well worth the read.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Andrew Nixon permalink
    May 6, 2013 5:31 am

    David’s mention of “klingons” reminded me of another Star Trek term “warp” which is exactly what the Liberals have done to all of Scripture from Genesis 1:1 to Revelation 22:21.

    They are blind leaders of the blind (Matt. 15:14 – refuse to see Truth), hypocrites (Matt. 23 – they do not believe what we expect them to believe ie. the plain words of Scripture) and deceitful workers (2 Cor.11:13 – twist the Truth to their own and others destruction).

    Unless they repent they will discover the Truth of the Righteous Wrath of a Holy God in very personal terms! Accept that Wrath spent on The Son or take it yourself – that’s the choice.

    John 3:36 “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the WRATH of God abideth on him”. – The LORD Jesus Christ has said so and let that be an end to it..

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