Thursday, May 10, 2012

Leon Morris on God being reconciled

Thus we may speak of God being reconciled. It may be necessary, indeed it is necessary, to use the term carefully, when we apply it to God. But then does not this happen with all our language? We must face the position that whenever we talk about God we must do so in a language devised to describe man, and accordingly there must always be a certain reserve. This applies to reconciliation as well as other terms. When we say that God is reconciled to man, this does not mean that, with various imperfections, He completely alters His attitude to man. Rather it is our groping way of expressing the conviction that, the He reacts in the strongest possible way against sin in every shape and form so that man comes under His condemnation, yet when reconciliation is effected, when peace is made between man and God, than that condemnation is removed. God now looks on man no longer as the object of His holy and righteous wrath, but as the object of His love and blessing.

(Morris, Leon. The Apostolic Preaching of the Cross. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1965. Print. 247)

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