The Altar: Where God Meets with His People

vines_6114c“[T]hat which is represented as yielding delight to Jehovah is the surrender of man’s life in consecration of obedience. In this sense, therefore, we must understand the burning upon the altar. . . . Although expiation cannot be made by man himself, and consecration by the grace of God can be subjectively inwrought into the life of man, yet we also know of an active consecratory obedience offered to God on behalf of sinners by Christ. Our Lord employs ritual language, when affirming that He sanctifies Himself for them (i.e., for the suffering of His death) (John 17:19). And Paul does the same, when, speaking of Christ’s active obedience, he says; ‘Christ also loved us, and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for an odor of a sweet smell’ (Eph. 5:2).” (Geerhardus Vos, Biblical Theology, pp. 186-187).

 

Quote is used in the reflection for Trinity Presbyterian Church of the OPC.

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