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Martyn Lloyd-Jones with a powerful statement on the cross as divine purpose, not redemptive afterthought:

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3 thoughts on “Who Crucified Jesus?”

  1. WoundedEgo says:

    According to the scriptures it was important that every Jew be guilty before God to prevent anyone from criticizing him for failing to punish people when he forgave them:

    Rom 3:19 Now we know that whatever the Law says applies to those who are under the Law, so that every [critical] mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God.

    God is the judge of the public and must not be negligent in his duty to punish the wicked:

    Rom_12:19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

    So how can God both be a responsible judge and also forgive repentant sinners and forego their punishment? It was necessary that all become guilty so that he might have mercy upon all:

    Rom 3:20 Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.
    Rom 3:21 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;
    Rom 3:22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:
    Rom 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
    Rom 3:24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
    Rom 3:25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;
    Rom 3:26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.

  2. neville briggs says:

    I find this presentation puzzling. I don’t know of any teaching in the Bible that says that God planned the crucifixion before the creation of the universe.
    In Revelation there is a verse that says ” the Lamb that was slain from the creation ” which is not quite the same. And cannot be literal because how can the lamb be slain millennia before Jesus appearance before Pilate. The statement in Revelation is obviously poetic and seems to refer to God’s redemptive character which always existed.

    Planning the death of Christ before the creation of the universe seems to suggest that God planned and created evil and sin. The Apostle Peter at Pentecost states that God worked with foreknowledge, but foreknowledge does not necessarily mean constructed or put into place before, it just means known before.
    Jesus said that God gave His only Son because God so loved the world, how does God love the world before it exists.
    And even more difficult is how do we imagine what is before creation. Before time began what was there. A time when there was no time, it is beyond comprehension and Dr, Martyn Lloyd-Jones might have worked it out. It’s too hard for me.
    Although I have no trouble believing that God knows beforehand and is ready for all possibilities.

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Kevin DeYoung is the senior pastor at Christ Covenant Church in Matthews, North Carolina. He is chairman of the board of The Gospel Coalition, assistant professor of systematic theology at Reformed Theological Seminary (Charlotte), and a PhD candidate at the University of Leicester. Kevin and his wife, Trisha, have seven children. You can follow him on Twitter.

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