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Reconciled to Worship


For their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they themselves also may be sanctified in truth.

—John 17: 19


This saying brings out another effect of the atonement . . . This effect belongs to the sphere of worship, or to that peculiar element which may be called the priestly character of Christians. It presupposes pardon and acceptance; taking up the thought at the point where the reconciled come before God in the free access of true worship. It is thus, in a certain sense, an advance upon the judicial or forensic idea; presupposing the latter, and also essentially comprehending it. Access to Israel’s holy God, or worship from a people made nigh through blood, is the great idea with which the whole Old Testament is replete. And as the entire Old Testament was formed to bring a people before God in an act of worship, and as ever-recurring causes of separation necessitated sacrifice, and were ever removed in order to make way afresh for typical access, we naturally expect to find in our Lord’s utterances some allusion to the true worship, with the true Priest and the true sacrifice.

—George Smeaton, Christ’s Doctrine of the Atonement (Banner of Truth, 2009), 245–246.

Posted 2018·05·25 by David Kjos
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