Atonement According to Christ, George Smeaton, hard cover

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Smeaton's sensitive theological acumen and skill in judicious exposition is seen clearly in this book. You will find him devoted to Jesus Christ, and therefore seeking to bring glory to His name on every page. This extensive study is becoming known as a classic, having been reprinted many times. With 568 pages, you will find this book one of the most extensive expositions of those Scriptures which bear on the Atonement.

Smeaton writes: The doctrine of the atonement is put in its proper light only when it is regarded as the central truth of Christianity, and the great theme of Scripture. The principal object of the Revelation was to unfold this unique method of reconciliation by which men, once estranged from God, might be restored to a right relation, and even to a better than their primeval standing. . . . The scope we aim at . . . is to gather out of the sayings of Christ in the testimony which He bears in His own atonement in its necessity, nature, and effect. And we [believe] it has never been given the prominence due to it. For of all shades of opinion, the greatest weight must of necessity be laid on those statements which are offered by the Lord Himself in reference to His work.''

Smeaton’s outline is as follows:
1. The sources are the recorded sayings of Jesus.
2. The presuppositions of the whole doctrine: (a) the great fact of sin for which a provision is made; the necessity of the atonement; the harmony of
love and justice; the unique covenant position of Jesus; and the influence of His Deity in the matter of His atonement.
3. The elements of the atonement, represented under a variety of sections, as consisting of sin-bearing and sinless obedience.
4. The effects or consequences of the atonement on the individual Christian, both in an objective and subjective point of view; that is, in respect of the acceptance of His person, and the renovation of his nature by the communication of divine life.
5. The influence of the atonement on other interests in the universe, in reversing the previous order of things, in the conquest of Satan, in procuring the gift of the Holy Ghost, etc.
6. The actual efficacy of the atonement, or the question for whom it was especially offered.
7. The application of the atonement.
8. The endless happiness, or woe, of mankind decided by its reception or rejection; and, the influence exercised by this great event on morals and religion.

This is not your usual surface treatment of the atonement, but a deep inquiry into what Christ Himself says about His purpose in coming to perfectly obey the Law, and to suffer a death sufficient to cover all the sins of all the elect for all time. The author quite successfully deepens the reader’s knowledge of what the tasks were which the eternal counsels set for Christ.

They will begin to see the magnitude of what He was to do, and the impossibility of anyone else but the Godman to accomplish.

"George Smeaton was ordained to the ministry of the Church of Scotland at Falkland in the Presbytery of Cupar in 1839. He was among those hundreds of ministers who came out at the Disruption in 1843 to form the Free Church of Scotland. Later he was appointed by Church to be professor in her College at Aberdeen (1854) and in 1857 he became professor of Exegetics in the New College, Edinburgh. He died on the 14th April, 1889. He was one of the brilliant galaxy of men on the staff of the Free Church College in Edinburgh a century ago. Principal John Macleod describes Smeaton as ‘the most eminent scholar of the set of young men who with McCheyne and the Bonars sat at the feet of Chalmers’”. - W.J. Grier
Though Smeaton was far from being an ecclesiastic in the ordinary sense of the word, yet he took a deep and lively interest in the subject of National Christianity, and his pamphlet on this matter in connection with Scriptural Union of Churches is one of the fullest and most luminous expositions one can see of the historic Scottish Reformed view of Church and State or of National Religion. It was his interest in this side of things that led him to issue a new edition of M'Crie's Statement. He was very much at home in the discussions in former days of these topics. Smeaton was a scholar and divine of the same mould with M'Crie, whose fellow-countryman he was. His work as a theologian still awaits a worthy appraisement. He was as modest and unassuming as he was thorough and painstaking. ,4 man can take his word in regard to any theme that he handles as soon as that of any writer on theological subjects. His talented junior colleague, James Macgregor, said that Smeaton had the best-constituted theological intellect in Christendom. When he died in 1889 he was succeeded by the second Marcus Dods.

276 pages, hard cover

Product Code: 1589601947


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