Tag: "atonement"

Christ the Mercy Seat
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Christ the Mercy Seat

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In his Epistle to the Romans, Saint Paul writes: Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, Whom God Himself hath set forth to be an expiation through faith in His blood. 3:24-25 This word, translated as “expiation” by the Orthodox New Testament, is in Greek hilasterion. The usage and meaning of […]

Purgatory Part 2: Salvation, Sanctification, and Atonement
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Purgatory Part 2: Salvation, Sanctification, and Atonement

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This is the second in a series in which I attempt to address the question, “What is purgatory, and why is it necessary?” by expanding on the simple answer that Purgatory is the state, place, or process by which a soul is purified for entrance into heaven. Part 1 can be found here. “The doctrine [of […]

Lenten Meditation: He Hath Made Him to be Sin for Us
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Lenten Meditation: He Hath Made Him to be Sin for Us

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Over the centuries, Christian artists have produced innumerable portrayals of the Lord’s crucifixion, but none so terrible as Matthias Grunewald’s Isenheim Altarpiece, a work at once transfixing and repulsive. The middle panel of the Isenheim triptych features Christ, pallid and emaciated and thorn-pierced, pinned to the tree. It is truly a garish scene, torn from […]