God may not accept a person to forgive him his sins, without an atonement,
else he must give free license to sin both in angels and men,
and then sin were no sin, and our God were no God.
(Agnus Dei by Francisco de Zurbaran 1635 / Sand Deigo Museum of Art)
“To be a Christian is…to be a man”;
But what makes a Christian a Christian and a man a man is
“participation in the sufferings of God in the secular life.”
In Jesus Christ, the Lord of the Cosmos, all created things have their origin, goal, and essence;
through the command of the cosmic Christ all creation is set free to fulfill its own laws:
that is, to be genuinely worldly.
However, it is the cross of atonement that sets men free for life before God
in the midst of the godless world:
[The cross] sets…
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