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The Atonement: In Its Relations to the Covenant, the Priesthood, the Intercession of our Lord (Martin)

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The Atonement is the most significant contribution to the Christian church by Hugh Martin, an author of extraordinary penetration and great power. At a time when the preaching of the cross has been displaced from many pulpits by talk about man, and where experience-orientated theology has come to reign, Martin's exposition of the atonement demands attentions.

The great distinctive feature of The Atonement is the emphasis it places on the importance of a covenant perspective, and its focus on the work of Christ as priest. Martin was adamant that these are essential to the right interpretation and proclamation of the doctrine of the atonement. In these pages the author also exposes the missteps in theology that empty the cross of its meaning and power. In doing so he notably expounds the concept of the double imputation of sin and righteousness, devastatingly exposes the weaknesses of the theology of F. W. Robertson, and treats the relationship between the atonement and the moral law.

Hugh Martin was  a man who thought through the truth from first principles, always sensitive to the text of Scripture. His writings are characterized by a powerful, original compelling, sometimes blazing light and gospel logic that demands and requires the closest attention and reflection. The way in which he penetrates to the heart of the work of Christ and then expounds the gospel out of its true center calls for our best thinking and humblest spirits. For anyone who wants to learn what it is to this about Christ's atonement these pages will open up new vistas and indeed whole panoramas that will, when gazed on with a loving and humble mind, fill the heart with love and praise.

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Table of Contents:

Foreword by John C. A. Ferguson and Sinclair B. Ferguson

  1. Atonement and the Covenant of Grace
  2. Atonement and the Federal Theology
  3. Atonement and Christ's Priestly Office
  4. Christ's Priestly Action in His Death
  5. Atonement and Intercession: 1. The Direct Argument
  6. Atonement and Intercession: 2. The Inverse Argument
  7. Atonement and Remission
  8. The Counter-Imputations of Sin and Righteousness
  9. Mr. Robertson of Brighton's View of Vicarious Sacrifice
  10. Atonement and Distinctive Peculiarity of Moral Law

Appendix: A Discourse on God's Blessedness and His Statutes



Hugh Martin (1822-85) was one of the most outstanding men in that 'galaxy of gifted and devoted minister of teh gospel' in Scotland during the second half of the nineteenth century.



"Hugh Martin did not belong to the type of theologian who simply pours new wine into old wine bottles, or vice versa. He thought through the truth from first principles, always sensitive to the text of Scripture. Thus the reader is never left simply ticking off boxes, 'heard that', 'know this'...In addition, it should be said that The Atonement is not Martin's easiest book. But precisely for that reason it is wonderful medicine for the Christian mind and will open up new veins of evangelical truth for preachers to mine. Perhaps for some it will provide entirely new land on which to graze. In today's context it is scarcely possible to over-estimate how valuable his work is. Professor John Murray was surely right to say that, "At no time in the history of Scotland was the church of Christ adorned with a brighter galaxy of gifted and devoted ministers of the gospel than in the middle half of the nineteenth century...Among these names none deserved more honor than that of Hugh Martin.'" - John C. A. Ferguson and Sinclair B. Ferguson, From the Foreword