Leon Morris on the Cost of Our Redemption


I’ve been reading from Leon Morris’ great work on the cross, The Apostolic Preaching of the Cross. On page 40 he writes,

Our redemption was not purchased cheaply. This thought is to be discerned in the statement that ‘it became him…in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the author of their salvation perfect through sufferings’ (Hebrews 2:10). Again, there is the thought that Christ suffered through temptation (Hebrews 2:18; and see 4:15), and it is said that He ‘suffered without the gate’ (Hebrews 13:12). In similar vein are passages stressing the humiliation of the incarnation; He was made a little lower than the angels for the tasting of death (Heb 2:9), He endured the cross despising its shame, and from many directions we see a stress laid on the cost of our salvation, and this should be borne in mind in estimating the writer’s thought on redemption. Even when he is not using that exact term, he has the idea of cost that it denotes.”

Our redemption came at great cost. We in the church should bear this in mind when we so lightly approach worship, or so glibly speak about what Christ ‘wants for the church.’ I have a suspicion that Jesus might want something more for the church that the church, to date, has not really understood. We’re like that beggar who sat by the road when Peter and John went up to pray. Peter said, “Silver and gold I have not, but what I have I give you…” I wonder sometimes if the church isn’t far more interested today in the silver and gold? I wonder sometimes if the church really gives much consideration to the cost of our redemption.

Soli Deo Gloria!



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