Romans 3:25 and Another Model For Jesus' Death as a Sacrifice

Speaker: Categories: May 10, 1997


[1hr, 16min, 15sec / 59min, 27sec]


Theological and hermeneutical differences seem a part of Adventism. Congregations have parted; friends separated. Are such differences all that important? Why can't we just accept the plan of salvation, or even the Twenty-seven Fundamental Beliefs? Are they not all supported by the Bible?

Our May speaker notes: "Adventism has long been based on the Great Controversy motif, at the heart of which is (1) the sinless life of Jesus which answers Satan's charges as to whether humankind, in dependence upon God, can keep the law of God -- and (2) the death of Christ which answers the evil one's claim that God cannot be both just and merciful. When the controversy has run its course," continues Dr. Blazen, "and the victory of God over evil will have been achieved, the ultimate realization will be that God is love."

The above probably defines what Adventists have been taught, what they believe, and what they teach others, would you not agree? Where might there be a discrepancy, an alternative understanding this theme?

The paper which Dr. Blazen will present on May 10, according to its author, "will discuss the second of Satan's charges which is resolved in the connection between the love of God and the cross [or death] of Christ as a sacrifice. How that connection is understood and [how] justice and mercy relate will determine whether we as Adventists really believe in the ultimacy of God's love and whether our mission to the world is valid and viable as Gospel, [as] good news."

Does that get your attention? Could it be that a misunderstanding of Paul's letter might have occurred -- even among SDAs? Could it be that what we have taken into all the world as a witness has been something other than good news?


Ivan T. Blazen, an ordained SDA minister, returned to the faculty of Loma Linda University in 1992 where he had taught 1988-1990, after being a Religion department professor at Pacific Union College for three years. Prior to these appointments he was for many years Professor of New Testament, Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary, Andrews University. He has done extensive graduate work in such places as Union Theological Seminary, the University of Heidelberg in Germany, Drew University, and Princeton Theological Seminary where he received in Ph.D. degree. He and his wife, Deanna, reside in Loma Linda where she is the administrator of Linda Valley Villa, a Seventh-day Adventist retirement home in Loma Linda.

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