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David Miller – “The Atonement – Satisfaction” – 2011 True Church Conference

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Message 6 – David Miller – “The Atonement – Satisfaction”

This is the second part of the sermon which David Miller began on day 1 of the conference. The text is Isaiah 53. The previous sermon was about the substitutionary death of Jesus Christ. He made his soul an offering for sins.

1. The incontrovertible will of God. The redemption of sinners was the will of God from before the beginning of God – it was decreed by God, it was spoken by God, and it will stand. It was the will of God that His Son should die. Those who carried out the infliction of the death of the Son were sinning and responsible for their actions, yet this action was still the providential will of God. Peter says as much in His sermon on the day of Pentecost and then again in Acts chapter 4. This will of God cannot be questioned. In Psalm 2 we see the response of God to those who would question the incontrovertible will of God – He will laugh and hold them in derision.

2. The intrinsic worth of the substitute. How is it that Christ in his physical sufferings, death, and burial could satisfy the claim of justice for an innumerable host of people? The wages of sin is death – not just physical death, but also spiritual death. How could the physical death of Christ pay the price for the spiritual death due to man? Should he not have to spend an eternity in hell? The reason is based on the worth of the substitute. First, He was a man, He was a human. But he was a perfect man. He in no wise needed to suffer for His own sins so He could therefore suffer for the sins of someone else by substitution.  But He was so much more. He was God in human flesh. He is infinitely righteous. He is infinitely holy. There is an intrinsic worth in the son of God that could save worlds of sinners.

3. The incomparable work of the Savior.

a. He accomplished satisfaction. This is the propitiation. Indefensible wicked sinners, condemned before God, are declared righteous because of the substitution of the blood of Jesus Christ and the complete satisfaction of holy justice.

b. He has acquired a seed. A seed declared from eternity past. The death of Christ purchased this seed. This is the bride of Christ presented to Him by the Father.

c. He has accumulated the spoils. He conquered death, the grave, sin, and triumphed over Satan. Satan’s domain has been spoiled. Jesus is in session ruling and reigning at the right hand of the Father.

d. He advocates for the saints.

Before the throne of God above
I have a strong, a perfect plea
A great High Priest whose name is Love
Who ever lives and pleads for me
My name is graven on His hands
My name is written on His heart
I know that while in heaven He stands
No tongue can bid me thence depart

When Satan tempts me to despair
And tells me of the guilt within
Upward I look and see Him there
Who made an end to all my sin
Because the sinless Savior died
My sinful soul is counted free
For God the Just is satisfied
To look on Him and pardon me

Behold Him there! The risen Lamb
My perfect, spotless righteousness
The great unchangeable I AM
The King of glory and of grace
One with Himself I cannot die
My soul is purchased with His blood
My life is hid with Christ on high
With Christ my Savior and my God


“Before the Throne of God Above” – words by Charlie L. Bancroft, 1863


David Miller – “The Atonement – Substitution” – 2011 True Church Conference

Thursday, February 17, 2010

Berean Husband is blogging live from the 2011 True Church Conference at Grace Life Church in Muscle Shoals. It is nearing 6:30 p.m. and just about time for the first worship segment to begin. Then, at 7:15, the first speaker of the evening, David Miller is scheduled. David Miller is a regular favorite at the True Church Conference. He will be preaching on “The Atonement – Substitution”. There are around 600 people here tonight. The choir began with a rendition of “Come Ye Sinners Poor and Needy.”

Message 1 –  David Miller – “The Atonement – Substitution”

The text of Miller’s sermon was Isaiah 53. The subject is the doctrine of substitution and satisfaction. God taking into account our sin and His justice, took the initiative to redeem fallen man. God chose to deal with us through a substitute, His own son. Thereby was holy justice satisfied. God is therefore just and the justifier.

In verses 2-3, we see his unattractive position.  In verses 4-6 we see his participation in suffering. In verse 7 we see his portrayal of submissiveness. In verses 8-11 we see his propitiation for sins. In verse 12 we see his unlimited power over Satan.

1. The wickedness of the sinner. Man is a transgressor. Man has turned to his own way. Man rejects authority. Man has gone astray. Man will not submit to God, to scripture. Verse 3 tells us that Jesus Christ was despised by man. And we are all this kind of sinner.

2. The wrath of a sovereign God. The wrath of God is not uncontrolled.  The Greek word “thumos” is never applied to God. God is never out of control. The word for the wrath of God is “orge”. An outrage over sin. He is displeased over sin.  There is a dam of patience holding back God’s complete wrath at this time. Otherwise there would be immediate and utter damnation.

The wrath of God is seen in God’s bruising His son, Jesus Christ. All the wrath of God on the damned will never equal the wrath that God poured out on His son.

3. The infinite wisdom of the son. We see this in verse 11. It is the knowledge of the son that justifies the sinner. It is the wisdom of Jesus that overcomes the dilemma of the wrath and justice of God versus the grace and mercy of God. How do you reconcile these two attributes? How can justice be served and yet man be saved by grace?  The wisdom of the son is in the substitution.

If man tries to overcome this dilemma on his own, he will inevitably remain dead in his sins, with the justice of God unsatisfied. But the wisdom of God intervened and reconciled justice and mercy. This was possible because of the infinite worth and value of the son. Romans 11:33-36 is a doxology of praise that expresses our thanksgiving for this reconciliation.