The Act of the Death of Christ

William Ames (1576-1633), Puritan theologian, powerfully says that Christ’s death

was an act of Christ and not a mere matter of enduring because he met and endured it purposely. John 10:11, “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for his sheep,” and 10:18, “No man takes it from me, but I lay it down myself.” For the same reason it was also voluntary and not compelled. The act arose out of power and not merely out of weakness–out of obedience to his Father and love for us, not out of his own guilt or deserving. It was designed to satisfy through victory and not to ruin through surrender.

Marrow of Theology, p. 141, emphases added.

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