only God could pay it

Posted: May 24, 2013 by doulos tou Theou in Christianity, Discipleship

It could not have been done unless man paid what was owing to God for sin. But the debt was so great that while man alone owed it, only God could pay it, so that the same person must be both man and God. Thus it was necessary for God to take manhood into the unity of his person, so that he who in his own nature ought to pay and could not should be in a person who could.

— Anselm of Canterbury, quoted by Richard D. Phillips inHebrews: Reformed Expository Commentary(Phillipsburg, NJ: P & R Publishing, 2006), 79




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