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Atonement and Communication

New Creation book
“Rather than the traditional view of the atonement which sees it primarily as a transaction between the Father and the Son apart from humanity, from which completed action we then draw benefits, Wesley turns the whole drama into an event of communication in which humanity is the intended recipient of divine love which in Christ comes to expression. This means that the atonement is a trinitarian event, one which is not simply a transaction between the Father and the Son, but equally involves the Spirit as the agent of communication between God and the intended object of reconciliation, humanity.”

— Theodore Runyan, The New Creation: John Wesley’s Theology Today (Abingdon, Nashville 1998). p. 53.

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