Review Of Redemptive Withdrawal Principle

God the Father withdrew His protective presence at Calvary (Matt 27:46) and delivered Jesus over (Rom 4:25; 8:32) to fallen human and fallen heavenly powers who were bent on His destruction (Is 51:13; Hab 1:9). God thereby displayed His manifold wisdom (Eph 3:10) and His agape love and brought about the self-destruction of evil (Col 2:14-15; Heb 2:14; 1 Cor 2:6-8) and the liberation of humanity from Satan’s death grip.

Redemption was and is always the ultimate goal of this withdrawal of God’s protection of Jesus and now of us as we are called to take up His cross. 2 Cor 4:10-11. We must experience this same principle of the cross as we take it up daily. Luke 9:23-24. God manifests His manifold wisdom by using the self-sacrificial love of the cross to cause evil to self-destruct. Evil destroy(s) evil at the cross. Ps 7:15-16; 9:15-16.

All violence seemingly attributable to God in the Bible is explained by this Redemptive Withdrawal principle.

God is a God of peace, love and grace, not legalism, condemnation or violence. He absorbs the blows and loves His enemies. The cross reveals the truth of this great mystery.

Travis Bryan III

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