We are currently studying atonement theories in my Theology II class and it has been a blessing and challenge to reflect on and interact with historic positions on the doctrine of atonement. While reading current Greek scholar Dan Wallace’s blog, I came across a quote of the late Southern Baptist Greek scholar A.T. Roberston regarding the unplumbable depths of Christ’s atoning work.
[N]o one of the theories of the atonement states all the truth nor, indeed, do all of them together. The bottom of this ocean of truth has never been sounded by any man’s plumb-line. There is more in the death of Christ for all of us than any of us has been able to fathom…. However, one must say that substitution is an essential element in any real atonement.
A. T. Robertson, The Minister and His Greek New Testament, 40–41.