Hugh Martin D.D. presents The Atonement: In Its Relations to the Covenant, the Priesthood, the Intercession of Our Lord as the revealed reality of the actual sacrifice of the Son of God on Calvary, and not as an abstract or philosophical theory of the atonement. For Martin the doctrine of the atonement rests on understanding Covenant and Priesthood. In keeping with the theology of John Calvin, Martin lays out a theology of atonement that was prearranged with God the Father to bless those who were to benefit; the ultimate aim being union with Christ.
Originally written in 1882 The Atonement: in its Relations to the Covenant, the Priesthood, the Intercession of Our Lord is ten chapters of thought provoking and simply stated atonement theology. In Martin's own words,
. . . I have attempted to set aloft, in the intelligent and adoring admiration of Christian men, the thorough efficaciousness and boundless glory of the propitiatory sacrifice of Calvary . . . .
Martin's work is unsurpassed as a synthesis of orthodoxy and originality. It sets forth the same doctrine as Hodge, yet the atmosphere is completely different. It scintillates and soars and sets standards of brilliance all its own.