“So much of the explanation that Stott furnishes is superb, superb to the point that it is quotable.” [I wrote that in my previous post.] I could not comment on all the wonderful thoughts in the chapter but the content was too good to ignore so I thought I would share some of his more profound thinking. I promised at the end of the previous post that “I will have a special post with some of the most quotable passages included on this website following this post.” So……
Here are some superb quotes from Chapter Six:
“What we see, then, in the drama of the cross is not three actors but two, ourselves on the one hand and God on the other. Not God as He is in Himself (the Father), but God nevertheless, God-made-man-in-Christ (the Son). Hence the importance of those New Testament passages that speak of the death of Christ as the death of God’s Son: for example, “God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son” (John 3: 16), “He…did not spare His own Son” (Romans 8: 32). and “we were reconciled to God through the death of His son” (Romans 5: 10). For in giving His Son He was giving Himself.” from p. 158.
“For in order to save us in such a way as to satisfy Himself, God through Christ substituted Himself for us. Divine love triumphed over divine wrath by divine self sacrifice. The cross was an act simultaneously of punishment and amnesty, severity and grace, justice and mercy.” from p. 158.
“…the righteous, loving Father humbled Himself to become in and through His only Son flesh, sin and a curse for us, in order to redeem us without compromising His own character. The theological words satisfaction and substitution need to be carefully defined and safeguarded, but they cannot in any circumstances be given up. The biblical gospel of atonement is of God satisfying Himself by substituting Himself for us.” from p. 159
“For the essence of sin is man substituting himself for God, while the essence of salvation is God substituting Himself for man. Man asserts himself against God and puts himself where only God deserves to be; God sacrifices Himself for man and puts Himself where only man deserves to be. Man claims prerogatives that belong to God alone; God accepts penalties that belong to man alone.” from p. 159
In my next post I will comment on Chapter 5 of John Stott’s book Basic Christianity. It is time to make that transition……