Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Satisfying and substituting

I am still reading through The Cross of Christ. It is a brilliant book!

The biblical gospel of atonement is of God satisfying himself by substituting himself for us. The concept of substitution may be said, then, to lie at the heart of both sin and salvation. 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 which belong to God alone; God accepts penalties which belong to man alone.

Praise Him!

1 comment:

John R.W. Stott said...

Vince - Glad the book was helpful.

Did you know that I think you're a dink?