“Loving us, God does not give us something, but Himself; and giving us Himself, giving us His only Son, He gives us everything. The love of God has only to be His love to be everything for us.”
Karl Barth, Church Dogmatics II.1, p. 276
“By sin the New Testament means not social error or failure in the first instance, but rebellion against, defiance of, retreat from, and consequent guilt before God the Creator; and sin, says the New Testament, is the basic evil from which we need deliverence, and from which Christ died to save us. All that has gone wrong in human life between man and man is ultimately due to sin, and our present state of being in the wrong with our selves and our fellows cannot be cured as long as we remain in the wrong with God.”
JI Packer, ‘The Heart of the Gospel’ in In My Place Condemned He Stood p. 41-42
“Forgiveness … is not simply one miscellaneous blessing which will accompany covenant renewal. Since covenant renewal means the reversal of exile, and since exile was the punishment for sin, covenant renewal/return from exile means that Israel’s sins have been forgiven – and vise versa … The point at issue was not that Jesus was offering forgiveness where the Rabbis were offering self-help moralism. The point is that
Jesus was offering the return from exile, the renewed covenant, the eschatological ‘forgiveness of sins’ – in other words, the kingdom of God. And he was offering this final eschatological blessing outside the official structures, to all the wrong people, and on his own authority. That was his real offence.”
N. T. Wright, Jesus and the Victory of God
“In Christ, what God communicates to man is not something, but his very self […] In the act of creation, God does not communicate himself, but creates a reality wholly distinct from himself, but here in Jesus Christ God acts in such a way that he is himself in his act, and what he acts he is, and what he is he acts […] Thus we must think of the person of Christ and work of Christ as completely one, so that he is in himself what he reveals of the Father, and he is in himself what he does all through his life and on the cross in reconciliation. It is only because Jesus is that in himself, and lives it out in himself, that he reveals the Father and reconciles the world.”
T.F. Torrance, Incarnation, 107-108
Carson is usually worth everyone reading, and when he turns his attention to explaining Biblical passages he almost definitely is. And in this book he explains 5 key Biblical texts on the cross and resurrection: the crucifixion itself in Matthew 27, Romans 3, Revelation 12, the resurrection of Lazarus in John 11 and Jesus and Thomas in John 20.
Carson brings his clarity and insight while also staying accesible and readable.
It’s a book I’d recommend to most people, some will find it more stretching than others, some will find it more chock full of new concepts than others, but it’s Carson – one of the sharpest modern Evangelical minds – on some of the most central Bible passages regarding the most important Biblical event. It’s worth reading.
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“I have found it utterly impossible to please. Let me say or do what I will. One becomes somewhat indifferent when dealing with those whom every word offends. I notice that when I have measured my words and weighed my sentences most carefully I have then offended most. While some of my stronger utterances have passed unnoticed. Therefore, I am comparatively careless as to how my expressions may be received, and only anxious that they be true and just in themselves.”
– Charles Spurgeon