Sunday, October 20, 2013

on that wondrous cross

John Stott in The Cross of Christ:

We strongly reject, therefore, every explanation of the death of Christ which does not have at its center the principle of 'satisfaction through substitution,' indeed divine self-satisfaction through divine self-substitution.... 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.

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