Friday, September 10, 2010

The Unthinkable Solution to the Problem of Forgiveness

An important question from John Stott:

"How then could God express simultaneously his holiness in judgment and his love in pardon?  Only in providing a divine substitute for the sinner, so that the substitute would receive the judgment and the sinner the pardon.  We sinners still of course have to suffer some of the personal, psychological, and social consequences of our sins, but the penal consequence, the deserved penalty of alienation from God, has been borne by Another in our place, so that we may be spared it."

Consider C.E.B. Cranfield's comments on Romans 3.25...

"God, because in his mercy he willed to forgive sinful men, and, being truly merciful, willed to forgive them righteously, that is, without in any way condoning their sin, purposed to direct against his own very self in the person of his Son the full weight of that righteous wrath which they deserved."

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