Monday, March 21, 2011

What Motivates You Most?

"For Paul, this substitution, Christ bearing our penalty in our place, is the essence of the atonement. Certainly, he celebrates the cross as a victory over the forces of evil on our behalf (Col. 2:15) and as a motivating revelation of the love of God toward us (2 Cor 5:14-15), but if it had not been an event of penal substitution, it would not for him have been either of these. As Gal 2:20 declares, his life of responsive faith was wholly formed and driven by the knowledge that his Savior had revealed divine love to him by giving himself to die on the cross in order to save him." (J.I. Packer, In My Place Condemned He Stood)