Quotes from ‘The Cross of Christ’

31 05 2009

The Cross of ChristHere are a handful of quotes from John Stott’s book ‘The Cross of Christ’ worth reading. They are from the chapter on ‘The Problem of forgiveness.’ (Cahapter 4)
Quoting Emil Brunner (Man in Revolt)- “Responsibility is not an attribute, it is the “substance” of human existence. It contains everything…, [it is] that which distinguishes man from all other creatures…’. Therefore ‘if responsibility be eliminated, the whole meaning of human existence disappears’.
Stott – “A full acknowledgment of human responsibility and therefore guilt, far from diminishing the dignity of human beings, actually enhances it. It presupposes that men and women, unlike the animals, are morally responsible beings, who know what they are, could be and should be, and do not make excuses for their poor performance.”
“When, on the other, we have glimpsed the blinding glory of the holiness of God, and have been so convicted of our sin by the Holy Spirit that we tremble before God and acknowledge what we are, namely ‘hell-deserving sinners’, then and only then we are astonished we never saw it before.”
“We learn to appreciate the access to God which Christ has won for us only after we have first seen God’s inaccessibility to sinners. We can cry ‘Hallelujah’ with authenticity only after we have first cried ‘ Woe to me, for I am lost’.”

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