Saturday, June 23, 2012

This is The Good News

We should all memorize this.

D. A. Carson:
God is the sovereign, transcendent and personal God who has made the universe, including us, his image-bearers. Our misery lies in our rebellion, our alienation from God, which, despite his forbearance, attracts his implacable wrath.

But God, precisely because love is of the very essence of his character, takes the initiative and prepared for the coming of his own Son by raising up a people who, by covenantal stipulations, temple worship, systems of sacrifice and of priesthood, by kings and by prophets, are taught something of what God is planning and what he expects.

In the fullness of time his Son comes and takes on human nature. He comes not, in the first instance, to judge but to save: he dies the death of his people, rises from the grave and, in returning to his heavenly Father, bequeaths the Holy Spirit as the down payment and guarantee of the ultimate gift he has secured for them—an eternity of bliss in the presence of God himself, in a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness.

The only alternative is to be shut out from the presence of this God forever, in the torments of hell. What men and women must do, before it is too late, is repent and trust Christ; the alternative is to disobey the gospel (Romans 10:16;2 Thessalonians 1:8; 1 Peter 4:17).
- For Such a Time as This: Perspectives on Evangelicalism, Past, Present and Future, ed. Steve Brady and Harold Rowdon (London, UK: Evangelical Alliance, 1986), 80.

(HT:  DGM)


Steve Martin said...

My only beef with it is that at the end it seems to make the gospel a prescription, rather than a description.

The only thing that sinners need to do is...

It's all been done. If we believe it then we've got it. And we can't even do that (believe) on our own.

Faith is a gift. If we are to believe the Bible...and we should.

sara said...

By implacable, I guess it is meant implacable by humans? Because, unless I've misunderstood, which is possible, the wrath of God was fully laid on Jesus.

Thomas said...

ADMIN: I was going to share this on facebook, but the blurb that shows up on my facebook is the first comment. I'd rather have a blurb from the story itself.