More of this Glorious Gospel!

Here’s two more (shorter!) quotes on the atonement, posted by Adrian Warnock

Terry Virgo on the results of the cross: 

“Remember God has accepted us. The gospel of grace is a message of breathtaking freedom. It must be embraced with faith and thanksgiving. You are thoroughly accepted just as you are. Jesus Christ is your righteousness and he is never going to change. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. When you wake tomorrow, he will still be your righteousness, before you have done anything to enjoy God’s favour. You have to earn nothing. Your spirit needs to bask in the brilliant sunlight of this reality. You need to know it inwardly and celebrate it on a daily basis.”

CJ Mahaney on the cross:

“As a pastor few things affect me more than interacting with those who are unaware of God’s personal love for them. Normally there isn’t a week that goes by where I’m not talking with someone who hasn’t understood this truth — Christ loved me and gave Himself for me — in personal experience . . . very small errors in a person’s understanding of the Gospel seemed to result in very big problems in that person’s life.”

“For when you are deeply aware of your sin, and of what an affront it is to God’s holiness, and how impossible it is for Him to respond to this sin with anything other than furious wrath — you can only be overwhelmed with how amazing grace is.”

“Legalism is seeking to achieve forgiveness from God and justification before God through obedience to God. A legalist is anyone who behaves as if they can earn God’s forgiveness through personal performance. It says to God in effect, ‘Your plan didn’t work. The cross wasn’t enough and I need to add my good works to it to be saved’ — legalism is essentially self-atonement for self-glorification, and ultimately for self-worship.”

Peter serves as a pastor-teacher, at home and abroad, resourcing gospel-centred communities.

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