The Essence of Sin & the Essence of Salvation

“The essence of sin is man substituting himself for God, while the essence of salvation is God substituting himself for man. Man asserts himself against God and puts himself where only God deserves to be; God sacrifices himself for man and puts himself where only man deserves to be. Man claims prerogatives which belong to God alone; God accepts penalties whcih belong to man alone.”

~ John Stott, The Cross of Christ (Downers Grove, Ill., InterVarsity Press, 1986), 160.

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4 responses to “The Essence of Sin & the Essence of Salvation

  1. oh, that’ll preach. thanks for sharing that gem. How true. Does the rest of the book come close to that level? If so , it is a must-have.
    God bless, Shalom

  2. Yes, it really is an excellent book – a classic on the Cross – and I would consider it a “must have!” thanks for posting.
    Grace & Peace

  3. It is on my wish list.

  4. Great quote! This book by Stott, “The Cross of Christ” is one of the greatest Christian books in recent history. It changed my life. I list it on my “Great Books” page of my blog “An Uncommon Grace”. Here is the post if you want to check out what I say about it and let me know your thoughts:

    http://anuncommongrace.wordpress.com/great-books/

    Blessings,
    Darian

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