It’s not our holding to God, but His holding to us that perseveres us. Like little boats tied fast to a rock, we are safe.
Thomas Watson (1620—1686)
“Prophetic” words that sound like they were spoken yesterday!
“The only salvation for our civilization is going back; not so much going back to former conditions as going back to First Principles.”
G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936)
The essence of sin is man substituting himself for God, while the essence of salvation is God substituting Himself for man.
John R. W. Stott, The Cross of Christ (Downer’s Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2006), 159.
To refuse the cross as the instrument of salvation is to choose it as the instrument of judgment.
Philip Hughes, A Commentary on the Epistle to the Hebrews, p. 388
Is this Scriptural?
Often an appeal is made to us “to take Christ” or we are urged to “decide for Christ” or “follow Christ” or “give ourselves to Christ” or “give our hearts to Christ.” But, again, I think we must examine this. Is this scriptural? Does the Scripture put it in that way? Surely the Scripture does not ask, “Will you take Christ?” but “Will Christ take you?” Is it possible for him to take me in view of my sinfulness, my vileness, my guilt, my hopelessness? This idea that I can take Christ or not or that I should be pleaded with or cajoled, that pressure should be brought to bear upon me to “take Christ” or “follow him” is wrong – it is “I” all along. But I am a miserable worm, a wretch!
D. Martin Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981)
HT: Reformed Quotes
Only the Christ of the Scriptures could have brought us the salvation of the Scriptures.
James Stalker, The Trial and Death of Jesus Christ (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1966), 174.
All inadequate doctrines of the atonement are due to inadequate doctrines of God and humanity. If we bring got down to our level and raise ourselves to his, then of course we see no need for a radical salvation, let alone for a radical atonement to secure it. When, on the other hand, 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 trouble before God and acknowledge what we are, namely “hell-deserving sinners,” then and only then does the necessity of the Cross appear so obvious that we are astonished we never saw it before.
John R. W. Stott, The Cross of Christ (Downer’s Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2006), 111.