John Stott on the Atonement – The Conclusion

This is it. The end. My final post in this series. Of course, I am sure I will return to this subject from time to time — especially if there are other developments in the wider scene. But this really is the conclusion of my series — it is time to move on to other matters.

It is only appropriate that the final quote in this prolonged series on the cross be given to that stalwart champion of penal substitution who recently finally retired — John Stott.

“The Cross is the blazing fire at which the flame of our love is kindled, but we have to get near enough for its sparks to fall on us.”

“The crucial question we should ask . . . is not why God finds it difficult to forgive, but how he finds it possible to do so at all.”

“When . . . 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 does the necessity of the cross seem so obvious that we are astonished we never saw it before.”

— John Stott

“The Lord has laid on him

the iniquity of us all.”

(Isaiah 53:6)

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