Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Packer on the pervasiveness of the atonement

J. I. Packer, in his chapter entitled The Atonement in the Life of the Christian as it appears in The Glory of the Atonement, writes on the pervasive character of the atonement as it relates to Christians:
So the atonement-which we have already seen is for the believer the
foundation of faith,
the source of freedom,
the ground of justification,
the spur for sanctification,
the theme of witness,
the trigger for worship,
the warrant for hope
and the model for love-
is also the litmus test for reality: should we lose sight of the atonement, our Christianity would reduce to hollow externalism, a mere copy of the real thing. This is perhaps the first truth to establish in any systematic reflection on the Christian life. (line breaks mine)

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