Tuesday, October 30, 2007

The Scope of Christ's Death...

The following article (which served as a preface to John Owen's "The Death of Death") by J.I. Packer has proven to be extremely helpful to many people as they have wrestled with the Scriptures on the scope of Christ's death on the cross. Below is an excerpt from the article:

There is no doubt that evangelicalism today is in a state of perplexity and unsettlement. In such matters as the practice of evangelism, the teaching of holiness, the building up of local church life, the pastor's dealing with souls and the exercise of discipline, there is evidence of widespread dissatisfaction with things as they are and or equally widespread uncertainty as to the road ahead. This is a complex phenomenon, to which many factors have contributed; but, if we go to the root of the matter, we shall find that these perplexities are all ultimately due to our having lost our grip on the biblical gospel. Without realizing it, we have during the past century bartered that gospel for a substitute product which, though it looks similar enough in points of detail, is as a whole a decidedly different thing. Hence our troubles; for the substitute product does not answer the ends for which the authentic gospel has in past days proved itself so mighty. Why? (Click here to continue reading)


Anonymous said...

Posted by
Mike Johnson:

Thank you for posting this link.I found the article extremely helpful.

Anonymous said...

Packer is such a gift to the church.

Anonymous said...

Posted by Mike Johnson:

I agree! My first exposure to him was "Knowing God" which is a great classic.