Tuesday, June 23, 2015

day no. 13,392: substitute teaching‏

"The concept of substitution may be said, then, to lie at the heart of both sin and salvation. For 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 which belong to man alone."  ~ John R. W. Stott "The Cross of Christ"

Sin entered the world when man substituted himself for God by eating the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in an effort to be god.

Sin was ushered out of the world when Jesus substituted Himself for us by tasting death for us so that we might surrender safely to God.

Substitution is the very essence of the sin and salvation script.

It accompanies both the greatest fall and greatest triumph that has ever been respectively witnessed in all history.

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