The final deliverance for man made in the image of God

Posted: August 16, 2012 by doulos tou Theou in Christianity, Discipleship

“Paradoxically, Jesus’ victory over Satan is accomplished by his own death on the cross. His ‘lifting up’ in crucifixion is a lifting up to glory. At the cross he finished his work of salvation and glorified the Father; from the cross he will draw all men to himself (Jn. 12:32). The kingdom power of the cross does not rest in the cross as a symbol but as a sacrifice. ‘The Son of Man is come … to give his life as a ransom for many’ (Matt. 20:28). God’s salvation cannot simply deliver some men from other men, or even all men from global disaster. God’s salvation must deliver men from themselves and from the power of the devil. But above all God’s salvation must deliver men from his own wrath and curse. The cross is God’s gift of his own begotten Son; it is not another incident in the centuries of repression and rebellion but the final deliverance for man made in the image of God.”

— Edmund P. Clowney
“The Politics of the Kingdom”
(Philadelphia, Pa.: Westminster Theological Journal, Spring 1979), 3

HT:OFI

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