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J.I. Packer wrote the following in the introduction to In My Place Condemned He Stood: Celebrating the Glory of the Atonement co-authored by him and Mark Dever. Just before these words he explained the atoning work of Christ as an act involving the entire God-head and then follows with this counter to those who criticize the idea of Jesus dying to receive the wrath of God in our place.

Since all this was planned by the holy Three in their eternal solidarity of mutual love, and since the Father’s central purpose in it all was and is to glorify the Son as Savior and Head of a new humanity, smartypants notions like “divine child abuse” as a comment on the cross are supremely silly and as irreverent and wrong as they could possibly be.

I am sure that some find this offensive, but before someone calls J.I. Packer unloving, it should be noted that he is attacking the idea and not the people who hold them. Also, can we argue with the logic? If Scripture teaches that Jesus atoned for God’s wrath, and I believe based on Scriptural evidence that it does, it follows that it is “silly” to disagree with God and say anything else. I would go beyond irreverent, and say it is close to blasphemous to call the greatest act of divine love ever expressed “divine child abuse.”

I have just started reading this book. It is has been very good thus far, and I am looking forward to reading the rest.

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This morning I was reading in Mark 10 and the contrast between the things Jesus said and what the disciples had assumed to be true struck me. They assumed that divorce was OK, but it wasn’t. They assumed children could not be near Jesus, but they could. They assumed that wealth showed God’s favor on a person, but it didn’t. They assumed that they had sacrificed much, but in reality, they had gained much more. They assumed that greatness meant having the authority to rule others, but it meant being a servant. They assumed that a blind man shouting at Jesus was a nuisance, but Jesus gave him sight.

It makes me ask, “How much do I see the things around in the same way that Jesus sees them? How much of what I assume is just plain wrong?” The pursuit of God, as A.W. Tozer called it, is the pursuit of such a deep intimacy with God and His holiness that we see the world with His eyes. Our assumptions must give way to His truth as we draw near to God through His word and through prayer and through fellowship with other believers. It is as Randy Alcorn wrote at his blog seeing “…God as He is and ourselves as we are.”

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…Tim Challies suggests books for Christmas gifts.

…My favorite Christian writer, Randy Alcorn, has a blog.

…some interesting thoughts on what it means to be community as a church.

…and Christianity as both inclusive and exclusive.

…and by the same writer a piece on on why some of us don’t take criticism very well.

…a workplace related post on when an apology is real. Though the source may be secular, the truth is the same.

…and for some humorous satire (and sad but true at times) try here.

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