“The pride of man, which is the chief hindrance against his cleaving to God, can be confuted and healed through the great humility of God.
Man learns how far he has gone away from God and what it is worth to Him as a pain to cure him, when he returns through such a Mediator, who both as God assists men by His divinity, and as man agrees with men by His weakness.
For what greater example of obedience could be given to us, who had perished through disobedience, than God the Son obedient to God the Father, even to the death of the cross? (Phil. 2:8)
Where could the reward of obedience itself be better shown, than in the flesh of so great a Mediator, which rose again to eternal life?
It belonged also to the justice and goodness of the Creator, that the devil should be conquered by the same rational creature which he rejoiced to have conquered, and by one that came from that same race which, by the corruption of its origin through one, he held altogether.”
–Augustine of Hippo, De Trinitate, XIII.17.22.
“Jesus, God’s faithful Son, in contrast to unfaithful Adam and unfaithful Israel, lived by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. He was and is perfect… Jesus’ perfect faithfulness and His perfect obedience stand in the closest of connections.
One trusts a person. One obeys the command of a person. He trusted God. He obeyed God. His faith issued in the obedience that is the ground of our righteousness.
He did not merely assent to the will of His Father; He did it from the heart. Without His perfect righteousness imputed to us we cannot be at one with God. In addition, without His perfect righteousness He could not be the perfect offerer and offering for our sins.”
–Graham A. Cole, God the Peacemaker: How Atonement Brings Shalom NSBT, Vol. 25 (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2009), 119.
“The gospel encourages me to rest in my righteous standing with God, a standing which Christ Himself has accomplished and always maintains for me. I never have to do a moment’s labor to gain or maintain my justified status before God! Freed from the burden of such a task, I now can put my energies into enjoying God, pursuing holiness, and ministering God’s amazing grace to others.
The gospel also reminds me that my righteous standing with God always holds firm regardless of my performance, because my standing is based solely on the work of Jesus and not mine. On my worst days of sin and failure, the gospel encourages me with God’s unrelenting grace toward me. On my best days of victory and usefulness, the gospel keeps me relating to God solely on the basis of Jesus’ righteousness and not mine.”
–Milton Vincent, A Gospel Primer for Christians (Bemidji, MN: Focus, 2008), 20.