“The state of death in which Christ entered when He died was as essentially a part of His humiliation as His spiritual suffering on the cross. In both together He completed His perfect obedience.
He drank the cup of suffering to the last drop and tasted death in all its bitterness in order to completely deliver us from the fear of death and death itself.
Thus He destroyed him who had the power of death and by a single offering perfected for all time those who are sanctified (Hebrews 10:14).”
–Herman Bavinck, Reformed Dogmatics: Sin and Salvation in Christ, Volume 3, Ed. John Bolt and trans. John Vriend (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2006), 3: 417.
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“Nothing else in the world demonstrates how real is God’s love to the sinful, and how real the sin of the world is to God.”
–James Denney, The Death of Christ (London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1911), 297.
“What love it is, that this holy God should give His Son–His only Son, His beloved–to suffer and die in the place of rebels. He gave Him, not hoping He might be spared, but knowing that He would be despised, rejected and killed.
As He turned His face away from his Son in the blackness of Golgotha, He turned toward us–a people loaded with guilt, children given to corruption–and fulfilled those precious words ‘God so loved the world that He have His only Son.’
A penal substitutionary understanding of the cross helps us to understand God’s love, and to appreciate its intensity and beauty. Scripture magnifies God’s love by its refusal to diminish our plight as sinners deserving of God’s wrath, and by its uncompromising portrayal of the cross as the place where Christ bore that punishment in the place of his people.
If we blunt the sharp edges of the cross, we dull the glittering diamond of God’s love.”
–Steve Jeffery, Michael Ovey, and Andrew Sach, Pierced For Our Transgressions: Rediscovering the Glory of Penal Substitution (Wheaton, Ill.: Crossway, 2007), 152-3.
“Contemplate the blistering holiness of our God, the Holy One of Israel, the high and lofty One who inhabits eternity. His eyes are too pure to look on evil; His voice shakes the heavens; at His sight the angels in glory hide their faces. Who can dwell with this consuming fire, with this everlasting burning?
Who can ascend the hill of the Lord? Who can stand in His holy place? Yet this God took pity on us, this God stooped down to us and lifted us up to enjoy the blessing of restored relationship with Him, that we may gaze upon His face for all eternity.”
–Steve Jeffery, Michael Ovey, and Andrew Sach, Pierced For Our Transgressions: Rediscovering the Glory of Penal Substitution (Wheaton, Ill.: Crossway, 2007), 152.