This week, I’m re-reading / listening to John Piper’s “Fifty Reasons Why Jesus Came to Die“.
On our response to the Good News of Christ:
“…salvation is not good news if it only saves from hell and not for God. Forgiveness is not good news if it only gives relief from guilt and doesn’t open the way to God. Justification is not good news if it only makes us legally acceptable to God but doesn’t bring fellowship with God. Redemption is not good news if it only liberates us from bondage but doesn’t bring us to God. Adoption is not good news if it only puts us in the Father’s family but not in his arms.”
– John Piper
Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous,
that he might bring us to God.
– 1 Peter 3:18
But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been
brought near by the blood of Christ.
– Ephesians 2:13