Redirected to the Cross

April 13, 2010

Beyond God’s universal goodness in creation and providence, if ever we were tempted to abstract God’s sovereignty, justice, wrath, or righteousness from God’s goodness, we are redirected to the cross, where we behold with unparalleeld clarity the triumph of God’s goodness in the face of Christ, who cries out, “It is finished.” If we are ever in doubt as to how far God will go with his goodness, in view of the hostility with which it is resisted, we read, “God so loved the world that he gave his only Son” (John 3:16). As Barth cautions, it is not a “general conception” of love that is definitive here, but the specific act of God in Jesus Christ.

Michael Horton, Lord and Servant (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2005), 56-57.

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