From that starting point, Eric Paschall Built For The Bay shirt examines the nature of God’s holiness and man’s sin, building a winsome case from Scripture of the necessity of penal substitutionary atonement as the only way that both God’s justice and love could be administered to sinful men. Echoing Paul and the writer of Hebrews, he articulates again the need for Christ to be both fully man (able to be made sin and be a proper sacrifice for its penalty) and God (able to be wholly righteous and infinitely holy so that all man’s sin would be paid for) to fully satisfy God’s plan.
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He moves then to describing the effects of the cross, showing how God saves sinners by harmonizing the four angles most often used in Scripture to communicate the work of atonement: propitiation (satisfying God’s wrath), redemption (paying the price for sin), justification (establishing righteousness before Eric Paschall Built For The Bay shirt), and reconciliation (restoring relationship between God and man). Stott also looks at how Christ’s work perfectly displays and explains God’s character and glory and how, through the suffering of Christ, evil has been ultimately defeated (though it will not be eradicated until Christ’s second coming). Lastly, he displays the effects of the cross on our lives: as the foundation of the Church, as the supreme event by which our knowledge and actions are to be guided, as the premier example of loving our enemies, and as a touchstone of strength for our life in this present age of suffering and persecution (showing how God’s victory over Satan looked, at the time, like Satan’s victory over Him).