The cumulative testimony of the four Gospels is that when Jesus Christ sees the fallenness of the world all about him, his deepest impulse, his most natural instinct, is to move towards that sin and suffering, not away from it.
“Our union with Christ is as certain as Christ’s irrevocable love, which does not wax or wane. It is as sure as Christ’s grip in our lives and his promise that nothing can snatch us from his hand.”
“You cannot be right with God and be habitually trashing those who are made in his image.”
“There are no exemptions, no asterisks, placed against the truth that man is made in God’s image and that this is where we derive our value.”
For the sake of the Church’s unity, faithfulness, and witness, this is an important book to read.
If God in his sovereign good pleasure has set his love on these people from eternity past, uniting them to his Son and gathering them into his church, then it is our privilege to love them too.
“God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.” C.S. Lewis
Because you are an image bearer, you must allow the entirety of Scripture to shape your sense of self.
Let gospel reality in your head fuel gospel fervency in your heart that leads to gospel urgency in your life.
Surprised by Paradox was a beautiful, challenging, and thought-provoking book. Jen masterfully explores Biblical paradoxes in a way that’s sometimes uncomfortable but always tethered by truth.