Notable and Quotable – Donald Macleod

John Duncan put it most succinctly: ‘Sin is the handle by which I get Christ.’ ‘I don’t read anywhere in God’s Word that Christ came to save John Duncan,’ he said, ‘but I read this: He came to save sinners and John Duncan is a sinner and that means he came to save John Duncan.’ Luther argued in the same way. He said to the devil, ‘Thou sayest I am a sinner and I will take thine own weapon and with it I will slay thee and with thine own sword I will cut thy throat because sin ought to drive us not away from Christ but towards Christ.’ The Bible and Reformed theology have taught us to come – just as we are.

Excerpted from Donald Macleod’s A Faith to Live By:  Understanding Christian Doctrine (Christian Focus, 2010).

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