Good quote on the gospel…

This quote if from the March 13 posting from the Of First Importance blog (see blog roll on right side of page):

The Gospel in Three Words – God saves sinners.

God – the Triune Jehovah, Father, Son and Spirit; three Persons working together in sovereign wisdom, power and love to achieve the salvation of a chosen people, the Father electing, the Son fulfilling the Father’s will by redeeming, the Spirit executing the purpose of the Father and Son by renewing. Saves – does everything, first to last, that is involved in bringing man from death in sin to life in glory: plans, achieves and communicates redemption, calls and keeps, justifies, sanctifies, glorifies. Sinners — men as God finds them, guilty, vile, helpless, powerless, unable to lift a finger to do God’s will or better their spiritual lot.

— J. I. PackerTeaching the Faith, Forming the Faithful(Downers Grove, Ill.: IVP Academic, 2009), 103

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