Thursday, October 23, 2008

Reviews of Packer and Dever's In My Place Condemned He Stood

In My Place Condemned He Stood: Celebrating the Glory of the Atonement. J. I Packer and Mark Dever. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2008, 192 pp., $16.99, paperback.

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Here are a few links to some noteworthy reviews:
  • Erik Raymond (posted May 20, 2008 @ Irish Calvinist) - A short, positive review.

  • Another positive of this book is the thoughtful and thorough bibliography by Ligon Duncan. Duncan highlights great books that are available to us on the work of Christ. This is truly helpful.
  • Brad Loser (posted June 17, 2008 @ Think Worship) - A short, positive review that offers some enticing quotes such as the following:

  • "a gospel without propitiation at its heart is another gospel than that which Paul preached." - Packer, pg 32
  • Allen Mickle (posted October 22, 2008 @ Working out Salvation with Fear and Trembling) - A lengthier, positive review.

  • At the heart of the ministry is the atoning work of Christ. As Paul said, we preach Christ and Him crucified. No pastor, ministry leader, or Christian for that matter, can afford to not think through the scriptural teaching on the atonement. Particularly we need to see the reality of the death the unbeliever is in. Our synergistic approach to salvation, so prevalent in today’s society, needs to be eradicated from our thoughts. Dead means dead. The unbeliever has no power to save himself or even to participate with God in saving him. He is dead in trespasses and sins. He has angered God and that anger needs to be appeased. The ultimate sacrifice necessary to appease the anger of an infinite God is in the matchless death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. He stood in our place condemned so we could be redeemed. He paid the penalty in our stead. This is the very foundation of salvation.