a tattered treasure

In my last post I made mention of a tattered little commentary that got me started on Stott, as well as, theological book buying.  Here is a picture of it.  It really is in pretty good shape, considering the time I spent with it some twenty-two years ago.

I pulled it off the shelf and “flicked through it,” as the British would say.  I saw no end of multi-colored highlighting and underlining.  My eyes fell on this characteristically pithy and pregnant statement as only Stott could say it (writing on 1Jn 2:2):

“Thus, the Father’s provision for the sinning Christian is in his Son, who possesses a threefold qualification: his righteous character, his propitiatory death and his heavenly advocacy.  Each depends on the others.  He could not be our advocate in heaven today if he had not died to be the propitiation for our sins; and his propitiation would not have been effective if in his life an character he had not been Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.”

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