09 October 2010

New Lutheran Quote of the Day

After Calvary we can have no doubt of His love. -- Dr. Norman Nagel, Selected Sermons, p. 322.


Jim Huffman said...

This is not wrong, but I wonder if its emphasis is misplaced.

The love of God is pre-incarnational (cf. John 3.16) and as such is not "proven" by Calvary. But the other factor is that God's love is there -- and known -- long before the incarnation, much less Calvary. Even during Job's trials, he trusted in God's mercy (19.25), and that trust was when Calvary was, at best, a vague shadow on the horizon.

William Weedon said...

I think it comes clear when we remember that Calvary is not the CAUSE of His love, but the supreme manifestation of it. To that depth He has loved us.