The Love of God and the Cross of Christ

It cannot be emphasized too strongly that God’s love is the source, not the consequence of the atonement. As P.T. Forsyth expressed it, ‘the atonement did not procure grace, it flowed from grace.’ God does not love us because Christ died for us; Christ died for us because God loved us. If it is God’s wrath which needed to be propitiated, it is God’s love which did the propitiating.
(John Stott, The Cross of Christ, p. 174)

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