Geerhardus Vos (1862–1949): We find in the resurrection the strongest possible assurance of pardon and peace

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“The resurrection is a public announcement to the world that the penalty of death has been borne by Christ to its bitter end and that in consequence the dominion of guilt has been broken, the curse annihilated forevermore. And all this was true of Christ not in his personal capacity so much but as our representative. We were concerned – you and I and all believers – in this momentous transaction. The principle of our justification was given here as an accomplished fact.

It is just as impossible that anyone for whom Christ rose from the dead should fail to receive the righteousness of God as it is that God should undo the resurrection of Christ itself. Consequently, knowing ourselves one with Christ, we find in the resurrection the strongest possible assurance of pardon and peace. When Christ rose on Easter morning he left behind him in the depths of the grave every one of our sins; there they remain buried from the sight of God so completely that even in the day of judgment they will not be able to rise up against us any more.”

– Geerhardus Vos (1862–1949), “The Joy of Resurrection Life” (Sermon on 1 Cor 15.14), in: Grace and Glory, p.161-162

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