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God Suffered for You
Quotations about the Death of God
by Harry Morgan
THERE IS GOOD BIBLICAL EVIDENCE that God not only suffered in Christ, but that God in Christ suffers with his people still. … It is wonderful that we may share in Christ’s sufferings; it is more wonderful still that he shares in ours.
John R. W. Stott, The Cross of Christ


HAS NOT GOD in Jesus Christ become radically open to the life of the world and become vulnerable to human sin and suffering? In the light of the gospel story, God is not impassible, but passionate, suffering love. If God is love, then receptivity, vulnerability, and suffering are not strange to God’s being. God is free to love and thus free to experience the suffering of the world.
Daniel L. Migliore, The Power of God


UNLESS GOD is on the balance and throws his weight as a counterbalance, we shall sink to the bottom of the scale. If it is not true that God died for us, but only a man died, we are lost. But if God’s death and God lie dead in the opposite scale, then his side goes down and we go upward like a light or empty pan. But he could not have sat in the pan unless he became a man like us, so that it could be said: God dead, God’s passion, God’s blood, God’s death.
Martin Luther, quoted in the Formula of Concord


IT IS A GOOD THING to learn early that God and suffering are not opposites but rather one and the same thing and necessarily so; for me, the idea that God himself suffers is far and away the most convincing piece of Christian doctrine.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Letters and apers from Prison

GOD not only participates in our suffering, but also makes our suffering into his own and takes death into his life.
Jurgen Moltmann, in Theology Today


A THEOLOGY that embraces the idea that God cannot suffer has to answer the question: Can God love? Abraham Heschel rightly said that the essence of Hebraic prophetic faith is that God takes the people of his covenantal love so seriously that he suffers for their actions.
Dennis Ngien, in Christianity Today


GRANT, O LORD, that in your wounds I may find my safety, in your stripes my cure, in your pain my peace, in your Cross my victory, in your Resurrection my triumph, and a crown of righteousness in , the glories of your eternal kingdom.
Jeremy Taylor, The Westminster Collection of Christian Prayers


IN THIS IS LOVE, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
John the Apostle, I John 4:10


GOD WAS IN CHRIST reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.
Paul the Apostle, II Corinthians 5:19

 

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