I’m currently reading J.I. Packer’s Weakness Is the Way. To be sure, there will be plenty to say about this short little gem. However, for now I wanted to share the following, which needs no introduction or concluding remarks. This is a brief statement full of rich theological truth.
It is sometimes asked whether Christ’s death or his resurrection is what directly brings about the sinner’s salvation. The answer is both, and to minimize either’s importance in relation to the other is to begin to falsify that answer. In other words, Christ died for our sake as our representative and substitutionary Sin-Bearer, and it is one facet of our faith in him to see and think of ourselves as having died with him, in the sense of having voluntarily ended the life we were living in our unbelief. But that is not all. Christ was raised from death for our sake as our forerunner and life-giver, and it is a further facet of our faith in him to see and think of ourselves as having been raised with him in union with him, so that now we participate in his resurrection life in terms of desire, direction, and divine driving energy.
“For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures,” -1 Corinthians 15:3-4 (ESV)