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Seeing The Father In Cross (via Noel Due and Daniel Bush)

The unity of the Godhead means that any depiction of the Cross that paints Jesus as the one who protects us from the Father profoundly misrepresents the character of God.
From Noel Due and Daniel Bush:

The cross is the point at which God exposed our delusions – our wanting to be judge – and announces his judgment on such sin. At the same time, he simultaneously took that same judgement upon himself in Christ. In other words, Jesus doesn’t block the Father’s wrath due to us, but bears it for us in order to bring the Father’s love. In this specific sense the cross isn’t only Christ’s, it’s also the Father’s. It’s the event in which his heart for us is most thoroughly seen: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son. … For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him” (John 3: 16,17). Jesus never sought to appease a distant and angry Father.

Embracing God As Father, Daniel Bush & Noel Due, Lexham Press, 2015, pg. 64


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Fullness For The Family (via Daniel Bush & Noel Due)

Anything from Noel Due is worth reading.

You can hardly believe that the church is God’s fullness if you look with the eyes of sight. It always looks weak and beggarly – full of failure, no God. Yet because it’s the family of the Father, because it is inseparably the bride of Christ, because it is the spiritual dwelling place of the Spirit, it is, in fact, “the fullness of him who fills all in all” (Ephesians 1:23).
Because Jesus is the head over all things for the Church, all of the world’s happenings, from the rise and fall of nations to the smoking of volcanoes (Psalms 144:5; 104:32), occur for the good of the Church. When he appoints the boundaries and habitations of the nations (Deuteronomy 32:8; Acts 17:26), it’s for the good of the Church. When he gives power to one of the enemies of the Church that they might rule over it for a season, he’s doing it to bless the Church. Every fibre of Christ’s being is towards us and for us. His every thought, intention, and affection is to bless us, to love us, to fill us, to inhabit us, to pour himself into us. There is absolutely nothing outside of his sovereign control, and he’s been set as head over all things for the express purpose of blessing the Church.

Embracing God As Father, Daniel Bush & Noel Due, Lexham Press, 2015, pg. 26


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Sanctification Is The Art Of Getting Used To Justification

This is from an excerpt by a book on Galatians by Daniel Bush and Noel Due.
I’ve never heard of Bush, but Due is a longtime favourite. I can’t tell who wrote what, and the quote at the end of the paragraph is by neither.

Certainly there is struggle and effort to the Christian life, but it is not where we think. It is not a struggle to be holy and practice holiness; this is trying to be perfected in the flesh. It is a struggle to continue in the way we began—namely, to believe our justification is true. Gerhard Forde put it well when he said that “sanctification is the art of getting used to justification.”

Read the whole excerpt here.