Shalom’s Linchpin

If I had a list of favorite books for 2009 I would likely put this one at the top.

Graham A. Cole, God the Peacemaker: How Atonement Brings Shalom (Downers Grove, Ill: IVP, 2009), 229-230:

The God of the Bible is the righteous God of holy love. The trouble is, however, that we have become paradoxically the glory and garbage of the universe. Our great need is peace with God, and not just with God but also with one another. …

There is no shalom, however, without sacrifice. Peace is made through the blood of the cross. The atoning life, death and vindication of the faithful Son bring shalom by addressing the problem of sin, death the devil and wrath definitively. Sacrifice, satisfaction, substitution and victory are key terms for understanding God’s atoning project in general and the cross in particular. Eschatologically speaking, the realization of the triune God’s reconciling project will see God’s people in God’s place under God’s rule living God’s way enjoying shalom in God’s holy and loving presence to God’s glory. …

The broad notion should humble us at the thought of a righteous God of holy loving purpose who, in love, has never abandoned his wayward creatures but in a plan of rescue has begun to reclaim the created order and will in the end restore creation to himself and to his glory. Love is the motive, glory the goal. The narrow one brings us to Christ and his cross. He is the linchpin of the plan. We are brought to a real Christ, to a real cross, to a real cost.

8 thoughts on “Shalom’s Linchpin

  1. If these quotes are an indication of the book then I’m going to have to read this one! “The glory and the garbage” – that is great.

    ‘If’ you had a favorite book list for 2009, hypothetically speaking, what would 2-10 look like. LOL.

    I read your post on not posting your 2009 favorites, but, I thought I’d let you know it was missed by me as well.


  2. I wish, brother. When are you coming out to DC? A SovGrace pastors conference perhaps? I’ll give you my BOY 2009 list in person. Blessings.

  3. I really need to get to DC. A very good friend of mine from football lives there (Jimmy Kemp, son of Jack Kemp). I’ve also got an uncle-in-law in Delaware. Maybe the family and I will be down your way this summer. Or maybe the pastor’s conference. Either way I’ll be expecting the BOY2009 in person…and maybe an autographed copy of your book?

    Btw, my small group and I were really ministered to last night by an mp3 of a CJ message on Adoption. We are studying the order of salvation through Grudem’s lessons but I throw in another speaker once in awhile. CJ’s message was very powerful. We really appreciate SG’s ministry whether it be your blog, Worship Matters stuff, Tim’s wise counsel, CJs messages, etc. Thanks from up here in Canada!

    We’ll be there for the first “Next North” or maybe a T4GCanada.


  4. “We are brought to a real Christ, to a real cross, to a real cost.”

    Oh, how I wish that more preaching in my area would bring me to this. This is a great excerpt.

    I’ve got G.K. Beale’s volume in this series, ‘The Temple and the Church’s Mission’ and have enjoyed what I have read of it so far. I’ll have to check out Cole’s volume also. I just wish these books were hard back and smyth sewn to accommodate the theological treasure that these books carry.

    Thanks for sharing!

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