J.I. Packer on the Atonement

An evangelical theologian, dying, cabled a colleague: ‘I am so thankful for the active obedience (righteousness) of Christ. No hope without it.’ As I grow old, I want to tell everyone who will listen: ‘I am so thankful for the penal substitutionary death of Christ. No hope without it.’

—J.I. Packer

Update: The theologian that J.I. Packer referred to in that quote was J. Gresham Machen, founder of Westminster Theological Seminary and the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. The colleague that Dr. Machen contacted via telegraph was Dr. John Murray, the noted Scottish theologian and faculty member at Westminster. More information about Dr. Machen and the founding of the OPC can be found here.

Via: Tony Reinke