Quotes from Gentle and Lowly by Dane Ortlund

I’ve been trying to read more books, or actually finish some that I’ve started. I like to underline key statements in non-fiction books, so here’s my list of quotes from Dr. Ortlund.

Pg. 31

“And what did he do when he saw the unclean? What was his first impulse when he came across prostitutes and lepers? He moved toward them.”

“When Jesus, the Clean One, touched an unclean sinner, Christ did not become unclean. The sinner became clean.”

“When Jesus expels demons and heals the sick, he is driving out of creation the powers of destruction, and is healing and restoring created beings who are hurt and sick.” (Jurgen Moltmann)

Pg. 36

“A compassionate doctor has traveled deep into the jungle to provide medical care to a primitive tribe afflicted with a contagious disease…but as he seeks to provide care, the afflicted refuse. They want to take care of themselves. They want to heal on their own terms. Finally, a few brave young men step forward to receive the care being freely provided. What does the doctor feel? Joy. His joy increases to the degree that the sick come to him for help and healing. It’s the whole reason he came. So it is with Christ.”

Pg. 80

“Intercession is the constant hitting “refresh” of our justification in the court of heaven.”

Pg. 84

“This is the explicit acknowledgment that we Christians are ongoing sinners. Christ continues to intercede on our behalf in heave because we continue to fail here on earth.”

“Whereas the doctrine of the atonements reassures us with what Christ has done in the past, the doctrine of his intercession reassures us with what he is doing in the present.”

Pg. 87

“Intercession has the idea of mediating between two parties, bringing them together. Advocacy is similar but has the idea of aligning oneself with another.”

Pg. 107

“Fallen emotions not only sinfully overreact; they also sinfully underreact.”

Pg. 139

“Yet there is a kind of violence done to himself in it, the Scripture so expresses it; there is something in it that is contrary to him. “I desire not the death of a sinner” – that is, I delight not simply in it, for pleasure’s sake…When he exercises acts of justice, it is for a higher end, it is not simply for the thing itself. There is always something in his heart against it.” (Thomas Goodwin)

Pg. 147

“When we speak of God’s glory, we are speaking of who God is, what he is like, his distinctive resplendence, what makes God God.

Pg. 148

“His anger requires provocation; his mercy is pent up, ready to gush forth.”

Pg. 179

“To you I say, the evidence of Christ’s mercy toward you is not your life. The evidence of his mercy toward you is his – mistreated, misunderstood, betrayed, abandoned. Eternally. In your place.”

Pg. 181

“The battle of the Christian life is to bring your own heart into alignment with Christ’s, that is, getting up each morning and replacing your natural orphan mind-set with a mind-set of full and free adoption into the family of God through the work of Christ your older brother, who loved you and gave himself for you out of the overflowing fullness of his gracious heart.”

Pg. 205

“We are pieces of art, designed to be beautiful and thus draw attention to our artist. We are simply made for nothing else. When we live to glorify God, we step into the only truly humanizing way of living.”

Pg. 209

“The point of unending eternal life in the new heavens and the new earth is that God, “might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”

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