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From the Summer 2016 issue of Knowing & Doing:  

The Defiance of Grace in the Ministry of Jesus

by Dane Ortlund, Ph.D.
Executive Vice President of Bible Publishing, Crossway

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1 Scriptural quotations are from the English Standard Version. Any italics are added by the author.
2 Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Spiritual Depression: Its Causes and Cure (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1965), 39.
3 Babylonian Talmud, Baba Qamma 94b; quoted in Kenneth E. Bailey, Jesus through Middle Eastern Eyes: Cultural Studies in the Gospels (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity, 2008), 183.
4 Samaritans, inhabitants of the small region south of Galilee and north of Judea, were considered half-breeds (to use an admittedly disparaging word), as they were descendants of the Jews who had stayed behind and intermarried with Gentiles during the exiles.
5 Here we remember the divine blessing that was presumed by ancient Jews to rest on those whom God had materially prospered.
6 I owe this sentence to a June 13, 2010, sermon by Ray Ortlund at Immanuel Church in Nashville. A similar statement can be found in Martyn Lloyd-Jones, The Cross: God’s Way of Salvation (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 1986), 75.
7 C.S. Lewis, “What Are We to Make of Jesus Christ?” in God in the Dock: Essays on Theology and Ethics (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1970), 160. 
8 Ibid.

Dane C. Ortlund is Executive Vice President of Bible Publishing and Bible Publisher at Crossway. He serves as an editor for the Knowing the Bible series and the Short Studies in Biblical Theology series. Dane is the author of several books, including Defiant Grace. Dane received his Ph.D. from Wheaton College. He lives with his wife, Stacey, and their five children in Wheaton, Illinois. Dane blogs at Strawberry-Rhubarb Theology, and you can follow him on Twitter at


Recommended Reading:
John Stott, The Cross of Christ (Westmont, IL: IVP Books, 2006)

Now from one of the foremost preachers and Christian leaders of our day comes theology at its readable best, a contemporary restatement of the meaning of the cross. At the cross Stott finds the majesty and love of God disclosed, the sin and bondage of the world exposed. More than a study of the atonement, this book brings Scripture into living dialogue with Christian theology and the twentieth century.

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