Category Archives: John Stott

Triple Fulfillment of Prophecy

Of particular importance is the principle, with which I think all of us would agree, that the New Testament writers themselves understood Old Testament prophecy to have not a single but usually a triple fulfillment—past, present, and future.  The past fulfillment was an immediate or historical fulfillment in the life of the nation of Israel.  The present is an intermediate or gospel fulfillment in Christ and his Church.  The future will be an ultimate or eschatological fulfillment in the new heaven and the new earth.

–John Stott
The Living God is a Missionary God
(Perspectives reader p. 5)

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A Plan

History is not a random flow of events.  For God is working out in time a plan which He conceived in a past eternity and will consummate in a future eternity.  In this historical process Jesus Christ, as the Seed of Abraham, is the key figure.

–John Stott
The Living God is a Missionary God
(Perspectives reader p. 8 )

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The Word Became Flesh

Essentially the same principle is illustrated in both the inspiration of the Scripture and the incarnation of the Son.  The Word became flesh.  The divine was communicated through the human.  He identified with us, though without surrendering His own identity.  And this principle of “identification without loss of identity” is the model for all evangelism, especially cross-cultural evangelism.

–John Stott

The Bible in World Evangelization
(Perspectives Reader p. 24)

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God’s Condescension

What strikes us immediately is the greatness of God’s condescension.  He had sublime truth to reveal about Himself and His Christ, His mercy and His justice, and His full salvation.  And He chose to make this disclosure through the vocabulary and grammar of human language, through human beings, human images, and human cultures.

–John Stott
The Bible in World Evangelization
(Perspectives Reader p. 23)

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Guard and Interpret

Since [the gospel] comes from God we must guard it; since it is intended for modern men and women we must interpret it.

–John Stott
The Bible in World Evangelization
(Perspectives Reader p. 23)

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No Man Could Number

I have always derived much comfort from the statement of Revelation 7:9 that the company of the redeemed in heaven will be “a great multitude which no man could number.”  I do not profess to know how this can be, since Christians have always seemed to be a rather small minority.  But Scripture states it for our comfort.  Although no biblical Christian can be a universalist (believing that all mankind will ultimately be saved), since Scripture teaches the awful reality and eternity of hell, yet a biblical Christian can-even must-assert that the redeemed will somehow be an international throng so immense as to be countless.  For God’s promise is going to be fulfilled, and Abraham’s seed is going to be as innumerable as the dust of the earth, the stars of the sky and the sand on the seashore.

–John Stott
The Living God is a Missionary God
(Perspectives reader p.9)

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Our Sin and the Cross

For, whether we like it or not, we are involved.

–John Stott
The Cross of Christ (20th Anniversary Edition, p. 18).
(submitted by Shaw)

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To Bless All the Families of the Earth

“…we should never allow ourselves to forget that the Bible begins with the universe, not with the planet earth; then with the earth, not with Palestine; then with Adam the father of the human race, not with Abraham the father of the chosen race. 

Since, then, God is the Creator of the universe, the earth and all mankind, we must never demote Him to the status of a tribal diety or petty godling like Chemosh the god of the Moabites, or Milcom (or Molech) the god of the Ammorites, or Baal the male diety, or Ashtoreth, the female diety of the Canaanites.  Nor must we suppose that God chose Abraham and his descendants because He had lost interest in other peoples or given them up.  Election is not a synonym for elitism.  On the contrary,… God chose one man and his family in order, through them, to bless all the families of the earth.”

–John R.W. Stott
The Living God is a Missionary God
(Perspectives reader p.4)

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