Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”—so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith. (Galatians 3:13-14)

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12 thoughts on “The Only Hope We Have, And It Is Hope Enough”

  1. Chris Gilmore says:

    Wow. Well said.

  2. Spera in Deo says:

    Christ redeemed us (i.e., the minority of humanity) from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”—so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles (well, at least to the overwhelming minority of the Gentiles), so that we (few and fortunate) might receive the promised Spirit through faith. (Galatians 3:13-14)

  3. Spera in Deo says:

    Can you think of a more hope-crushing view of the world than the view according to which most of humanity will, by sovereign divine design, languish in unending horror from which there is no hope of redemption? Is this the “hope that is hope enough” that DeYoung is inviting us all to celebrate with gladness and hearts warmed over? Are we to take comfort in the thought that although God has abandoned most of our brothers and sisters to eternal ruin, at least he has chosen not to abandon me? Is it in order to instill great confidence in God’s power to abandon that the Gospel Coalition has spent the last few weeks guarding its flock from views that actually merit the label of “hopeful”?

  4. …God has abandoned most of our brothers and sisters to eternal ruin…

    There’s your problem. You believe God is obligated to be gracious. But of course, obligated grace is a contradiction in terms.

    The hope comes not from contemplating the curse and staying there. The hope comes from contemplating the curse, repenting of our sin, and trusting in Jesus alone for our righteousness to be redeemed from the curse.

    All deserve wrath. It’s a miracle that God has chosen to rescue anybody.

    …minority…overwhelming minority…few and fortunate…

    Matthew 7:13-14 – Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.

    Luke 13:23-28 – And someone said to Him, “Lord, are there just a few who are being saved?” And He said to them, “Strive to enter through the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able. “Once the head of the house gets up and shuts the door, and you begin to stand outside and knock on the door, saying, ‘Lord, open up to us!’ then He will answer and say to you, ‘I do not know where you are from.’ “Then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets'; and He will say, ‘I tell you, I do not know where you are from; DEPART FROM ME, ALL YOU EVILDOERS.’ In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth…”

  5. Amen and amen. Does anyone know the larger sermon that this came from?

    Thank you Kevin for posting this.

  6. Wei Ho says:

    @Will Robinson: The clips are taken from a sermon RC Sproul preached at the Together 4 the Gospel Conference in 2008. It was titled “The Curse Motif of the Atonement.”

    http://t4g.org/2010/04/the-curse-motif-of-the-atonement-session-v/

  7. Eliza Huie says:

    Absolutely filled my heart with thankfulness. I cannot express how thankful I am to be covered by this amazing transaction. Humbling! Thanks for sharing!!!

  8. Pete Pols says:

    I thought you had a review of Rob Bells new heretical book? I cant seem to find it. Please steer me to it. Thanks, Pete

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Kevin DeYoung is senior pastor of University Reformed Church (RCA) in East Lansing, Michigan, near Michigan State University. He and his wife Trisha have six young children. You can follow him on Twitter.

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