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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Crossway (March 31, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433502003
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433502002
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #395,878 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Here is vintage J. I. Packer accompanied by some younger friends. The magisterial but too-little-known essay 'What Did the Cross Achieve?' is itself worth the price of the whole book. And there is much more besides. Here, then, are gospel riches, and In My Place Condemned He Stood marks the spot where the buried treasure lies. Start digging!"
Sinclair B. Ferguson, Professor of Systematic Theology, Redeemer Seminary, Dallas, Texas

"The essays in this volume by Packer and Dever are some of the most important things I have ever read. If you want to preach in such a way that results in real conversions and changed lives, you should master the approach to the cross laid out in this book."
Timothy Keller, Senior Pastor, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York City

"This book contains some of the finest essays that have ever been written on the death of Christ."
David F. Wells, Distinguished Senior Research Professor, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

"Every student and pastor should own this volume, for the contents are so precious that they deserve more than one reading."
Thomas R. Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

"Writing with the precision of learned theologians and the passion of forgiven sinners, J. I. Packer and Mark Dever explain the meaning of atonement, substitution, and propitiation-not just as words, but as saving benefits we can only receive from a crucified Savior."
Philip Graham Ryken, President, Wheaton College

About the Author

J. I. Packer (DPhil, Oxford University) serves as the Board of Governors’ Professor of Theology at Regent College. He is the author of numerous books, including the classic best-seller Knowing God. Packer served as general editor for the English Standard Version Bible and as theological editor for the ESV Study Bible.

Mark Dever (PhD, Cambridge University) is senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC, and pastor of 9Marks Ministries. Dever has authored over a dozen books and speaks at conferences nationwide. 

Mark Dever (PhD, Cambridge University) is senior pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC, and pastor of 9Marks Ministries. Dever has authored over a dozen books and speaks at conferences nationwide. 

J. Ligon Duncan is Chancellor and John E. Richards professor of Systematic and Historical Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary. He is also Senior Minister of the historic First Presbyterian Church of Jackson, Mississippi, Chairman of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, and the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church of America.

C. J. Mahaney is the senior pastor of Sovereign Grace Church of Louisville. He has written, edited and contributed to numerous books, including Proclaiming a Cross-Centered Theology; Don't Waste Your Sports; and Sex, Romance and the Glory of God. C. J. and his wife, Carolyn, are the parents of three married daughters and one son, and the happy grandparents to twelve grandchildren.

R. Albert Mohler Jr. (PhD, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) serves as the ninth president of Southern Seminary and as the Joseph Emerson Brown Professor of Christian Theology. Considered a leader among American evangelicals by Time and Christianity Today magazines, Dr. Mohler hosts a daily radio program for the Salem Radio Network and also writes a popular daily commentary on moral, cultural, and theological issues. Both can be accessed at www.albertmohler.com.


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I loved this almost as much as the book lists themselves.
Rebecca Stark
In addition to Packer's articles, the book includes Mark Dever's essay on the atonement that appeared in Christianity Today back in 2006.
Erik Raymond
We truly need to "celebrate the glory of the atonement" and this book will help any Christian do just that.
J. Tyler Scarlett

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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Stark on June 18, 2008
Format: Paperback
The publication of this book resulted from the collective reasoning of Ligon Duncan, Al Mohler, Mark Dever and C.J. Mahaney, who all agreed that it would be useful to have three classic essays on the atonement by J.I. Packer included in one book. These three pieces--"The Heart of the Gospel," a chapter from the classic book Knowing God; "What Did the Cross Achieve?: The Logic of Penal Substitution," originally a Tyndale Biblical Theology Lecture; and "Saved by His Precious Blood," the well-known introduction to John Owen's The Death of Death in the Death of Christ--along with Mark Dever's article, "Nothing but the Blood," first published in Christianity Today, make up the heart of this book.

Since this book is a collection of essays, I've decided to go through it chapter by chapter, giving a short summary of each and, when I think it'd be useful, my evaluation of it.

* Foreword: The story and reasoning behind the publication of this book told by Ligon Duncan, Al Mohler, Mark Dever and C.J. Mahaney.

* Preface: A short discussion by both Packer and Dever of recent unorthodox thought on the atonement found in evangelicalism, an error they have dubbed anti-redemptionism. It is this error that makes these essays particularly useful as "a composite tract for the times."

* Introduction: Penal Substitution Revisited. Written by J.I. Packer, this is an overview of the doctrine of penal substitution, explaining briefly what it is, what are some of the reasons for viewing the atonement this way, and how embracing this view of the atonement should shape our personal faith. It's a short piece, but valuable as an introduction for the essays that follow. It includes, by the way, that uniquely Packerish phrase, "smartypants notions.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Erik Raymond on May 20, 2008
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Last week I received a copy of In My Place Condemned He Stood in the mail. And, as is my habit, I read the introduction and the endorsements; my only problem was, I could not put it down. The forward is by Ligon Duncan, Al Mohler, Mark Dever and CJ Mahaney. They explain in their piece that upon a series of lengthy discussions on great books and articles on the atonement they dreamed together about a book that would gather together some of J.I. Packer's most helpful articles on Christ's work. Following some further deliberation and collaboration with the folks at Crossway and Packer himself this book was quickly put together.

The book includes the following chapters by Packer:

The Heart of the Gospel

What Did the Cross Achieve? The Logic of Penal Substitution

Saved by His Precious Blood: An Introduction to John Owen's The Death of Death in the Death of Christ

The introduction into John Owen's The Death of Death is worth the book. This is simply fantastic. He not only succeeds in being intensely biblical he also serves us by connecting the necessary dots; he brings out the theological realities of the atonement of Christ for his sheep. This is truly invaluable for our souls. When I read these chapters I feel like I'm watching a major leaguer take batting practice; every sentence is precise, power packed, and a solid hit, Packer is just flat out good in these essays.

In addition to Packer's articles, the book includes Mark Dever's essay on the atonement that appeared in Christianity Today back in 2006. As Dever indicates in the introduction, this inclusion was per Packer's insistence and despite his own reluctance. Packer and Dever also unite on a chapter entitled Christ-Centered Means Cross-Centered.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jacques Schoeman on July 11, 2008
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As JI Packer warns, 'Since one's belief about the atonement is bound up with one's belief about the character of God, the terms of the gospel, and the Christian's inner life, the intensity of the debate is understandable. It remains so, as liberalism keeps reinventing itself and luring evangelicals away from their heritage.' p 21

'Therefore, for this reason many draw back who would otherwise gladly embrace the Son of God if they could separate Him from the cross.' John Calvin, Concerning Scandals p 26

Saved From Sacrifice must be one of the most damaging books to the atonement to appear in recent years. The denial and outright rejection of Christ's vicarious death by that author is in truth a denial and rejection of the biblical atonement model, and may well be sufficient evidence of him being an enemy of the cross, as he purports a different gospel. And Steve Chaulke is calmly rebuked by JI Packer when he corrects him in saying 'smartypants notions like 'divine child abuse' as a comment on the cross are supremely silly and as irreverent and wrong as they possibly could be.' p 22 In answer we have this timely reverential remembrance, in which Christ does fulfill the Law's demands.

Mark Dever exhorts, 'Any biblical understanding of the atonement must take into account our having being united to Christ by faith, adopted and regenerated in Him.' p 109

Ephesians 2:13 "But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
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