“[H]istory has awaited the arrival of this Son, because no prior son had put or had even been able to put an end to the law’s condemning curse. . . . This Son-sending, as the New Testament underscores, happens according to divine orchestration: God appointed the right timing of his birth, life, death resurrection, and exaltation (cf. Rom. 5:6).” (David B. Gardner, Sons in the Son: The Riches and Reach of Adoption in Christ, pages 91−92.).
“[W]e are not looking for a teacher and example. We are looking for a Saviour. And a purely human, a merely natural, as distinguished from a supernatural, Christ can never be our Savior. . . . We have such a Saviour presented to us in the Gospels, a Saviour who is not merely man but God. The really difficult thing is to believe that such a Saviour really entered into this world. It is a very blessed thing, but it is certainly not a trivial thing. It is not one of those trivial things that are so easy to believe because they occur every day. It is certainly not a thing that can be believed without a mighty revolution in all a man’s thinking and all a man’s life.” (J. Gresham Machen, The Christian Faith in the Modern World, p. 190).
“Any one who reads the New Testament with the humility of believing devotion and therefore with the reverence begotten of faith must be overcome again and again with the mystery that surrounds the person and work of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. As understanding expands and as reverent inquiry seeks to push further and deeper there grows upon the believer the marvel of the Saviour’s person and work.” (“The Redeemer of God’s Elect,” Collected Writings of John Murray, Vol. 1, p. 30).
Quotes used in the Reflection on Galatians 4:4-5 for Trinity Presbyterian Church, OPC