Since the very beginning of time, people have been trying to save themselves in ways that make sense to them, rather than listening and submitting to God… Indeed I believe one of the greatest dangers the body of Christ face today is the temptation to rethink and re-articulate the gospel in a way that makes it center on something other than the death of Jesus on the cross in the place of sinners.
– Greg Gilbert in What is the Gospel?
The below quote is from John Piper’s ‘Think’ book;
Divine wisdom begins consciously with God. (‘The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom,” Ps. 111:10) , and is consciously sustained by God and has the glory of God as its conscious goal. Divine wisdom reached its climatic demonstration in the cross of Christ – because the cross was a way of salvation that humbles man and exalts the grace of God. When divine wisdom is revealed to humans in the death of Christ, its effect is to save us and humble us by doing for us what we could not do for ourselves.