“God saves sinners. God. – The triune Jehovah, Father, Son and Holy Spirit; three Persons working together in sovereign wisdom, power and love to achieve the salvation of a chosen people, the father electing, the son fulfilling the Father’s will by redeeming, the Spirits executing the purposes of the Father and Son by renewing, Saves – Does everything, first to last, that is involved in bringing man from death in sin to life in glory: plans, achieves and communicates redemption, calls and keeps, justifies, sanctifies, glorifies. Sinners- men as God finds them, guilty, vile, helpless, powerless, blind, unable to lift a finger to do God’s will or better their spiritual lot. God saves sinners… Sinners do not save themselves in any sense at all, but salvation, first and last, whole and entire, past, present and future is of the Lord, to whom be glory forever, Amen!”
– J.I. Packer, “Saved by His Precious Blood: An Introduction to John Owens’s The Death of Death in the Death of Christ” in A Quest for Godliness: The Puritan Vision of the Christian Life (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 1990), 130.