Concise Reformed Dogmatics (CRD) is a joy to read- tis Biblical, clear, and confessional. Reading plans after reading CRD: 1.) Get my hands on Michael Horton’s The Christian Faith: A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims on Their Way 2.) Read it and pray.
Here are some quotes from CRD,
“We still need to consider the meaning of 2 Corinthians 5:21 and Galatians 3:13. These words make us stand in awe.
God “hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him” (2 Cor. 5:21). This means that God treated Christ as a sinner, because he imputed our sins to him. Through faith we know that this is the reason why sin is not imputed to us (cf. Rom. 4:8). We are declared to be righteous. This constitutes a “wonderful exchange” (Luther). “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, “Cursed is everyone that hangeth on a three” (Gal. 3:13). According to Wiersinga (1971, 35ff.), this is the curse of the Jewish authorities, the defenders of the law, and not the curse of God. However, the verse by itself and the context of Paul’s message are clear enough. The apostle means God’s law and God’s curse (cf. Ridderbos, 1972, 28-32). ” (516)
“Dogmatics came to distinguish between Christ’s active and passive obedience. Although his obedience is indivisible, it does have these two facets. He met the demand of God’s law on behalf of his people and bore the punishment for sin. Whereas the former stresses what he did, the latter brings out what he suffered–” (518)