"The essence of sin is to be against God and the liability of sin is no more adequately expressed than in the fact that God is, therefore, against us. The marvel of grace is that God removes this “against”. It is by and in “the reconciliation” that this is done. Hence no category is more basic to the gospel; it is essentially the message of the reconciliation (cf. II Cor. 5:18–20)."
- John Murray