Jun 222013
 

Pilgrim Theology.
Michael S. Horton.
The Word is a ladder, to be sure, but, like the incarnation, one that God always descends to us (Romans 10:6 – 17) . In Romans 10, Paul tells us that we do not have to ascend to heaven to bring Christ down or descend into the depths to bring him up from the dead, as if we could make him present or relevant by our zeal .

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When reading this passage I immediately thought back to some old gospel tracts that I had seen in college. Christ is the bridge that we must cross to come to God. The problem with that picture is that it assumes that all we need is a bridge. We need more than that.

Bridge the Gap

Bridge the Gap

We, in our unregenerate state, hate God. We want nothing to do with Him. A bridge does us no good. We are dead. Dead people don’t cross bridges. Unless we are first made alive by God’s grace nothing would draw us to God. Once made alive, nothing could keep us from running towards him.

Horton’s picture of a ladder, that Christ descends is much more accurate. The cross/bridge analogy might work if you added Jesus carrying us over the bridge himself. Maybe even dragging us kicking and screaming.


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Mar 302013
 

Just read on Tim Challies’ blog that one of his favorite books by R.C. Sproul, The Truth of the Cross for the Kindle is currently free at Amazon.com.

Not only is this book free but, reading the reviews on Amazon.com, it is highly recommended! I have downloaded it and added it to my ever growing to-read list.

Link: Free Kindle e-book

Book Info

The Truth of the Cross
by R.C. Sproul
Publisher: Reformation Trust Publishing
Published: 07/01/2007
ISBN-10: 1567690874
ISBN-13: 978-1567690873
Source: Amazon
Format: e-book

Publisher Synopsis

Dr. R.C. Sproul surveys the great work accomplished by Jesus Christ through His crucifixion the redemption of God s people. Dr. Sproul considers the atonement from numerous angles and shows conclusively that the cross was absolutely necessary if anyone was to be saved. Opening the Scriptures, Dr. Sproul shows that God Himself provided salvation by sending Jesus Christ to die on the cross, and the cross was always God s intended method by which to bring salvation. The Truth of the Cross is an uncompromising reminder that the atonement of Christ is an absolutely essential doctrine of the Christian faith, one that should be studied and understood by all believers.


Author Info
Dr. R.C. Sproul is the founder and chairman of Ligonier Ministries, an international Christian education ministry located near Orlando, Florida. His teaching can be heard on the program Renewing Your Mind, which is broadcast on hundreds of radio outlets in the United States and in 40 countries worldwide. He is the executive editor of Tabletalk magazine and general editor of The Reformation Study Bible, and the author of more than seventy books and scores of articles for national evangelical publications. Dr. Sproul also serves as president of Ligonier Academy of Biblical and Theological Studies and Reformation Bible College. He currently serves as senior minister of preaching and teaching at Saint Andrew's in Sanford, FL.


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Jul 152012
 

If you are always looking for something ‘more’, a special wisdom, or a miraculous sign then you have exchanged the simple yet incomprehensible gospel for one of the oldest errors in Christendom.

Read all of the first chapter of 1 Corinthians for more context: “For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.” 1 Cor. 1:18