The Truth of the Cross

The Truth of the Cross

by R.C. Sproul


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In this book, 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781567690873
Publisher: Reformation Trust Publishing
Publication date: 07/28/2007
Pages: 168
Product dimensions: 4.50(w) x 6.25(h) x 0.69(d)

About the Author

Dr. R.C. Sproul (1939–2017) was founder of Ligonier Ministries, an international Christian discipleship organization located near Orlando, Fla. He was also founding pastor of Saint Andrew’s Chapel in Sanford, Fla., first president of Reformation Bible College, and executive editor of Tabletalk magazine. His radio program, Renewing Your Mind, is still broadcast daily on hundreds of radio stations around the world and can also be heard online. Dr. Sproul contributed dozens of articles to national evangelical publications, spoke at conferences, churches, colleges, and seminaries around the world, and wrote more than one hundred books, including The Holiness of God, Chosen by God, and Everyone’s a Theologian. He also served as general editor of the Reformation Study Bible.

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Anika_Qing on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." ~ Romans 5:6-8This is only one of the many verses in our Scriptures that present the glorious truth of our Saviour who died for our sins. Despite the fact that we did not deserve one iota of what He accomplished, He poured out His blood as an offering for our sins.What can be more glorious? As Christians, we echo the words of Paul who determined to "know nothing except Jesus Christ and Him crucified," (1 Corinthians 2:1-2). But to the eyes of those who have not yet come to repentance, this gospel is mere "foolishness" at best and "disgusting" at worst.Simply put, the world does not see the necessity of Christ's atonement. Even setting aside the atheists who would deny the very existence of God, the majority of people see no need for getting right with God. As R.C. Sproul insightfully puts it:"The prevailing doctrine of justification today is not justification by faith alone. It's not even justification by good works or by a combination of faith and works. The prevailing notion of justification in Western culture today is justification by death. It's assumed that all one has to do to be received into the everlasting arms of God is to die," (Sproul, 2007, p. 10).The Christian view of the atonement, however, is that it was vitally necessary if anyone was ever to be saved. God is loving, but He never forgives contrary to His justice which we all have badly violated. Sin is a debt; a state of enmity and a crime. For it, we deserve an eternal hell.But this is where Jesus steps in so that God "might be just and the justifier of him which believes in Jesus," (Romans 3:26). He pays the debt, reconciles us to God and suffers the punishment for the crime:"God says: "Justice will be done. The debt will be paid in full. The crime will be punished." He does not negotiate His justice at all. The fact that my debt is paid, the demands of reconciliation are met, and the punishment for my crime is given to my Substitute shows that in the cross we see perfect justice with perfect mercy. In the substitution that took place at the cross, we see the glorious grace of God- the very heartbeat of the Christian faith," (ibid., p. 48).Being the perfect God-man, Christ could and did pay the price. Sproul continues on to say that we were ransomed or set free from the slavery of sin by Christ's death and Christ was cursed and forsaken so that we may be blessed and never be forsaken.Sproul also provides a helpful summary of limited atonement for those Christians who believe that Christ died for the whole world. The last chapter is also devoted to different questions that may arise from reading the book.While this book won't tell you very much more that you haven't already heard, it is a wonderful reminder of the truth of the cross.// // // // // // // // // // // // // // // // // // // // // // // // // // // // // // // // // //Some more quotations:"In the ransom that Christ pays, He works as a Kinsman-Redeemer for His people. As our elder brother, He pays the indebtedness that we have incurred before God. He buys us out of indentured servitude by paying the price for our freedom, thereby restoring us to our inheritance in the Father's kingdom," (ibid., p. 64)."Christ's supreme achievement on the cross is that He placated the wrath of God, which would burn against us were we not covered by the sacrifice of Christ. So if somebody argues against placation or the idea of Christ satisfying the wrath of God, be alert, because the gospel is at stake. This is about the essence of salvation- that as people who are covered by the atonement, we are redeemed from the supreme danger to which any person is exposed. It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of a holy God Who's wrathful
wiseasgandalf on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The cross.Most of us have read the story, seen the pictures, & heard the sermons about the cross since childhood.But do we deeply and thoroughly understand the truth of the cross? Why did Jesus have to die in that way? What does the atonement really mean? Are we really enemies of God & criminals in His eyes? Why did Christ have to lead a sinless life? What is the significance of the shedding of blood at the cross? How do the Old Testament covenants explain the cross?Honestly, most of us without theology degrees don¿t thoroughly understand the truth of the cross. And frankly, there is no more important truth in the universe to understand & embrace with all our heart and mind. In this book Dr. Sproul does an excellent job of stepping through all the glorious truth of the cross point by point, giving us solid answers, solid hope, & solid joy. Every Christian should read this book to deepen their knowledge of the cross and their love for the Savior.
bjdoureaux More than 1 year ago
Was the death of Jesus on the cross necessary? Was it the only way for people to return to God? The answer is “yes,” and R. C. Sproul explains why. Using scripture from both the Old and New Testaments, Sproul shows how our fallen human condition leaves us separated from God, what happened to Jesus on the cross, and why it was absolutely necessary for our salvation. The thing I like about R. C. Sproul is that he simplifies even the most complex theological ideas without talking down to his audience. He doesn’t leave theological terms out of the discussion, but he explains them as needed for the average reader. This little book is by no means an in-depth look at the work of the cross, but it is packed with information for a foundational understanding of the atonement. I suggest every professing Christian read this book.