This contemporary restatement of the meaning of the cross, which symbolizes the power and love of God in a world filled with sin and bondage, transforms the Scripture into living dialogue with Christian theology and the twentieth century, providing a map for Christian life, mission, and hope.Publishers Description
The work of a lifetime, from one of the world's most influential thinkers, about the heart of the Christian faith. "I could never myself believe in God, if it were not for the cross. . . . In the real world of pain, how could one worship a God who was immune to it?" With compelling honesty John Stott confronts this generation with the centrality of the cross in God's redemption of the world -- a world now haunted by the memories of Auschwitz, the pain of oppression and the specter of nuclear war. Can we see triumph in tragedy, victory in shame? Why should an object of Roman distaste and Jewish disgust be the emblem of our worship and the axiom of our faith? And what does it mean for us today? Now from one of the foremost preachers and Christian leaders of our day comes theology at its readable best, a contemporary restatement of the meaning of the cross. At the cross Stott finds the majesty and love of God disclosed, the sin and bondage of the world exposed. More than a study of the atonement, this book brings Scripture into living dialogue with Christian theology and the twentieth century. What emerges is a pattern for Christian life and worship, hope and mission. Destined to be a classic study of the center of our faith, Stott's work is the product of a uniquely gifted pastor, scholar and Christian statesman. His penetrating insight, charitable scholarship and pastoral warmth are guaranteed to feed both heart and mind.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.1" Width: 6.3" Height: 1.5"
Weight: 1.6 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2006
Publisher IVP-InterVarsity Press
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|bad Feb 20, 2007|
|A CROSS WITHOUT HELL IS A CONTRADICTION: READ THE APOSTLE'S CREED.|
I fully agree with the UNPOPULAR reviewer "Andy Grey" who gave it one star. It is impossible for annihilationist to comprehend sin and the law of God both of which are linked to the doctrine of hell. They annihlate the law and sin with hell. The endorsers deny Anselms teaching of the infintie debt and Why God Became Man.
Instead buy the book "Eternal Christianity" by Jim Cronfel to read all of the quotes from this book if the denials of sin and the law and the atonement and justification.
PATRIPASSIANISM IN THIS BOOK:
"There is no question now of the Father inflicting punishment on the Son or of the Son intervening on our behalf with the Father, for it is the Father himself who takes the initiative in his love, bears the penalty of sin himself, and so dies." p 152
DENIAL OF ETERNAL SIN BEARING:
"God in Christ bore our sins and died our death because of his love and justice, we must not think of it as expressing eternal sin-bearing in the heart of God. What Scripture does give us warrant to say, however, is that God's eternal holy love, which was uniquely exhibited in the sacrifice on the cross, continues to suffer with us in every situation in which it is called forth." p 329 - 330
DENIAL OF PARDON BY ATONEMENT:
"Nor, as we have seen, has Christ by his sacrifice prevailed upon God to pardon us." p 173
SEE THE PATTERN DEVELOPING?
Andy Grey is currently running 3 for 44 helpful votes. Goes to show that the truth is sparce and the path is narrow. I ask: do the "unhelpful" voters deny sin themselves? are they saved? or are they in it for popularity?
|A Masterpiece from the Master Dec 27, 2006|
|This book is Stott's masterpiece, setting forth the importance and central teaching of the cross, the heart of the cross (sin, propitiation, substitution), the actual accomplishments of the cross, and finally the practical ramifications of the cross. Throughout this is a book that PREACHES. The chapters are even given in easy outlines which lend themselves to topical sermons. An example is seen as Stott answers the question: "Why did Christ die?" He responds that Christ died (1) for us, (2) that He might bring us to God, (3) for our sins, and (4) for our death. This is by no means an isolated example. Each chapter is given over to this balance of detailed devotion.|
To Stott, the cross is not only a message of love or example. The terror of the cross is presented as it teaches us that (1) our sin is quite terrible, (2) God's love is quite wonderful., and (3) Christ's salvation is a free gift. He teaches us that sin makes God angry and that only God can satisfy God's justice. Thus in the cross, God is the answer to God's demand. When God justifies sinners, He is not declaring bad people to be good, or saying that they are not sinners after all; He is pronouncing them legally righteous, free from any liability to the broken law, because he Himself in His Son has borne the penalty of their law-breaking.
Christ is seen as both our substitute and our representative and Stott is careful to delineate between the two. A substitute is one who acts in place of another in such a way as to render the other's action unnecessary. A representative is one who acts on behalf of another in such a way as to involve the other in his action. Christ was BOTH.
He was our substitute with regard to sin. And He is our representative with regard to righteousness - Our substitute in death and our representative in His resurrection.
It is in Stott's last section, "Living under the Cross" that we are treated to the practical implications of his book. Here he becomes practical in dealing with the ramifications of the cross in the normal daily Christian life.
|Brings the Cross and Salvation's Price into Full View Oct 26, 2006|
|I've lived life in the fast lane while never really giving real thought to God, Salvation, or the price paid on Golgotha for righting the fall of man. Oh, I had read the Bible from cover to cover, more as a great history book than anything, and I thought I understood Salvation. John Stott's book "The Cross of Christ" was assigned as required reading for a university course some years ago. Many memories have faded over time since, but Stott's words and message have stuck. I recommend this book for anyone wanting a better understanding of the price paid for our individual Salvation. We truly do have a loving and merciful God. I recommend this book second to only one other in print besides the Bible itself, "The Desire of Ages" by E. G White and Pacific Press.|
|bad May 16, 2006|
|This book is bad stuff because it doesn't emphasize eternal damnation in Hell. Without Hell and eternal damnation, God did not have to take on human flesh to die in a propitiatory sacrifice for our sins. John Stott really needs to read his Bible carefully. How could someone who doesn't understand this be saved?|
|So much to think about Jan 20, 2006|
|John Stott's the cross of Christ is the most thorough examination of why the cross is crucial to Christianity I have ever read. Whether you buy the idea that God's Son came to earth to take the just punishment for sinners or not you need to read this book to understand why this event is and has been so crucial to Christians for the last 2000 years. |
Stott examines the implications for Christ's death as well as alternative views in a charitable, but forthright manner. In fact, I never even thought of all the ways people have looked at the meaning of Christ's death. I leave this book with a lot to think about, and many new reasons to be grateful for my loving Savior.
This is a must read for all Christians and others who wonder, "Why do they think Jesus had to be crucified?"
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