Excited about the Cross

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Readers of the ref21 blog will know that I am not a good blogger.  In fact, I am undoubtedly the worst blogger on this site.  I could give any number of decent excuses, but I think one of the reasons is that when I think of something it just doesn't occur to me to write to the world about it.  But with Ligon and Phil on vacation, and Derek obviously off somewhere (otherwise, how could he not be provoked by Carl's rugby post - see below), I feel a burden to step up to the plate a bit.  So it dawns on me just to write about some of the things that have been on my mind recently. 

Here is something on my mind: If we are fascinated or excited about anything more than the fact that the Son of God voluntarily suffered in our place, bearing the guilt our sins deserved, then we are in big trouble.  I get the impression that many today -- both in the broadly evangelical world and in the Reformed world -- are rather bored with the cross of Christ and the justification of sinners through faith alone.  But there is no greater mystery and no more glorious theme than this.  Do we get bored hearing the "same old gospel?"  If so, our ministries and our lives are heading for big trouble.  In my opinion, there would be no more powerful influence in our lives and our churches than for us sincerely to exclaim with Paul: May I never boast except in the cross of Christ Jesus my Lord.

 

Posted August 6, 2007 @ 11:13 AM by Rick Phillips
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