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!Ebook ☯ The Cross Of Christ: Study Guide Edition ☨ 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 Product Description from
Quotes that stood out to me as I read Ch 2 WHY DID CHRIST DIE Nobody is ever envious of others who is not first proud of himself pg 57 So the Jewish leaders felt threatened by Jesus He undermined their prestige, their hold over the people, their own self confidence and self respect, while leaving his intact pg 58 We resent Jesus intrustion into our privacy, his demand for our homage, his expectation of our obedience Why can t he mind his own business we ask petulantly, and le Quotes that stood out to me as I read Ch 2 WHY DID CHRIST DIE Nobody is ever envious of others who is not first proud of himself pg 57 So the Jewish leaders felt threatened by Jesus He undermined their prestige, their hold over the people, their own self confidence and self respect, while leaving his intact pg 58 We resent Jesus intrustion into our privacy, his demand for our homage, his expectation of our obedience Why can t he mind his own business we ask petulantly, and leave us alone To which he instantly replies that we are his business ant he will never leave us alone So we perceive him as a threatening rival who disturbs our peace, upsets our status quo, undermines our authority and diminshes our self respect We too want to get rid of him pg 58 The fact that Judas betrayel was foretold in the Scriptures does not mean that he was not a free agent, anythan the Old Testament predictions of the death of Jesus mean that he did not die voluntarily pg 59 Thirty coins, the ransom price of a common slave pg 60 Were you there when they crucified my Lord the old negro spiritual asks And we must answer, Yes, we were there Not as spectators only, but as participants, guilty participants, plotting, scheming, betraying, bargaining and handing him over to be crucified We may try to wash our hands of responsibility like Pilate But our attempt will be as futile as his For there is blood on our hands Before we can see the the cross as something done for us leading us to faith and worship , we have to see it as something done by us leading us to repentance pg 63 Octavius Winslow summed it up in a neat statement Who delivered up Jesus to die Not Judas, for money not Pilate, for fear not the Jews, for envy but the Father, for love pg 64 Ch 3 LOOKING BELOW THE SURFACE Christ died for us, for our good that the good he died to procure for us was our salvation that in order to procure it he has to deal with our sins and that in dying for them it was our death that he died pg 68 Authentic love always expresses itself in humble service andthe world would identify them as his disciples only if they loved one another pg 70 The New Covenant Exodus 24 8, Isaiah 42 6, Zechariah 9 11, Hebrews 9 18 20, Jeremiah 31 31 34 pgs 71 72 I used to imagine that because Christ died, the whole world had been autmatically put right When someone explained to me that Christ had died for ME, I responded haughtily, everybody knows that, as if the fact itself or my knowledge oof the fact had brought me salvation But God does not impose his gifts on us willy nilly we have to receive them by faith Of both the divine gift and the human reception of the Lord s Supper remains the perpetual outward sign It is intended to be a participation in the body and blood of Christ 1 Corinthians 10 15 pg 73 Amazing discussion of Jesus facing the cup of God s wrath in the Garden of Gethsemane pgs 78 80 He saved others, but he can t save himself Their words, spoken as an insult, were the literal truth He could not save himself and others simultaneously He chose to sacrifice himself in order to save the world pg 80 At the birth of the Son of God, Douglas Webster has written, there was brightness at midnight at the death of the Son of God there was darkness at noon pg 81 Verses on the Great Exchange pg 81.Ch 4 THE PROBLEM OF FORGIVENESS It is when our perception of God and man, or of holiness and sin, are askew that our understanding of the atonement is bound to be askew also pg 90 How could anyone imagine taht Christianity is about sin rather than about the forgiveness of sin How could anyone look at the cross and see only the shame of what we did to Crhsit, rather than the glory of what he did for us pg 100 A guilty conscience is a great blessing, but only if it drives us to come home pg 100 To be cured against one s will, and cured of staes which we may not regard as disease, is to be put on a level with those who have not yet reached the age of reason or those who never will to be classed with infants, imbeciles, and domestic animals But to be punished, however severely, because we have deserved it, because we ought to have known better, is to be treated as a human person made in God s image pgs 103 104 It is perilous to begin with any a priori, even with a God given sense of moral justice which then shapes our understanding of the cross It is wiser and safer to begin inductively with a God given doctrine of the cross, which then shapes our understanding of moral justice pg 106 When thinking of the great and living God, it is better to look up than down, and outside than inside ourselves pg.108 We learn to appreciate the access to God that Christ has won for us only after we have first seen God s inaccessibility to sinners We cry Hallelujah with authenticity only after we have first cried Woe is me, for I am lost pg 110 In Dale s words, It is partly because sin does not provoke our own wrath that we do not believe that sin provokes the wrath of God pg 110 All inadequate doctrines of the atonement are due to inadequate doctrines of God and humanity, If we bring God down to our level and raise ourselves to his, then of course we see no need for a radical salvation, let alone for a radical atonement to secure it When, on the other hand, we have glimpsed the blinding glory of the holiness of God and have been so convicted of our sin by the Holy Spirit that we tremble before God and acknowledge what we are, namely hell deserving sinners, then and only then doe the necessity of the cross appear so obvious that we are astonished we never saw it before pg 111 The essential background to the crossis a balanced understanding of teh gravity of sin and the majesty of God If we diminish either, we diminish the cross pg 111 Ch 5 SATISFACTION FOR SIN Hardy caricatured the Christian understanding of the cross in order toreadily condemn it pg 113 Anselm defines sin as not rendering to God what is his due pg 119 Ch 6 THE SELF SUBSTITIUTION OF GOD Consecration leads to celebration The life of the redeemed is a feast, ritually expressed in the Eucharist, the Christian festival of thanksgiving pg 141 We must not, then, speak of God punishing Jesus or of Jesus persuading God, for to do so is to set them over against each other as if they acted independently of each other or were in conflict with each other We must never make Christ the object of God s punishment or God the object of Christ s persuasion, for both God and Christ were subjects not objects, taking the initiative together to save sinners pg 151 Because the holiness of godis meaningless without judgment, the one thing God could not do in the face of human rebellion was nothing pg 152 We strongly reject, therefore, every explanation of the death of Christ that does not have at its center the principle of satisfaction through substitution, indeed divine self satisfaction through divine self substitution pg 158 The essence of sin is man substituting himself for God, while the essence of salvation is God substituting himself for man Man asserts himself against God and puts himself where only God deserves to be God sacrifices himself for man and puts himself where only man deserves to be Man claims prerogatives that belong to god alone God accepts penalties that belong to man alone pg 159 At the root of every caricature of the cross lies a distorted Christology pg 159 But we cannot escape the embarassment of standing stark naked before God It is of no use for us to try and cover up like Adam and Eve in the garden Our attempts at self justificiation are as ineffectual as their fig leaves We have to acknowledge our nakedness, see the divine substitute wearing our filthy rags instead of us, and allow him to clothe us with his own righteousness cf Rev 3 17 18 pg 162 Ch 7 THE SALVATION OF SINNERS God s anger is poles apart from ours What provokes our anger injured vanity never provokes his what provokes his anger evil seldom provokes ours pg 171 God does not love us because Christ died for us Christ died for us because God loves us pg 172 Just like IKEA classic, colossal and always an interesting visit So expansive are the halls to roam that to make the most of it you need to take a sit down on your trolley, rest up and consider.So expansive is the range of material that it takes a good while to reach the goal, but when you do reach it it s all thesatisfying Don t forget the meatballs.Stott has helped shore up many aspects of the cross I hadn t considered, and provoked many a thought on how the cross does completely effe Just like IKEA classic, colossal and always an interesting visit So expansive are the halls to roam that to make the most of it you need to take a sit down on your trolley, rest up and consider.So expansive is the range of material that it takes a good while to reach the goal, but when you do reach it it s all thesatisfying Don t forget the meatballs.Stott has helped shore up many aspects of the cross I hadn t considered, and provoked many a thought on how the cross does completely effect the Christian s view God, others, life, and the self, the latter of which I found the most absolutely fascinating.Combining much theology with historical, societal, and psychological observations, he s weighty like an anvil, but also as robust A fine forge for further unfurling the firm foundation for faith A remarkable book A blend of accessible yet historical, theological, and devotional material No wonder this is a classic. Stott s seminal work has been reprinted on its twentieth anniversary Within these pages, Stott surveys the cross of Christ with clarity and aplomb scarcely found in such examinations Not only does Stott trace the Biblical teaching on the cross, he also addresses common criticisms and controversial views, revealing the truth behind the work Jesus accomplished through His death Though it reads long in places, careful meditation on Stott s work is not only helpful, but eagerly recommended. What a book to read during Holy Week I am blown away by how beautiful, shocking, logically consistent, and practically applicable the Christian Gospel is at its most simple and most deep levels This book is an incredible and enjoyable deep dive into the Cross of Christ and it s significance historically, ethically, and spiritually Stott uses a great deal of structure to address the hard questions head on For some Jesus died for your sins is a sufficient story to elicit faith, but for other What a book to read during Holy Week I am blown away by how beautiful, shocking, logically consistent, and practically applicable the Christian Gospel is at its most simple and most deep levels This book is an incredible and enjoyable deep dive into the Cross of Christ and it s significance historically, ethically, and spiritually Stott uses a great deal of structure to address the hard questions head on For some Jesus died for your sins is a sufficient story to elicit faith, but for others, like myself, such a statement just forces you to ask what the heck does that even mean If this is you, Stott writes for you He addresses 3 pivotal questions regarding the cross as our means of atonement is it Christian ie compatible with the teaching of Jesus and his apostles , is it moral ie compatible or incompatible with justice and goodness , and is it incredible ie does it actually functionally address such issues as the transfer of guilt Broadly, he spends the beginning of the book asking why did Christ die as in, why did he have to Through the lenses of theology and Jewish history, why was it actually necessary that Jesus die, and who was it necessary that Jesus actually be in order for that death to matter Why couldn t God just simply forgive us, without there being a payment, much like he calls us to forgive those who sin against us These are hard questions When Stott poses them, he does so with force He would almost make me nervous that the Bible contains no answer, but then he always proves how thoroughly Gods Word holds up Next, Stott addresses the consequences of the cross salvation of sinners, the revelation of God, and the conquest on evil He discusses propitiation, redemption, reconciliation, and justification as the four images of what God accomplished at the cross Finally, he closes with life under the cross In this section he discusses the implications of living under the cross He calls us to be a community of continuous celebration, service to others, and love for enemies He discusses how we are to overcome evil with good and brings this down to the ground of the modern day by attacking racism and sexism and charging us to care for the global and local poor And finally he addresses the problem of suffering This is not a book of apologetics it is written with the assumption that you believe the Gospel of Christ This book is verrrry dense and pretty long This book is also not without its biases On every page, Stott takes firm theological stands, many of which are contentious, and some of which are bound to be incorrect or incomplete However, as far as I ve read, this book was the most complete and encouraging account of what God accomplished at the cross that I know of To any Christian who wants to go deeper in this respect, I would highly recommend This has widely been considered one of the best books to read if you are a Christian John Stott has affectionately been called the closest thing to a pope that Protestants have and I can see why His width and breadth of knowledge, scriptural, historical, artistic, evangelistic, and pastoral all come out in this book The Cross of Christ is going to take you on a wide sweep of all of the beauties and graces of the cross and at the heart of it, justification This book can be hard to read at tim This has widely been considered one of the best books to read if you are a Christian John Stott has affectionately been called the closest thing to a pope that Protestants have and I can see why His width and breadth of knowledge, scriptural, historical, artistic, evangelistic, and pastoral all come out in this book The Cross of Christ is going to take you on a wide sweep of all of the beauties and graces of the cross and at the heart of it, justification This book can be hard to read at times due to its repetitive theme and consistent layout I found myself wandering off from time to time while reading I would use thisa book of reference in the future than one I would read cover to cover again It is worth your time though for no other reason than to learn why Stott is loved by so many This is the best book we have read in this group So commented a faculty member recently in a campus book group that discussed Stott s book And we ve discussed some pretty significant books by the likes of Augustine, Pascal, Calvin, Kierkegaard, Barth, and others I think what marks this book by John Stott, that I first read when published nearly 30 years ago, is a combination of theological clarity and pastoral application that help one deeply root one s understanding of the work of Christ on This is the best book we have read in this group So commented a faculty member recently in a campus book group that discussed Stott s book And we ve discussed some pretty significant books by the likes of Augustine, Pascal, Calvin, Kierkegaard, Barth, and others I think what marks this book by John Stott, that I first read when published nearly 30 years ago, is a combination of theological clarity and pastoral application that help one deeply root one s understanding of the work of Christ on the cross not only in belief but in Christian devotion and practice.The book consists of four sections The first is introductory, Approaching the Cross and explores the centrality of the cross in Christian belief and practice and considers why such an instrument of torture would become so central that it even shapes the architecture of our great cathedrals This leads to a focus on why Christ died, considering not only the historical events but the deeper reasons in the purposes of God and the need of human beings.This brings us to what I think is the central section of the book, which is appropriately enough titled, The Heart of the Cross It is here that Stott carefully lays the groundwork for his defense of the substitution as foundational to our understanding of how Christ atoned for sin But this isn t Jesus simply taking one for the team that leaves itself open to questions of divine child abuse Allow me here to quote Stott at some length Our substitute, then who took our place and died our death on the cross, was neither Christ alone since that would make him a third party thrust in between God and us , nor God alone since that would undermine the historical incarnation , but God in Christ, who was truly and fully both God and man, and who on that account was uniquely qualified to represent both God and man and to mediate between them If we speak only of Christ suffering and dying, we overlook the initiative of the Father If we speak only of God suffering and dying, we overlook the mediation of the Son The New Testament authors never attribute the atonement either to Christ in such a way as to dissociate him from the Father, or to God in such a way as to dispense with Christ, but rather to God and Christ, or to God acting in and through Christ with his whole hearted concurrence p 156 in the 1986 edition The third section then moves on to describe The Achievement of the Cross in the salvation of sinners, the revelation of God, and the conquest of evil Particularly striking was his focus on what we see of the glory, justice, and love of God coming together in the cross Equally wonderful is his explanation of how the victory of the cross frees us from wrath, sin, the law, and death.The last section then considers Living Under the Cross He begins with a discussion of how we are a community of celebration and how our worship and the Lord s table indeed celebrate the work of the cross I was surprised in this chapter with the extended discussion of differing views of the eucharist where he distinguishes Anglican from Catholic practice He then moves to how the cross helps us understand ourselves as both sinners and redeemed and of great worth in a way that releases us for great service This even empowers us to love our enemies and find meaning in suffering.Stott then concludes with a summary of the pervasive influence of the cross in a chapter that summarizes the book using the letter to the Galatians as a means of review.What John Stott gave us here, as in all of his writing is a theologically rich but evangelically orthodox account of the cross He is gracious and pastoral and yet willing to surface theological differences and to clearly set forth arguments from the scriptures for his own positions in a way that demarcates the matters that need to be honestly faced if the Church is to be one not merely in sentiment but truth Above all, he shows us how the work of the cross is indeed central to the message and life of the Church when we may be tempted to get caught up in moralism, activism, or speculative theology This may be a word we need as much in our day as when Stott wrote in 1986 Since John R W Stott s death in July 2011, interest in The Cross of Christ has been revived, particularly through the 20th anniversary edition 2006 Although it s only been around 25 years since first published, The Cross of Christ has already been recognized as a Christian classic It was on my list of Christian classic to reads, along with older authors as Athanasius, Augustine, and Luther.Like a skilled jeweler carefully examining and detailing the many facets of a gem, John Stott goes th Since John R W Stott s death in July 2011, interest in The Cross of Christ has been revived, particularly through the 20th anniversary edition 2006 Although it s only been around 25 years since first published, The Cross of Christ has already been recognized as a Christian classic It was on my list of Christian classic to reads, along with older authors as Athanasius, Augustine, and Luther.Like a skilled jeweler carefully examining and detailing the many facets of a gem, John Stott goes the cross and carefully inspects, details, and elaborates the many facets of the cross of Christ Only in this case, he is not merely examining some diamond in the rough, but the crown jewel of Christianity.While books with titles of Cross Centered or Christ centered practically compete for space on the new release theology shelves of Christian bookstores these days, The Cross of Christ is undoubtedly the most comprehensive book on the centrality of the cross Academic and practical in it s coverage, this work is both scholarly and heavily devotional Stott interacts with and draws from a wealth of philosophers and theologians past and present, and also delicately draws from Scriptural texts with his skills as a practiced exegete.The book is divided into four sections, comprising thirteen main chapters I Approaching the Cross1 The Centrality of the Cross2 Why Did Christ Die 3 Looking below the SurfaceII The Heart of the Cross4 The Problem of Forgiveness5 Satisfaction for Sin6 Self Substitution of GodIII The Achievement of the Cross7 The Salvation of Sinners8 The Revelation of God9 The Conquest of EvilIV Living Under the Cross10 The Community of Celebration11 Self Understanding and Self Giving12 Loving Our Enemies13 Suffering and GloryConclusion The Pervasive In uence of the CrossThere were some statements and conclusions on which I found myself conflicted or coming to an alternate conclusion, but even given the length of the book, such occasions were very few and did not detract from the overall theme and importance of the book.The book is somewhat lengthy and not necessarily light reading, but it is one that I would recommend, and perhaps consider as a must read for Christians.Here are some quotes from the book random there are countless that are worthy of being framed and wall mounted Life in a Christian home, which should in any case be characterized by natural human love, should be further enriched by supernatural human love, that is, the love of the cross It should mark all Christian family relationships, between husband and wife, parents and children, brothers and sisters For we are to submit to one another out of reverence for Christ Eph 5 21 , the Christ whose humble and submissive love led him even to the cross Yet it is especially husbands who are singled out 281 Reading the above section, I was greatly reminded how grateful I am for a husband, in particular, who has loved me in this way The spirit of James and John lingers on, especially in us who have been cushioned by affluence It is true that inflation and unemployment have brought to many a new experience of insecurity Yet we still regard security as our birthright and safety first as a prudent motto Where is the spirit of adventure, the sense of uncalculating solidarity with the underprivileged Where are the Christians who are prepared to put service before security, compassion before comfort, hardship before ease Thousands of pioneer Christian tasks are waiting to be done, which challenge our complacency and call for risk Insistence on security is incompatible with the way of the cross What daring adventures the incarnation and the atonement were What a breach of convention and decorum that Almighty God should renounce his privileges in order to take human flesh and bear human sin Jesus had no security except in his Father So to follow Jesus is always to accept at least a measure of uncertainty, danger and rejection for his sake 288 The cross lies at the very heart of mission For the cross cultural missionary it may mean costly individual and family sacrifices, the renunciation of economic security and professional promotion, solidarity with the poor and needy, repenting of the pride and prejudice of supposed cultural superiority, and the modesty and sometimes frustration of serving under national leadership Each of these can be a kind of death, but it is a death which brings life to others 283 Brilliant Absolutely brilliant.