the cross

The Deep Chasm That Cannot Be Bridged Without Faith

Cultural faith emphasizes feeling over fact. What matters is that I have faith - the source of my faith is neither here nor there. But the weight of biblical faith rests in the fact of Jesus' death and resurrection. It is not merely enough to trust in something - what matters most is the object of our faith.

Why? Because there are two storylines running throughout human history that simply cannot be woven together apart from the work of Jesus.

  1. You are a sinner.
  2. You are loved by God.

Apart from faith in the Christ of the cross,  you'll never find the courage to own up to your sin and sinfulness and you'll never discover the depths of humility that embrace God's love from a position of grace rather than entitlement.

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What Salvation Are You Talking About?

“Biblical salvation lies not in an escape from this world but in the transformation of this world. . . . You will not find hope for the world in any of the religious systems or philosophies of humankind. . . . The Biblical vision is unique. That is why when some say there is salvation in other faiths too, I ask them — ‘What salvation are you talking about?’ No faith holds out a promise of eternal salvation for the world — the ordinary world — that the cross and resurrection of Jesus do.”
- Vinoth Ramachandra, quoted by Timothy Keller, in The Reason For God (New York, NY: Dutton, 2008), 224.

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The Key to Change

“The key to change is continually returning to the cross. A changing life is a cross-centered life. At the cross we see our source of sanctification (Ephesians 5:25-27; Colossians 1:22; Titus 2:14). We find hope, for we see the power of sin broken and the old nature put to death. We see ourselves united to Christ and bought by his blood. We see the glorious grace of God in Jesus Christ, dying for his enemies, the righteous for the unrighteous. We see our hope, our life, our resources, our joy. At the cross we find the grace, power, and delight in God we need to overcome sin. If we don’t come to the cross again and again, we’ll feel distant from God, disconnected from his power, and indifferent to his glory — and that is a recipe for sin.”
- Tim Chester, You Can Change (Wheaton, Ill.; Crossway, 2010), 127.

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The Cross Is...

From Mark Driscoll and Gerry Breshears (Doctrine, 276):

God has lovingly worked out a way for our friendship with him to be reconciled. Through the cross, Jesus took away our sin so that we could be reconciled to God. Thankfully, God not only graciously takes away our sin, but mercifully extends himself to us, knowing that we desperately need him.

The cross is something done by you. You murdered God incarnate.

The cross is something done for you. God loves you and died to forgive you.

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