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“The doctrine of Christ crucified is the grand center of union among true Christians.

Does a man really and sincerely glory in the cross of Christ? That is the grand question. If he does, he is my brother: we are traveling in the same road; we are journeying towards a home where Christ is all, and everything outward in religion will be forgotten.

But if he does not glory in the cross of Christ, I cannot feel comfort about him. Union on outward points only is union only for time: union about the cross is union for eternity. Error on outward points is only a skin-deep disease: error about the cross is disease at the heart. Union about outward points is a mere man-made union: union about the cross of Christ can only be produced by the Holy Spirit.”

— J.C. Ryle, “Christ Crucified”

Note: If you’ve newer to the site, welcome. Each Thursday, I post a ‘Quote of the Week’ from a variety of sources without commentary on my part. It might challenge, encourage, affirm, or make you think. Feel free to give feedback on the quote about what it says to you, or whether you agree or disagree in the comments. Thanks for stopping by.

“The life of Jesus offers hope to the broken, to those who recognize their inability to keep God’s law, and to those who are frustrated with their falling and failings. The gospel is the life of Jesus for sinners. His righteousness is our righteousness, and this gives us hope and confidence before God. Here the broken find encouragement, for in Christ we are righteous.”

— Joe Thorn, Note To Self, (Wheaton, Ill.: Crossway Books, 2011), 31

“The gospel of grace is a message of breathtaking freedom. It must be embraced with faith and thanksgiving. You are thoroughly accepted just as you are.

Jesus Christ is your righteousness and he is never going to change. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. When you wake tomorrow, he will still be your righteousness, before you have done anything to enjoy God’s favour. You have to earn nothing.

Your spirit needs to bask in the brilliant sunlight of this reality. You need to know it inwardly and celebrate it on a daily basis.”

— Terry Virgo, God’s Lavish Grace, (Oxford, UK: Monarch Books, 2003), 40

“The Israelites at the time of the exodus knew they had escaped the night of God’s judgement through trusting in the blood of the Passover lambs on their doorposts.

Notice that the blood was to be placed on the outside of their houses. The blood was for God to see, not for their benefit. The blood was not to make them feel good or feel safe. The blood was not for their feelings at all. The blood was to satisfy God. It was for his eyes alone. God said, ‘When I see the blood I will pass over you’ (Exodus 12:13).

We have peace, not because we feel good, but because God is satisfied with the blood. Only he can evaluate the worth of the lamb. Because he is satisfied, we have peace.”

— Terry Virgo, God’s Lavish Grace, (Oxford, UK: Monarch Books, 2003), 45

“The Gospel without the Resurrection is not merely a Gospel without its final chapter; it is no gospel at all.”

— Michael Ramsey , quoted by Philip Graham Ryken in Luke (Vol 2), (Phillipsburg, NJ: P & R Publishing, 2009), 648

“If we can once again look to the cross and grasp the height and depth of the love of God for us in Jesus, then how can we doubt his desire to give us everything necessary for life and godliness? If we feel the smile of the Father’s favor toward us in Christ, in spite of our history of sin and failure, then we will be encouraged to step out again in faith. We will still not know what the future holds, yet if we know that the one who holds the future cares for us, that first step upward on the long road back to obedience becomes possible again.”

— Iain Duguid, Esther and Ruth, (Phillipsburg, NJ: P & R Publishing, 2005), 157-158

“The vocation of the local church could scarcely be more exalted. Called out of the world to be a light in the world, to be a united family among the disunited families of the earth, to be indwelled by Christ himself, to be the apple of God’s eye, to be graven on Christ’s hands, to be the glory of the image of the Holy Trinity, to be an embodiment of the infinite love of the cross, to be a collective portrait more beautiful than any other in the world — that is the church, the local church, the new people of God.”

— Timothy Savage, The Church: God’s New People, (Wheaton, Ill.: Crossway Books, 2011), 26

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