Sunday, March 16, 2008

Wherein lies the offence of the cross?

CH Spurgeon, My Sermon Notes p257-8 -
The religion of Jesus is most peaceful, mild and benevolent. Yet its history shows it to have been assailed with bitterest hate all along. It is clearly offensive to the unregenerate mind. There is no reason to believe that it is one jot more palatable to the world than it used to be. The word and the gospel are both unchanged.

1. Its doctrine of atonement offends man's pride
2. Its simple teaching offends man's wisdom, and artificial taste.
3. Its being a remdy for man's ruin offends his fancied power to save himself.
4. Its addressing all as sinners offends the dignity of Pharisees.
5. Its coming as a revelation offends 'modern thought'.
6. Its lofty holiness offends man's love of sin.

... Herein is grace, that we who once were offended by the cross, now find it to be the one hope of our hearts, the great delight of our souls, the joyful boast of our tongues. Herein is heart-searching. Perhaps we are secretly offended at the cross. Perhaps we give no offence to haters of the cross. Many professed Christians never cause offence to the most godless. Is this because they bear no testimony to the cross? Is this because they are not crucified to the world? Is this because there is no real trust in the cross, and no true knowledge of Christ? Let us not follow those preachers who are not friends to the cross. Let us have no fellowship with those who have no fellowship with Christ.

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